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Thursday, December 12, 2013

The Perfect Day By Gunnar Angle Lawence ( Author Interview)

Ok everyone here is the third Author interview for Ashley's Addictive book blog. I am proud to welcome this week Gunnar Angle Lawrence. Gunnar is a ghost writer and the Author of Fair Play and The Perfect Day. Gunnar has spent the last Two years writing and working on The Perfect Day and it was due to be released on December 31, 2013 BUT.... Because of the holidays and all major eBook sites offices are going to be closed they decided to release the book early. The Perfect Day is now available for purchase at all E-book sites such as Amazon, Barns& Noble, Smashwords, Kobo, Apple and many more I do believe. So with out further babbling I am pleased to announce the Interview with Gunnar Angle Lawrence, Author of The Perfect Day.

 Can you start off by telling us a little about you?

I am Central Florida raised, a product of generations of ethnic blending and Southern hospitality. I live in Saint Cloud, Florida with my two dogs after several years of living in the Florida Keys on a houseboat in Big Pine Key. I was a ghostwriter for a while, ghostwriters get paid for their writing in advance whether it sells or not, and I was fine with that until I saw two of the hundreds that I wrote had gotten into the top ten of their genre. I decided to write some with my own name on them and published Fair Play a little over two years ago.

Can you tell us your latest news?

I have a new ghostwriting assignment, whether it becomes a best seller or not, I get paid, so I will be working on that for a little while. When I am done with that, I will start doing research on my third thriller, The Consortium, the follow up to The Perfect Day.

 When and why did you begin writing?

I have been writing since I was in third grade. I loved to read! I was reading before I went to kindergarten. I read during PE in Junior High, wrote poems to cute girls (them promptly threw them away) and always did it as sort of a hobby. I got a ‘job’ a few years ago when someone paid me to write something for them, and I fell into ghostwriting.

 When did you first consider yourself a writer?

I suppose it happened in steps. The first time I saw my name on an online article at AOL Travel. The first time I had an ebook with my name on it available for purchase on Amazon, that was a different kind of ‘writer’. And then when I was able to hold a paperback copy of ‘Fair Play’, to open the pages and read words I had struggled to put together. It is in the words of Michelangelo, “Totally awesome, dude!”. (The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle that is, I don’t know any quotes of the artist.)

 What inspired you to write your first book?

Seeing a book I wrote at #3 on a best seller list, but without my name on it.

 What inspired you to write a book on terrorist?

This kind of answers this question and the one below as well. After the attack on 9/11 and the war in Iraq, there was a cache of weapons and documents found in a small city outside of Baghdad. In that raid conducted by US Military they confiscated these documents and brought them back for analysis. They consisted of actual blueprints of schools in the United States, elementary schools, junior high schools and high schools. In fact, they found an entire building within a training camp that had been built along the specifications of those blueprints. It was set up to resemble an American public school, but it was located in the middle of an Al Qaeda training camp.

The phrase kept appearing on these documents over and over and referenced a plan in place by Islamic radicals who were already in the States to rise up on one day and attack, in multiple states, at multiple targets. None of this was really made public until after the attack on the school in Beslan in 2004, and then it was only leaked because no one else dared say anything about it.

 How did you come up with the title?

 The Perfect Day is the phrase that kept appearing on those documents.

 Do you have a specific writing style?

I write it the way I would see it happening on a television show, or movie. There are many points of view, sometimes with the bad guy, at times with one or more of the good guys. When you see a fast paced movie there is a lot going on in different places with different characters. I try to ‘see’ it, then ‘write’.

 Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp?

 Mostly I write to entertain. To create a kind of escape for a few hours or a weekend. If there is one message from this novel I want people to grasp, it is that hate is irrational. Whether it is hatred of someone because they aren’t the same color as you are (as with the despicable white supremacist characters) or because they are not of the particular branch of your particular religious persuasion. You cannot reason with that level of hatred, but something even more dangerous than trying to reason with people who hate that much is staying silent about the atrocities they commit for fear of offending them. The longer the silence continues, the more pervasive the behavior becomes.

How much of the book is realistic?

The entire book is based on a real, documented attack plan of Al Qaeda. The attack on Beslan was real and hundreds of children, teachers and parents were gunned down. The bit about the little girl crossing into the country of Turkey where the border guard stamped the passport of her stuffed unicorn, yep that happened. I try to incorporate as much reality as possible into the storyline.

 Now I love music just as much as reading, I normally listen to music while I am reading. Do you think that your characters have theme songs? What would they be?

