Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Interview - Hard Act by Glover Wright

1 - Does writing energize or exhaust you?

A: Both, and often simultaneously

2 - What are common traps for aspiring writers?

A: With fiction – being too autobiographical.

3 - Did you ever consider writing under a pseudonym?

A: Once, with a non-thriller work which lies unpublished on my bookshelves.

4 - Do you try more to be original or to deliver to readers what they want?

A: Original always. You have to believe in yourself enough to feel your readers will accept what you give them.

5 - What other authors are you friends with, and how do they help you become a better writer?

A: Jack Higgins – who read the first draft of my debut novel THE TORCH, believed in my writing and gave me the greatest gift any established writer can give to a novice and that is brutal editing with no care whatsoever for hurt-feelings. In his case, carried out with a thick green-ink pen, striking through great screeds of my overwritten, thus redundant, prose until what was left was a taut manuscript bought by the first publisher who read it – G.P. Putnam USA and subsequently, Hutchinson, UK, followed by a number of translations worldwide.

6 - Do you want each book to stand on its own, or are you trying to build a body of work with connections between each book?

A: Stand-alone works for me as I do not usually follow a theme book-to-book. That is not to say I would or could not write a sequel to one of my works if the demand was there and, most importantly, that the sequel could turn out as well or better than its predecessor.

7 - How did publishing your first book change your process of writing?

A: Publishing, per se, did not.  Technology certainly did. The physical ability to change what was on the page instantaneously was like having shackles unlocked from your imagination. A sentence or even a complete scene could be rewritten swiftly in an alternative way which could change the outcome of a plot or a character’s fate within it.

Hard Act
Glover Wright

Genre: Thriller

Publisher: Fiery Seas Publishing

Release Date: February 21, 2017

Book Description:

Only the CIA knows the truth, and all it would take for the president’s legacy to be tarnished forever is for one agent involved to turn rogue and reveal everything . . .

In 2011, American Seal Team Six killed Osama bin Laden in an ultra-secret CIA operation hailed as the outgoing US president’s crowning achievement. Pakistan's chief investigator into US Operation Neptune Spear concluded Bin Laden was betrayed by Al Qaeda itself, fooling the CIA and gaining the US president’s bounty on their ailing leader’s head: $25,000,000, which may have given birth to deadly ISIS.

Loner, Agent Ben Markstein, betrayed and primed for retribution by his obsession with the Pakistani beauty at the dark heart of HARD ACT, an unsanctioned covert black operation planned by former US Senator Wendell Strachan to save the president and regain the $25,000,000 held in a Liechtenstein bank account by Saudi Prince Faisal bin Sharif, CEO of a billion-dollar Islamic charity trust and secret terrorist money-launderer.

Markstein learns that Serena Lashari, the beautiful, clever, successful Geneva-based fund-manager is Prince Faisal’s lover and has the account codes. He acts ruthlessly, manipulating Wendell Strachan and the black operation to win Serena and the money for himself.

Against a background of political conspiracy and escalating violence across Europe, culminating in potential catastrophe at a nuclear-armed U.S.A.F air-base in England, Ben Markstein plays HARD ACT’s ruthless game to win – even at the cost of the lives of all who stand in his way.


About the Author:

Glover Wright has a background in entertainment. He was lead-guitarist in the 1960’s for American Rock Legends Jerry Lee Lewis and Gene Vincent on their British tours, recorded as Buddy Britten & the Regents, was with the Beatles in their early Hamburg days and, through his friendship with John Lennon, became composer and producer with The Beatles Apple Music. After the Beatles split, he signed with Mercury records USA, had success as Simon Raverne and toured widely entertaining US troops, an experience he remembers with  pride.

With writing in mind, he broke from music in the 1970’s and spent time with contract soldiers and British SAS units in Oman, resulting in his debut novel The Torch, which was accepted immediately by Putnam USA and published worldwide including many translations. During his extended period in the Middle East he met many figures later to shape world events, including Libya’s Moammar al-Gaddafi and in Beirut’s celebrity-haunt nightclub Le Cave de Roy was invited ­– after being recognized and asked to perform a song on stage – to join the table hosted by a wealthy young Saudi Arab named Osama Bin Laden.

Glover Wright has had eight novels published to date and lives now in Jersey, British Channel Islands. He still performs musically at charity fund-raisers for servicemen and women wounded in action and is proud to do so.

HARD ACT is his most hard-hitting and timely thriller to date. World best-selling writer Jack Higgins describes it as: “The most ingenious thriller I have read this year.”

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