Thursday, March 5, 2009

The Mind of a Genius - New Espionage Thriller

Welcome to David Snowdon’s interview for his book The Mind of a Genius. Enjoy!

About Author David Snowdon:

Brirtish thriller writer, David Snowdon was born in London, and currently lives in London. His first book, Too Young To Die, was published in August 2006, while his second book, The Mind of a Genius, was published in November 2007. Snowdon started writing in 1983, and wrote his first book, which hasn’t been published.

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Sue: Welcome, David! I am glad to have this opportunity to get to know you and your book, The Mind of a Genius. I understand this is your second book. Was this book more difficult to write than your first one?

David: Thank you, Sue. It’s a pleasure to be here today. The Mind of a Genius is my tenth book, but the second one published. I don’t think The Mind of a Genius was more difficult to write than my first published book, Too Young To Die, although both books were written in different styles. The Mind of a Genius was written in third person, while Too Young To Die was written in first person singular. The thing about writing is that it gets easier as you go along.

Sue: Do your characters talk to you and tell you what to write, or, do you create them on your own?

David: My characters are figments of my imagination and I decide which part a certain character will play in a specific book.

Sue: What are your writing habits? Special room, specific time, etc.?

David: When I’m working on a book, I write a few days a week for a few hours, but not always at specific times.

Sue: How do you handle interruptions when you are writing?

David: It’s quite normal for the phone to ring or for someone to enter the room when I’m writing, but interruptions don’t affect my work. I can continue to write after the interruption.

Sue: Do any of your characters represent or have characteristics of people in your life?

David: I try not to do that. I like to create my characters with their own distinct characteristics and it’s fun. When I have an idea for a certain character, I determine its characteristics before I start writing about the character. And I tend to use general human characteristics to make them seem as realistic as possible.

Sue: What did you have to do in order to research this book?

David: The initial research for The Mind of a Genius was done in 1984 for another espionage thriller that I wrote. At the time, I read a few newspaper articles. The most recent research was done by reading the newspapers and keeping up to date with the current events, and using the Internet.

Sue: What do you find as the most challenging aspect of writing? The most rewarding?

David: As far as I’m concerned, the most challenging aspect of writing is the discipline to write on a regular basis. Some people write on a daily basis, some people write a few days a week and some people write every now and again, but the determination to see a book through to completion is normally the major challenge. The most rewarding aspect is the finished product, which is the published book. At that point, you can stand back and admire your handiwork.

Sue: What do you do when you are not writing? Family, Hobbies?

David: In my spare time, I like to play table tennis, socialize and read. I also like to travel.

Sue: Do you have any works in progress?

David: I’m currently working on my new book.

Sue: Thank you for being with us today, David. I am so glad to have been able to introduce your book, The Mind of a Genius, to new readers.

David: Thanks for the interview, Sue.

Sue: The information to order The Mind of a Genius is below along with more information on David.

Please leave a comment, suggestion, or ask a question. We would love to hear from you!

About The Mind of a Genius:
ISBN: 978-0-9552650-1-3

When top British scientist, Malcom Prince, completed his latest project, there were a lot of interested parties. The MI4, the CIA and the Denmark Intelligence were all very interested. The word had spread that Prince had been working on a very important project, and invented a formula that could change the world.

But what was the project about? Nobody really knew, but that was the question that everyone seemed to be asking. The action moves from London to Copenhagen, Hong Kong and Australia. And events intensify, accelerate and explode into an electrifying climax, as the various parties painstakingly try to outclass each other in order to procure the secret information.

Espionage is the name of the game.

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Audience for The Mind of a Genius Would Enjoy These Genres:

Crime Fiction



Suspense Thriller


David Snowdon said...

Greetings to Sue and the readers.

Sue D. said...

I have had people email that have read the blog but don't post comments. They liked the interview and some are even new writers who learned new things from the interview. I just wish they would post comments instead of emailing me. *sigh*

David Snowdon said...

Hi, Sue. Thanks for the comments. It's nice to know that some new writers were able to benefit from the interview. It would be nice to hear from them.

Russell Gentry said...

Good interview. I'm going to read this book. It sounds quite compelling.