What a thrill to feature thriller author (get it :p) Bernard Maestas on our blog today, and that the day before we’ll review his book (which we loved, by the way).
1) Why did you decide to write for a thriller?
Well, for one thing, I grew up in the golden age of action movies like the Die Hard and Lethal Weapon franchises. Coming up with the Internet Tough Guys series, I set out to write action movies, in book form, the way they once were and have since been forgotten. I’ve had some success with that, with my protagonists Alex and Ted once being referred to as “Riggs and Murtagh for a new generation.” With me, you get gunfights with some semblance of reality, car chases that don’t ignore the laws of physics, and fistfights that lack the acrobatic kung fu foolishness that’s so common in the watered down slop Hollywood feeds the sheep these days.
That said, I also have a lot of real life experience that translates well to the genre. It only seemed natural to make use of it so I did!
2) How long did it take you to write “Godwin’s Law” from start to finish?
About six weeks, if I remember correctly. I actually started on it while I was still finishing the first book, Say That to my Face. I carried the momentum I had from that book into the second and wrapped it up pretty quickly. Well, that was the first draft, specifically. I eventually had to put in a lot more work to get it into the shape it’s in, so, if you count from when I started it to when my editor approved the final draft, you’re talking like a year and a half.
3) Is this book part of a series?
Absolutely. The series is called Internet Tough Guys and features the same two kickass heroes – computer hacker Ted Reagan and commando-turned-merc Alex Kirwan – throughout. The first book, Say That to my Face, came out last year and the third one is currently in my editor’s hands.
4) How long have you been writing?
All my life! Even before I could actually write I was coming up with stories in my head and acting them out with G.I. Joes. Oddly, I never actually finished anything, even a short story, until the first book in this series, Say That to my Face, back at the end of 2012. Since then, I’ve somehow managed to write six complete novels despite my well-publicized and crippling bouts with writer’s block.
5) Who is your favorite character from the book? And your least favorite?
I don’t know that I could pick a favorite among the protagonists. Very importantly, as we’ll learn in Internet Tough Guys #4, Keyboard Commandoes, Alex and Ted are not the same on their own. Picking one or the other means more than just splitting them in half as, combined, they are more than the sum of who they are as individuals.
My least favorite would easily be The Big, Bad Dr. Wulfe, our love-to-hate villain. He’s a prick.
6) What are you working on at the moment?
I just finished a noir crime thriller/mystery called Concrete Smile. Trying to get that published is a battle that’s almost on the level of a full-time job. At the same time, I’m writing a brand new YA fantasy novel under the working title OneiroKnights It’s a pretty cool twist (I think) on the genre and, in general, is just fun to write. I felt like I needed break from thrillers having written Concrete Smile immediately after finishing You Think This is a Game?, the third Internet Tough Guys novel.
About Godwin’s Law
Author: Bernard Maestas
Gwen Kane, estranged daughter of a Forbes millionaire and the bearer of a horrifying secret is lured into a dangerous international cult. It falls to Alex Kirwan and Ted Reagan to rescue her. What should be easy money for the mercenary team of a freerunning ex-commando and his computer hacking partner proves to be anything but as they find themselves doggedly pursued across Europe, Canada and the United States by highly trained forces with resources vastly disproportionate to the recapture of one missing acolyte.
Will Alex and Ted unravel the mystery of Gwen’s importance in time to survive?
Will Gwen pierce the seemingly impenetrable armor around Alex’s heart?
Will Alex and Ted get paid?”
Bernard Maestas lives in paradise. A police officer patrolling the mean streets of Hawaii, he has a background in contract security and military and civilian law enforcement. When not saving the world, one speeding ticket at a time, and not distracted by video games or the internet, he is usually hard at work on his next book.