Sunday, October 9, 2011

Interview with Jack Silkstone

What is PRIMAL Origin about?
PRIMAL Origin tells the story of how the PRIMAL organisation started. Who are PRIMAL? They're a team of elite operatives, hell bent on fighting for the downtrodden and oppressed. A renegade agency waging a secret war against the untouchables; powerful criminals, greed driven corporations, and twisted politicians. With cutting-edge technology and tactics they strike across the globe with impunity, stepping in where governments fail to take action.

Where is your book available?
PRIMAL eBooks are available on Amazon and Smashwords. PRIMAL Origin is out now. PRIMAL Unleashed will be out on Sunday 16 October.

Where did you get the idea for your book?
The PRIMAL concept was born in Kandahar, Afghanistan where I had the pleasure of working with some of the world's finest Special Forces. UK SBS, US Green Berets, SEALs, Delta as well as Canadian JTF2 and Australian SAS and Commandos. Immersed in a world of targeting Taliban Commanders and other High Value Targets I constantly found myself imagining what these guys could achieve without the caveats of Government control. If they could wage unconstrained warfare against the world's worst. So as I interacted with these amazing warriors I started to build a concept, a concept that would evolve into PRIMAL.

How did you come up with the title?
A brand name was tricky to come up with and I originally brainstormed a huge list to choose from. Ended up going with an acronym - PRIMAL stands for PRiority Movements and AirLift. This is part of the cover story for this covert organization.

Who designed the cover?
I came up with the cover concept myself, organized a photoshoot for the picture, and got a designer friend to make it look professional.

Do you have to travel a lot for your books?
Fortunately I didn't have to travel for my first couple of books because I've already been to many of these places! But in the future I'm planning on travelling to some very interesting places for research...
Modern writers have greater flexibility because of the internet. It's now much easier for them to cover areas they haven't visited. I even used Google Earth and streetview to virtually travel to some of the places in my books and digitally walk the ground.

When did you write your first book and how old were you?
PRIMAL Origin is my first book and I'm in my 30s! You must be some sort of ninjabookmaster Spence to be cranking out books at only 12 years old!

If your book was a movie, who would you pick to play the main characters?
Most of today's actors are a bit soft around the edge to play PRIMAL characters. Might give Jason Statham a part, he's pretty hard.

Do you plan on writing sequels?
Primal UnleashedHell yeah, I'm working on PRIMAL Vengeance right now. It's shaping up to be a ripper, heaps of action and a great cast of bad guys for PRIMAL to pit themselves against.

How long did it take you to complete PRIMAL Origin?
It is only a short story and it took about 2 months to write including editing. PRIMAL Unleashed, the full length novel took just over a year to write.

What made you decide to write espionage fiction?
I firmly believe that you should write what you know, for me that was espionage, action, technology, weapons and tactics.

What is your best writing advice?
Matt Reilly gave me the best advice. He told me to never ever give up. If writing is what you want to do, never let anyone tell you you can't.

How do you and your friends film your videos for PRIMAL? They look professionally made.
The PRIMAL Creative Team is awesome. Our director is great as is our VFX director. We're all mates so we have a fantastic time filming. I've just started planning the next video, going to have more guns, more bad guys and at least one hot female operative.

Jack on MountainAbout Jack Silkstone:
Jack Silkstone is a writer with a background in Military Intelligence, Counter-Intelligence and Special Operations.

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