Allow me to Introduce John Michell, the author of “The Lone Wolf At Cover” – an adult spy mystery thriller.
To know more about the book you can read our detailed review for the same at:
John lives in Brisbane, Australia and “The Lone Wolf At Cover” is his debut book. He, however, weaved international relations and how the personal lives and emotions of a spy (and people associated with him/her) often take a backseat in the call of duty moments.
Reading the book made us curious to know more about him and thus we approached him for the possibility of an author interview. Fortunately, the things worked out positively and from our team, I got a chance to have a small Q/A session with him. I would love to share it with you all.
We are glad to have a conversation with you. Thank you for sparing some time to have a Q/A session with us. Your book “The Lone Wolf At Cover” is getting positive responses in both commercial and critical aspects since a while. It is a nice book indeed. Please accepts our congratulations for the same and tell us something about it (the response to the book).
It’s a Cold War spy fiction novel with a difference. The story of a flawed man in a flawed world, giving it a realistic flavour. Put it this way, it’s not a James Bond book about an invincible hero who’s irresistible to women!!!i
I think your adjectives are probably a bit strong, although it obviously depends on individuals and individual circumstances. I think the best description in my case is satisfied
I was an Australian diplomat for 33 years and then studied law (gaining a Juris Doctor – I’m still admitted as a barrister and solicitor to the Australian Capital Territory Supreme Court). Since January 2017 I elected to become a full-time writer.
In both diplomacy and law there is a significant writing dimension. And it was the writing element in my professional work I found I consistently enjoyed most. I liken writing to sculpting.
I just love the Cold War spy fiction genre. So that’s what I decided I’d write about drawing on my experiences when living abroad as a diplomat (for 21 years in all).
Like I say, I love the genre and the politics and grit of the spy book (in fictional novels at least – I have no real insight into the real-life situation. I’m betting though if I did I’d find it very different and probably more anodyne.)
Never a truer word spoken Jiten. But I’m hopeful. It’s a crowded market place and more and more people are self-publishing. I’m not foolishly confident or over confident but I do believe that if I can get a break and The Lone Wolf at Cover gets profile (as with the second novel I’ve just completed called Dublin Zoo) there’s a large readership around the globe who would appreciate it.
Frankly lukewarm. But it’s all about exposure. In truth I haven’t really tested either the domestic (i.e. Australian) or international markets because relatively-speaking very few people know about the book. That’s where people like you come in it!!!!
Look, a lot of the international affairs stuff I knew about already. For example, I have followed Zimbabwe’s birth, pre-birth and subsequent existence quite closely. I’m not sure why I find it so fascinating but I do. It was really just a matter of checking a few dates and things like that. The Falklands was similar in that I knew about it and Argentina’s use of Exocet missiles. And of course, the situation in East Berlin was also something I knew about. Ditto for Konfrontasi in Kalimantan. And I was living in Moscow when the Soviet Union collapsed. So it was really about refreshing memory rather than straight out research.
Definitely impulsive. I’ve tried planning but hate it. I sit in front of the keyboard get an idea and start writing without knowing where I’ll end up. That means there’s a lot of fine-tuning once you’ve a draft!!
It varies a bit day by day. But overall I think writing the Rhodesia/Zimbabwe stuff was the most enjoyable – I hope I didn’t get carried away and write too much.
Yes, emphatically yes. My second book Dublin Zoo that has just gone up on Amazon is a bit of a departure. But at this stage my plan is for my next effort to return to the Cold War spy fiction genre.
Did it on Amazon for the paperback, using Amazon images, and had a guy in the UK help me on the kindle cover (at a cost of course) – the one that you’ve addressed in your review .
Hmm… Not sure how to answer that. Look, I think I’ll say the effect of writing it has been to make me frustrated. Not because of the book per se but because I don’t think the book has yet reached the audience it deserves, and doing that is proving much harder than I thought it might.
Le Carre is the master and Len Deighton fantastic too. Larry Mcmurtry is also someone I’ve loved. And I also enjoy Leslie Thomas’s humour.
None mate!!! I’ve been working day and night writing Dublin Zoo.
Sport. Cricket (watching these days) for example. You’ll see the title in the Lone Wolf at Cover derives from John Arlott‘s commentary on the sport. I also run. But my knees are just about cooked so it’s unlikely I’ll be doing that for much longer.
Yeah, I think so. But you know, it’s probably beyond me. I need a young gun like you to do that sort of stuff for me!!!
Well, I keep getting told it’s the direction we’re headed in. Maybe, but I would say that most readers I know prefer the hard copy.
Traditional. I’ve never read a book on a kindle (dinosaur I hear you think).
I see it a bit chicken and egg. If no one knows you why would someone in New Delhi read my post. Before social media is effective you have to be known. Then it’s the ant’s pants. Ask anyone with a profile like an actor or world leader. They have zillions of followers they couldn’t reach otherwise. Put succinctly, it can be a force for good or evil. Something governments everywhere are wrestling with I suspect.
I would encourage your readers to give my books a try. Sure they’re not for everyone but for people who love gritty politics, realpolitik and realistic romantic encounters I think they’d be fulfilling.
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