Interview with Thom Tate

What are you working on next?
I will start my second full-length novel in my Blake MacKay series.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
Unfortunately, I don't get to write as often as I'd like. I'm a full-time Sales Engineer for a software company. Add to the fact that I'm married with two young girls, coach and play lacrosse, I don't get much free time to write.
Who are your favorite authors?
Vince Flynn and Brad Thor
What is your writing process?
I come up with an idea and then jot it down on paper and then I just start writing. The story develops as I write. Sometimes I go back and make minor changes, but for the most part, I keep things the way they are the first time I write them.
How do you approach cover design?
I have a great illustrator. I'll tell him the synopsis of the story and let him come up with an idea. I generally have some kind of idea in mind, but I don't want to disrupt his creative juices. If I don't like what he comes up with, I'll tell him my idea and then he makes something that resembles that.
What do you read for pleasure?
I read Spy Thrillers, I just really enjoy them.
Describe your desk
It's a mess. Its two desks in the shape of an L. Two computers, one with two monitors. Each computer has external speakers because I listen to a lot of music. Papers from my work are all over the place. I have two external hard drives that I use to back-up everything.
Speaking of music, what do you listen to?
I have two favorite genres; 80's alternative and Gothic Industrial. I love bands from the 80's like Gene Loves Jezebel, Oingo Boingo, Depeche Mode, Dead or Alive, Mighty Lemon Drops,Pseudo Echo, PIL, etc.. On the other side, I listen to modern synth bands like Assemblage 23, Colony 5, Funker Vogt, but I also like a lot of harder German and Swedish bands like Gothminister, Unheilig, VNV Nation, Eisbrecher, Deathstars, Celldweller, etc.. My wife loves the 80's stuff but hates the other stuff.
When did you first start writing?
January of 2011. I wrote a 90,000 word novel in six weeks and invented the character Blake MacKay, which I put in my "Covert World" series. I've not published the novel yet because my writing style has changed and improved over the past few years.
What's the story behind your latest book?
"Red Storm". It's the fifth and perhaps the last of the novella's that I'll write. Some crazy Russian Billionaire wants to take over the world. A bit cliche I'd admit, but the way he tries it is pretty ingenious. Anyway, his plans come to a halt when a woman working for him discovers what's going on. She steals incriminating evidence and of course, he has a group of thugs that try to hunt her down and kill her. In comes Blake MacKay to the rescue. He has to keep her safe, get the incriminating evidence and find an agent that has disappeared in the wilderness of Siberia. Of course there is a ticking time bomb and he needs to get this all done in a short period of time. This book is packed with tons of action.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
I just wanted my work out there. I didn't want to wait and get rejection after rejection. If success comes, it comes, otherwise I just enjoy the writing.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
This sounds crazy, but I get to play God. I create people and I decide if they live or die. Because of the genre I write in, I can be very kind or extremely cruel. I also enjoy hearing how people enjoyed reading my books.
Do you have ideas for future books?
Absolutely. They're just itching to get out.
Published 2015-05-04.
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Books by This Author

Spear Garden
Price: $7.99 USD. Words: 30,840. Language: English. Published: April 13, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Spies & espionage
A coup is brewing inside Europe’s last dictatorship. CIA top covert operative, Blake MacKay has to stop it or thousands will die. A traitor is trying to stop him. Go from Cuba to Belarus in this twisting spy thriller
Red Storm
Price: $1.49 USD. Words: 30,830. Language: American English. Published: January 18, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Spies & espionage
Tsunamis have destroyed power plants around the world. A missing agent holds the key.Sofia Kuzma, a young scientist, was recruited to work for Nikoli Petrovich, the man that is causing these disasters. Agent Blake MacKay is sent to get the information she has stolen after she escaped Petrovich's henchmen. An attack on the safe house has Blake and Sofia team up to defeat this madman.
Price: $1.49 USD. Words: 23,530. Language: English. Published: June 15, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Spies & espionage
Being in the sights of a former ally was the last thing Black Ops Agent, Blake MacKay expected, but that’s just where he landed. Blake must intercept a high value target before a terrorist cell and a former ally get to him first.
The 4th Strike
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 16,000. Language: English. Published: December 3, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Spies & espionage
Blake and Seal Team 5 are sent on a deadly cat and mouse game hundreds of feet below the icy North Pacific, as they chase a team of North Korean Commandos that attacked the Loran Station on Attu Island in Alaska and stole a Nuclear Warhead that wasn't supposed to exist.
Series: Covert World, Book 2. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 16,780. Language: English. Published: August 25, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Spies & espionage
While tracking down a missing nuclear Physicist,Dimitri Evanko, Blake uncovers a devistating plan by the Islamic Terrorist group Jemaah Islamiyah. When a plan to rescue Evanko and his family backfires, the terrorists fast forward their destructive plan of terror. In the shadows of an impending disaster, Blake finds himself and Dimitri in a race against time with the lives of thousands on the line.
Series: Covert World, Book 1. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 8,240. Language: English. Published: May 9, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Spies & espionage
(5.00 from 1 review)
Covert World: The Short Stories: Book One. Agent Blake MacKay deviates from his normal clandestine duties and takes on the role of assassin. He is ordered by the President to eliminate a drug dealer as a personal favor to the U.S. Ambassador to Czech Republic after the Ambassador finds that his 19 year old daughter has become a participant in the darker aspects within the clubs in Prague.