WELCOME to interview three in my author series. Today I have the pleasure of introducing Simon Largo, author of THE STORM SLAYER, a slick, crime thriller released last week:
- From your bio on your website, it looks like you started by writing screenplays. What made you choose that medium first and not jump straight into writing novels?
Well I always loved the idea of either producing a film or being a film director. Then I realised that was going to be a tough call, so decided to try my hand at writing screenplays instead. I found the creative aspect fun and it pushed my imagination as I was writing them on spec. The idea of writing a full length novel at the time was too daunting! I was so lucky to have been signed by an agent early on, but thought that was it. When success didn’t follow I almost gave up.
- Did ‘The Storm Slayer’ start off as a movie script idea? If it didn’t, what was your inspiration?
In my mind it was a movie, for sure. But I had been reading so many great thriller novels over the last couple of years, especially Lee Child’s Jack Reacher series, I thought why not turn it into a novel as a break through idea as trying to sell a screenplay with no track record is very hard indeed. However maybe I will sell the movie rights for my debut novel or one the follow ups – that would be fantastic. At least if I was asked to assist or even write the screenplay, I know I could do that with my experience.
- What made you use New York City as the location for your novel?
Well I’ve been there a couple of times over the years and it’s like most movies I watch seem to be set there! It was a natural choice. The place is so alive. The crime thriller genre was made to be immersed into NY culture and its environment in my view.
- Where do you gain the inspiration for your main characters from?
The movies where else! For my lead character, Detective Mason Trent, in The Storm Slayer, I was inspired by Clint Eastwood in Dirty Harry and Steve McQueen in Bullitt. Both absolute classic films. I liked the portrayal of Eastwood and McQueen in character for their nuances, toughness and also their emotional traits. I guess Mason Trent is a hybrid of them both.
- If you could give any advice to novice and aspiring authors, what would you suggest?
Don’t give up! I haven’t. I almost think it better to write as a mature writer as you have a lot of life experience which can help in character development and story narrative.
- Are you reading anything right now, if so, what is it and why?
The Innocent by Rachel Abbott – not a new book, but only recently discovered her works following something I came across on a blog by NY Times bestselling author, Joanna Penn (www.thecreativepenn.com). The book is a good crime thriller. The murderer in this case is a woman. You know that after the first few pages, so not giving anything away really. Rachel went for the self publishing route and ended up selling 400,000 copies of that first book. Inspiring for any indie author.
- Thank you for participating in this interview, is there anything else you’d like to add?
If you are a new writer, or aspiring to be one, do it! Life is too short to always think if only. I wish all my fellow authors the best of luck in 2015.
For more information about the official release date of his debut novel, check out Simon’s website: www.simonlargo.com
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ANTHONY DONNELLY blogs about all things writing, inspirational, and motivational. He has published a number of books for children and adults. His first novel 49Q? THE ENIGMA CONTINUES is currently climbing up the Amazon charts, and is available in Kindle or paperback. When not sat at his keyboard writing, he can be found in Costa Rica, North America, or somewhere in Europe motivating and coaching individuals and groups in self-development techniques and life-balance.