Guest Post: Clive Fleury || Author Interview

Hey beautiful people!

A new type of blog post for Bookmark Your Thoughts — Author Interviews! This was actually a thrill to do, so I’m very excited for you all to not only see this post but for you all to get to know an amazing author just a little bit more.

I was lucky to receive a free copy of Clive Fleury’s thrilling dystopian novel, Kill Code. Thank you again, Clive, for allowing me the privilege of reviewing such a fantastic story — and to all of you who haven’t read Kill Code, make sure to pick up a copy for yourself … you won’t regret it!

For those of you who wish to know more about Kill Code, my review will be posted on Bookmark Your Thoughts blog Thursday April 25 2019!

The Interview Questions

Q. Where did your idea originate from for “Kill Code”?

On a scorching hot day lying on a beach in Miami I got to thinking not just how lucky I
was, but also what it would be like if climate change continued at the pace I believe it’s
going. This, combined with a seemingly never-ending series of headlines about the
middle class and poor getting ever poorer, provided the germ of an idea for Kill Code.

Q. What inspired you to write “Kill Code”?

I wanted to write something that was entertaining, and thrilling but asked questions about
the world we could live in just a few years from now, and how I would navigate my way
through it.

Q. Are there plans for a sequel to “Kill Code”?

I never envisaged Kill Code as just one novel. I always intended it as the first of a trilogy
but with many plot twists and turns along the way. The next book in the ‘Code’ series
should be out by the end of this year. I hope you’ll all read it.

My answer is yes … yes I will be … and I’m SO EXCITED!

Q. Beyond writing, what are some of your other interests?

I produce and direct for TV, films, and commercials. I also love traveling, and going to
new places and meeting new people. I just go somewhere new whenever I have the time
and the money.

Q. What is your writing Kryptonite? Do you believe in writer’s block?

I’ve combined these two questions because they revolve around the same issues. The
most difficult part of the process for me is coming up with ideas. I prefer to structure a
novel before I write it, and this takes a lot of time. And there have been many occasions
when this has been a problem. So yes, I most definitely do believe in writer’s block.

Q. Who are some of your favorite authors?

This is a much-asked question, and, for me, one of the hardest to answer—there are just
so many. Graham Greene, HG Wells, J. D. Salinger, Pierre Boulle, Charles Dickens, Margaret Atwood, Sarah Waters, Donna Tart, Ken Kesey, John Wyndham, John Grisham, for light but turn the next page ability, Andy Weir—The Martian was so good. I could go on and on

Q. In your opinion, what is the hardest thing about writing?

Writing requires a whole range of abilities but the one that I think every good writer
should have is a belief in themselves, and that what they are spending hours upon hours
doing is something they will ultimately be proud of.

Q. What’s your favorite novel and why?

As a kid, I remember reading Pierre Boulle’s Planet of the Apes not once but several
times. So it was my favorite novel then. It was really the first book that challenged me to
consider the world from a different perspective. And then I found that the author had also
written: “Bridge over the River Kwai” —a completely different novel, and different
genre. This got me thinking about books and how you don’t have to just read or write one
type.

Q. What advice do you have for writers?

Like the Nike slogan says: “Just do it”

About the Author

“Hi, I’m Clive and when I was young, a man behind a big desk who called himself a ‘Career Specialist’ fell about laughing when I told him I wanted to tell stories. He had other plans for me. “You should be an engineer, that’s what you should be,” he said.

Luckily I ignored his advice, because if I hadn’t I wouldn’t have embarked upon a life that is all about telling stories, either through writing, as an author and screenplay scribe, or in pictures, through television and movies – as a director and producer.

I hope you enjoy reading my latest venture, which was written in Miami where I live with my wife, teenage daughter, and cat Louis. It definitely and absolutely has nothing to do with engineering” [source].

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