Note from Cindy: My good friend and amazing author, Robert Browne is joining us in the ‘vert today. Rob’s got a fantastic new hardcover novel –THE PARADISE PROPHESY – coming out in July. I had the pleasure of reading an ARC of TPP and like his other work, it’s awesome!! Rob is generously giving away copies of KISS HER GOODBYE, WHISPER IN THE DARK, KILL HER AGAIN, and DOWN AMONG THE DEAD MEN to some lucky commenters. (read ‘em all, loved ‘em all) Please make Rob feel welcome by saying hello and wishing him luck on his new release. And I’m sure he’ll answer any questions you might have about The Paradise Prophesy … like who he thinks would make a good lead for the movie!!
Without further fanfare (although he deserves tons it) herrrreeee’s Rob!
I’ve been a professional writer for twenty years and a novelist for about six, and I’ve felt this way a few times before. Like when I sold my first short story. My first screenplay. My first book. Or when that first book was made into a TV pilot and I was on the set watching the actors play the characters I had created.
I was an uber-virgin that week. And completely out of my element. I was blissfully clueless about the world I had entered, while feeling a bit of trepidation about what lay before me.
As I write this, I’m now fifteen days away from the publication of a new novel—one that contains elements of what I’ve written before, but is bigger and bolder than anything I’ve ever done. For a new publisher, no less. Under a new name. After deciding to go for simplicity over style, I’ve dropped the middle albatross (Gregory) and am now writing as Robert Browne.
So I feel a bit like a groom on his wedding night, wondering if I have the skill and stamina to satisfy my bride. And, yes, we guys actually do worry about such things. Despite our cocky arrogance, we’re not as confident as we pretend to be.
Or maybe that’s just me.
The last time I felt this nervous was when my first book was about to be released. I remember being so excited about getting a publishing deal that I signed up for the Authors at Seacruise, just so I could rub shoulders with some of my favorite authors and hopefully get a taste of what was in store for me.
I met quite a few new friends there. Carla Neggers, Paul Levine, JoAnn Ross, F. Paul Wilson, and one Cindy Gerard, who sat at our table one night as a “visiting author” and turned out to be one of the warmest, kindest people I’d ever meet. And when Cindy found out that I was an about-to-be-published newbie, she welcomed me into the club with open arms.
Now, here I am, five books later and Cindy and I are good friends. E-mail buddies. We compete over who can get the most pages done in a day. We bitch and moan about the storylines that are killing us. We talk about getting older and the state of the publishing business—
—and yes, we do each other’s nails whenever we’re in the same state.
So Cindy was kind enough to invite me here to tell you about my growing case of the nerves. About a book that forced me to stretch farther than I’ve ever stretched, creating a world and characters that I came to love and hate at the same time. Mostly because, by the time I was done, I felt as wiped out as my hero and heroine.
That book is a thriller called THE PARADISE PROPHECY, and if you hear echoes of Dan Brown in there, that’s a good thing, because people are telling me this is Dan Brown meets Dean Koontz with little Stevie King as their illegitimate love child.
It’s the story of two desperate and seriously screwed-up mortals—a beautiful government agent and a tortured religious scholar—in a race across the globe to try to prevent a quartet of fallen angels from taking over the world. Along the way they have to decipher clues in ancient documents from The Devil’s Bible to Paradise Lost, looking for the key that will help them save mankind.
It’s fantasy and mystery and suspense and action, and Publishers Weekly was kind enough to give it a starred review, calling it “riveting” and “cinematic.” Which is also a good thing, because the people who produce the Twilightmovies have picked it up for development as a feature film. You can buy a copy from your favorite bookseller on July 21st.
So, as you may have guessed, I’m about to face the biggest wedding night of my life. And as Cindy well knows, I’m more nervous about this than I’ve ever been. I’m hoping my bride—the readers—will decide I’m worth it.
Because I’d really like this marriage to last… 😉
THE PARADISE PROPHECY
*Starred Review—Publishers Weekly
Coming July 21, 2011 from Dutton