This Tuesday, I have Hydra author, Tony Acree, here for an interview about his upcoming novel, The Hand of God, and his writing career.
Let’s learn more about The Hand of God!
What is your most recent published work?
My first novel, The Hand of God, will be released by Hydrea Publications in the spring of 2013.
What is it about?
It can best be described as a supernatural thriller. The novel tells the story of Victor McCain, bounty hunter, who finds out his brother has sold his soul to the Devil. Vic is offered a chance to save his brother’s soul by finding a missing woman who has stolen something Satan wants back.
What was it like when you found out that Hydra was going to publish your book?
I was thrilled. I met Frank Hall on several occasions and each time came away knowing he was someone I could not only work with, but would give my book the best chance of success.
What can you tell readers about the main character?
Victor McCain is a beer drinking, fun loving Kentucky boy who works as a bounty hunter for the adrenaline rush. A veteran of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, Vic enjoys his job. When it comes to God and religion, he’s never given it much thought. But when Satan walks into his office, everything changes.
What was your favorite part of the book for you to write? What are you most proud of?
The action scenes were my favorite parts to write. You learn a lot about Vic in how he responds to some very intense situations. I’m most proud of how my beta readers responded to the dark humor in the book. When people laugh in the right places during tough action spots, then I feel I’ve done my job as a writer.
What genres do you write in?
I write supernatural thrillers and mysteries.
Some writers claim that writing dark stories is easier than writing light ones. True or false for you, and why?
No doubt true in my case. I love to both read and write books with conflict and drama. I enjoy authors who take their characters to great depths and show us how they respond and overcome the obstacles thrown in their paths. The more tension the better. And let’s face it. There is a lot more drama in the darkness under the stairs than in the sunshine on the hill.
When you have time to read, what do you enjoy? Who’s your favorite author?
I’m currently on a thriller kick. My favorite author is Nelson DeMille. His character John Corey is my favorite in modern fiction. You can also find me reading Lee Child, Robert B. Parker (may he rest in peace), Harlan Coben and John Sandford.
What is the coolest thing a reviewer ever said about your work?
The coolest thing is being told they couldn’t stop turning the page. I had a beta reader who planned on only reading the first two chapters the first night, but stayed up to read all fourteen because he wanted to see what happened next. Knowing you have them hooked is a great feeling.
Tell us a little bit about what you are working on now.
First I am finishing up the final edit on The Hand of God. Next I am writing a game module for Hydra Publication’s new game division. And then the next book in the Hand of God series, tentatively titled Brother Mine.
When will it be available?
The Hand of God will be available around February of 2013, the game mods will arrive next summer.
When do you write? How many hours a day/week?
I write mainly at night and try and write 4 hours a night at least 6 days a week. I tried writing in the morning only to find I kept writing the same line over and over. Night work is what I love best.
How do you prepare for a project? Do you work off an outline of your book or write by gut-feel?
I use only the briefest of outlines. Generally I have the plot of the book worked out in my head, but follow my whims while filling out the details.
Do you have any events or book signings coming up? Where? When?
I plan on attending CharCon in Charleston West Virginia, October 19-21. http://www.charcon.org/
How can readers connect with you?
You can find my blog at http://Tonyacree.wordpress.com or email me at Tonyacree@gmail.com
Bonus Oddball Question: If you had to describe your main character in terms of a food, what food would it be and why?
Spicy Cajun Pasta. Filling, but with quite a bite!
Thanks, Tony for the interview! Be sure to check out his website and look for The Hand of God when it comes out next year from Hydra Publications.