Described by critics as “one of our strongest thriller writers on the scene,” author Kenneth Eade, best known for his legal and political thrillers, practiced law for 30 years before publishing his first novel, “An Involuntary Spy.” Eade, an award-winning, best-selling Top 100 thriller author, has been described by his peers as “one of the up-and-coming legal thriller writers of this generation.” He is the 2015 winner of Best Legal Thriller from Beverly Hills Book Awards and the 2016 winner of a bronze medal in the category of Fiction, Mystery and Murder from the Reader’s Favorite International Book Awards. His latest novel, “Paladine” is currently a quarter-finalist in Publisher’s Weekly’s BookLife Prize for Fiction. Eade has authored three fiction series: The “Brent Marks Legal Thriller Series”, the “Involuntary Spy Espionage Series” and the “Paladine Anti-Terrorism Series.” He has written sixteen novels which have been translated into French, Spanish, Italian and Portuguese.
Imp. Announcement: Traffcik Stop by Kenneth Eade is on sale until 13th March 2017 on US and UK Kindle for 99 cents. All the royalties will be going to Prajwala to benefit victims of human trafficking.
Please welcome, author Kenneth Eade:
- Please tell my readers a bit about yourself and your latest book.
I practiced law for 35 years. During that time, you could probably say that I have seen it all: The hopes, the dreams, the disappointments, the fears and the goals of the men and women who have touched my life. Besides my professional experiences, personal experiences have also contributed to my “inspiration bank”. I have been a world traveler since the age of 10, when my family moved to Greece for three years. Everything I have committed to memory eventually comes to the inspirational surface.
- Why do you prefer this genre?
My first novel was written in the espionage thriller genre, but, like my legal thriller series, it is no run-of-the-mill James Bond or Jason Bourne story. There is a point to the story other than just pure entertainment. In the case of “An Involuntary Spy” the protagonist is a botanist who works for a large chemical company developing genetically engineered foods (Yes, GMOs are created mostly by chemical companies in order to secure a monopoly on their pesticides.) The scientist discovers not only the dangers of the GMO foods he is working on, but classified documents which prove government collusion, and he exposes these documents and flees prosecution and assassination by seeking asylum in the only country who will have him – Russia. This latest series is about a deadly assassin who quits working for the government and goes into the private sector killing terrorists. His new career is given a boost when a blogger witnesses him killing a jihadist in a fast food store, and gives him the moniker, Paladine.
- Can you share your writing process? And how long does it take you write your books?
It generally takes about three months to put together a first draft for a book. After that, it is a process of editing and polishing, which could take anywhere from a month to another six months. Because of the pressure of putting out a series, my editing and rewriting process usually doesn’t exceed two months. The writing process begins with an idea, and then having the character tell you the story, which is wrapped around the idea.
- How much research goes into your projects?
A lot of research goes into the planning and during the writing itself. For one thing, my stories all revolve around real events in real places, so I have to get the details correct. Also, I want it all to be as real as possible, so I research even the most detailed items, such as weapons and how they sound.
- Would you like to share any special aspect of your book with us (the theme, motivation or your goals.)
The general theme of the “Paladine” series is that our government and its support of the military industrial complex has saddled us with not only the current terrorist environment, but also the refugee crisis that has occurred from displacing hundreds of thousands of people in civil war. After that, each book has its own separate theme. The second in the series, “Russian Holiday”, is about the heating up of the old cold war between the US and Russia and the third, the current one, “Traffick
Stop,” is about terrorist networks profiting from human trafficking.
- What is the best and the worst things about being a writer?
The best thing is you have a lot of free time and the creation process is fun and enlightening. The worst part is you have to work your butt off in marketing to get paid.
- Do you have any tips for new writers?
If you’re thinking about writing the great American novel, good luck. You can write it and spend as long as you want on it, but nobody will ever read it. To have your work read, you need to do a series and develop a following of readers – one day at a time – so in this way, writing is kind of like recovering from alcohol. It makes you a better person, more aware of what is going in the world, and if you spend 80% of your time on marketing, you will actually sell books.
About Traffick Stop:
From the best-selling & award winning author critics hail as “one of the strongest thriller writers on our scene” comes the continuation of the unforgettable story of an unlikely “anti-hero,” Robert Garcia, a dangerous and unfeeling assassin of jihadist terrorists, exalted by social media as “Paladine”, a living paladin whose mission is to rid the earth of evil for the betterment of mankind, is an assassin working covert black ops for the CIA. In this installment of the series, Paladine seeks to retire from the assassination business and finds himself fighting a band of Syrian sex traffickers.