How Long is a Piece of Rope: James A Anderson

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A serial killer — The Wolfman – prowls the streets of Toronto kidnapping young professional women, then targets crime reporter Katie Cannon who has been writing about his rampage.
Trevor Trevanian, a foreign correspondent in Afghanistan, is abducted by al-Qaida and taken on a perilous journey to Pakistan to face an uncertain fate.
Deadline combines murder, action, and romance, with a glimpse into the world of big city media. This thriller, set over a 24-hour period in a fictional Toronto newspaper — the Daily Express, follows four central characters in Toronto and Afghanistan as they cope with both personal and professional deadlines in their lives.
James A. Anderson is a retired journalist who lives in London, Ontario Canada with his wife Sherry and two basenjis. This is his first thriller novel in ebook and paperback.
He is presently working on a sequel to DEADLINE.
“A truly remarkable debut by this author. The novel has elements of romance, mystery, suspense, a father, daughter relationship gone awry, political corruption, all woven expertly together, to come together in a satisfying and exciting climax.” – Joan Hall Hovey, Author, Night Corridor and three other suspense novels.
“This was a great debut by a new author. I read it on the Kindle and the formatting and narrative made it very easy to read. The story is really well paced and some of the (various) plot lines really had me on the edge of my seat.” — Barry Crowther, Author of Missing (The Matt Spears Mysteries)

So, what does James have to say about the issues that really matter

1 DEADLINE is way better than The Evening News by Arthur Hailey (another Canadian author) but one day I’d really like to be as good as John Le Carre
2. You will just love my book if you enjoyed Nelson DeMille’s books but if you’re a fan of Agatha Christie steer well clear
3. A sense of power comes from the barrel of a gun
4. How do you see the role of food in the contemporary thriller and where does DEADLINE fit into the spectrum?
Food is an important part of our society and shlould be reflected in novels. I do have some restaurant scenes in Toronto i this novel, but I’m afraid the food in Afghanistan is nothing to write home about.

5. How would it affect the direction DEADLINE takes if the action were moved wholesale to the set of Glee in chapter 7?
 Hmmm! Very interesting question. Not sure the content would fit Glee very well. In Chapter 7, the managing editor Braden Young meets his estranged daughter Megan who has just left her cheating boyfriend. Not something people would jump up and sing about.

6. When you’re writing, would you rather look out at the sea, or in at your thoughts?

Out to sea. I love the sea and feel very creative near it. My ideal writing studio would be on a beach. Unfortunately where I live I am somewhat landlocked. Lake Erie is only a 30-minute drive away.

7. When writing, do you start at the beginning and keep going, or start at the end and work back?
 I know the ending before I start and have a brief outline of the plot in my mind. Then I just start writing and get the story down on paper. Then its rewrite, rewrite and rewrite some more, edit and proofread. DEADLINE took six drafts before I published.

8. A great villain or a great hero?
 Definitely a villain. Villains are more interesting.
9. Deadline will change the way a reader looks at the newspaper business. It gives you an insight of how a newspaper works and the decisions  made about which stories to carry on the front page. It also shows that journalists are human too.
10. How long is a piece of rope?
As long as you need.


~ by danholloway on May 20, 2011.

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