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Globes Disease is a fast paced thriller that follows seven individuals as they suffer from the affliction of lycanthrope and are being hunted by a vampire because of it. What was the inspiration that made you want to write this suspenseful novel?
The original idea began as a short story about a black man named Terry who is infected by a lycanthrope. As he walks down the street he wanders if people are looking at him because of his infection or because he is black.
As I added more characters, more stories grew, and eventually a lot of the back stories became short stories, that became novellas and before I knew it, a novel!
The characters, I felt, were well developed and really stood out as unique in the end. What was your favorite character to write for and why?
Its difficult to say. I like them all. I have seven kids and four grandchildren, and a good number of nieces and nephews, I truly have no favorites. I love them each based on who they are.
Lets just say, everyone that survived my book are my favorite characters (laughing). Though some of the ones that died had to die to move the story forward.
I will say that Terry and Quake stand out to me for the males and Jodi and Goldy stand out for the females.
I love your review of my book, it’s so dead on. I could never say in words what I was thinking when folks asked me what my novel was about. You hit the nail on the head.
You mentioned names, believe it or not, Quake is based on someone I know, named Dozer, and Quake comes from a name I know of someone named Earthquake. I combined the two. As far as Ano, I went to school with an Austrian fellow who was a big guy and natural athlete name Onno, that’s where that name came from.
Jodi is based on some Japanese and Chinese friends of mine who have traditional parents. I just turned them in to one girl. Goldy is based on the women I grew up listening to; beautiful, smart, professionals, and the challenges they faced in their lives.
This book seamlessly blends many different genres. Was this planned before writing or did it happen organically?
Organically, I actually like to tell stories about people and put them in precarious situations and see how they react. The genres you mentioned in your review are genres I know and love. So I naturally lean towards telling stories in those genres.
I can honestly say that I would love to be the hybrid of King, Tarantino, Lee, Palahniuk, Shyamalan, Chaykin and Gaiman. I love how Gaiman has written comics, novels, movies, etc. That seems very natural and fluid to me. Writing what strikes you. Writing when you are inspired and writing in the genre and medium you want has got to be the best of feelings.
What is the next book that you are working on and when will it be available?
I have completed the prequel to Globes Disease. I am waiting on the editing to be finished. I am currently working on the sequel as well…
In the mean time I am working on a comic, some short stories, a guest blog and a few other things…
These unfortunate residents of the small quiet town of La Mort Douce must band together as their peace is threatened by a mysterious Vampire, Hunters who treat them like wild game and a Government Agency with promises of a cure.
With many more threats looming, this eclectic group must come together to achieve a common goal.
They must fight for their humanity or die alone, like animals.
A thrilling action-packed novel about Lycanthropy through the eyes of 7 brave souls who suffer from the disease.
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The Smart Kid by Bob Miller is a genre-crossing novel with elements of a political thriller, a bit of science fiction, and a mystery as well. Although the story centers around a teenager, I’d hesitate to call this a “young adult” novel. The themes and situations would be entertaining for any adult. The setting in the mid-20th century may leave younger readers wondering about the pop culture references.
Matthew Jansen is an oddball student. He’s a new boy in school, but he’s very smart and spends most of his free time keeping notes in his journal. When the new school counselor, Charleen Therry, gets to know Matt, she discovers secrets that sound like they belong in a Nancy Drew novel. Charleen wants to help Matt, not only because of his secret, but also to help her heal from the death of her husband and son. Matt has been searching for an adult he can trust for years, and with Charleen’s help, he may be able to right the wrongs done to him.
From the start, it’s clear that this is a novel with lots of action. The story begins with a young athlete barely escaping his school and the shadowy government agents who are chasing him. He knows they’re still after him and they won’t stop looking, so he does what he can to cover his tracks. Matt is smart—some would say too smart—and he wants to use his intelligence and gifts to help other kids in school with him. But his intelligence gets him noticed, and that’s not good for his safety.
Matt thinks of himself like a superhero out of the golden age of comics. He tries to help other kids with their real problems, like child abuse and predatory adults. He’s no stranger to hardship, and this drives his need to go so far as to secretly manipulate adults in order to help other kids.
One of the things I enjoyed most about this novel was the author’s ability to ratchet up the tension through exciting action. Our hero is never truly safe, and throughout his life, he’s been one step ahead of the G-men who are in it for their own nefarious reasons. Harrowing chases, narrow escapes, and even tragedy kept me turning pages. Following Matt’s adventure as the layers of deception and subterfuge fall away to reveal the truth is a roller-coaster ride that will keep you in suspense until the very last chapter.
Another thing I enjoyed is that Matt turns out to have more allies than he thought. The surprising appearance of someone from Matt’s past helps him realize that his mission to be a “superhero” that helps other kids with their problems had more of an effect than he could ever imagine. Overall, this is an exciting and emotionally-driven novel and I recommend it for anyone who enjoys mysteries and thrillers. It has the feel of a classic pulp adventure without the predictable plot and characters. It’s truly surprising, and a lot of fun to read.
Pages: 371 | ASIN: B01BNA6JNC
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