Thank you Greg for visiting with us at My Book Addiction and More today….
OUR VISIT WITH GREG KISER…
MBA: Which do you think will gain the most profit e-books or print?
Ebooks,definitely. They already have the most profit per item. Eventually they’ll overtake print books on total volume.
My mother is 80 years old and reads two or three paperbacks each week. I asked her recently if she would like to read ebooks. She could save a lot of money and I showed her how nice they look on an
Her response? No interest whatsoever. Of course she wasn’t raised on computers and displays the way people below the age of about 35 were.
MBA: Do you think print books will ever become extinct?
Just a matter of time before books become obsolete. But not extinct.
Continuing from my answer above, there’s just no need for paper books. Oh sure, there will
always be collectibles. It will always be fashionable and tasteful for homes to have books.
But in a decade or two, when broadband is truly ubiquitous and the computers and ipads and cell phones we use today are the size of a blood cell and you have access to every novel ever written for your virtual reading pleasure – well it becomes easy for one to imagine that physical books are obsolete.
MBA: Do you feel your writing style differs from any other authors?Why or how?
Of course my writing style differs from many writers. Just as you can look at the top commercial novels of any decade and see differences in the writing styles.
It may be better to illustrate who my writing is similar to. Kirkus Reviews described my writing as equal parts Crichton, Clancy and King.
I could not ask for a better comparison ;). Pretty high company.
MBA: Who do you credit your success in writing to and why?
Nobody but me. Writing is an intensely personal pursuit. I’m married with children and
work a full time job (that has nothing to do with literature or writing). I had nobody rooting me on,critiquing my work. It was just me and the word processor. Something I wanted to
do. Wanted to do it, wanted to write. Was drawn to it. Thought about it all the time as I was
writing the novel, how can I make it better, how can I enrich it? How can I make the characters pop?
I might change my perspective if I get a lucky break and someone ‘discovers’ me and I make millions. But that hasn’t happened yet.
MBA: What made you want to write “inSyte”?
My main antagonist is the Mayor, and all the conflict comes from him and his crazy notion that all of his ideas are God given.
I listened to Rudy Giuliani speak a year after 911. This was in August of 2002, just under a year
since 911. Rudy spoke to a crowd of about 5,000 folks. He described the events of that day and it was very emotional, everyone loved the guy, he was held in such admiration.
He told the crowd that every great leader will possess spirituality. And when you have millions of people that you’re serving, there’s a natural temptation to believe that God put you there, there
must be a divine intervention. Then the tendency is to think that any gut feeling you have, gut decision, must be God’s decision.
So Rudy talked about how you have to avoid falling into that trap, you have to remain objective and realize you’re only human and they are your decisions.
I found that fascinating because I had never heard a politician talk like that.
I think there are a number of politicians in the US and abroad, recently and not, where pragmatism was nowhere to be found. I wanted to explore that in a novel. Come on, there’s all kinds of room for conflict.
MBA: Do you feel a deep connection to any of the characters in “inSyte”? If so who and why?
Hmmmm. Deep connection? Can’t say that I do.
Each of my characters is a work of fiction. Are there life experiences that worked there way into my novel? Most definitely.
At it’s core, inSyte is a character driven novel. Each character’s motivations are always clear so the plot is easy to follow without being predictable. I alsostrive for nicely understated humor to break up the intensity.
You always know who’s head you’re in, ie the point of view in any chapter is quickly apparent. The perceptions of the characters are different for the same circumstances, which adds depth.
And I have a lot of dialogue. Dialogue speeds up pacing and is an important element in making a book read quickly. Dialogue also helps to illustrate the characters.
My characters are multi-dimensional and interesting. Even the smaller characters are well-drawn.
My novel is a thriller and there’s plenty of action and tension. I paid a lot of attention to the dialogue to add tension by inter-cutting, avoiding having people speak in complete paragraphs and even sentences. Showing the impatience, projecting a more natural flow.
More than just dialogue, there are a number of physical conflicts. Otherwise known as fight scenes. The various fight scenes have been described by reviewers as horrifying and terrific. This is not a novel about fighting, by any stretch, but there is physical conflict. Great fun.
