Author Interview A. G. Riddle
What is your name and where are you from?
I grew up in Boiling Springs, NC, a small town about an hour west of Charlotte.
I currently live in Durham, NC.
What is your book about? (synopsis, or the blurb from the back of the book)
Dr. Kate Warner has just made the breakthrough of a lifetime: a cure for autism. But when two boys from her study are abducted, she is plunged into a world of espionage and intrigue where nothing is as it seems, including her work. Now an ancient conspiracy group will stop at nothing to obtain her research and force the next stage of human evolution, even if it means wiping out 99.9% of the world’s population. To stop them, Kate must work with a mysterious intelligence agent to unravel the mystery behind the Atlantis Gene… and human origins.
Who, or what, inspired you to start writing?
The great novels I’ve read. Knowing what’s possible — that a person can use words to create worlds and characters so real inspires me to keep writing.
Do you outline, or do you fly by the seat of your pants when you write? Why?
I outlined a lot for The Atlantis Gene. The plot is pretty intricate and there are several timelines (it has been called “too intricate” in fact).
I did find that when I started writing, new ideas would come up, and I would sometimes adjust my outline to include them.
What book stands out most to you that you have read in the last year? (please post a link)
That’s a tough one. Wool is a recent favorite.
Do you prefer paper books or e-books? Why?
I prefer paper for non-fiction (or long/complex novels where I’m flipping back and forth a bit).
I read most novels in e-book form.
What is your favorite movie, or television show, currently?
Another tough one. Shows like X-Files, LOST, and Battlestar Galactica are among my all-time favorites.
Strike Back and Game of Thrones are also up there.
Do you listen to music when you write? If so, what is your music of choice?
I do, and what I listen to depends on what I’m writing.
I mostly listen to classical or film scores via Pandora. Sometimes DI.FM
iTunes if there’s a song I want to hear or mood I want to get into.
Do you write full time, or do you still hold down a day job? If you still have a day job, what is it?
I write full time.
I sometimes imagine actors playing characters in my book, do you ever imagine this? If so, who do you see representing the characters in your book?
Initially I did. I brainstormed actors and similar characters for all the main characters in The Atlantis Gene. I think it helped me get started. I found that as I got deeper into writing the novel, the characters tended to become unique in my mind.
Any advice for aspiring writers?
I probably don’t know enough to pass out advice, so I would simply say this: write the book you’re dying to read and keep writing — no matter what happens. No matter what.
Now time for some goofy questions:
Who would win in a fight, Superman or the Incredible Hulk?
My heart screams man of steel, but my analytical mind begs for details. Are we talking early 80s Lou Ferrigno Hulk or Edward Norton Hulk circa 2008? Ah, who am I kidding, SuperMan can fly, I like his chances.
Who is your favorite Ninja Turtle?
Splinter. I bet you didn’t see that coming.
If you were a transformer, what would you transform into?
George Clooney. I would then drive across the country, stopping at every IHOP just to freak people out.
NOTE: I realize readers may have been expecting a non-humanoid choice for the foregoing answer, but sometimes I just can’t resist throwing a twist in there.
If you could be anyone for 1 day who would you be?
J.K. Rowling. While the 24 hour gender and age change would be jarring, I would use that window to focus her brain power on the outline for my next series (I can use all the help I can get).
If time travel was possible, but you were limited to only going to the past or going to the future, which would you choose, and why?
The past. There’s a better chance there will be other humans and something to eat on planet Earth. And I love history.
What is your most valued possession?
My relationship with my girlfriend.
What is your favorite breakfast food?
Diet Coke. Lots of it.
Have you ever been to a country where you have not lived, if so where?
I studied abroad in Tübingen, Germany in college and traveled throughout Europe after that. Other than that, just Mexico and islands in the Caribbean for vacation.
Thank you, A. G.!
Drew Avera is an active duty Navy veteran and self published author. He lives in Virginia with his wife and two daughters. You can purchase his first book, Dead Planet on Amazon here:
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