Interview with A.K. Austin

When did you first start writing?
I was working at the CIA and traveling all over the world... the multiple trips, modes of travel, different cultures, and adventures had a profound effect. Hard not to begin to weave stories in that environment.
What's the story behind your latest book?
It's an international thriller, where multiple entities are pursuing an item of extreme value and importance. The action takes the reader across international and cyber borders -- and into virtual worlds only found in your imagination...
What motivated you to become an indie author?
Over the course of my professional career I've always ended up going my own way. I love working within teams, in high stress environments, supporting the mission....but when it comes to creative endeavors, I enjoy developing environments and story lines on my own.
Who are your favorite authors?
Some of my favorites authors are William Gibson, Bruce Sterling, Greg Bear, Philip K. Dick, Neal Stephenson.... all of their works move quickly, are highly descriptive, but leave enough to the imagination of the writer. I get lost in their books... I'm in awe of their work, and thank them for their inspiration.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
I love getting on the motorcycle and getting out of the city. I'm either on the Harley or the BMW....either way, the bike requires my full attention out on the open road. I try to get out whenever I can - no interruptions, no phones, no texting - just me and the road and some music.
What is your writing process?
I like working with developing outlines.... writing to the outline as far as I can... then working on the next section of outline before launching into the next part of the story. I prefer to write while on the road, traveling. It goes back to the stimulation of the different environments and cultures. The world is a great laboratory.
How do you approach cover design?
I just want the cover to plant a seed - not tell the whole story. That's the beauty of writing a new story.... the reader gets to gill in the blanks with their own imagination.
What are some of your favorite books, and why?
William Gibson's Burning Chrome and Pattern Recognition; Neal Stephenson's Snow Crash, Cryptonomicon, and REAMDE; and, one of my all-time favorites, Islands in the Net by Bruce Sterling.
Describe your desk
I work from a standing desk.... take calls on my walking treadmill. But otherwise it's mostly organized; bits and pieces of magazines; a couple big screens; coffee and chocolate...Boba Fett bobblehead... the usual.
What do your fans mean to you?
Fans are everything... they make it possible for me to do what I do. I hope they find some enjoyment in my writing; I don't think I can hope to inspire others....but maybe in time. Just hope they escape reality when they read.
Published 2015-12-26.
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Books by This Author

The Complexity of the Gray
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 82,450. Language: English. Published: April 26, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Adventure, Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Spies & espionage
A disruptive new tech threatens different groups and results in an international race to control it. A diverse group of gray and black operators -- both on earth, and in the virtual world -- are in pursuit, and it's anyone's guess who will come out of the shadows alive.