I’m excited to be one of the stops on the Arctic Fire Blog Tour. The author Paul Byers is joining us today for an interview. Be sure to drop by the Blog Tour Page for a list of all the stops participating.
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Helloooo Paul – thanks for joining me here at My Shelf Confessions – admittedly I’m cheating a bit since I haven’t finished reading Arctic Fire. *titters all evil like*
– So pitch it to me, twitter style – why we should read your book, or what the book is about. Essentially how would you catch someone’s eye in 140 characters or less? Go!
Wow, you’re tough right out of the gate, 122,000 words down to 140 characters. Well, here goes:
A 101 year old secret, a marvel of modern engineering, the world on the brink of disaster. Can the Blast from the Past save the future?
– What do you think about genre shelving? I know I know, it can be somewhat of a touchy subject with some authors. So hence – I want to know your thoughts on it. And how would you classify or genre tag Arctic Fire?
Like most things, it has its pros and cons, just like the debate of which is better, paper books or ebooks? Today, there are so many “crossover” books that would fit into a variety of genres. Today, science fiction is not just about outer space and aliens and thrillers are not just about spies or exposing corporate secrets.
I would classify Arctic Fire definitely as an adventure/action thriller with trace elements of sci-fi and a techno thriller.
– Covers for me are a huge factor on whether I will pick up a book or not. I think the same could probably be said for many readers. Now I read across quite a few genres, but I know many stick to their favored genre. When I see your cover it speaks these elements to me without reading the blurb: Military, futurisitic, possibly sci-fi.
They say to never judge a book by its cover, but I’m with you. The cover has to grab the reader’s attention, especially if it’s a thriller, action or in the sci-fi categories. As for what you see in my cover, you are right. There are elements of all three in the book to some degree or another, with some more than others.
– What does your cover say to you? And what was your reaction when you first saw it?
When I first saw the cover, my initial reaction was COOL! Most writers will tell you the same thing when they see the finished cover for the first time. What do I see when I look at it? I see mystery and intrigue. Why are there building on top of a giant iceberg? Why is there a vintage aircraft flying over it? Fire and ice in the title and on the cover, plus I think the colors add to the mood and mystery of it.
– I must know…because I am always after more books to add to the growing mountain of books that will someday become the avalanche of to be read that will kill me….what authors/books do you love and that you think we simply must read?
Another tough question. A lot of what I read depends on my mood. When I want a good crime thriller I read Jeffery Deaver. He has great action and also educates you while entertaining. For great stories that are backed by facts or what could be, I like Michael Crichton. While I’m not into horror so much, some of Dean Kootz’s work is outstanding. He has such a great way with describing things. In fact, when I talk to high schools kids about writing, I use several of his passages as good examples. And last but not least, when I want a good, fast paced,fun read, I turn to Jeremy Robinson.
– Is there a type of book you would never read – oh don’t just say smutty romance that would be too easy.
I really thought about this and other than the statement below, I think I would at least try any genre if the story interested me.
– What about a subject you would never write about?
I don’t think I would ever write erotica. Bully to those who write it and to those who enjoy reading it, but it’s not my cup of teas as they say.
– Come the apocalypse what is your plan? I have cans of SPAM stockpiled, because lets face it that stuff will survive even when the cockroaches die. …and I love it. Don’t judge me.
Not just the apocalypse, but the ZOMBIE apocalypse! Which brings up the question: are they the classic, slow moving zombies like in The Walking Dead or the newer, faster moving updated version as in World War Z?
Ya gotta have all your supplies, food, water and plenty of ammo. Always remember the first rule when it comes to shooting zombies: always double tap! (Don’t judge me.) Oh, and don’t forget the Twinkies, they will last just as long as the spam will.
– We are all about confessions here, *looks up at the title of the site* so you had to know this one was coming. Do tell us…preferably something achingly embarrassing – a confession! It doesn’t necessarily have to be book related. Though I can tell you one of mine….but promise not to tell…sometimes…only very rarely and in great moments of weakness I will read a cowboy romance. SHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH quiet now!
A cowboy romance…? “Happy trails to you…” Okay, you’re not going to get me on this one. I’ve seen the movies where a group of people are about to die and they spill their guts to clear their conscience’s and end up living and hating each other after they found out what their friends did. The worse I’ll fess up to is taking 12 items into the 10 items speed lane at the grocery store, okay,15. That’s my story and I’m sticking to it!
Thanks so much Paul for being a sport and I hope the book does marvelous for you darling!
Best Elvis impersonation, Thank you, thank you very much.
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Wealthy entrepreneur Nigel Cain has devised an efficient new way to bring the earth’s most precious resource to the masses – clean water – by transporting massive man-made icebergs from the frigid arctic and delivering them literally to the doorsteps of millions.
Gabriel Pike works at a small engineering firm that has been awarded the task of giving the final safety approval to pilot the first gigantic block of ice into New York harbor.
A consummate showman, Cain has built a fabulous 5-Star hotel and casino high atop the iceberg so his celebrity guests and media elite can cover this spectacle from beginning to end. Pike is whisked away from his work-a-day world and dropped into the lap of luxury where he’s expected to simply rubber-stamp his inspection.
A brutal winter storms ravages the iceberg and exposes structural inconsistencies and hidden agendas that fill Pike with serious doubts about the true intentions of the project. But a grisly double homicide on the ice puts the inspections on the back burner and sends Pike’s life spiraling out of control when he’s accused of being the jealous murderer in a lover’s triangle.
But Pike soon discovers that there is far more at stake than just his life. He uncovers a conspiracy more heinous than anything he could have imagined – a plot that will level a city, change the political face of America, and whose shockwaves will be felt around the world. Fate rests in his hands – if he can survive long enough to take action…
Paul grew up in Oregon on the shores of the mighty and mysterious Columbia River, and spent endless hours daydreaming on the beach in front of his house, making up stories about the ships from exotic ports all over the world that steamed up the river – what secret cargo might they be carrying; did they harbor spies who were on dark and exciting missions?WEBSITE | FACEBOOK
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