Tuesday, September 13, 2011

The Good Father - James Schubring

Bio: James Schubring, a native of Montana, graduated from Harvard with a degree in English literature, but he’s always loved mysteries and tales of suspense. The Good Father is his first novel. You can read more about him at JamesSchubring.com.

Product description: Philipp Reisen, a bystander to a series of explosions and fires, struggles to save his two young children from the men who caused the fires and the federal and military responders who make things even worse. For fans of John Hart, Michael Connelly, and Dennis Lehane.

Q: What will e-readers like about your book?

I took out everything that annoyed me about thrillers I see on the bookshelves. I stuck with the perspective of my main character. I put him into the worst situation I could imagine and kept making things worse for him. I made sure to keep things moving at a fast pace. I felt no pressure to pad my story with an unnecessary hundred or two hundred pages to make a publisher happy.

Q: Why did you go indie?
A storyteller should always try to get as close to his audience as he possibly can.  I love that I can shave months or years out of the publishing process.  That people who read my story can send me an email to tell me what they thought, good or bad.  Sure it’s all electrons, not paper, but the best stories used to be told around a camp fire.

Q: Who are your favorite authors in your genre?
I love John le Carre for his writing and his characters (he’s inspired me to write a spy novel one of these days).  I love John Hart for the depth he goes into examining why his characters do the things they do.  I love Dennis Lehane for Mystic River, the most heart-breaking piece of crime fiction I’ve read in some time.  My favorite recent novel is Robert Harris’ The Ghost, the best achievement in storytelling I can think of.
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