My novel is called The Code. It is a story that opens with a CIA assassin named Jarred who is embarking on a covert operation to Africa in order to stop development of a deadly genocidal virus. Thinking this assignment was behind him and had been successful, one year passes and he again finds himself thrown back in the operation on a global whirlwind action packed adventure. Sanctioned by the President, he now has one job: to track down and stop this virus from being made by any means necessary before it’s dispersed into the world.
Tell us something about yourself.
During my formative years I was fortunate to have a father who worked for government contracts, and in turn they required us to travel. For many years this was a wonderful source of adventures and a remarkable chance to learn about people, places, and cultures. Later we settled in Denver where I completed my college years to earn degrees in Biology and Chemistry while collecting a minor in Literature.
What inspired you to write this book?
I was running out of the kind of books and authors I like to read and constantly had to find alternate material. Waiting for another new release to find its way to the shelves, I voiced my displeasure with one of these alternative reading choices. This was when my wife asked the simple question of why I had not written my own novel. The idea was a bit overwhelming at first, and then soon began to grow as my own imagination started to take over. Before long I was deep into thought, plot, disaster, and laughter.
How did you publish this book? Why did you decide on that publisher?
The decisions on how to publish this book was to self publish, as it is hard to be picked up by an agent unless you are already well known. As for picking the publisher, I simply looked at the type of books they generally publish and what they generally promote.
How did you know you wanted to be a writer?
I don’t believe I had ever thought about becoming a writer, I simply enjoyed writing and eventually fell into it.
What do you believe is the hardest part of writing?
In the beginning I must have rewritten the first 5 pages at least twelve times, and then about half way into the novel I backed up and once more gave the first 5 pages another thorough review. After that, I would say the hardest part of writing was learning to let go of the story and allow my characters to do what they want. Having reached that point, the novel jumped to life and nearly wrote itself.
How do you do research for your books?
Much of my research is online investigation. I start with an idea or topic and look it up on the internet. I try to keep an eye out for an interesting name or tidbit of information and then follow it up to see where it leads. There are millions of little known facts or stories that can be incorporated into a manuscript, the fun comes picking out which ones fit your characters personalities and their situation.
Did you learn anything from writing this book? What?
Speaking from experience, if I have learned anything from writing this novel it would be to keep a piece of paper and pencil close at hand. I say this because you never know when an inspiration or fantastic revelation will come to mind, and by not recording it immediately this flash of insight will most likely be lost, or almost certainly its best parts will be forgot.
What types of books do you like to read? What are your favorite authors? Why?
I am always reading books. Many times I have even been caught re-reading a really good book a few months later. Some of my favorite authors are Clive Cussler, Lee Child, Daniel Silva, W.E.B. Griffin, Robert Ludlum, & Anne Perry, just to name a few. I like a book that has likeable characters, fast paced, and is unpredictable.
Are you working on your next book? What can you tell us about it?
My next book is called Pulsar. It will be another whirlwind adventure with a lot of humor and include the same main cast of characters. Our adventure starts on Jarred’s beautiful Colorado ranch where the CIA collects him and Angel for another assignment. This time they are going to China on a quest to find out who is has been developing a powerful new source of energy and how it’s being controlled.
What is the best advice you could give other writers about writing or publishing?
When it comes to writing, I believe you need to find your own style. In my case I believe the use of a story board or following an outline would have made the novel predictable and probably boring. I allow the characters to be themselves then watch them get in and out of situations. For me, it’s better to jot down a few thoughts on a piece of scrap paper, and then as the story unfolds, these ideas seem to find their way into the plot.
Where can readers learn more about you and your book?
You can contact your favorite on line bookstore for The Code by Lawrence Lane. You should find this book is not only available in soft back its also sold as an e-book.