Today is my stop on the blog tour for Doorways by Rob Enright. Rob has kindly done a Q&A with me for today’s post and you can catch that further down! Here’s all the bookish info first though 😉
About the author:
Born and raised in North West London and now residing in Hertfordshire,Robert Enright has been writing for over 10 years. His debut novel –ONE BY ONE – was self published on Amazon in March 2015, receiving critical acclaim and was nominated for Books Go Social Book of the Year 2015. The violent, revenge thriller gave Rob a path into crime fiction, but the constantly embraced geek within him went a different way.
2016 sees the release of DOORWAYS (October 13th) – published by Urbane Publications – the first in the Bermuda Jones series, a dark sci-fi about an agency dealing with the threat of a parallel world. He can’t wait to write the whole series – if he can put down his Xbox controller or his Nerf Guns.
About the book:
The Otherside is located at the fringes of our world, hiding in plain sight and existing within our shadows. Shielded from humanity, the Otherside is watched over by the BTCO, a highly secret government agency. BTCO agents are the few humans who possess ‘The Knack’, a genetic anomaly that allows them to see the truth of existence.
Franklyn ‘Bermuda’ Jones is the BTCO’s finest agent, the only human to have passed to The Otherside and returned. Gifted with the ability to physically interact with The Otherside, Bermuda reluctantly stands between both worlds, pining for the life he had to leave behind and the daughter he can no longer see. Teamed with Argyle, an enigmatic Otherside warrior, Bermuda is assigned the case of a missing woman who has vanished under mysterious circumstances.
As Bermuda delves further into the disappearance, he uncovers a conspiracy that threatens to destroy the truce between two worlds…and finds himself in a race against time to safeguard humanity’s very existence.
Pre-order Doorways HERE.
And now onto the fun bit! 🙂
Bookish questions first:
Can you tell me a little about your journey to publication?
I actually didn’t pitch Doorways to Matt at Urbane Publication. I originally sent him One by One, and luckily, included one sentence about what I was writing next. He emailed me back asking for an outline of the idea for Doorways as he felt it was one he had never come across before, which was obviously exciting.
We then had a conversation and I sent him One by One and a synopsis for Doorways and he was happy enough to sign me to publish it. It all happened out of nowhere as I was expecting to go down the self-publishing route again.
What made you choose to write a dark sci-fi series after writing your previous thriller, One By One?
It was just where my brain took me. I am a massive sci-fi/comic book fan so most of my ideas are within that sort of realm. I have zombie ideas, Vampire idea’s, super hero ideas. The lot. Doorways originally started as something completely different but the evolution of the idea has lead to the current story and I couldn’t be happier. I didn’t have a set idea to change from the crime thriller genre, as there are still elements in Doorways. However, I just followed my brain and let it lead the way.
How would you describe Doorways to readers?
It’s a tricky one to pitch. Matt (Publisher) and I agreed that the genre was ‘weird’. The nearest I can compare to is it’s like a darker Men in Black. A secret agency exists that governs ‘The Otherside’, a world that runs parallel to ours and is full of danger. Humans can’t see the ‘Others’ unless they have a genetic defect known as ‘The Knack’, which the main character, Bermuda Jones, has. However his is stronger than any other human and he and his partner, a former warrior from The Otherside called Argyle, are assigned a case of people going missing from places they physically cant.
As he follows the trail and tries to piece it together, he uncovers a threat that could destroy both worlds.
Like I said….tricky.
What’s your most favourite thing about being an author?
Being able to develop ideas. Like I said, Doorways was very different in its conception. There was no otherside or monsters or ‘Knack’. It was more like limitless, where Bermuda took a medicine that allowed him to see things. The process of creating another world, their laws and how they interact with our world has been amazing.
What’s your least favourite thing about being an author?
Being expected to know every book. Haha. Seriously, whenever a question at a pub quiz starts with ‘Which book….’ I instantly get…’Rob, you’re a writer…’.
That and edits. No one likes doing edits!
Where do you see your writing career 5 years from now?
Hopefully a few more Bermuda Jones Casefiles on the shelves and doing it for a living. We can but hope….
What’s next for you?
Hopefully a successful launch for Doorways. I have no idea what to expect and I am so excited for it. The sequel is already being written so hopefully I can bring some more Bermuda to the world.
Less bookish questions:
Can you tell me your all time favourite book, or if you have to, your top 5?
My favourite series is Justin Cronin’s ‘The Passage’ trilogy. The third book, City of Mirrors is out this year and I can’t wait. The greatest post-apocalyptic series I have read. Will also throw a nod to Garth Ennis’s run on Marvel’s The Punisher. Was superb.
Has there been any books you’ve read that you wish you had written?
Besides the ones above, I would also add Shutter Island and The Martian. Brilliant reads.
When you’re not writing, how do you spend your time?
I enjoy computer games and have recently started binge watching TV Shows. Enjoyed Walking Dead and am now watching Preacher. I also like keeping fit so go to the gym regularly, and have been pushing myself to jog more.
Have you any hobbies that aren’t book-related?
Exercise and gaming. 🙂
What’s your favourite holiday destination?
I am desperate to go to Japan. However I have been to a few lovely Greek islands and Egypt which were great.
Diet Coke (much to my dentists chagrin) and tea. However, I have recently taken a liking to Latte and a cheeky G&T.
Huge thanks to Rob for answering my questions! Make sure to keep up with the blog tour!