A Stereotypical Bloke

Chas Murrell
Chas Murrell Author Interview

Yearn To Fear follows a scientists with a world changing invention who finds himself surrounded by lies and spies. What was the inspiration for the setup to this thrilling story?

It was a story that just kind of developed quickly along from a very raw idea, and certainly didn’t end up being what was originally in my head in the first place! I wanted to create something different, something I hadn’t read about before in the 3 to 5 books I would consume a week pre-covid. Then relate that to the near future. It was not a linear process that’s for sure, and I wouldn’t say there was a single inspiration for the set up. Perhaps, it was a bit like the event business, you start with something and add layers as you go along, such that at the end everything has purpose.

Marcus is an intriguing and well developed character. What were some driving ideals behind his character development?

Marcus had to be likeable but an unlikely hero and someone who didn’t see himself that way. He had to be able to rise to the occasion, but not be conceited and dare I say, in some regards a stereotypical bloke, who has no idea about some things. There are some parallels between us both lol Meaning he ended up with most of my many faults!

What were some themes that were important for you to focus on in this book?

That’s a good question. It had to be believable and it had to tie up at the end, yet leave the door open for book 2. For those who have finished Yearn to Fear, hopefully they will appreciate that everything was done or said for a reason as small and large themes run through the book. Readers will be more of a wake up to my ‘style’ for next book, so I’m already trying harder to keep them on their toes. lol

This is book one in your Lamarr Series. What can readers expect in book two?

Book two is called Fear to Recall. It’s called that to align with book 1, but the contextual reasoning behind the name is different. Book 2 has already involved more research than book 1 and I’m happy to say, I’ve been enjoying the research side of things, discovering, for instance, a function of InfraRed jammers I wasn’t aware of and as of writing this, that function will make an appearance. I guess that means still more high tech in book 2. I’m a romantic at heart (probably overly so), so I enjoy writing the banter between characters, there will definitely be more of that too. 🙂

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Sydney scientist, Marcus Hall, is developing a radical 5G Wi-Fi receiver for CSIRO. With access to secretive Lamarr computer chips – this technology promises billions to repair Australia’s ravaged economy. On a caffeine boosted whim, he inadvertently discovers a therapeutic breakthrough in neuroscience. Or so he thinks…
His seemingly trustworthy lab partner, Henry, is an unlikely Australian spy. His official duty is keeping tabs on the project and their Lamarr chips. But the whole project is now classified top-secret.
Marcus remains blissfully unaware of the many secrets surrounding him, until he witnesses the graphic murder of a colleague. Could this event reveal Henry as a master deceiver and ruthless double agent? Will the scientific discovery be fatal for Marcus, those he loves, and the one he yearns for? Marcus faces a soul tearing dilemma: is the only means of stopping the carnage to weaponise his prototype?
Foreign intelligence agencies realise the top-secret breakthrough is priceless. One particular spy leads the race to seize the invention. A psychological master of the long game, espionage, and extortion, his only rule according to Kung Fu: Win.
Friend and foe alike confront this psychotic mastermind. All will FEAR him, but is their FEAR real? Only the next six minutes will tell…

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