Troy Jackson is auhor of the wonderful The Elementals, http://amzn.to/VIdmSU. The Elementals is an expansive novel brilliantly marrying the genres of historical fiction and paranormal fiction. His writing reminds me of Michener.
Troy took time out to interview yours truly and I owe him big. Getting heard is oxygen to a new author.
Tonight we have another interview. This one is with author Ty Patterson, who has written The Warrior. This thriller is started to catch attention and the reviews look to be very positive. So, without further adieu….
1) Tell us about yourself – what do you like to write? How long have you written? What prompted you to start writing?
I have been selling all my life. I have sold tea, exotic leather goods, industrial equipment, and now I create characters and stories that will hopefully live long in the imaginations of my readers.
I write thrillers since that is the genre that interests me. I have always been writing since I was a kid in some form or the other. The earliest pieces I wrote were short fiction, and then in a later life I was a freelance advertising copywriter for some time. That experience has helped me pack a punch in my thriller writing.
I started writing my first book, The Warrior, a thriller, in December 2011, on a challenge by my wife and son who wanted me to come out of my comfort zone and write my first book. That was how The Warrior was born.
2) What types of books do you like to read?
I am a voracious reader and even read the labels on toilet paper rolls. I read on diverse subjects ranging from fiction, management, economics, politics, science and philosophy. Did I mention quantum physics? Steven Levitt, Nassim Nicholas Taleb, Peter Drucker, CK Prahlad, James Michener, James Lee Burke, Robert Crais, Lee Child, Greg Rucka, are just some of those whose writings I love.
3) What author(s) do you enjoy reading? Why?
On the thriller front, I enjoy reading Lee Child, Robert Crais, Richard Parker, David Baldacci, Harlan Coben, Stephen Hunter, and many others. I like the way they are able to create characters and plots that draw you in and paint images in your mind. I hope my readers get the same reading experience when they read The Warrior.
4) What inspires you to write?
I am not one of those authors who sees a sunset or a comet and that triggers the flow of words.
I believe that inspiration has to be made to happen, so the way I go about writing is to decide on a central character, build a loose plot and then work at that in a disciplined manner. Maybe that is not a very romantic way of writing but it is what works for me.
As far as The Warrior is concerned, specifically, the strong, silent action hero has always intrigued me, whether that hero existed in movies or books. Interestingly in many books or movies, the strong, silent action hero is the sidekick to the witty, urbane, handsome hero. I wanted to reverse that in The Warrior and that was how I started.
5) When a story idea pops into your head, how long does it typically take to write it (from start to finish)?
This is the first book I have written and this took me ten months to write, followed by a couple of months in editing. The book is not very big, but since I work full time, making time and more importantly, making energy available for writing was a huge challenge.
I have started on a sequel and am hoping to complete it sooner, by spring.
6) What did you find to be the most difficult part of the writing process? Easiest?
That is easy. Filling in the blank pages with words that make a coherent story is the most challenging part for me! Editing the product once I have finished writing it is the far easier bit.
7) Tell us about your book? Where can readers find it? Do you have a website? Blog?
The Warrior is based on the central character, Zeb Carter, and a host of supporting characters around him, the most important of those being Broker, his friend. Zeb is a Private Military Contractor who is deputed to the Congo on a mission and witnesses a crime of enormous proportion. He tracks the perpetrators down to New York only to find they are protected and is ordered to back down by the FBI. As the threads of the crime draws in those close to him Zeb has to decide whether he can and wants to against the FBI and risk all that he has. The Warrior is Zeb and Broker’s story, but it is also the story of the brotherhood of warriors.
Readers can find The Warrior on Amazon and Smashwords, via the links below.
http://www.smashwords.com/books/view/264075 I have a blog, and also am on Twitter and Facebook and will love to connect with readers and reviewers.
Check out Troy’s blog and my interview here http://bit.ly/XuuIzk