PUSHING MY LUCK
That’s not quite true. I just don’t want to push my latest book - I seem to be doing it anyway - HARM’S WAY. It’s an international thriller from a U.S. publisher coming out Friday, 16 August.
Here’s a bit of a teaser. A top-notch American researcher keeps one step ahead of a government hired contract killer. Want more? Okay. Not far behind is a feisty female CIA operative hell bent on stopping him from passing vital US classified material to a foreign power.
To whet your appetite a tad more, how’s this? With dying no option, Page relies on instinct, self-preservation and wits to avoid becoming collateral damage.
Have I caught your attention? Curious maybe? There’s mayhem, romance and maybe places you’d like to visit. Or already have. Washington. Moscow. The US eastern seaboard, among others. It involves the CIA. The English MI6. Russia’s FSB.
I keep lighter moments in my work, yet not letting them take away from the story. I’ve always looked for my characters to drive the plot, not the other way around.
On writing a book – mostly fiction for me – it starts off with something that catches my imagination. It grows from there. Little bits begin to form the plot. Often, that’s where it ends. Drifts off.
One will stick with you. And grows. You’re going to spend the next two, three years, so you’d better have faith that this one works out.
Some writers plot their books on cards; stick ‘em up on the wall. In sequence. Only then do they begin to write. The end first. My approach? Start at the beginning and don’t stop till it’s finished. Some characters might die off en route, while others stay alive.
Author’s comment: It often takes six drafts - some 350 pages each – working to polish, constant editing before I feel it’s ready. When I start the first draft, I have no clue how it’ll end. Is he kidding? Hmm. Follow me on Twitter! @clarkewallace Give me some feedback.