I’m doing things a little differently. If you’ve visited before, you know that I when I host giveaways, I usually include my review and author interview all in one post. Today I’m separating them a bit. Below is my interview with Eric Van Lustbader- the author of the thriller “First Daughter“. Later in the week I’ll be posting my review of “First Daughter” and the giveaway details. However since the book is coming out now, I wanted to post my interview to generate a little buzz about it. But I can tell you now that you have a chance of winning a copy of this book by leaving a comment regarding my interview with author Eric Van Lustbader!
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So, a big welcome to Eric Van Lustbader! His new book is called “First Daughter” and I’m thrilled that he was able to answer a few questions for me!
Q. I can see that this is far from being your first novel! With over twenty five books, including three Bourne books, how do you keep coming up with ideas and story lines?
A. If I have a problem it’s that I have too many ideas to write them all! I’d like to finish my Pearl fantasy series, I’d like to write another Nicholas Linnear (“The Ninja“) novel, but I have other commitments now.
Q. There have been a couple of movies released (the most recent starring Katie Holmes) called “First Daughter”. In addition, chick lit author Mitali Perkins has published books using the same title. Did any of these influence your decision when it came to picking a title for your book?
A. To be honest, I don’t know about any of these. “First Daughter” was the perfect title for this novel.
Q. Did you start writing “First Daughter” knowing exactly who the villains were, or did it come to you as you continued to write?
A. Actually, the main villain began to write himself as I got further into the book. He was only fully fleshed out in the writing. This often happens with some of my best characters. Funny, that.
Q. You ended “First Daughter” in a way that leaves it open for a sequel. Any chance that such a sequel is in the works?
A. Absolutely. From the beginning, I conceived of Jack McClure have many, many adventures. The next one is already in my head, and very interesting it is, too. I’m hoping that as soon as I finish the next Jason Bourne book, due out next summer, I’ll be able to get back to Jack.
Q. Let’s end with my usual bookish questions! What kind of books do you like to read? What is your favorite book? Who is your favorite author? Lastly, what are you reading now and why?
A. Your readers might take a look at my Web site to see some of my favorite novels, but here are some current favorite authors: Roberto Bolano, Martin Amis, Don DeLillo, Laura Restrepo. “Cryptonomicon” by Neal Stephenson is simply astonishing. Right now, I’m reading “Theft” by an Australian writer named Peter Carey. A friend of mine recommended him. It’s about an artist and his brother. My wife and I have a good friend who’s an artist, so I thought it would be of particular interest. But the writer who has had the most powerful and lasting influence on me is Colin Wilson, especially his seminal work, “The Outsider,” in which I first began to recognize myself.
There you have it folks. Thanks again to Eric Van Lustbader for stopping by! I’m already excited for the sequel, and I’m sure you will be too, once you’ve read “First Daughter“. As I mentioned above, my review of this book will be posted later this week along with more chances to win a copy of your own. For now, leave a comment on this post about my interview with Eric and you’ll be entered to win 🙂 Good luck.
Don’t forget that “First Daughter” comes out today! Stop by and pick up your own copy here 🙂
Edit: I never got around to my review…. it’s coming sometime. But I’ll be picking a winner on October 10, so you all have a few more days to enter.
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