Interview with Adrian Russell

How do you approach cover design?
I think the most important aspect of the cover design is the image. As they say 'An picture paints a thousand words.' I know when I'm looking for a good book to read, its usually the cover picture that grabs me to begin with.

For Nothing Left But Fear I chose the image of two blood-stained hands to reflect the gut-wrenching aspect of the novel.
What are your five favorite books, and why?
The Da Vinci Code by Dan Brown...this was a real page turner for me and I struggled to put it down. I love the way he does cliffhanger chapter endings, which is where I learnt the technique from for my writing.

Watchers by Dean Koontz...I loved this book, which was recommended to me by a friend in a bar. She told me it was a great book and by an author I hadn't heard of at the time. I have to agree with her, I could not put it down and loved the story line. Since then I've read many more of his books and love him as an author.

The Fog by James Herbert...I read this along time ago and remember it being one of those books that made me feel uncomfortable. I always wanted to achieve this feeling with my books, and having read some of the reviews, I think I may have achieved this.

Faces of Fear by John Saul...I have now read a few of Saul's books and really enjoy his writing style. With every single book of his, including this one I could not put down and was gripped from the get-go.

Angels & Demons by Dan Brown...I enjoyed this book of Dan Brown's probably a little more than The Da Vinci Code. It was a real page turner and an extremely gripping read.
What book marketing techniques have been most effective for you?
So far Twitter has been good for me and I am just trying out Facebook and their adverts.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
I love my Kindle. I have new one that my lovely wife bought me for Christmas, as my last one got broken.
When did you first start writing?
I first began writing in earnest when I was going through cancer treatment in 2015. In fact my first chemo was on 31 December 2014 to be precise when I spent over seven hours in the hospital on my laptop.

I used writing as a distraction from the fear of going through cancer and the sickness I got as a result of the treatment. So it's ironic that my debut novel is based on fear.
Published 2017-02-25.
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Books by This Author

Nothing Left But Fear
Price: $1.25 USD. Words: 88,510. Language: Commonwealth English. Published: February 25, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Action & suspense, Fiction » Horror » General
Sadistic kidnappers leave unsuspecting deadbeats vulnerable and alone in unfriendly and hostile places. These deadbeats, together with an unsuspecting guest, soon find out they are not actually alone at all. When they realise what’s out there, they are not only left with a deep primal fear, but they are now faced with a fight for their very survival. A gut-wrenching thriller from Adrian Russell