‘There are so many great spy books out there but not enough time to read them all.'
These are the words you will hear many spy book readers utter when they hear about a new spy book coming out or a recommendation from one of our Spybrarian grandees about a classic spy novel from 1968 that we must read! Looking for spy book recommendations, join the Spybrary online community.
So what chance do new and up and coming spy authors have of gaining new readers from the spy book community?
That is where the Spybrary Tea Break comes in.
John le Carre, Len Deighton, Frederick Forsyth, Tom Clancy, Daniel Silva etc hardly need us to spread the word about their spy thrillers but there are plenty of excellent spy writers out there who are struggling to gain attention and traction in a book publishing market that for the most part appears wary to promote new spy authors.
My challenge as a spy podcaster is that I prefer to read someone's work before interviewing them on the Spybrary Podcast but that's just not possible due to that banal task of trying to earn a living.
So I decided to launch the Spybrary Tea Break – I share my 15 minutes (yes that's all I get working on the East German desk here at Station V. That Dicky Cruyer is such a hard taskmaster) with a spy author who shares more with us about their work and why Spybrarians should give them a go.
Some of the questions we will cover on the Spybrary Tea Break are:
Spybrary Tea Break – Interviews with Spy Authors about Spy Books
1. Tell us about your book?
What inspired you to write this novel? Talk us through the opening scene? When and where is it set?
What made you write *this* book? What was it about this story you were compelled to tell?
What makes your book different than other spy novels? What element are you working to highlight?
Is your book based on any real life person or incidence?
2. Please Give us an insight into your main character. What does he/she do that is so special?
2b – Who are the other main characters? Tell us about the villain.
3. Tell us about some of the locations in the novel?
4. What kind of research did you do for this book?
what surprised you most when doing research
5. Which writers have inspired your work?
6. What do you think Spybrarians will enjoy most about your book? what authors’ readers they think would probably respond to their books.
Are you a spy author and want to join us for a Spybrary Tea Break? Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org