zaterdag 2 november 2013

Author Interview The Godess and The Great Beast Tour

I'm interviewing author Adrian Gross, the author of supernatural thriller "The Goddess and The Great Beast". Enjoy the interview!

Author Interview

1) What is your favorite part of the process of writing a book? 
Losing myself in the zone. Like any creative pursuit, the most effective moments come when one is able to shut the conscious mind off and let inspiration flow relatively unhindered from the subconscious on to the page. These are the times when a person approaches the divine and they are experiences available to anyone, in many spheres; sport, art, philosophy. It’s a bit like an engine. You need a starter motor (conscious thought) to get the main engine (subconscious creativity) running. Then you just lightly guide the engine where you want it to go. Sometimes, of course, it races off in a direction of its own choosing and you just have to go with it and hope it takes you to an interesting place, and it often does.
2) Tell us more about your main character. What would his dream holiday destination be? Which celebrity would he love to meet in real life?
Inevitably, Vivian, the book’s main character, reflects elements of myself. I would find it very difficult and it would probably be utterly unconvincing to try and write a central persona with whom I could not, at least in part, identify. Having said that, Vivian is not me. He is a discrete character in specific circumstances. I think his dream holiday would probably be trekking across the Indian sub-continent. He would not be interested in celebrities per se, but I think he would have liked to have met Lawrence of Arabia.
3) What are some of the challenges your main character faces?
He has to try and understand, and come to terms with, a world he had no prior awareness of, that is, the supernatural.
4) Is there a villain in your book? What is the villain's reasons for struggling against the protagonist? 
There is no traditional ‘bad guy’ as such. Many characters have villainous, or rather, conflicting characteristics with which Vivian has to contend, but none of them are simply out to get him. His struggles also involve those within his own mind about what and who to believe.
5) What projects are you working on at the moment?
I have an idea about a psychopathic, aristocratic anarchist which keeps bubbling away and I’m also trying my hand at a kind of twisted detective genre concept set within the heavy metal community.

About The Goddess and The Great Beast

1942: a bored British soldier in Baghdad; a beautiful Babylonian Goddess; a sacred marriage unconsummated.

Five years later, in a dreary post-war London, the Goddess must be satisfied.

Can anyone save her demobbed consort from eternal torment?

Or eternal bliss?

Can he save himself?

Does he even want to be saved?

And what’s it got to do with the ‘wickedest man in the world’?

Author Bio

Adrian Gross is a British writer. Some bits of him used to be Irish and some others were once Hungarian. He lives close to Glastonbury and likes to bang his little heavy metal head whilst drinking chewy real ale!

He has endured many terrible jobs, including adrenaline-junkie motorcycle courier, record shop dude-with-bad-attitude, and air traffic control disaster limitation assistant.

When his aching bones and throbbing hangover allow, he plays football (soccer) and rides bicycles up and down the Mendip Hills.


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