Welcome to the eighty-third edition of 10 Questions With. . .
This week we are joined by
***There is a giveaway with this interview. Derek Borne is giving one person the chance to win an ebook copy of The Ultimate Agent (UA Book 1). There will be more information at the end of the interview.***
Before we jump into the questions, can you tell the readers a little about yourself?
I live in Paris, Canada (thought it was going to say France, right?) with my wife and moody bearded dragon Ziggy. When I’m not writing superhero spy novels, I’m belting out Phantom of the Opera, playing my guitar, and watching Marvel superhero movies and TV shows, playing hockey, and making movie references daily.
1.) What is something that many people might not know about you?
I’m allergic to cats and any kind of mint. Even Basil, which sucks because I’m part Italian.
2.) What book or book series had a major impact on your life? Why did it have such an impact on you?
Almost every book Michael Crichton has ever written, I’ve read. I’ve always loved how he could write amazing characters and put them in a science fictional world, while executing the thriller aspects perfectly. I can’t wait to devour his latest published work, Dragon Teeth.
3.) If you could co-author a novel with any author, who would you want to co-write with and why?
Sarah Noffke is someone on my “Co-writing Dreams” wish-list. I’ve loved everything I’ve read by her so far, and I think we could create some memorable characters and worlds.
4.) Which one of your characters do you identify with the most?
Out of them all, I’d have to say Devon Bertrand is the guy. I enjoy trying to make people laugh, and I always do my best to encourage my friends and those who are feeling down. Writing him even made me take a deeper look into my own life, and how I could improve in certain ways.
5.) Which one of your characters do you wish you were more like?
Definitely Brett, mainly because he’s a scientific genius. Some days, I just don’t feel so smarticle.
6.) Can you tell us the title of your latest release and what it is about?
My debut novel is called The Ultimate Agent, and it’s of the superhero/spy genre. Reviewers are calling it “James Bond meets the Avengers.” An organization which houses the best spies in the world can give operatives special abilities in order to save the world from catastrophes and threats. Devon, their top superpowered agent fights alongside the weapons specialist and gadget wielding Dr. Brett Gallagher, to take down a Russian terrorist organization and their top superpowered operative, Maximus Romanov.
As of right now, I’m currently working on rewriting the sequel in the series.
7.) Where did your idea for this story/series come from?
Superheroes have always been an interest of mine from a young age with comics, and especially when the characters made the jump to the big screen. One night, I was talking with a friend of how cool it would be if a spy had superpowers, or if a superhero was a spy. That night, I started writing my own story, and thus The Ultimate Agent was born.
8). Can you tell us something about the story/series that people might not know?
Originally, Brett’s surname was Bourne, because I thought it would be cool to have something similar to my own. The more I asked around, people said it would be a bad idea, mostly because of Jason Bourne and the success of that series.
I ended up e-mailing the current author of the Bourne books, and he responded by saying “The Ludlum estate would most likely sue you for the use of the surname.” Sooooo, yeah… scrapped that and ended up changing it to Brett Gallagher.
9.) What was your biggest challenge writing this book/series?
Action scenes can be tough, especially with multiple characters. You really have to write it in a way that the reader feels every punch shot for shot. Imagining it in my mind was definitely easier than simply putting it on the written page. Thankfully, though, it’s one of the main things readers are praising in their reviews.
10.) Can you share with us a few paragraphs from the book (no major spoilers please)?
Sorry, they’re classified… nah, here’s an excerpt for you. Readers beware, these paragraphs will self-destruct after reading.
A somewhat awkward silence set in as the taxi set off for their destination. The two men in the backseat carefully contemplated their current situations.
Arms crossed, Devon found it difficult to remain cool and not freak out. Would my life ever be the same again? What would those agents do to me if we get caught? So far, he didn’t see a way out of the super-spy-centric mess.
On the other side of the taxi, Brett tried to figure out what to do with the civilian sitting beside him. Should I drug him and wipe his memory? Or the other, trickier option. Could he be of more use to me?
11.) Why did you pick those paragraphs to share with us?
I chose these ones because it’s just before pivotal decisions are made. Being able to be in everyone’s head is a lot of fun, and seeing what both men are thinking at this instance really brings everything to a human perspective.
12.) What is the strangest thing you have ever had to research online for one of your books?
With working on my sequel right now, I guess the strangest thing would have to be the scientific name of an armadillo, then finding out that there’s a giant armadillo which can grow to 180 pounds, and 5 feet long!
13.) Do you hide any secrets in your books that only a few readers will find?
Only a small few have noticed some things in book one, and they’re so close on what they find. That being said, because it’s a spy book, not all is as it seems with some things.
14.) What would your autobiography be called and why would you call it that?
Pizza, Superhero Spies… And Pizza. Simply titled because (A) I love pizza, and (B) because superheroes and spies are awesome. And I hope that my work will be remembered and make a difference in someone’s life.
15.) A penguin walks through the door right now wearing a sombrero. What does he say and why is he here?
Agent Penner Guin strolls in to be briefed for his next mission, slips a piece of paper out from the manila envelope and shakes his head. “I swear, if I have to tail Mr. Paul Erbear and his military trained seals one more time, I’m going to need backup.”
Where can people go if they want to learn more about you and the books you have written?
They can go to my website.
What social media platforms can you be found on?
***GIVEAWAY: Derek Borne would like to give one person the chance to win an ebook copy of The Ultimate Agent (UA Book 1). In order to get registered, tell me, in the comment section, who is your favorite superhero or spy and why?
The giveaway will run until Wednesday, November 29, 2017. Good luck!***
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