Today, I’m delighted to have a Q&A with Iain King, author of Secrets of the Last Nazi and Last Prophecy of Rome. Iain is another Bookouture author (they have some of the best authors around at the moment to be fair!!) and today is publication day for Last Prophecy of Rome.
About the books:
- Secrets of the Last Nazi:
THE GREATEST DISCOVERY OF THE 20TH CENTURY.
Berlin, 2015 – a well-connected SS Commander is found dead, having protected the last secret of the Nazi empire for seventy years. A discovery by Nazi Scientists so potent it could change the balance of world power – forever.
Led by misfit military historian Myles Munro, an international team begin to piece together the complex puzzle left by SS Captain Werner Stolz. As their hunt across Europe gathers pace, the brutal killing of one of the group signals that they are not the only ones chasing the answer.
Plunged into a world of international espionage, Myles only has his intellect and instincts to keep him alive. As the team edge closer to an explosive truth, it becomes clear to him that there is a traitor amongst them.
Who can Myles trust? And can he unravel the clues of the past in time to save the future?
- Last Prophecy of Rome
An ancient empire. A terrifying threat to the World’s Superpower. Only one man can stop it.
ROME: Maverick military historian Myles Munro is on holiday with girlfriend and journalist Helen Bridle. He’s convinced a bomb is about to be detonated at the American Embassy.
NEW YORK: A delivery van hurtling through Wall Street, blows up, showering the sky with a chilling message: America is about to be brought down like the Roman Empire.
Juma, an African warlord, set free by the Arab Spring, plans to make it happen.
When a US Senator is taken hostage, a chilling chain of events begins, and Myles finds himself caught in a race against time to stop Juma. But, he’s not prepared for the shocking truth that the woman he once loved, Juma’s wife, Placidia, has now become a terrorist.
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And without further ado, here’s my Q&A with Iain himself…
Many thanks for taking the time to answer these questions for my blog!
First off, how do you go from published political author to writing and publishing crime fiction/conspiracy thrillers?
A good friend, when she was dying from cancer, told me to switch to fiction and asked me to name a character after her. That’s why I changed, and that’s why Myles Munro’s partner is called Helen Bridle.
You’ve been bestowed with the CBE from the Queen, can you tell us more about what led to you getting the honour?
It was for my work in Libya, Afghanistan and Kosovo. There were lots of people in all three places who deserved it more than me, though. I think I just got lucky.
Do you feel that your history with political unrest in places like Kosovo have shaped the way you research and write your books?
Yes, definitely. In Kosovo, you couldn’t count on electricity, or shops, or the law – they were all in doubt. All the conflicts I’ve worked in have been chaotic. All my books try to question some of our most taken-for-granted assumptions.
For anyone who hasn’t read your books, can you tell us a little bit about them?
They focus on Myles Munro – a maverick academic – and his partner, TV journalist Helen Bridle. In each book, the characters tumble into a search for amazing and important information, while they try to outrun various dangers. Each book has several twists, and a ‘whodunnit’ element. Even though you know a surprise is coming, the books should still surprise you.
If you had to compare your books with any other author, who would it be and why? I’ve heard comparisons to Dan Brown and Scott Mariani mentioned…
Each of my books tries to be more than fiction: they all have a message, or something else – not just an entertaining story. So, in that way they’re like both Dan Brown and Scott Mariani, or perhaps Alistair Maclean. But I’d never let my hero use a gun – that’s too easy.
What made you choose to write conspiracy thrillers? Is it something you are interested in or do you believe in conspiracy theories?
There’s too much chaos and incompetence in the world for most conspiracies. But both secrets in ‘Secrets of the Last Nazi’ are true, and there really are huge parallels between ancient Rome and modern society, which is the theme at the heart of ‘Last Prophecy of Rome’.
How much inspiration do you take from real life? (I.e. Do you give characters the same attributes you see in people closest to you or do you base certain aspects on things you have seen or experienced in your own life?)
Yes, both. All my characters have attributes I’ve seen, although I don’t base any of them on individuals – they’re more like composites of several people. And many scenes are based on real-life events. Some of the scenes featuring refugees I wrote for ‘Last Prophecy of Rome’ were based on things I saw in at the dockside in Benghazi, during the war in Libya.
I always assume authors are voracious readers, so do you read books? If so, what kind of books do you read and who are your favourite authors? I’ve asked authors this before, and I’ve been surprised by the answers! More than once I’ve learned they don’t read much at all!!!
I read every evening – but it’s usually children’s book, to my kids. If I’m reading for myself, I go with recommendations from people I trust.
Where do you see yourself going with your writing career? Will you continue to write Myles Munro novels?
I hadn’t expected Myles Munro to be so popular. I’m planning at least two more novels around him – the next one is called ‘Secrets of the Rogue Alchemist’ and will hopefully be ready before Christmas 2017. But I’m also thinking of more non-fiction, too.
If you could have been the original author of a book, any book, what would it be and why?
My new book, ‘Last Prophecy of Rome’ includes several references to Edward Gibbon’s masterpiece, ‘A History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire’, which came out in 1776. It’s a book which combines research with philosophy, history, commentary and portent. If only…
Also, if there was ever to be a movie made, who could you see playing Myles?!
It would need sort of cross between Cary Grant, David Niven and Richard Burton – pity they’re all dead. If the movie is made, I hope they pick an actor who can define the role for themselves – the real Myles would ignore what was expected of him.
Do you have any superstitions or rituals when you write? A favourite desk/ coffee shop seat/ loud or quiet/ night or day?
I find my words flow when I have lots of caffeine. But there’s no particular place – I’ve written on planes, at bus-stops and in internet cafes in the past: writing makes me zone out, so it doesn’t matter much where I am.
Where can people find out more about you? (Website/ Facebook/ Twitter and so on?)
Thank you for taking the time to answer my questions Iain. Best of luck with the release of The Last Prophecy of Rome! 🙂
Thank you. I hope you enjoy it.
Happiest of publication days to Iain King 😊