Monday, August 8, 2011

Interview with Daniel Rasic

What is The Pirates of Aden about?  First, I just wanted to thank you Spencer for interviewing me.  I'm still in awe of what you've accomplished with the Impenetrable Spy.  Without question you're THE up-and-comer in the world of thriller fiction.  Would it be fair to call you the "Justin Bieber" of espionage thillers? 

The Pirates of Aden is a thriller about Paul Alban, a physician and undercover US operative working at a small clinic in Somalia.  When Somali pirates hijack a cargo ship carrying dangerous weapons, only for them fall into terrorist hands, Paul unwittingly becomes implicated in a dangerous web of terrorism where no one is what they seem and no one can be trusted.  

Where is your book available? The Pirates of Aden is available at Amazon, Fictionwise and direct from the Publisher, Wings ePress at the wholesale price. 

Where did you get the idea for your book?  I was stuck in Toronto International Airport and was browsing through the magazines in one of the book shops.  I came across a National Geographic article about piracy in Indonesia.  This was still a few years before Somali piracy hit the headlines, so what I read totally blew me away.  I couldn't believe this was happening.  Weren't pirates the stuff of legends and Disney movies?  So I started researching and I just took it from there. 

How did you come up with the title? I knew I wanted the word "pirates" in the title, because that was what initially drew me to the book.  The rest to be honest, just sounded good to me.  I hoped it would be intriguing.

Who designed the cover? An artist at my publisher by the name of Trisha Fitzgerald.  She did an amazing job! 

Do you have to travel a lot for your books? Not for this one.  I've never been to Somalia, where much of the book takes place.  Most of my research was done through reading and meeting with friends of mine who had worked in medical clinics in East Africa to get the setting at least somewhat authentic.  For my work in progress, which takes place in Eastern Europe, I've done some travelling.

When did you write your first book and how old were you? Your question just jogged my memory!  I had completely forgotten about my first book.  I wrote it when I was in grade 4.  It was about two friends who go off searching for treasure in Australia in a hot air balloon.  Somehow a kangaroo ends up going with them.  I can't remember the other details.  I'll have to ask my mother if she still has it lying around somewhere. 

If your book was a movie, who would you pick to play the main characters? It would be so neat to see the book become a movie.  Thinking big, I think an actor like Daniel Craig could pull off Paul Alban the way that I envision him in my mind.   

Do you plan on writing sequels? I have an idea for a sequel, but I'm going to hold off for awhile.  I initially meant for The Pirates of Aden to be a stand alone thriller, so I really want to think it through before I write a sequel.  But I would love to work with those characters again.

How long did it take you to complete The Pirates of Aden?  Two and a half years.  I'm a major outliner, a planning kind of writer.  There are a number of conspiracies in the book, so I really needed to have them clear in my head before I got to writing.   

What is your favorite book?  It's always changing.  I'm a fan of Stephen King, John Le Carre, Ian Rankin, Tom Rob Smith but my current favorite is Olen Steinhauer's The Tourist.  It really has everything I love in books: suspense, spies, exotic settings, conspiracies and a sense of realism. 

About Daniel Rasic: I live near the Atlantic Ocean, in Nova Scotia, Canada with my wife and kids.  I'm a physician and I'm currently in my last year of specializing in psychiatry.  I also do research examining the relationships between social forces and mental illness.  I love travelling, reading, soccer and barbequing (amazingribs.com is my favorite site for learning bbq!).  The Pirates of Aden is my first novel and I'm typing away at the next one.  Hopefully I'll finish that one in under 2.5 years :) 

His Website: http://www.danielrasic.com/

Links to where his book is available

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