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Please let me introduce you all to author Wayne Avrashow, as he takes us on an exhilarating journey with his debut novel, a political thriller called “Roll the Dice” and we find out more about his passions, inspirations and writing experiences.
Let’s shake, rattle and roll folks – happy reading and have a great evening 🙂
Hi there Wayne, it is a pleasure to have you here to discuss your work in more detail and let us get to know more about you.
Thank you, great to be with you.
Let’s start with your debut political fiction novel “Roll the Dice”, the inspiration for which came from political thriller and intrigue novels such as Allen Drury’s ‘Advise and Consent’; Robert Penn Warren’s ‘All the King’s Men’; ‘Absolute Power’ by David Baldacci, and ‘Primary Colors’ by Joe Klein, as well as the current Netflix television series ‘House of Cards’. Please can you give us more background to the plot, setting and the lead characters for your thriller, along with what is at stake for them as your novel unfolds further and gains momentum.
The novel’s premise is straightforward – a rock ‘n roll star runs for political office. The star and protagonist is Tyler Sloan, a member of the Rock ‘n Roll Hall of Fame. He runs for the United States Senate in Nevada. As you can imagine, a rock star is not the usual political candidate. He has fame and fortune and his campaign is free of lobbyists, special interests and campaign contributions are limited to $100.
Sloan is one man trying to make a difference. He has an estranged relationship with his father Mike Sloan, a former California governor and national political figure. Sloan struggles with their relationship throughout the novel. Grant Zimmer is Sloan’s personal attorney. Zimmer is often manic, he is politically connected, and advises Sloan while guarding his own interests. His campaign manager Tony Martino, who was his father’s advisor, is struck with past legal problems and he is wearing a wire for the FBI.
Sloan relies on his own instincts, and that of his young, brilliant and attractive media advisor Bree Baker. Sloan and Bree’s relationship intensifies during the campaign.
How difficult was it to get a publisher for your book and what was the timeframe involved with the process itself?
The novel won an award at the end of 2013 from Kirkus as one of the best unpublished works of that year. I re-wrote the book several times, gained a great agent in 2016 with Linda Langton and she sold the book to a publisher about five months later.
Why did you choose Fiery Seas Publishing as the publisher for your book? What qualities stood out for you to select them?
Fiery Seas is not a household name, but they would a great fit. They are a newer publisher who was receptive to new authors. My agent has worked with them in the past with positive results and we are very optimistic.
What are your own opinions on self-publishing and how come you did not choose to go down this particular route yourself for your book?
Self-publishing is fine. I wrote and self-published a book on mediation for fellow lawyers. However a third party publisher provides positive, affirmation of a book’s worth. Of course I am not paying for publishing, cover design, and all the costs that are associated with publishing. While my royalties may be less on a percentage basis than self-publishing, the overall royalties should be greater. I strongly prefer the guidance of a publisher like Fiery Seas.
How important do you feel it is to have an Agent represent your work?
It was vital. My agent Langton International, and its principal Linda Langton, are known quantities to publishers. She has represented top selling authors, including the rights to the great movie Trumbo that was released a couple of years ago. Linda showed patience and confidence with me and I very much appreciate her efforts. Agents can sell books a lot easier than authors.
What do you find the most difficult thing about writing? And what do you find the easiest?
I enjoy the process, I never have any “writer’s block.” I simply need to find the time to write. I use Dragon Speak to get the rough draft now and edit from there. I think having that software is critical.
Who are some of the authors and historical figures that inspire you?
I lean to contemporary authors. I enjoy reading Grisham, Patterson, Connelly. “Gone Girl” and the “Luckiest Girl Alive” were great reads with female protagonists. I enjoyed those books as examples of strong female characters.
What sort of research do you do to write your books?
I relied on my own life experiences to start the book. Being from Los Angeles, I have visited Las Vegas many times, vacationed in Lake Tahoe, and had business in Reno and Sparks. On those trips I visited Carson City and Ely. Nevada is a fascinating state, a rugged desert, elements of the west and Las Vegas. I did further research by visiting places in Las Vegas to add local color and used the internet for general guidance.
Why do you write? What inspired you to become a writer?
This is my creative outlet. I cannot sing, play a guitar or dance. I read novels and believed I could add a political perspective to one. I enjoy the creative process and the validation of completing the novel.
What keeps you motivated during creative slumps? How do you deal with Writers Block?
I never had that problem. Writing the novel was enjoyable and far more enjoyable than writing legal documents.
You have access to a time machine. What advice would you give to your younger self?
I would have started writing earlier in life. We all have good stories and experiences that may be “novel worthy.” We get one shot at life, so enjoy!
How do you spend your free time when you are not writing?
I have a busy legal practice that occupies the day. I exercise, love movies, and have a deep interest in political events. With the book, I am much more involved on Twitter and Facebook.
Tell us more about your upcoming projects. Are you working on anything specific or have plans for sequels to your existing work in the pipeline?
I have outlined two books and need to decide if the next one is a sequel or go in a different direction. I’ll bounce them off my agent and gather her ideas.
Finally, are there any nuggets of wisdom that you can impart to other aspiring writers?
It’s trite, but true. Go for it! I took writing classes at UCLA Extension and hired an editor. No matter who you are, your manuscript will need some assistance. Be open to constructive critiques, but at the end it is your work, your creative dream.
And that’s a wrap! Thank you for spending time with us Wayne, I think with your novel, it’s now time for us to all roll the dice and enjoy the ride 🙂
Wayne Avrashow knows all about politics. He was the campaign manager for two successful Los Angeles City Council campaigns and a Deputy/Chief of Staff to those two elected City Council members. He served as a senior advisor for a successful city-wide referendum in the City of Los Angeles, co-authored ballot arguments on Los Angeles County-wide measures, served as Chairman for a Los Angeles County ballot measure, and was a Los Angeles government Commissioner for nearly twenty years. He currently serves as a Board Member of the Yaroslavsky Institute, a public policy institute founded by long time Southern California elected official, and now UCLA professor, Zev Yaroslavsky.
A practicing attorney, he specializes in government advocacy, real estate, and business law. Formerly, he was an officer in two real estate development firms. As a lawyer-lobbyist, he has represented clients before numerous California municipalities and in Nevada and Idaho. His background in politics, government, business, and law provides unique insight into the machinations and characters that populate political campaigns.
He has lectured at his law school and taught at Woodbury University in Los Angeles. He has also authored numerous op-ed articles that appeared in daily newspapers, legal, business, and real estate publications. In addition, he is the author of a self-published book for the legal community, Success at Mediation—10 Strategic Tools for Attorneys.
His inspiration to write Roll the Dice came from political thriller and intrigue novels such as Allen Drury’s Advise and Consent (1959); Robert Penn Warren’s All the King’s Men (1946), Absolute Power by David Baldacci (1995), and Primary Colors by Joe Klein (1996), as well as the current Netflix television series House of Cards. Roll the Dice is geared toward those who are interested in politics, social affairs, rock music, and current events. It is designed as a “good read”, similar to books written by John Grisham, James Patterson, David Baldacci and other contemporary authors.
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