Interview with Gordon Hooper, author of Alex and Katija, High and Mighty


Publisher: New Libri Press

Publish Date: November 6, 2012

Order From:  Amazon / Barnes & Noble

Author Interview: Q. Please tell us about your current release.

My first novel “Alex and Katija, High and Mighty” was published by New Libri Press on the 6 of November 2012.

The synopsis:

Alex and Katija are quite the pair. Selfish, cruel, greedy, sleazy and violent—why, the negative adjectives could easily fill a small volume of their own. Over the top, always offensive and never politically correct—their sole redeeming quality is, they are not child molesters.

Alex is heir and owner of the Holstein Private Investigation Agency, located in Stockholm, Sweden. While he is the agency’s brains, Katija provides the brawn, as resident henchwoman. Their setup is sweet, with a never-ending supply of clients appearing at their doorstep and asking for help, only to be swindled out of their money, robbed, or beaten, and then sent on their way. Except some who, wrapped in chains, are dumped into the murky waters of nearby Nybro Viken.

Alex and Katija fight the natural as well as the supernatural—the only thing they really dread is the horrors of gainful employment. This threat is ever present as their finances are chronically atrocious, usually due to the black vacuum of the weekend, with all its powders and pills.

Their cases take them across the globe—so beware! There is NOWHERE to hide.

Q. How did you come up with the idea for your book?

I was fed up with the insane political correctness in Sweden, and felt like kicking the hornets’ nest.

Q. Can you tell us about the journey that led you to write your book?

I had plenty of cash around 2003-2007 so I did not work, but spent my time backpacking around the world. As I had so much free time I thought “what the hell, I’ll try writing a book” My newfound hobby soon morphed into a passion, then crystalized into an addiction, and hopefully will turn into a profession. After a numerous short stories and 1.5 books I began work on "Alex and Katija"

Q. If you had to do it all over again, would you change anything about the book?

If I had to do all that editing all over again, I’d probably shoot myself. But there is nothing major I’d change. Perhaps a phrase here, a word there.

Q. What was the hardest part of writing your book?

I find it very difficult to focus on one project at a time. Too many ideas, too little time. It would be nice to be able to write two books at once, one with each hand. I envy octopuses. 

Q. Do you have a musical playlist you listen to when writing? If so, what kind of music?

I usually write to fast moving music. Mostly rock, like: Motörhead, 70’s rock, AD/DC among others. Also club music and trance.

Q. What would you say is your most interesting writing quirk?

When I write the music must be as loud as possible. When I edit I need absolute silence. I laugh out loud at my own jokes.

Q. Do you plan any subsequent books?

Yes, right now I am working on the sequel “Alex and Katija, the Terrible Two” But I have 11 other book ideas to explore, approximately 5 years of nonstop writing.

Q. Please tell us your latest news.

I will probably do a virtual book tour in March, that will be timed to a temporary lowering of book prices by my publisher. So don’t miss out! They have several other great books.

Q. Do you have anything specific that you want to say to your readers?

If you have ever thought about writing, but never got around to it because you don’t have the time, don’t think you are good enough, it’s too hard etc. – Get cracking!!! Regardless if you make it to the big-time, or not, you’ll have a blast. It is so rewarding to be able to be creative, especially for wastrels like me who can’t paint, draw, or anything else.

Also, buy my book, its great! It’s available at Amazon and Barnes & Noble in eBook format: http://www.newlibri.com/products/default.html

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