Howdy folks of the reading and writing realm, welcome, welcome! 🙂
Tonight, I have another author I would like to introduce to you all who is launching his debut novel that I am really excited about, since Sci-Fi and Fantasy are my favourite genres.
Let’s get this party started and find out more about his novel’s unique premise as we join Anthony Thomas for his Blog Tour – have fun friends and enjoy yourselves 🙂
Hi there Anthony, very happy to have you over here today to discuss your debut novel release, along with your own passions, influences and writing experiences.
HEY! Thank you for having me! I’m excited to dive in!
Let’s start first with your debut novel itself “Breachers”. Please tell us more about the plot, genre(s) and themes of your book, along with letting us know more about your anti-hero Jason Conners, his motivations and what challenges he will face across the course of this literary adventure.
Breachers is a sci-fi comedy in which the main character, Jason, is able to hit the reset button every time he dies. Needless to say, Jason dies A LOT in Breachers. Some people might use an ability like this to help others or protect the city from wrongdoing. Jason, however, uses his gift to do what he has always done. Lie. Cheat. And more importantly, steal. Following his corrupt moral compass, Jason tries to pull off his biggest job yet, and tangles with the mob while doing so. Only problem, the mob is not the only ones with Jason in their crosshairs.
If your novel was to be made into a film (or even a TV series), who would you cast in the lead roles?
OHHHH. I swear I didn’t think about this every day while writing Breachers…. All right. You caught me. Dave Franco as Jason, the witty, asshole protagonist. I think Josh Gad would make a good Wilson. Ruby Rose would be a perfect Allison. Ryan Potter as Kurai. David Ramsey (Arrow TV series) as Marcus. And Colonel Summers starring Sam Elliot or Ron Perlman.
What would you choose as your own personal mascot or spirit animal when it comes to you and your style of writing?
Is sloth an acceptable answer? Sometimes writing can be a slow, slow process for me, but the best advice I have ever received is to just finish the book no matter what.
What do you think most characterizes or defines your writing? Do you have any writing quirks or themes that constantly crop up in your stories?
I’m a sucker for the weird, twisted scenes. The ones that send chills down your spine. I had a lot of fun writing so many different ways a person could die, and if Jason were real, I’m sure he’d kick me in the head for putting him through that.
What do you find the most difficult thing about writing? And what do you find the easiest?
The areas in between big sequences. Those sort of lull areas. BRING ON THE ACTION! I find dialogue to be one of my favorite things to write, but don’t tell anyone I constantly have conversations between 3 or 4 people in my head. I may get locked away.
Who are some of the authors, musicians, poets and/or historical figures that inspire you?
Leigh Bardugo is a queen I would gladly bend the knee for. Her writing has and continues to inspire me. Sting. Sting would be another person who’s a hero. The music he’s created over the years, I don’t really listen to it, but the fact that he’s making it, I respect that.
What sort of research do you do to write your books?
The research I did for Breachers is sure to have me put on some sort of list. “What happens to the human body when burned at high temperatures.” CIA: “Hey! That Anthony guy is at it again.” Slurps from coffee mug, then spits it all over his screen. “He’s planning to burn someone alive this time!”
That’s at least how the scenario plays out in my head. Research is important. And with a main character that dies right around…xxx times (Oh, come on. You didn’t think I’d really tell you, right?) I had some fun with it.
Why do you write? What inspired you to become a writer?
Ideas never leave me alone. Like a magnet, my brain constantly swarms with plots, characters, and the shock and awe moments. If I could find a way to stop it, I doubt I would write again. Yet, here we are.
What keeps you motivated during creative slumps? How do you deal with Writer’s Block?
I find that the best way to get over these slumps or blocks is to just take a step back. Just because you aren’t physically writing, doesn’t mean the writing process stops. Plot. Create characters or settings. Imagine new ways to put your main character through the gauntlet. This can happen anywhere at any time. If someone ever notices me staring off into space, that just means I’m plotting.
You have access to a time machine. What advice would you give to your younger self?
READ MORE! PUT DOWN THE SKATEBOARD AND READ A BOOK DAMN YOU!
How do you spend your free time when you are not writing?
I enjoy playing barbies with my daughter. Watching horror movies with my wife. Staying up far too late playing video games. Exercising wouldn’t necessarily be something I love, but it has to be done. I choose kickboxing!
Tell us more about your upcoming projects. Are you working on anything specific or have plans in the pipeline?
The book I am working on now is a psychological suspense. It has been a project of mine for a long time, but I’m sure I’ll finish it eventually.
Finally, are there any nuggets of wisdom that you can impart to other aspiring writers?
There is more than one way to skin a cat. First, gross. Why would you do that? Second, writing is no different. What works for some may not work for you! Find what does. Tips are great, but the only way your writing will improve is to read and write more.
And that’s a wrap! Thanks for stopping by Anthony, we’ll be sure to check out your debut novel soon and dive right in 🙂
Again, thank you so much for having me, I thoroughly enjoyed your questions!
Anthony Thomas settled in the city of sin, though part of him will always remain in the small farming town in Northern California. When he’s not hunched over a keyboard, Anthony enjoys spending time with his wife, daughter and two dogs
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