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THE DEVIL’S SON
BY CHARLES KOWALSKI
The son of a Nazi fugitive is running for U.S. President. A Secret Service agent sworn to protect him meets a beautiful Mossad spy determined to stop him.
THE DEVIL’S SON
BY CHARLES KOWALSKI
Before we get started talking about your writing, tell us a little about yourself, where you’re from, what you do for a living (if you’re not a full–time writer) what hobbies you have, etc. Whatever you’d like to share to introduce yourself.
I grew up in New York and New Jersey, and my American home is now Downeast Maine, but I’ve lived abroad for over 20 years, most of them at my current job teaching at a university near Tokyo. Work, writing, and family pretty much occupy all my time!
1. What’s your favorite part of the writing process?
The early stage of getting a fresh idea, diving into research, and putting the first few words on paper (or screen).
2. If you were to choose one superpower, what would it be?
Teleportation. It would save me a fortune on airfare (even though I imagine jet lag would be a beast).
3. Do you ever get stuck when you’re writing a book? What do you do to get “unstuck”?
Usually, work on a different book! I always seem to have multiple projects going at once, so if one stalls, I spend some time on another.
4. What is your least favorite part of writing?
When I think my first draft is done, and then a character comes up to me and says: “Not bad, but don’t you think I need to be developed more? There’s this adventure I’m thinking of going on, which will only take about 15,000 words, plus research of course.”
5. If we came to your house for dinner, what would you prepare for us?
You just happened to catch me on one of my visits to Maine, so your reward would be lobster risotto with gruyere!
6. What do you wish you’d done differently when you first started the publishing process?
I wish I’d gone more with intuition than “expert” advice, and focused more on getting my book published than on books and webinars about getting my book published!
7. What is most difficult for you to write? Characters, conflict or emotions? Why?
Emotions are the area where I seem to struggle most. Maybe some of my ancestors came from a planet whose inhabitants long ago rejected emotion in favor of analytical, dispassionate logic, but I’m not sure; my parents were always a little evasive when I asked them.
8. A penguin walks into your office, right now, wearing a sombrero. What does he say to you and why is he here?
“Excuse me, I came all the way from Antarctica on an urgent mission to tell you…”
“Hang on. An urgent mission, you say? And yet you stopped in Mexico for margaritas?”
“You can always make time for the things that really matter.”
9. If you could wave a magic wand, what ill in the world would you solve and why?
That’s a tough one! I feel that most of the ills in the world come from human attitudes, and those aren’t susceptible to magical manipulation (short of an Unforgivable Curse). But if the magic wand can influence the weather, maybe it could bring the temperature of the planet down a couple of degrees.
10. Tell us about your next book & when is it being published? Please provide links to your website, blog, books, etc.
THE DEVIL’S SON was released at the end of July. I took my inspiration partly from the true story of the Mossad manhunt for Adolf Eichmann and Josef Mengele, and I recently discovered I wasn’t the only one whose attention turned to that episode at this moment in history. It’s also told in the film OPERATION FINALE, coming out next week, and THE DEVIL’S SON is an imaginary story that begins where that true story ends.
Charles Kowalski is a member of the honorary society of International Thriller Writers. His debut thriller, MIND VIRUS, won the Rocky Mountain Fiction Writers’ Colorado Gold Award for Best Action Thriller, and is now a finalist for Killer Nashville’s Silver Falchion Award for Best Thriller of 2017. His latest, THE DEVIL’S SON, was shortlisted for the Adventure Writer’s Competition Grandmaster Award. He divides his time between Japan (where he teaches at a university near Tokyo) and Downeast Maine.
Links to Charles’ website, blog, books, etc.
The Devil’s Son: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07FZ7TX5Z?tag=smarturlebook-20
Thanks, Charles, for sharing your book with us!
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