NEWSFLASH: Zero Sum, Book 1, Kotov Syndrome, my Wall Street thriller serial trilogy, has been reviewed by acclaimed author Steven Konkoly, whose The Jakarta Pandemic and Black Flagged are climbing the charts. The review is a wonderful deconstruction of the trilogy, and is recommended reading for one and all.

MAJOR BREAKING NEWS: Justin Bogdanovitch published a poignant and touching review of An Angel With Fur for prominent online lifestyle magazine InClassicStyle.com .

INTERVIEWS: Couple of newish interviews with yours truly you might have missed. You can see them here, and here.

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I’ve been doing a fair number of interviews lately, and it occurred to me that it might be interesting for my readers if I spotlighted some of the authors I’ve run across who are standouts – climbing the charts, or noteworthy due to the quality of their work, or both.

I figured that would be more interesting than reading my scribbling about me, me, me, and so a few times a month I’ll be featuring what I think of as authors of note. Authors who have bucked the trend, beaten the odds, and are doing better than their peers.

The questions will be about their work, their process, and their views. Sometimes I’ll ask a marketing question or two, but that’s not the point of these fireside chats. It’s more to get inside their heads and find out what makes them tick.

My first two will be with bestselling author David Lender, whose latest opus, Vaccine Nation, is racing up the charts, and Steven Konkoly, whose The Jakarta Pandemic and Black Flagged are top selling thrillers on Amazon. I’ve read both their work, and enjoy it, so I’ll ask them questions that interest me, and hopefully you’ll be interested as well. As a thriller writer myself, I like hearing from fellow authors who are enjoying some success, and am always curious as to how they do whatever it is they’re doing.

After these two, I’ll probably slow the pace to one interview a month, with literary luminaries like Lawrence Block – guys who have been in the trenches, written a lot of books, and sold a bunch. In the end how often I do them will depend on the response to these. I’ll also ask the authors to check in on the comments a few times a week to answer questions from readers as they occur.

Hopefully this will become a series that affords us all a glimpse into the minds and processes of noteworthy authors who are making names for themselves. Everyone’s journey is different, but this will allow us to press our noses up to the glass and peer in at them, if only for a few brief moments. Stay tuned! First one coming within a few days.

On my writing front, I just finished polishing The Delphi Chronicle books, and my editor is scrambling to get King of Swords whipped into shape. Goal is to release King within a week or so, and Delphi by Xmas. I’ll be sitting down and writing a prequel to King over the next few weeks, while the character of the assassin is still fresh in my mind, and you can expect that out by year’s end. And I’ll be participating in a promotion for Andy Holloman, the art and details of which can be found below. So a busy December, by any measure. No rest for the wicked.

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  1. Tue 29th Nov 2011 at 10:36 pm

    I’m looking forward to sharing my insights, and “exposing” a little more of myself…in a good way. Thanks for the opportunity, Russell.

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    • Russell Blake  –  Tue 29th Nov 2011 at 11:43 pm

      My pleasure. You’ll be in good company, with Lawrence Block, David Lender, Melissa Foster, and some other surprise guests over the first few months. We’ll all learn something with a crowd like that.

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  2. Wed 30th Nov 2011 at 1:08 am

    Looking forward to it as well. Both to contributing and to reading your other authors’ interviews.
    Thanks, Russell

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    • Russell Blake  –  Wed 30th Nov 2011 at 1:27 am

      It should be good. I’ll try to ask interesting questions. Except for you, of course. To you I’ll throw softballs and suck up, as it should be.

      This will be fun. I see your book, Vaccine Nation, is selling like MBS credit default swaps at a Goldman office party. Congrats! You’re a hit!

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  3. Wed 30th Nov 2011 at 3:43 pm

    What a great idea, Russell. Based on my experiences twittering with you, I’m really looking forward to the conversations!

    Should be educational and informative as well as entertaining. Can’t wait.

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