Complementing my daily blog interviews, today’s Author Spotlight, the one hundred and forty-eighth, is of historical suspense thriller / mystery novelist Chris Angus.
Chris Angus specializes in writing suspense thrillers / mysteries within a historical context, with subject matter ranging from mysteries surrounding the Titanic, World War II, new DNA discoveries, the threat of mutating pandemics and the debate between the world views of creationism and basic science.
Chris is also the award-winning author of several works of non-fiction, including Oswegatchie: A North Country River (North Country Books–2006), The Extraordinary Adirondack Journey of Clarence Petty: Wilderness Guide, Pilot and Conservationist (Syracuse University Press—2002), Images of America: St. Lawrence County (Arcadia Press—2001), and Reflections From Canoe Country (Syracuse University Press—1997).
While London Underground is a work of fiction, much of Chris’ precise writing style he showcases with his nonfiction comes through. Chris released earlier this year his first fiction novel, The Last Titanic Story, also available from Iguana Books, followed by his second thriller Flypaper, from Cool Well Press. London Underground is Chris’ third novel for 2012.
London Underground and The Last Titanic Story are available from Iguana Books.com, Amazon and Barnes and Noble on-line bookstores. Flypaper is available from Cool Well Press.
And now from the author himself:
When you come right down to it, the way I write is sort of by feel. I feel my way into a story. No outlines, no plots micromanaged to the last syllable. I spend months gathering notes and clipping articles about things that have interested me. Or perhaps some researched item from a past book strikes a note and I think I might expand it into a story that will resonate.
I set my books in parts of the world I would like to visit. If enough people buy them, I may get the chance. Readers sometimes ask how I can write about places I’ve never been. Sure, it is more of a challenge and requires more research. But I take pride in being as accurate as I can. I’ve also never been a woman. Does that mean I can’t write about them? I’ve never been an alcoholic. Does that make it impossible to get inside their heads? I’ve never killed anyone. Does that mean I can’t write about what a killer feels?
I tend to like cold, desolate places. So I have books set in Greenland, Iceland, Norway, Africa and the Taklamakan desert of China. I enjoy varying time periods as well. Books or parts of books have taken place 10,000 years in the past, in Victorian England, during the pre-WW II colonial era in Africa, in the age of Henry VIII and in an ancient Buddhist monastery in the year 75 A.D.
One place I have visited a lot is London. I’m an Anglophile who finds British history about the most interesting there is. That this small country could have such an overwhelming impact on human history is mind boggling. Scenes in many of my books have been set in London. With London Underground, I decided it was time to devote an entire thriller to the great city. Still, I needed an angle. Everyone, even those who have never been to London, knows a lot about the city. So I wanted to find something that most would not have come across. That led me to the world below ground. Subterranean Rivers, Roman ruins, ancient bones and the war cabinet rooms of Winston Churchill all provided a new perspective on the city.
Ever notice how many adventure movies take place in underground tunnels? Whether vampires, Nazis, mad scientists or aliens, somehow they all end up underground chasing or being chased down long, dark corridors. I’m especially fond of all those police and medical procedurals where some lone woman is being pursued down endless corridors in a big city hospital that is, miraculously, deserted. When have you ever seen a deserted hospital, even in the middle of the night on Christmas Eve?
I write to tell a great story and to connect that story to events in history, which brings it alive to the reader. At the same time, I try to keep myself interested by injecting fascinating events or science or places. If I can’t put the book down, I hope you won’t be able to either.
You can find more about Chris via…
LONDON UNDERGROUND by Chris Angus
Beneath the streets of London lie many secrets. Subterranean rivers carve channels through darkened caverns. Hidden laboratories and government offices from WW II offer a maze of corridors and abandoned medical experiments. Lost also in the depths are the contents of a looted Spanish galleon from the days of Henry VIII. And deep within lies a Nazi V-2 rocket that contains the most horrible secret of all.
Carmen Kingsley, in charge of London projects for the British Museum, and Scotland Yard Inspector Sherwood Peets race to unravel the mysteries before the great city succumbs to a frightening disease from the age of the Henrys called the English Sweat.
Unknown to them, their partners in tracing the disease began their own efforts more than sixty years earlier during WW II. A top-secret British mission is sent to the far northern regions of Norway to stop the Nazis from developing a biological weapon that will be airmailed to London via the V-2 rocket.
It all comes to a climax beneath London with the discovery of a horrifying species of genetically altered “super rats” that threaten to invade London and the British Isles in a manner more horrifying than anything ever envisioned by the Germans.
London Underground is available for purchase at Iguana Books.com (http://iguanabooks.com/books/london-underground-print-edition), Amazon (Amazon.com, Amazon.co.uk) and Barnes & Noble (http://www.barnesandnoble.com/c/chris-angus) on-line bookstores.
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