Well, that’s something I’ve never been asked before. Okay, Detective Paul Friedman I suppose his theme song would be, “Desperado” by the Eagles. Monica Quinn is the Certified Fraud Examiner Accountant single mom so hers would probably be “Miss Independent” by Kelly Clarkson. Jerome Eisman, the intrepid reporter would probably be “Every Step You Take” by the Police. And Ali the Sand Viper would have to be a “Cold Hearted Snake” by Paula Abdul.

 Are experiences based on someone you know, or events in your own life?

All the characters are based on people I know, respect and some people that I don’t like all that much. Events in my life, not so much.

 What books have most influenced your life most?

For humor, probably Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy. For drama/intensity, the Steven James’ Patrick Bowers series.

 If you had to choose, which writer would you consider a mentor?

I like the style of JJ Abrams in writing plot and action, Jerry Bruckheimer for the quirky twists he puts in the story. For books, Steven James, author of the Patrick Bowers novels is fantastic.

 What book are you reading now?

The King by Steven James

 Are there any new authors that have grasped your interest?

Easy, Rue Volley for her steamy erotica novels. CJ West for the realistic thriller novels. Not really new, but new to me.

 What are your current projects?

 I will be completing the ghostwriting project before the end of the year and then will be working on the third book in the Paul Friedman series entitled ‘The Consortium’.

Name one entity that you feel supported you outside of family members.

One? Facebook. Lots of authors going through some of the same struggles I am facing. We chat, laugh and cry together.

 Do you see writing as a career?

It would be my dream.

 If you had to do it all over again, would you change anything in your latest book?

Not really, I’ve been working on this one since Fair Play was done. A LOT changed from first concept to what it is now.

 Do you recall how your interest in writing originated?

By reading. By imagining myself as one of the Hardy Boys or Tom Swift. (Yes, I’m old.) So I started re-imagining the stories I was reading and would write it the way I would want to read it.

 Can you share a little of your current work with us?

The Consortium is going to encompass a lot. The primary focus is that of a corrupt government official who has her hands in a lot of wrong doing. It’s going to touch on a subject that is important to get ‘out there’ and that is the subject of human trafficking. And yes, it is happening within the United States as well.

 Is there anything you find particularly challenging in your writing?

Empathizing with the scuzzy characters. You kind of have to do that if you are going to write the part of the villain. You’ve got to understand why he or she does what he does, even if he or she is absolutely evil.

 Who are your three favorite authors and what is it that really strikes you about their work?

Steven James – His pacing is fantastic. A thrill a minute.

Clive Barker – For supernatural horror, Clive is absolutely terrifying with his imaginative characters.

Agatha Christie – For her twists, turns and surprises. (Yes, I’m old.)

Do you have to travel much concerning your book(s)?

Sometimes. Most of the areas that I write about are places I’ve lived or visited. Orlando is as much a character in these books as Paul or Jerome. The whole city has a feel to it that you just can’t understand until you’ve lived here.

 Who designed the covers?

I did. I am poor and can’t afford to pay someone for that.

 What was the hardest part of writing your book?

The scheduling of all the events that occur in the last section of the book. The methodical planning and timing was important to get right. A lot is going on and I wanted it all to mesh in a real time type atmosphere like a 24 episode.

 Did you learn anything from writing your book and what was it?

I did a lot of research into the facts of The Perfect Day and the massacre at Beslan. I learned a lot about areas of Orlando I never bothered visiting before when I went on field trips to see those locations.

 Do you have any advice for other writers?

Keep writing. Network with other writers because you aren’t alone. And do it BEFORE your book is written.

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

Thanks for all the support and the wonderful reviews you left for Fair Play!

Which comes first? The character's story, or, the idea for the novel?

The idea comes first, then I throw the character into the story and see how they react.

 What advice do you have for someone who would like to become a published writer?

Do what you love. If you have a manuscript you think is fantastic and have sent it around the world and back to no avail, try self-publishing. Indies are a tight knit and supportive but welcoming community of writers.

Is there anything else that you would like to add?

A thanks to all the dedicated bloggers who spend their precious spare time reading indie work and blogging about it. They help us all a great deal.

 I just want to say thank you so much for taking the time to answer these for my readers and I. I look forward to seeing more work from you in the future.
Well there you have it, Gunnar Angle Lawrence I hope you enjoyed reading this and don't forget to stop by every day and enter the contest to win a free copy of The Perfect Day or a signed copy of Fair Play. Also come back tomorrow for more of Gunnar Angle Lawrence. I will be posting the review for The Perfect Day!!!!!  

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