An Interview Q&A with author Paul Andrews:
Q: How did you get your start in writing fiction novels?
A: I began my first novel while still in Grad School on a electric typewriter. It was an eco-thriller based on my hometown that thankfully never saw the light of day. Since then I have been honing my craft over the years, getting better with each and every story.
Q: Tell us about how you got your first book published?
A: Let’s be clear, I am an epublished, indie author and proud of it. I tried for several years with a literary agent to get my Count Saint-Germain novel published by one of the big NY publishing houses. Umpteen rejection letters later, I decided to go the eBook route.
Q: Why are you proud of your eBooks?
A: Because its frustrating as an author when a handful of NY editors get to decide what the reading public gets to buy in bookstores. With indie epublishing, the eBooks are on-line for all to see and the public gets to decide what to buy and read.
Q: How did you choose Count Saint-Germain as the main character for your first book, THE MAN WHO WOULD NOT DIE?
A: I stumbled across the Count in a dusty old book of historical mysteries and something about this never-aging man fascinated me? Why had I never heard of this guy before? So I began researching Saint-Germain in places like the stacks of the Library of Congress.
Q: Did you have to learn a lot about 18th century Europe for the novel?
A:.Heck yes! I knew about US history, of course, with the Revolutionary War, but this was all that was going on at the same time in Europe, Persia, and India. There were other wars and revolutions, other coups and invasions, other spies and intrigue.
Q: So Count Saint-Germain was a real historical figure and not one of your characters?
A: Correct, the Count hobnobbed across Europe, never appearing to age for over eighty years. He appears behind the scenes at everything from the Scottish Rebellion to the French Revolution. Some called him a learned alchemist, others a blatant charlatan.
Q: You also write novellas about historical disasters.
A: That’s right, FIREBRANDS about the Great Chicago Fire of 1887, SWEPT AWAY about the 1889 Johnstown, PA Flood and SULTANA AWAITS about a Civil War riverboat disaster. There is some aspect about the suspense of impending doom, the bravery of the survivors. and the sacrifice of the fallen that fascinates me. I throw my characters into the mix to sink or swim as it were.
Q: Are you working on another book?
A: Yes, my next novel is CYCLONE about the terrible Galveston, Texas Hurricane of 1900, that literally wiped the coastal city off the map in a single night costing thousands of live. It was at a time before weather satellites so they had absolutely no warning.