Where Writers And Authors Meet Interviews:
Ty Patterson was our Featured Spotlight author on the week of October 15th and visitors were encouraged to ask Ty some of their own questions! Here is a link to that Spotlight! Feel free to ask more questions, and we might just be able to get Ty back for a follow up interview!
Virginia Lori Jennings asks:
How do you come up with nerve wracking or scary situations to put your characters into?
I relate to what thrills and engrosses me and try to write stories or scenarios that would hold my attention. At the same time, I try to make the situations as realistic as possible. Yes this is fiction, but still, it has to be believable!
What, in your opinion, makes a good thriller?
A thriller is one that melts time for the reader and yet stays in his mind long after the book is finished. They have characters that slip into the readers minds. Readers become them.
Did you already consider the idea of writing a sequel when you were working on The Warrior or was it decided later on?
I wanted to write a series from day one, because I like reading series. I like the continuity, the development, so The Warrior was always going to have a sequel. The Warrior ended very differently, for a thriller, so putting the sequel is challenging and interesting
Describe your main character in 3 words.
Dangerous. Silent. Good
Do you have a set writing routine?
Ah, this is an interesting one. I work full time and am in a pretty demanding job with lots of travel, so making time and more importantly, making energy for writing is really challenging. still, i try to write a thousand words every week day, before sleep
What books or authors have most influenced your life?
There are so many, James Michener’s The Covenant, Herman Wouk’s War and Peace, Steven Leavitt’s Freakonomics series, Robert Crais’s Elvis Cole and Joe Pike series, Tom Wood’s Victor the Assassin series….many
What do you think makes a thriller stick in someones mind?
It’s making the reader be the character and live the story – those are the thrillers that you remember
What makes The Warrior sizzle?
That’s a good one. Some of my favorite thrillers are those where the main protagonist has a partner. for example, Robert Crais’s Elvis Cole has Joe Pike, Harlan Coben’s Myron Bolitar has Win, Robert Parker’s Spenser has Hawk.
All these partners are taciturn individuals, capable of great lethality…
I wanted to make this silent, dangerous, character the key to The Warrior and hence the protagonist in The Warrior is not the witty one.
The other reason the book sizzles and burns is because Major Zebadiah Carter is a complex character and i wanted him to consume the page and burn its letters
How do you build up the suspense and keep it even enough not to spoil the story, and know when to reach the crescendo and does this change how you finish the story after the build up?
I write in a fairly planned way in the sense that i broadly know where the story is going, what the key scenes will be, the key characters, etc. i am not a spur of the moment writer, but neither am i to write detailed character sketches.
So in my way of writing, i generally know how the next scene will be post the build up.
What i also do is, after writing each chapter, i read and edit it and before i start the next chapter i cycle back to the previous one .. so if there is a scene that jars after the suspense, i’ll rewrite it.
Is any of the story based on real events or facts that have been reported on about the Congo?
Your book has sparked the interest of my Dad and we have bought the book on Kindle.
What happened in Luvungi is real
Mass Rapes in Congo Reveals U.N. Weakness
What i have done is taken liberty with the numbers and by inserting this real life event into my story. Despite years of experience and billions of dollars, the peacekeeping force still seems to be failing at its task of protecting civilians.
Wow, i am deeply grateful and humbled. i hope he enjoys it. you know this is what i find deeply gratifying about writing… that people you have never met, and unlikely to meet, will tell you they bought the book and liked it… it’s like oxygen to a new author.
many many thanks to the two of you. i hope you connect with me on Twitter, https://twitter.com/pattersonty67
From Admin Virginia-Thank you for spending some time with us and answering our questions! Your book sounds really interesting!
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