Author Interview – Mick Bose

Posted on Sunday, March 24, 2013

Where do you see yourself in five years? My aim is to write one book a year in the next five years. And that means story, chapter outlines, all the drafts, copy editing, the whole shebang. Not just the writing. With Fatal Trial I proved to myself I could do it. What is most gratifying is that I have now sold 320 copies in 6 weeks – of which 200 have been in the last two weeks. So the five year plan has to be five books, each hopefully better than the other! Of course, the reader will be the judge of that.

What do you do to unwind and relax? I like listening to music. I do a bit of singing as well, mainly Jazz and old school stuff. But there is nothing like curling up with a nice book. It`s a world in its own right, and most importantly, a good book will take you to your own private world.

What was the hardest part about writing the book? Without a doubt, making the characters more grounded in reality and giving them firm and emotionally resonant reasons to be in the novel. After all, why should a reader like the characters if that is not the case? During the first draft I got the story down on paper. In the second draft my content editor told me something I would never forget. He said, give your characters a life and death reason to be in the book. Make it hard for them. And then make them come out the other side, scars and all. That piece of advice made all the difference. So the hardest part was going through the second and yes, third draft.

Can you tell us about your main character in Fatal Trial? Which one? There`s two of them really. I suppose Alex Querci is the main guy – the protagonist if you will. Then there is Faye Duncan, the woman looking for her father. Their paths cross and nothing is ever the same again. Both Alex and Faye are physicians, like I am. Hence I understand their frustrations and tribulations. Alex is most probably an idealised amalgamation of several people I know and admire – with a bit of a daredevil thrown in.

Getting Faye right was harder. I guess her mission – to find her father – sort of made her who she was. Passionate and driven. In that sense Faye is much like the strong woman characters I have had the good fortune to know – my mother, aunts and my wife. To say the story made the characters is not an exaggeration, but neither is the fact that my sub conscious moulded them into the shape of individuals I admire.

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Genre – Medical Thriller

Rating – PG

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