I am delighted to welcome author, Mason Cross to the Bookworm HQ today.
Mason’s fourth novel, Don’t Look for Me, was published last week and he’s joining me now to chat about one of his characters … So, while I stick the kettle on (one day one of these authors will make me a brew!) I’ll let Mason get started …
Name: Carter Blake (at the moment)
Job: “Consultant”. He finds people who don’t want to be found. Sometimes they’re people who have done something they shouldn’t have. Sometimes they’ve taken something that didn’t belong to them. Sometimes they haven’t done anything wrong, but someone would like to know they’re okay. Whatever the reason someone is running, Blake’s job is to find them.
He isn’t married, has no kids that we know of, and is currently of no fixed abode.
The Killing Season
The Time to Kill (aka Winterlong in the US)
Don’t Look For Me
When did you create Blake?
I had written one novel that failed to sell, so I put a lot of thought into writing something that would appeal to publishers. I consciously designed Carter Blake to be the kind of character who could develop satisfyingly across a series, and to be one who wasn’t too tied down or restricted in what he could do or where he could go. That means I can drop him into lots of adventures in different places, and each book can be a slightly different kind of thriller.
Did you write the book to accommodate Blake or Blake to accommodate the book?
Once I came up with the character of Blake, I thought about what kind of villain would make a good antagonist and came up with Caleb Wardell, an ex-military serial killer. When I had those two characters, it was quite natural to come up with a story that pitted them against one another.
What do you like most about him?
He’s extremely resourceful and adaptable. He tries to plan for all eventualities, but knows that at some point things will go to hell and he’ll have to think on his feet to survive.
What do you like least about him?
He can be cold and detached. He doesn’t really need other people around him, and sometimes they take it personally.
Did your early readers/editorial team like him to start with or did you have to change Blake in any way?
For the most part, yes. Blake was slightly more cold-blooded to begin with, and on the advice of my editor I did soften him a little, and I think it’s really worked to the advantage of the character.
Does he have any similarities with anyone real?
He has similarities to the people I know who are really together and organised. People who are good in a crisis. No one famous or anything!
What are your plans for Blake?
To keep writing books about him, assuming he survives. The great thing about Blake is I can tell almost any kind of story with him as a lead character. As long as he starts the story looking for someone, it can go anywhere from there.
Would you be friends in real life
I think so, although he’s a lot cooler than I am. On the other hand, our schedules would probably get in the way of catching up for a beer, since we’re both so busy: him with dodging bullets and unravelling high-level government conspiracies, me with writing books and putting the kids to bed.
Blake sounds like the kinda guy you wanna be on your side that’s for sure!!!
Here’s the blurb …
Orion (April 20, 2017)
‘Mason Cross is a thriller writer for the future who produces the kind of fast-paced, high octane thrillers that I love to read.’ Simon Kernick
‘Terrific stuff!’ Ian Rankin
Don’t look for me.
It was a simple instruction. And for six long years Carter Blake kept his word and didn’t search for the woman he once loved. But now someone else is looking for her.
He’ll come for you.
Trenton Gage is a hitman with a talent for finding people – dead or alive. His next job is to track down a woman who’s on the run, who is harbouring a secret many will kill for.
Both men are hunting the same person. The question is, who will find her first?
Mason Cross, author of THE SAMARITAN, a Richard & Judy Book Club pick, returns with his gripping new thriller – perfect for fans of David Baldacci, Linwood Barclay and Mark Billingham.
Thank you so much for joining me today Mason, it’s been great getting to know Blake!
Have a super day folks, keep reading 🙂