Interview with Gerard de Marigny

How do you discover the ebooks you read?
I discover the ebooks I read mostly from searching my favorite authors and looking for the titles I haven't read yet. Also from suggestions from fellow readers.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
I've been jotting down the stories in my head for as long as I can remember, but I'd say the first one I ever intended to publish was a novella-length Christian spec manuscript I wrote back when my first son Jared was born ... in 1999. I ended up re-writing it as a full-length novel in 2010, but utterly decided to shelve it. I intend to rework and release it at some point as a seven-book action & adventure saga.
What is your writing process?
Believe it or not covers come to me first. I usually make a mock cover and then start transcribing the story that's playing out in my head. I can usually transcribe about 2,000 to 3,000 words per day and write in chapter chunks then I have to stop to research the next chapter, rinse and repeat until the story is told.
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
The first story I read was Jack London's WHITE FANG when I was 10 years old. It had a profound impact on me. I felt transformed from the inner city of Brooklyn, New York to the Klondike. That book taught me that written stories had the power of transporting people to different places, times, eras ... fantastic places and times with extraordinary characters.
How do you approach cover design?
Like I said ... cover concepts come to me first, even before I pen the first word. I usually start with a mock cover design. My cover designs are based on the specific series in which the story belongs. Each of my series has a certain look, certain fonts, etc. Then I write the story and come back to the mock and finalize it. From there I create a separate layout for the paper editions.
What are your five favorite books, and why?
Five favorite books is a silly question ... it's like saying my five favorite colors. So, if I said, blue, green, red, orange, and purple, none of those colors would be my favorite color for the banana I wanted to eat. I read books for varied reasons - the Bible for my faith; text books to learn; historical fiction to learn about the past in an interactive way; sci fi when I'm feeling adventurous; westerns when I want to rid myself of modern tensions, etc.

For those looking for a list ... I'll list what comes to mind (not counting the most important book to me, The Bible):
1- Any installment of W.E.B. Griffin's THE CORPS series
2- All Sherlock Holmes
3- All Jack Ryan Tom Clancy
4- Most of Shakespeare
5- Tolkien, Christie, Stephen Hunter, ... on second thought. It's a silly question ... ha!
What do you read for pleasure?
What is ... pleasure? Oh, you mean the time when a person isn't working. I call that sleep.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
The one nearest me that has a charge. Lately, that's the Kindle or Kindle Fire that I bought my wife. I don't own one. I just borrow hers.
What book marketing techniques have been most effective for you?
Writing the next book and improving on the last <-- by far, the best book marketing technique.
Describe your desk
It's basically an eight-foot by two-foot finished board covered with stuff. My laptop and extra screen sits near the center. Oh, and most importantly, my butt rests on the ultimate seat - one my dear friend, founder of the rock band ANTHRAX, Dan Spitz turned me onto ... the Swopper!
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in Ridgewood, New York (on Stockholm Street & Seneca Avenue). Growing up in Ridgewood had a significant impact on shaping me. That in turn shaped my writing. To give you an idea of the how much so ... my protagonist, Cris De Niro just happens to have grown up in exactly the same apartment as did I. Coincidence?
Published 2014-01-27.
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Books by This Author

Joshua's Country
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 40,520. Language: English. Published: November 19, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Action & suspense, Fiction » Western
An Islamic Extremist’s hate for America faces an old cowboy’s love for his grandson. From the creator of the Bestselling action & adventure CRIS DE NIRO and ARCHANGEL thriller series, Gerard de Marigny.
New Detroit (Cris De Niro, Book 6)
Series: Cris De Niro, Book 6. Price: $7.99 USD. Words: 67,390. Language: English. Published: September 24, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Spies & espionage, Fiction » Adventure » War & military adventure
Time is running out for Cris De Niro and The Watchman Agency as they must save themselves before they can prevent an attack on America’s birthday. From the creator of the Amazon-bestselling action & adventure CRIS DE NIRO and ARCHANGEL thriller series, Gerard de Marigny.
Rescue From Sana'a (Archangel, Mission Log #2)
Series: ARCHANGEL, Mission Log #2. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 23,110. Language: English. Published: January 29, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Action & suspense, Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Spies & espionage
The U.S Ambassador to Yemen calls on The Watchman Agency to evaluate security at the embassy in Sana’a, Yemen’s capital. ARCHANGEL is dispatched. Scipio and a small team are disturbed by what they find. All they can do is file their report when they return home. That is, until terrorists attack before the team departs. Scipio and his team must prevent another nightmare like the one in Benghazi.
Nothing So Glorious (Cris De Niro, Book 5)
Series: Cris De Niro, Book 5. Price: $5.99 USD. Words: 131,480. Language: English. Published: January 27, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Action & suspense, Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Spies & espionage
The President of South Korea asks Cris De Niro for help. A North Korean general may be plotting to launch a missile attack on the South in order to reignite the Korean War. The only way to know for sure is for a small covert team to cross into the corrupt country and investigate. Enemies must work together or war will be inevitable … a war that could drag the superpowers into it.
The Eagle's Plume (Archangel, Mission Log #1)
Series: ARCHANGEL, Mission Log #1. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 24,770. Language: English. Published: June 6, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Action & suspense, Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Spies & espionage
A former Taliban leader recently released from Pakistani captivity has returned to Afghanistan and may be plotting a major strike against a high-profile American target. The clock is ticking in this debut novella of the new ARCHANGEL series by the creator of the #1 Amazon-Bestselling Counter-terrorism & Geopolitical CRIS DE NIRO Thriller series, Gerard de Marigny
Project 111 (Cris De Niro, Book 4)
Series: Cris De Niro, Book 4. Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 103,730. Language: English. Published: January 8, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Spies & espionage
Cris De Niro and The Watchman Agency return to rescue one of their own and retrieve top-secret plans, code-named “Project 111,” outlining the placement of a nuclear bomb inside an Iranian missile. At home ARCHANGEL intervenes when an old Korean War hero vows to avenge the death of his granddaughter at the hands of a ruthless gang leader. Another spectacular action thriller from Gerard de Marigny
Rise to the Call (Cris De Niro, Book 3)
Series: Cris De Niro, Book 3. Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 88,680. Language: English. Published: July 13, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Action & suspense, Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Spies & espionage
(5.00 from 1 review)
Iranian bio-terrorism, Russian espionage reaching into the White House, and the prospect of Iran emerging as a nuclear power are the threats. World War III could break out in the Middle East unless Cris De Niro & The Watchman Agency can Rise to the Call … From author Gerard de Marigny, creator of the #1 Amazon-Bestselling Geopolitical CRIS DE NIRO thriller series!
Signs of War (Cris De Niro, Book 2)
Series: Cris De Niro, Book 2. Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 95,340. Language: English. Published: October 17, 2011. Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » General
(3.00 from 1 review)
Cris De Niro & The Watchman Agency return to deal with Somali pirates, an imminent threat from an Iranian/Venezuelan alliance and a Mexican drug cartel’s plot of immense proportions. These are the SIGNS of WAR …
The Watchman of Ephraim (Cris De Niro, Book 1)
Series: Cris De Niro, Book 1. Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 86,040. Language: English. Published: January 21, 2011. Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » General
(4.80 from 5 reviews)
Cris De Niro worked his way up to the top of the hedge fund world. Yet all his money couldn't protect him from losing his wife on 9/11. He acquires a counter-terrorism agency, in order to transform it into The Watchman for the United States, but there's not a moment to lose. It’s up to De Niro and his new team to protect America from a possible terrorist attack more catastrophic than 9/11.