We have author, Allen Wyler, joining us today to answer a few questions and talk about his book, Dead End Deal.
So, Allen, please tell us about your book.
It’s a blitz-pace thriller about a neurosurgeon who, while in Korea, is framed for a murder. While hunted by police he must evade a professional hit man while trying to find a way back to the United States. I figure it’s Three Days of The Condor meets Michael Crichton.
Who or what inspires your writing?
Wish I could say that someone or something inspires me, but for me writing is hard work that comes from wanting to achieve one goal: create a thrilling read.
When did you know you would be a writer?
It was something I’d always dreamed of. One day I came home from making rounds at the hospital and sat down at the computer to write a book. Life has never been the same.
How long did it take you to write your first novel?
It’s hard to know because I worked on it off and on whenever I had spare time. I still have the manuscript. When I look at it I can see why it never got published. It was awful.
What is the hardest part of writing for you?
Coming up with fresh characters. Plots seem easy. Good characters are tough.
Do you have any writing rituals?
I’m highly disciplined and put in at least one hour a day writing. I might not accomplish much in that hour, but I spend it working on my writing.
Have you written any thing else?
I have two prior books, DEADLY ERRORS and DEAD HEAD. Both are medical thrillers, the first dealing with preventable medical errors, the other about keeping a detached head alive for the information contained in the brain.
Any advice to aspiring writers?
Have faith in yourself. Write for yourself, not for your critics.
Who are your favorite Authors?
John Sanford, Michael Connelly, Don Winslow, Thomas Perry.
What are your favorite books, or which book has impacted you the most?
Marathon Man was the book that attracted me to the thriller genre. I read in on the flight to where I took my oral boards. Stayed up all night to finish it.
What are you currently reading?
Presently reading MANHUNT, the story of the hunt for Osama Bin Laden.
How do readers find out more about you?
Please visit www.allenwyler.com
Allen Wyler is a renowned neurosurgeon who earned an international reputation for pioneering surgical techniques to record brain activity. He has served on the faculties of both the University of Washington and the University of Tennessee, and in 1992 was recruited by the prestigious Swedish Medical Center to develop a neuroscience institute.
In 2002, he left active practice to become Medical Director for a start-up med-tech company (that went public in 2006) and he now chairs the Institutional Review Board of a major medical center in the Pacific Northwest.
Leveraging a love for thrillers since the early 70’s, Wyler devoted himself to fiction writing in earnest, eventually serving as Vice President of the International Thriller Writers organization for several years. After publishing his first two medical thrillers Deadly Errors (2005) and Dead Head (2007), he officially retired from medicine to devote himself to writing full time.He and his wife, Lily, divide their time between Seattle and the San Juan Islands.