Interview with John Thorsson

What are your five favorite books, and why?
I'm a big fan of political books. The last book that I read, Blood Feud was fantastic and is among my favorite reads. My other four books would be the Space Odyssey books by Aurthur C. Clarke. I love science fiction and fell in love with the idea of space travel to Jupiter, along with the drama that played out between David Bowman and Hal.
What do you read for pleasure?
I've read a little bit of everything. When I was younger I was very much into The Boxcar Children series. As I mentioned in my previous question, I am a huge fan of the Space Odyssey books and have read them many times over. As I've gotten older, I've gotten into political books. I mentioned Blood Feud as a favorite. However, The Price of Politics was also a very good read and David Limbaugh's Bankrupt was one of the more fascinating books that I've ever read.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in the suburbs of Chicago, Illinois. My writing was influenced by my mother, Laurey. She would always get me a book to read and really made reading a priority. Being in Chicago means having two baseball teams, and so as a kid I would make fake newspaper articles about the White Sox and the Cubs after each game. It really allowed me to be creative and just use my imagination.
When did you first start writing?
When I was in second grade, my friend Pat and I were given an assignment to write a short story. The first writing that I did creatively on my own was probably around the age of 13 or so. I would write short stories about games or events that interested me. 9\11 influenced all Americans, and I can remember coming home from school and writing a speech that Tony Blair or someone like that would have given.
What's the story behind your latest book?
My latest book would be my first one published. The story and the inspiration come from many different places. Tom Clancy has always had really good action books, and I knew I wanted to write one like one of his. The other inspiration comes from a James Bond type of character; kind of the super special agent. The main character, Kyle Watson, is probably a mix of James Bond and Solid Snake from the Metal Gear Solid gaming series.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
I've always loved writing, and have always wanted to find a way to break into the business of being a writer. While talking with my girlfriend, she suggested that I become an author. It's true what they say: Behind every great man, is a great woman.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
The greatest joy that I get out of writing is the creativity that it allows. Hopefully my writing and my books allow the readers to do what books were meant to do, transport the reader into the life and emotions of the characters. If I can do that, and entertain people along the way; I would say that I was successful.
What do your fans mean to you?
Since I'm just starting out and don't have any, I can only imagine here. But my fans would mean everything to me. They're the reason that I write and their following of my books would be everything I could ever hope for. Most people don't write with the expectation of being published and people buying their books, so to have fans and a following would be mindblowing.
What are you working on next?
I'm currently in the process of writing what I hope to be a trilogy. It's in the initial phases of it, with character development and research. But it's an action book and in the same vain as something that a Tom Clancy or someone like that would write. The hero is a special forces soldier who's tasked with finding out what a Russian terror cell is up to. By the end of the first installment, he realizes that the web is deeper than he or anyone else would want to know. I'm very excited to write it and get it out to everyone.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
My family inspires me to do everything. My girlfriend and our two daughters are my world and they give me the strength, courage, and support to do everything.
What is your writing process?
My writing process has always been fairly simple: I usually get an idea of what I want to write, then research the subject so that everything lines up and makes sense. After that, it's off to the races. Because I already have an idea of what I want to put down, the writing process itself is pretty simple.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
I don't have an e-reader, if I'm being honest. I've only ever had books in hard copy. My girlfriend has a Kindle, and she loves it. The last book she read on it was 50 Shades of Grey.
Published 2015-02-16.
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