This month's interview is with bestselling legal and political thriller author, Kenneth Eade, who spent 30 years practicing law before publishing his first novel, An Involuntary Spy.
Below is a short bio taken from Kenneth's website, followed y my interview with him:
Described by critics as "one of the strongest thriller writers on the scene," Author Kenneth Eade, best known for his political and legal thrillers, practiced law for 30 years before publishing his first novel, "An Involuntary Spy." Eade, an up and coming author in the legal thriller and courtroom drama genre, has been described by critics as: "Brilliant when it comes to creating complicated, intriguing stories with mind-blowing surprises," who have said that his novels "will remind readers of John Grisham, proving that Kenneth Eade deserves to be put on the same lists with the world's greatest thriller authors."
When did you first realize you wanted to be a writer?
I guess it was when I was a kid. I made a "newspaper" which was complete with illustrations and even a comic strip, ran off copies and sold it to my parents and their friends. Even my dad's boss was a regular subscriber.
What are you working on right now?
It's a very different kind of novel, but fits into the Brent Marks Legal Thriller Series as Book 9. The book is called "Beyond All Recognition" and is about a young Captain in the Army who comes back from four tours in Iraq, and, in the midst of dealing with his demons and trying to get back to a "normal" life, he is reinstated to active duty and accused of murder in a general court martial.
How does your work differ from others of its genre?
Some people classify it as "faction", which is a mix between fact and fiction. The stories are always fictional, but usually revolve around a contemporary issue. Some of the issues touched upon include: generically engineered foods, police brutality, homophobia, cyber bullying, and civil rights. A small percentage of the population whose beliefs are set in stone and always will be are sometimes offended because they think my work is too "liberal" or "leftist". My politics cannot be classified in any pigeon-hole. these books were written to open eyes. I believe that if you tend to get offended by political fiction, you should avoid reading it.
Why did you choose the genre you write in?
The genres can be loosely classified as political fiction, but I write two series; one is in the legal thriller genre and the other in the espionage genre. I chose them because
What is your work schedule like when you're writing?
Sometimes I write for hours on end, sometimes just for a little while. I have to have complete concentration when I write because I get into the story and live there in order to tell it.
How much research do you do before and during a writing project?
Before a project, it is necessary to get acquainted with the subject or issue. During, it is absolutely essential to constantly do research to make the story seem real. Currently, I am consulting with people who have served in the military for a feeling of it, as I have no service or combat experience.
How does your writing process work?
A book takes on its own life. Although I am the architect, sometimes I just have to follow where it goes. In that way, my style of writing kind of breaks away from others. I usually have a rough, not detailed outline of what happens. Then, for each chapter, it is more or less its own story. I often walk my dog (I know it may sound funny) just to get out in the fresh air and think, "what happens next"? It clears the mind and brings new ideas to the surface. It is also important for me to get into the story and feel it. I live it. Of course, I feel very comfortable stepping into the story behind the mask of Lawyer Brent Marks, because that is a role I have played all my life.
What other authors do you read?
The classics, like Steinbeck, Dickens, and I also read in my own genre. I read Connelly more than Grisham, and I like contemporaries like Paul Levine and Harlen Coben.
What do you like to do when you're not writing?
I like to read. I travel a lot and that gives me many opportunities for reading. I also like to play golf, which I guess is also about being out in the fresh air and nature and clearing the mind.
Do you hear from your readers much? What kinds of things do they say?
I usually have at least one or two emails from readers every day. Most of the emails tell me how much they have enjoyed a particular book they are reading or have read. Others ask questions or give their impressions. I enjoy the interaction with my readers.