Interview with Carl Rackman

Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I lived a nomadic life in a military family. The benefit was that I became very good at making new friendships, so I learned to read people very well. This has proved invaluable in developing characters, because I can quickly capture the essence of a person in a few lines, or even just words.
Who are your favorite authors?
There are so many authors I've enjoyed reading. My flat-out favourite is Kurt Vonnegut, whose surreal, almost lyrical stories have provoked many thoughts in my own mind about the absurdity of life. Next in rank are probably the slow-burning, mystery/spy story writers Martin Cruz Smith and John Le Carre. My own stories try to reflect the intelligence of these other authors, but my writing still lags far behind!
Describe your desk
I use an all in one desktop PC that is built into a bookshelf! Desks are for people with study rooms.
What do you read for pleasure?
I really enjoy suspense thrillers set in the real or near-future world. I love good writing, and well-formed characters. I prefer stories that have a less breakneck pace.
What's the story behind your latest book?
I had a very vivid dream about a mysterious message that was received from one of NASA's deep space probes. The idea caught on about how this might affect the world in the current political climate. I developed a story about a NASA scientist under threat from the ramifications of the message, and a sinister conspiracy to hide the message against the desire to reveal it to the world, whether it turns out to be a hoax or not.
What are you working on next?
I am working on a creepy monster story set aboard a Navy destroyer in WW2. It's primarily a story about fear, guilt, and post-traumatic stress.
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
I use Amazon but mostly Twitter. I connect with other authors and usually end up reading their books!
Published 2017-03-16.
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Books by This Author

Voyager
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 76,650. Language: English. Published: September 1, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » High tech, Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Action & suspense
Voyager One is more than twelve billion miles from Earth. It is the remotest human object in existence. NASA project Manager Callie Woolf is stunned when it sends a series of impossible images back to Mission Control. She fears a glitch, or perhaps the probe has been hacked. Within 24 hours, Callie's team is dead and she is running for her life. Whatever is messing with Voyager, it's not friendly.
Incendiary
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 87,160. Language: English. Published: September 6, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Action & suspense, Fiction » Science fiction » Adventure
Horla. A deadly and mysterious creature being held at a top secret US government facility. Only twenty people in the world know she even exists. One of them is the shadowy Dr Isabelle March, tasked with bringing Horla to the UK. When the British military loses contact with her cargo ship, they send their elite force, the SBS, to investigate. What they find is beyond their wildest nightmares.
Irex
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 112,550. Language: English. Published: February 23, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Historical » Victorian, Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Psychological thriller
Captain Hutton takes command of the sailing ship Irex on her maiden voyage. But events quickly spiral out of his control. Vile weather, creeping fatigue and the deadly intentions of his passengers threaten both his sanity and the lives of all aboard the doomed ship. A violent storm. An unrequited love. A deadly secret. Can anyone survive the Irex?