Daniel Burton is an upcoming author and a poet and part of the @FeedMyReads gang on Twitter. he was kind enough to interview me.
Ty Patterson is a new thriller writer. His novel, ‘The Warrior’, is now available and I was privileged enough to ask him some questions for @FeedMyReads.
What made you want to become an author?
I have always been writing, short pieces of fiction or humor that either never saw the light of day or got published in obscure magazines. A couple of years back, in 2011, my wife and son challenged me to write, and write in a genre that interested me the most, and that’s how The Warrior was born.
Aside from writing what are your other interests?
I play tennis badly and am an OK badminton player. Most competitive sports interest me, especially the individual sports, and also have a keen interest in politics, technology, social media, traveling, and mentoring.
Is there a particular review or comment that has made you particularly proud of your work?
Some of the feedback I’ve got on Twitter has been incredibly motivating. These are people who have randomly taken a chance on my book and have invested in reading it and letting me know how much they enjoyed it. They didn’t have to do that, but they did and that’s what makes a writer’s life.
Who are your main inspirations and why?
My wife and son inspire me. They have bent their lives to accommodate my passion of writing and such a selfless act humbles me and makes me determined to be successful.
How did the idea for your book ‘The Warrior’ come about?
I have several friends in the Armed Forces and some of them told me about the incident in Luvungi that is the starting point of The Warrior. I knew it was a thriller that I wanted to write, since that is the genre that interests me the most, and I also knew that the central character had to be a force for good and a force for those without recourse, so when the incidents in Luvungi were narrated to me, all pieces came together.
What challenges have you faced in your career as an author?
Making myself heard is a constant challenge. There are so many books out there for readers to choose from that getting mine in front of them is extremely difficult. Compound that with the fact that I am a new author that 99% of the world and its dog hasn’t heard of!
The other challenge is making energy to write.
But if life were easy, where would be the drive to do something different?
Do you feel that being part of a writing community like @FeedMyReads has been beneficial to you?
Absolutely. As a new author, I am privileged to be featured by @FeedMyReads and help me in making my book seen and heard. You guys are doing a fantastic job and I hope you continue supporting new authors.
Which 3 books would you recommend and why?
L.A. Requiem by Robert Crais
I have found this to be the most powerful book in Crais’s Elvis Cole and Joe Pike series. While it is a mystery and a thriller, it is also about relationships and how you weigh them. Robert Crais is the author aspiring thriller writers should read. His sparse prose is evocative.
The Covenant by James Michener
Michener traces the origins and history of South Africa via a vast, sweeping, historical fiction piece. The book ends in the 80s but is relevant even today and has an interesting take on how religion shapes a nation.
Bounce: The Myth of Talent and the Power of Practice by Matthew Syed
Matthew Syed is a three time Commonwealth table tennis champion and a two time Olympian. In this book he explodes several myths about talent and practice. Given the recent summers of sporting success that Great Britain is enjoying, this should be a must read for those who want to understand the mysterious ways that talent works.
If you could work with any author, who would it be and why?
I will be greedy and go for two. Robert Crais for a million reasons, but chiefly because I want my thrillers to grip my readers and leave a lasting impression on them, the way his do on me.
Lee Child because not only is he one of the most successful thriller writers around, but also because he started his life anew when he moved to the US and made success happen. That requires an extraordinary amount of courage and force of will.
On the whole, how have you found being an author?
The stock, clichéd, answer to this is usually ‘rewarding.’ Being an author is not financial rewarding to me, not yet.
It is hard work, it can be depressing, and it does have an impact on other aspects of your life –after all there is a finite time you have in life and if one activity consumes X amount of time, then another activity suffers. But given a choice of being an author or not, I would take being an author any day.
A very moving interview with Ty Patterson, a new and very talented author. Remember to buy his book ‘The Warrior’, now on Amazon and ebook.