Welcome to another installment of my Wednesday feature, this one is slightly different from the norm, but I'm sure you'll enjoy it, as today I have an enigma, wrapped up in a conundrum, cleverly disguised as brain teasing puzzle for you...
The Holy Ghost Writer?
Who is The Holy Ghost Writer?
Who is The Holy Ghost Writer?
The identity of the author is part of an international contest, and the first person to correctly name the HG Writer from the clues found in the Count of Monte Cristo sequels will receive a reward of $2500. Visit the Holy Ghost Writer's Amazon Author Page for Details and see if you can discover the real identity of the author being heralded as the new Stieg Larsson for That Girl Started Her Own Country, the successor of Alexander Dumas for The Sultan of Monte Cristo and the next Ray Bradbury for The Boy Who Played With Dark Matter.
Welcome HGW and thanks for being here today!
Can you tell us a little about yourself?
I have to try to say as little about myself as possible so that I do not give away my true identity.
When did you decide that being an author was ‘thing’ for you?
I wrote history’s first novel that included fictionalising descendants of Jesus a few decades ago after reading Holy Blood Holy Grail which was printed into 1000 books in Europe under a different pen name; but can’t say more than that without giving away my true identity.
Can you tell us a little about your latest novel/release?
I’m really excited about bringing the Holy Blood Holy Grail theory into my newer books and the foundation has clearly been laid in the Sovereign Order of Monte Cristo, the latest release. This has created offspring of not only Monte Cristo but also Mary Magdalene in modern times in the heroine Zaydee of That Girl Started Her Own Country.
If you had to do it all again, would you change anything in your latest book?
My books go through occasional edits, revisions, and just uploaded a better version of That Girl today on Amazon.
What was the very first book idea you had, did you write it and did it get published?
Yes, as per the above reference, but that is a strange tale.
How long does it take you to typically write a novel?
I can write one in a week if the Spirit moves me, but I am unfortunately very busy and sometimes too lazy to produce what I have the ability to write. I’m hoping to be more prolific in the future.
What’s the most challenging aspect of writing for you, if any?
Finding the quiet time necessary to focus and escape into the world I am creating.
What’s your least favourite thing about the writing process?
Rereading the same work over trying to improve as I get bored very easily.
What’s your most favourite thing about writing?
Creating new worlds, ideas, characters. I love the creative process.
Do you have a playlist that you write to?
If asked to review a novel, and you didn’t like it at all, would you?
No I do not normally review books, however, I really appreciate constructive criticism, although I wish all reviews had balance to them and neither be 100% positive nor 100% negative.
Do you have any input into the cover design of your novels?
Yes, a cover design is important to express your story or characters and I think that has been achieved so far.
Do you have any advice for newbie authors just starting out?
Take your time in checking for typos and find someone that can help in editing your story. Don’t be afraid to publish if you like what you’ve written, and keep at it, never give up. Don’t be discouraged by negative reviews, just look for any truth in them to improve your writing, but don’t let them get you down. The best way to improve your writing is to read and write a lot, the more the better. Use every ethical means possible to get your books known within your financial reach, and be creative. Keep trying different approaches.
Who is your favourite author of all time and if you could meet him/her, what would you say?
I would have to say Alexandre Dumas as his work so inspired me that I was compelled to write sequels to The Count of Monte Cristo. I would thank him and ask for his blessing. After reading the Count of Monte Cristo I had a dream in which Dumas appeared to me and told me I should be his scribe and write these sequels. The first thing I did when I awoke was to start writing The Sultan of Monte Cristo, and it almost wrote itself, the writing came so naturally.
What was the best book you have read in the last few months and why did you love it?
I’m sad to say that my favourite pastime has been neglected, however I started to read some great classics I’d formerly neglected, and an enjoyable book called Pop, Crack something but couldn’t find the time to finish these yet.
Tell us the worst book you have read in the last few months and why you didn’t enjoy it?
I couldn’t say about that recently but recall a few years ago trying to read a 1000 page contemporary book with the first 100 pages never getting beyond trying to describe the people and places and lost interest.
If HG Wells turned up in his Time Machine in your living room, would you get on-board and where would you go first?
Probably would like to see loved ones just before they passed away, and such things as the creation of a world, if that could be seen, or watching some historical events involving some of history’s greatest people.
Are you a pre-planning plotter or a go with flow writer?
I gather ideas, and knowledge then it explodes into a story one day as I am compelled to start writing.
Are you working on anything new right now, if so, can you share the details with us?
I’m excited about Book 7 but am also working on Book 4 and Book 12 in the Monte Cristo series.
Has anyone influenced your writing style and chosen genre?
I would say that my father influenced me greatly as have the books of Dumas, Doyle, Christe, Twain and Larsson.
Out of all the myriad of genres that have appeared in recent years, which ones best describes your work?
My books in the Monte Cristo series range from historical fiction to crime drama, to sci-fi.
Which would you rather do and why:
a. Base Jumping
b. Hot Air Ballooning
c. Deep Sea Diving with Sharks (No Cage – muwahahha!)
d. A Desert Trek
I would like to do all of these, but do enjoy a desert oasis because it makes me feel more spiritual.
If you could have one super power, what would it be?
The power to heal with nothing but pure Love.
How do you come up with titles for your novels, do you get the idea for the story first or does that come after you have the title?
Once before but usually after.
If you could have lived in any era throughout time, when and where would it have been?
We live in one of the most interesting times in history, so I am happy to be here and now.
Which method of writing do you prefer for your first draft?
If writing isn’t your main profession, what is?
It is now my full time profession.
Which would you prefer if your novel was selected by a TV/Film Company:- A TV Series a la Vampire Diaries or a Movie deal a la The Twilight Saga?
A TV/Film production company is already negotiating to option the rights for TV series and possible movie, but I’d rather see these on the big screen.
Who would be your dream Movie or TV series cast for your novel?
I would prefer upcoming artists that have not yet become famous.
How do you make time to write?
I wish there were a better way, but am thinking of checking into a hotel and taking a vacation from my family to achieve this.
What’s the one thing you can’t live without?
Are there any marketing tips for promoting your novel that you’d like to share?
Try everything until something works, and it isn’t really one thing, it is a combination that succeeds.
Which five words would you use to describe yourself?
Patient, creative, adventurous, generous and experimenter.
What’s your personal take on E-Books, and do you prefer reading them over a traditional hard copy?
I love ebooks but prefer reading a paperback.
What’s the worst job you’ve ever had?
Are there any little secrets that you’d like to share?
Yes, but I am too secretive!
If your house was about to be obliterated, as in The Hitch Hikers Guide to the Galaxy, what would be the one thing you would save and why?
My laptop because I would want to be able to write asap.
If you could choose any author to mentor you, who would it be and why?
The author of The Black Count because he is not only a great author, but because he knows so much about the background of The Count of Monte Cristo, the series of my published works as HGW.
Well there you have it ~ an in-depth interview with a writer whose identity is more Secret than the Scarlett Pimpernel!
Don't forget that if you discover the identity of this mystery writer there's a $2500 reward, so get sleuthing...
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