Let's give a warm welcome to Layton Green, author of The Summoner. Please check out his website, and let me know what you think of it when you are done.
1. Please tell readers about your current book.
The Summoner is the first in a globetrotting new mystery/suspense series that will investigate the world’s most bizarre and dangerous cults. The Summoner is about a Diplomatic Security Agent and an expert on cults who investigate the disappearance of a U.S. Diplomat at a religious ceremony in the Zimbabwean bushveld.
2. Who or what inspires your writing?
I am inspired by lots of things; beauty and ugliness, good and evil, the mysteries of life and death and beyond.
3. When did you know you would be a writer?
When I wrote my first novel I had no idea I was going to be a writer. Once I finished I thought, this is what I have to do with my life. It encapsulated everything about me.
4. How long did it take you to write your first novel?
Whew. About 3 years, and I’m still editing it (11 years later). I’m now on my fifth novel, but that first one is still in the works!
5. What is the hardest part of writing for you?
Characterization. For me, it is the hardest part to judge myself. I really rely on my editor and readers to let me know if my characters are working.
6. Do you have any writing rituals?
Just a pot of coffee, music and a very early day.
7. Have you written anything else?
The Summoner is my second novel, and I am working on my fifth novel right now. I also have a soon-to-be-released novella, Hemingway’s Ghost.
8. Any advice to aspiring writers?
Read, write, edit and repeat ad nauseam. Don’t bother with trying to be a writer unless you really want it, or you will likely be unhappy.
9. Who is your favorite Author?
That’s tough. Maybe I’ll give a few off the top of my head that I love: James Lee Burke, Dennis Lehane, Charlie Huston, Michael Gruber.
10. What is your favorite book?
The Magus by John Fowles.
11. What are you currently reading?
12. How do readers find out more about you?
I’d love for them to visit my website, www.laytongreen.com.
A United States diplomat disappears in front of hundreds of onlookers while attending a religious ceremony in the bushveld of Zimbabwe. Dominic Grey, Diplomatic Security special agent, product of a violent childhood and a worn passport, is assigned to investigate. Aiding the investigation is Professor Viktor Radek, religious phenomenologist and expert on cults,http://www.blogger.com/img/blank.gif and Nya Mashumba, the local government liaison. What Grey uncovers is a terrifying cult older than Western civilization, the harsh underbelly of a country in despair, a priest seemingly able to perform impossibilities, and the identity of the newest target. Himself. The first work in a globe-hopping series whose protagonists investigate the world’s most bizarre and dangerous cults, The Summoner is a stylish, haunting novel of mystery and suspense that will linger long after the last page is turned.
Paperback: 332 pages
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