Publish Date: February 22, 2013
Order Link: Amazon
Author Interview: Q. Please tell us about your current release.
It’s called, Lest The Dew Rust Them.
The official blurb reads as follows -
Terrorism in America has a new game…decapitations!
Homeland Security Director Robert Grimmson faces the task of catching five men in New York City. They call themselves the Sword Masters with a single minded plan of terror through decapitations. Barely has the task begun when a new arrival at JFK is a man importing thousands of swords! Alexander Suten-Mdjai is a trainer in the deadly art of swordsmanship and Robert cannot help but believe there is a connection between him and the Sword Masters. As he goes about the task, each step in his search is made more difficult through the interference of politicians, the media and his own government. Robert’s examination constantly draws him back to Alexander who regales him with a tale of swordsmanship from his lineage featuring events of mankind’s bloody past and often oddly having a connection to the case before him.
With the clock ticking as New York collapses into a deep panic, he must catch the Sword Masters before it is too late!
It is a thriller with what I consider a unique flair. The main story is inundated with a number of very short stories interspersed throughout the novel. These tales are related by one of the main characters and are subtly tied to the main story.
Q. How did you come up with the idea for your book?
I have always been an avid reader of international news. 9-11 was a horrible day that forever changed the world. Since then, terrorists have tried different ways to penetrate America’s defenses. This is just one different angle. I am also an avid reader of history. It was an easy fit for me to blend those two loves into the novel.
Q. Can you tell us about the journey that led you to write your book?
Generally, I write speculative fiction – science fiction, fantasy and alike. My first two novels, The Brotherhood Of Piaxia, and Grave Is The Day, fall neatly into that category. I wanted to do something a little outside that genre, but not too far. I don’t think you’ll find me writing any romance stories. You could even say that it has a few similarities to fantasy as there is a fair amount of swordplay involved.
Q. If you had to do it all over again, would you change anything about the book?
Novels to authors are like children. You bring them into the world, do your best to raise them and prepare them as best as you can to face the world. Every parent always worries did they do all they could before letting go, but when it’s time, it’s time. Thinking maybe I should have done something else is the kind of self doubt that would imply my work is not up to standard. I would prefer to believe I did the best I could as a parent.
Q. What was the hardest part of writing your book?
I can’t recall any specific aspect of the novel as being more arduous than any other part. Saying that, I always worry whether I will reach what I consider a respectable word count. The last thing you want to do is insert filler. It takes away from the flow. At 76,484 words, I felt comfortable at the length.
Q. Do you have a musical playlist you listen to when writing? If so, what kind of music?
No, I’m more the kind who has the television playing in the background. It’s on all the time and I hardly ever watch it. I guess it’s a background noise that for whatever reason doesn’t intrude into my thoughts but takes away the silence.
Q. What would you say is your most interesting writing quirk?
Dialogue tags - without a doubt. You won’t find any in my writing. You want to bulge up a word count, throw in a gazillion he said – she said. Without the tags I’ve used actions or the actual dialogue to identify the speaker. Actions provide the reader a vision as to what is going on while the dialogue is taking place. I believe it makes for a more enjoyable read.
Q. Do you plan any subsequent books?
I’m always writing, but if the question is whether there will be a sequel to Lest The Dew Rust Them, the answer is no. The story is complete. The reader will not have to wait a year for the next installment. All my novels are that way. I’m not one looking to write the next great trilogy or quadrology or octology or however many -ologies some are striving for. I’ve recently finished a new science fiction entitled, The Infinite Within. All that is left is sending it to my editor. I’m also working on a new epic fantasy entitled, Demon Stones. I’m using the same world created in The Brotherhood Of Piaxia, but it will also be a standalone novel.
Q. Please tell us your latest news.
There’s nothing more current than the release of this novel. As things go, with this being my third work, there’s something to be said about expectations. Unlike when I released my first novel or to a degree my second, readers of those novels are having high expectations about this one as they have become familiar with the quality of my work.
Q. Do you have anything specific that you want to say to your readers?
Nothing more than one word – enjoy.