Anyway, back to the connection – no, I don’t feel a connection. They are all made up.
But my favorite is Cheslov. He was the most fun to write.
MBA: If you could change anything in today’s world what would it be and why?
I’d change our political system, the one we have here in the US. It’s terribly broken. Some people say our country is the next Greece. Well, Greece can not possibly fix their financial problems without getting bailed out by another country, notably Germany.
But the US – we could fix all of our deficit problems, go from deficits of 9-10% of GDP to only 2% of GDP (that would put us at the bottom of the list of industrialized countries in that ratio).
All by ourselves. The Bowles –Simpson bi-partisan deficit reduction recommendations would do it.
But our political system has devolved to the point where this country is paralyzed.
I think it’s a result of the non-stop scrutiny of 24 hour news channels. People tend to posture non-stop. Meanwhile, nothing gets accomplished.
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inSyte by Greg Kiser – NURTURE Book Tour Schedule:
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- September 14th – Tammy G. @ News and Reviews from the Heart of the Dragons Den
- September 14th – Stephanie G. @ ¡Miraculous!
- September 15th – Jen M. @ The (Hopeful) Librarian
- September 16th – Laurie J. @ Laurie’s Thoughts and Reviews
- September 19th – Lisa M. @ Lisa’s World of Books
- September 19th – Lindsay H @ Everyday Is An Adventure
- September 21st – Deborah P. @ A Bookish Libraria:The Bookish Dame Reviews
- September 21st – Farrah K. @ The Book Faery Reviews
- September 22nd – Beverly G. @ Everyone Loves A SiNner
- September 23rd – Jaidis S. @ Juniper Grove
- September 23rd – Deb H. @ Deb’s Book Reviews
Author: Greg Kiser
Genre: Fiction – Speculative/Techno/Futuristic Thriller
Published by: CreateSpace (May 13, 2011)
Age Recommendation: 18+ for Violence & Mature Themes
ISBN 13: 978-0615484877
Source: Received for review from Nurture Virture Book Tourz and the author..
inSyte by Greg Kiser
It’s Tampa Bay and the year is 2020. Ex-Navy SEAL Mitch “Double” Downing discovers how to tap into the internet with his mind. His new inSyte provides transparent access to the sum of all human knowledge recorded since hieroglyphics. More than mere information – Mitch can see into men’s hearts and be all places at all times (easy in an ‘always on’ surveillance society with fourth generation tweets). Sort of like God. But inSyte has ideas of its own as the software exposes a politician’s “divine” plan that will unwittingly slaughter millions of people. Is killing the man the only way to prevent Armageddon? The politician’s daughter would probably disagree. And she happens to be the love of Mitch’s life. Losing Kate would be too damn much collateral damage. At the center of the conflict is a wolf-like killer who will stop at nothing to murder the ex-Navy SEAL. And Mitch must come to grips with inSyte’s dark side – a dominating addiction that soon controls his thoughts and places him on a steep slide to self destruction.
Thanks to Jadis,we are offering 1 lucky commenter a e-book copy of inSyte by Greg Kiser.This giveaway is open globally. The giveaway will run from today September 13 until September 20, 2011.
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is an interesting futuristic thriller featuring ex-Navy Seal Mitch
“Double” Downing and set in the year 2020 in Tampa Bay, Florida. It also
includes a cast of characters that will have you on the edge of your seat at
times. It has murder,politics,violence,mystery,obession,
“wolf-like” killer,a politican who is not only dangerous but who also thinks he
has God’s Holy Pursuit plans, power,with twists and turns who want see coming.
This a fast paced,chilling,unforgettable,hard boiled futuristic thriller that
has a few twists and turns and will leave you questioning our age of information
and future.A read that will appear to any and all
futuristic,thriller,suspense,and mystery readers who enjoy a good story that
will have you turning pages and saying WOW.This book was received for the
purpose of review from Nurture Virtual Book Tourz and the author. Details can be
found at Createspace.