Thursday, 4 September 2014

Author Interview & Giveaway - The Demeter Code by Russell Parkway

The Demeter Code
by Russell Parkway
Genre: Spy/Thriller
Publisher: Indie
Pages: 422
Language: English
Format: Kindle and Softcover Paperback

Book Summary:

When two American embassies in northern Africa are bombed, CIA operatives, Ridley Fox and Nita Parris, are assigned to track down the perpetrators. However, when their top asset is killed in a failed op, the agents suspect that there may be a new threat. Their search for the truth puts them on a collision course with a powerful multinational—which will go to extreme lengths to bury its criminal activities. However, the agents soon learn that someone with a personal vendetta against that company not only knows their secrets, but will expose them in a way that could result in the largest single-day attack against America.

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Author Interview

1. What inspired you to write your first book?
My first novel, Pandora's Succession, was inspired by the Tokyo Subway sarin gas attacks in March 1995 by the Aum Shinrikyo cult and the 2001 Anthrax Attacks (Amerithrax). It's a mashup of both events with some conspiracy theory paranoia thrown in.

2. Do you have a specific writing style?
My writing style has evolved since my first novel, mostly due to experience. I prefer writing in the third person where I pay specific attention to detail. I won't only mention what a character a character sees, but also what he tastes, smells, hears, the butterflies-in-the-stomach they may have. I'll also pay attention to environmental factors such as the drop of ice water dripping from a newly-formed icicle.

3. How did you come up with the title for your book?
I cannot go into detail about the title because it will spoil the story. However it was partially chosen after the Greek Goddess of the Harvest as a way of branding the series.

4. Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp?
Corporate greed has its consequences.

5. How much of the book is realistic?
It's very realistic since many scenes were ripped straight from today's headlines. The plot itself is based on several science and technology-based articles and documentaries. Some of the characters, notably the villains, are even loosely based on real people. Furthermore, I even consulted with a science professor from Sussex University in England, Dr Neil Crickmore, in order to verify the science behind the biological weapon in the story in order to make it as realistic as possible. Some readers will be curious to fact check this and learn that the type of planned terrorist attack against the entire United States of America--as depicted in THE DEMETER CODE--could actually happen.

6. What book are you reading now?
Buried Secrets by Joseph Finder

7. Are there any new authors that have grasped your interest?
Although he isn't a new author, I recently read my first Lee Child novel, 61 Hours a few weeks ago.

8. What are your current projects?
I'm currently writing a screenplay that's based on my first novel, Pandora's Succession.

9. Did you learn anything from writing your book and what was it?
Demeter was a huge research project that spanned nearly two years. I learned quite a bit about the CIA and how intelligence groups operate, I learned how a smart terrorist could use something we take for granted every day of the week against us (no spoilers), and I learned a few things about identity theft.

10. What were the challenges (research, psychological etc) in bringing your story to life?
The main challenges were piecing together the story. I already knew what it was about, who the characters were and what their goals were. The problem was bridging point A through point B and then to point C. Just when I thought I did something right, I'd read it over and found a plot hole, which forced me to rewrite earlier chapters. It was like a Rubix Cube. Just when you think you have all the colors lined up, one side doesn't match--forcing you to undo everything and start again.

About the Author
Russell Brooks is the author of four thrillers--Pandora's Succession, Unsavory Delicacies, Chill Run, and The Demeter Code.

Russell's a former Indiana Hoosier Track Champion and Canadian Track Team member in the 100 meters, the 200 meters, and the 4x100 meter relay. He has written several essays on his blog, The Big Picture, one of which was published in the online Op-Ed section of the National Post in early 2009. He was also recently seen on the morning TV show, Mornin' Barbados.

You can learn more about Russell Brooks at

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