Paperback Writer is pleased to announce our special guest author, David S. Brody, author of the historical suspense/thriller, Cabal of the Westford Knight: Temples at the Newport Tower.
ABOUT THE BOOK: While trying to help an elderly couple save their home, attorney Cameron Thorne is thrust into a bloody tug-of-war involving secret societies, treasure hunters and keepers of the secrets of the Jesus bloodline. Joined by Amanda, a beautiful British researcher with secrets of her own, Cam races around New England with only two choices, unravel the 600-year-old mysteries encoded in the ancient Templar artifacts or die trying.
Join BOSTON GLOBE bestselling author David S. Brody and his historical suspense/thriller, Cabal of the Westford Knight: Temples at the Newport Tower (Martin and Lawrence Press), as they virtually tour the blogosphere in April on their first virtual book tour with Pump Up Your Book Promotion!
Welcome to Paperback Writer
Q: Will you share with us how you came up with the idea for this book?
A: As a resident of Westford, Massachusetts, I was aware of the legend of the Westford Knight–Scottish explorers visiting Westford in 1398 and carving an effigy in stone in Westford to commemorate the death of a fallen comrade. As I dug deeper, I found other sites and artifacts in New England that corroborated this legend and confirmed that medieval explorers had been in New England in the late 1300s. Further, the legend is consistent with many European sources. When my research connected these explorers to the Knights Templar and the Jesus bloodline family, I knew I had stumbled onto fertile ground for a novel!
Q: Do you plan your stories first with an outline or does it come to you as write it?
A: I do very little outlining. I try to create interesting characters and place them in interesting settings, then sort of sit back and let the story evolve. When things really get going, I feel more like a reporter than a creator.
Q: Do you know the end of the story at the beginning?
A: I have a general idea of the direction it will go, but not the specifics.
Q: Do you have a process for developing your characters?
A: Again, I try to let the characters evolve and grow as the story progresses. It’s almost like raising children—as parents we bring these little lives into existence, but we really have no idea how they’ll turn out.
Q: It is said that authors write themselves into their characters. Is there any part of you in your characters and what they would be?
A: Most writers write from what they know, so there’s always going to be some of us—our experiences, our values, our beliefs, our opinions—in our characters. But I find my characters work best if they are not based on anybody real, especially me!
Q: What is your most favorite part about this book?
A: That’s easy—researching the hidden history. This really is an amazing story, one that I hope will change the way we view American history and put to rest the whole Christopher Columbus thing.
Q: When in the process of writing your book did you begin to look for a publisher?
A: I discussed this project with my publisher from my previous two books even before I began writing.
Q: What struggles have you had on the road to being published?
A: My experience is probably no different from other authors—the publishing industry is shrinking, and they prefer to publish works from established authors. It makes it tough to get a foothold.
Q: What has been the best part about being published?
A: I remember when my first novel came out in 2000, and I realized I had my own ISBN number. For some reason that just hit me as being really neat.
Q: What do you want readers to remember and carry with them after reading your novel?
A: I have this vision of busloads of readers touring New England, viewing and studying all the sites and artifacts in my book!
Q: Do you have plans to write another book?
Q: Would you care to share with us how the virtual book tour experience with Pump Up Your Book Promotion has been for you?
A: I’m amazed at how the book world has changed even since my last book came out in 2006. It is so much easier to reach readers than it used to be. These virtual book tours are great.
Q: Where can readers find a copy of your book?
A: Most Barnes & Nobles are now carrying it, and some Borders. Most of the independents also. And of course on Amazon.
Q: Do you have a website for readers to go to?
A: My website is www.DavidBrodyBooks.com . I also have a blog site that is more interactive, where I update the ongoing research and upload lots of images of the sites and artifacts: http://westfordknight.blogspot.com/
Thank you, David for sharing your book and characters with us today. It has been a pleasure and I hope you have had a successful virtual book tour.
Thanks for having me!
THE CABAL OF THE WESTFORD KNIGHT VIRTUAL BLOG TOUR ’09 officially began on April 1 and end on April 30. You can visit David’s blog stops at www.virtualbooktours.wordpress.com in April to find out more about this talented author!
As a special promotion for all our authors, Pump Up Your Book Promotion is giving away a FREE virtual book tour to a published author or a $50 Amazon gift certificate to those not published who comments on our authors’ blog stops. More prizes will be announced as they become available.