Interview with Paul Cross

Who are your favorite authors?
I really enjoy David Baldacci & Brad Thor.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
Enjoying my life and fulfilling my dreams and goals and spending time with my dog Emmy.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
I'm an actor, director and producer as well as a writer, so when I'm not acting or making a film I'm writing. But I do enjoy other things as well. I watch a lot of films. I'm a hopeless cinephile. I watch at least one film a day and sometimes more. I enjoy spending time with my partner, Marianne and our friends and of course Emmy. I'm in love with my dog.
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
Usually by looking for them under the genre that I enjoy reading. Or many times someone will mention a book to me that they think I would enjoy.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
Yes. It was a screenplay entitled, ICE PAWN. After the film was made I continued writing screenplays long before deciding to write a novel. Writing is a passion with me. I love to travel so writing is a perfect profession for me as I can do it anywhere in the world I might find myself.
What is your writing process?
When I think of an idea that I'm passionate about I usually let it take form in my mind before sitting down and writing an outline. Most times I'm only about a fourth of the way through the outline when i know it's time ti start writing. That's when the story and the characters take over and they start to dictate what they are going to do and how they are going to do it. They speak for themselves. All I have to do is sit with my computer and write what they tell me. It's like I see the whole thing played out on a gigantic movie screen. I simply write what I see and hear.
How do you approach cover design?
Cover designs are very important. After I make a film I usually sit with my graphic designer and tell him what I see for the poster that will eventually represent the film. Then I get his input and after kicking around some ideas we hit upon what will be the final result. The artwork for A COUNTERFEIT PRIEST the novel was probably the only time when I saw the first draft of the cover and said "that's it!" Usually I would spend a considerable amount of time with changes and dozens of versions. But not with A COUNTERFEIT PRIEST. It happened quickly.
What do you read for pleasure?
For the most part political thrillers. Or biographies of people who fascinate me.
What book marketing techniques have been most effective for you?
Getting as many people to know the title as possible. This happens by word of mouth and reviews. Doing readings and book signings also help a lot. A great publicist is extremely beneficial when you have a decent promotion budget.
Describe your desk
The desk where I write is uncluttered! I can't work around clutter. The desk has my laptop, a printer, a hi-tech gooseneck lamp, a cookie jar for my dog, cups from Broadway shows full of pens, pencils, markers and highlighters. There's also a model of a private jet and almost always a bag of candy especially chocolate. I'm a candy fanatic. I eat a lot of it. I know I shouldn't but I'm addicted to it. I don't know how I'm able to stay so thin.
How do you think the Vatican will respond to your book?
I think it all depends on who in the Vatican reads it. They may say privately that they agree with the book but publicly they might not be so candid because the book and screenplay addresses issues that they may not want to be public. So it comes down to the individual in the Vatican who's reading it and how open-minded they are. All that aside, I feel certain that they will find the novel intriguing, entertaining and very thought provoking.
Published 2015-03-03.
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Books by This Author

A Counterfeit Priest
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 101,850. Language: English. Published: March 1, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » General, Fiction » Thriller & suspense » General
A Counterfeit Priest tells the story of Henry Hawkins, an American documentary filmmaker who poses as a priest and cons his way into the inner sanctum of the Vatican for personal reasons. After the death of the pope and a quirk of fate Henry finds himself locked in the papal conclave with the cardinals as they vie for that vacant all powerful seat. Henry secretly records the clandestine papal