My Latest book "Project: GOLEM" was inspired by the writings of Alexander Litvinenko the ex-KGB officer who was famously poisoned with Polonium in London. In his book "Blowing up Russia" he accused the the Russian Army of posing as Terrorists and blowing up apartment buildings in Russia to gain support for Putin's re-election and support of the war in Chechnya. I found both what he said, and how he died, to be fascinating; that such things could be out in the open yet no investigation or or real world outrage. I also wondered how a modern day Jekyll & Hyde story could play out, where the Dr. Jekyll character is completely unaware that he is also Mr.Hyde and would do anything to stop Mr.Hyde. So, I found ways that new discoveries in neuroscience could be used to create such a scenario, and how such a scenario could be used to create a coup. I then thought how challenging it would be to have the protagonist not only way out numbered but also wounded, disavowed, and behind enemy lines where he does not even speak the language and also wanted by the enemy and his own government as a traitor.
What are you working on next?
A History of Horror (HoH) I plan on stylized bat wings for the Hs as the logo. It follows a young female FBI agent that loses her fellow agent to a serial killer. During the incident, she loses he mother to cancer and is told, on her deathbed, that she is not really her mother and that she was never supposed to tell her. She also thinks her new husband is cheating on her. She decides to relocate to a remote quiet FBI office where not much exciting happens, to help get her head straight. Then the serial killer pattern starts up again. She meets a mysterious stranger at the crime scene posing as a Sr. FBI agent that points out many things about the crime scene that only someone intimately involved would know to look for, even clues she was unaware of. He tells her she has a lot to learn and that because she is special, she is also in danger, and that the things he will teach her will keep her alive. He then disappears and only corresponds through an online scanned tome of ancient text (missing excerpts of the Voynich manuscript) that is referred to by her as The History Of Horror. The basic idea is there are similar 'monster' stories that can be found worldwide, therefore it could be that there is possibly some common origin for such stories. This new series ties all these stories into a theme giving cause and effect as well as purpose to what are widely thought to be just mere legend and scary folklore.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
The sense of freedom, I not only get the thrill that someone gets from reading a story, I also get to truly explore various possibilities. I like to base my stories on real world possibilities or technologies and then push them to see where things might lead. I enjoy learning as I research and hope that the reader gets some of this same enjoyment as they follow along on the journey.
What do your fans mean to you?
More than I can express. They are a source of encouragement and inspiration as I learn what they like and get ideas of what they would like to see more of. Sometimes these insights have helped me through plot problems as I get see the scene from a different vantage point. They make me want to get better at writing, as I don't want to let them down, I feel privileged to have them and have a responsibility to them.
Who are your favorite authors?
Michael Crichton, Craig Thomas, Brian Greene, Jules Verne, Robert Louis Stevenson
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