Tuesday, April 1, 2014

**GIVEAWAY** Author Interview-Philip Donlay - Deadly Echoes

I'm pleased to welcome Philip Donlay today to talk about his latest thriller, Deadly Echoes. It's one of my favorite subgenres, the Eco Thriller. Sit back and let Philip tell you a bit about the novel and about himself then stay and enter to win your very own *author signed* copy of the novel. The giveaway is sponsored by one of my favorite publishers, Oceanview, US ONLY.
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  • ISBN-13: 9781608091096
  • Publisher: Oceanview Publishing
  • Publication date: 4/1/2014
  • Series: Donovan Nash Series , #4
  • Pages: 325

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Donovan Nash is a man under siege, and this time it's personal. Eco-Watch, the premier scientific research organization he founded, is being blamed for a series of violent eco-atrocities that ignite protests around the world. Behind the attacks is Garrick Pearce, a man from Donovan's past, who is bent on a ruthless vendetta.

Philip Welcome to The Reading Frenzy. 
Glad to be here.

Tell my readers about your newest novel Deadly Echoes.
 Deadly Echoes is about revenge, a very public type of revenge that allowed me to bring some very real subjects to light, that I hope make the story better, and educate as well.  For example, shark fining, and the black market for poached animals.  I find the less fiction I use writing fiction—the better the book.  Deadly Echoes takes you places and shows you things you’ve most likely never experienced—and virtually all of it is possible. 

This is the fourth book staring Donovan Nash.
What makes Donovan perfect for his role in your novels? 
Donovan is really smart, deeply troubled, and extremely capable.  He also has a secret—a really big one about his past and who he once was.  His flaws make him human, his conflicts make him unpredictable, and his skill set makes him a formidable adversary--or the best friend you ever had.  

How are your novels connected? 
It’s written as a series, starting with Category Five, then Code Black, Zero Separation and now Deadly Echoes, followed by Aftershock in 2015.

Should they be read in order? 
Each will stand alone, so don’t feel compelled to read them in order, as long as you read them all and understand the entire story.

You know there’s just something even more frightening about eco-thrillers.
What about them draws you to write them? 
First and foremost they exist, and we as humans are defenseless.  Hurricanes, blizzards, tsunamis, tornados, earthquakes and volcanoes, we don’t stand a chance of surviving if we’re in the wrong place.  Then there’s biological outbreaks like cholera, influenza, the bubonic plague—we’re very fragile in the face of those threats.  A man with a gun is frightening—an event that can kill tens of thousands in an instant—now that’s terrifying.  I think it holds the potential to make a better thriller.  We’ve all seen the horrific images on television after a natural disaster.  It’s not that it can’t happen…it just hasn’t happened to you—yet.

Philip your bio states that you were a very successful licensed pilot.
Where is the most memorable place you’ve flown? 
Good question, I’ve been to so many places over my thirty-five year career as a pilot.  I have to say growing up during the cold war, the day I landed in Moscow was the most memorable.

You also flew a private jet for a Saudi Prince, was this a full time gig?
Yes, I lived in a hotel in Jeddah, and flew the Prince when he was inside the Kingdom of Saudi.  When he went to Europe, he’d opt to fly on British Airways.  We’d follow him around Europe, just in case he wanted his own jet for a short side-trip.  He never did.  It was one of the crazier jobs I’ve had.

Philip you list on your website the five books that influenced your life.
Great list! What’s the one book you’ve been meaning to read but haven’t gotten to yet?
There are always books on my to-read list, I find the more I write, the less I get to read.  But if I were going to pick one, it would be The Grapes of Wrath, by John Steinbeck.  Three generations of my family were Kansas wheat farmers, and I grew up working the harvest and hearing stories of the dustbowl.   

Philip thanks for taking the time to answer these few questions.
Will there be any events for fans to meet you in person? 
Yes, I’m still finalizing my tour, but I’ll be in Minneapolis, Wichita, Kansas City, Seattle and also the San Juan Islands of Washington.  Check www.philipdonlay.com for all the coming details.  Thanks for having me, this was fun.

Philip Donlay's life was shaped by two distinct events. At the age of seventeen, he earned his pilot's license, and at eighteen was published in a national aviation magazine. The combination of these two passions: flying and writing, has led to successful careers as both a professional pilot and novelist.
Today, he is licensed to fly six different jets and holds the civilian title of Senior Captain. His travels have taken him to over forty countries on five continents.

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  1. I love a mystery that weaves in real issues. This sounds fascinating and the interview was both informative and engaging.Thanks Debbie :)

  2. Okay that's a pretty interesting job! I love seeing the things people have done in their lives. Sounds like an interesting read too!

  3. Another great interview! I can imagine how he's worldly experiences must contribute to his writing, I can easily see how he can use this experiences to write great stories. I can just imagine what flying a private jet for a prince must have exposed him to.
    Thanks for sharing, very interesting.

  4. Don't think I've read one