April 1, 2015

Interview Around the Globe with Steve Alten

Today we have a new Author. Steve Alten is an author that is working though a book Tour that I have now been a tour host for. Let welcome this new author to Interviews around the Globe.

I would love if you all took a look at our author Bio.. We have some good questions and answer for him to answer. Please also I had the opportunity to read his latest book called "Vostok". I have a review on it here at NRC and I also got a giveaway as for all of you as well. Vostok Review & Giveaway, Here is the author bio for before we enter the interview. We welcome Steve to our community. #Interviews, #Interviewsaroundtheglobe, #NRC, #Giveaways, #sci-fi, #suspense, #thriller, #bookreview, #mytery, @meg82159, @iReadBookTours, +Laura Fabiani iRead Book Tours, +Laura Fabian

Steve Alten is the New York Times and International bestselling author of fourteen novels, including the MEG series about Carcharodon Megalodon, the 70-foot, 100,000 pound prehistoric cousin of the Great White shark and Domain trilogy, a series about the Mayan Calendar’s 2012 doomsday prophecy. His work has been published in over 30 countries and is being used in thousands of middle and high school curriculum as part of Adopt-An-Author, a free teen reading program, which he founded with teachers back in 1999.
Connect with Steve: Website ~ Facebook ~ Twitter

Describe your *Latest/Recent* book in 20 Words or Less?
VOSTOK is a 15 million year old unexplored subglacial lake, located 2.5 miles beneath the Antarctic ice.

Where or how did you come up with the idea for your story (in this book)?
Lots of research. The more real things are, the scarier the plot.

How important are names to you in your book(s)? Do you choose the names based on liking the way it sounds or the meaning? Do you have any name choosing resources you that you?
Actually, almost all of my characters are real readers who have entered contests to become characters. Contests are announced before each new book in my monthly newsletters; sign-up free at www.SteveAlten.com

Which of your characters (in this book) is your favorite and Why?
I like Angus, Zachary’s Scottish Highlander father. He says whatever’s on his mind and has neither fear nor couth.

Was there a certain scene *in this book* that was harder for you to write than others?
The conversations between the hero and the ET. Every sentence carried weight.

Tons of resources, and two amazing experts. Bill Stone of Stone Aerospace guided me on the technology needed to access Vostok, and Dr. Steven M. Greer, the foremost authority in the world on ET intelligence offered me incredible facts regarding UFOs

If you could cast your characters in the Hollywood adaptation of your book, who would play your characters?
Hard to say, really, though Sean Connery remains my Angus.

What was your favorite part to write and why? (Alternate Q: What is your least favorite part of the publishing / writing process?)
Favorite part is always the action scenes – and the last scene because I’m done. Least favorite part of publishing – feeling helpless at times when I need to generate publicity.

Just as your books inspire authors, what authors have inspired you to write? (Alternate Q: If you didn't like writing books, what would you do for a living?, What writing advice do you have for other aspiring authors?
Peter Benchley. I loved JAWS and it obviously inspired MEG. Conversely, after reading WHITE SHARK, I was convinced I could do as well if not better. Don’t write what you know, write about what you like to read and do the research.

Do you read your reviews? Do you respond to them, good or bad? Do you have any advice on how to deal with the bad?
I do read the reviews; I try not to respond to the bad ones. Some people get off by being haters; others legitimately don’t get it. Those that do tend to love my work. Thankfully, there are a lot more positive reviews than negative (my last book, Sharkman, averaged 4.7 out of 5 stars from over 100 reviews.)

What are you working on now? What is your next project?
It’s a book I asm co-writin with Dr. Steven Greer called UNACKNOWLEDGED

Bonus Question: Characters often find themselves in situations they aren't sure they can get themselves out of. When was the last time you found yourself in a situation that was hard to get out of and what did you do?

On February 17, 2013, after suffering from severe stomach pain for 48 hours, I went to the ER. They did a CT scan and discovered a perforation in my colon. Bodily wastes were leaking into my body. They scheduled emergency surgery. They wheeled me into a prep room. A dozen interns and a few doctors were staring down at me when the surgeon enters. He says, “My name is Dr. Chidumbarem, do you understand what we are going to do?” I said, “I was told you are going to make three small incisions and repair the tear.” He said, “No, Mr. Alten. We are going to cut open your stomach and remove part of your colon. When you wake up you will be wearing a colostomy bag. Hopefully, it will not be permanent, but you will have to wear it for three to six months.”

I was freaking out inside. Totally trapped. I said, “Is there any good news?”

“Yes. We are going to save your life.”

I spent seven rough days in the hospital, 3 months with a colostomy bag, and a year with different challenges from the wound that reversed the bag. As I write this, I had to have a CT scan today because the healed wound may have herniated.

Had I waited another day to get help, you wouldn’t be reading this blog..

Thank you for stopping by Steve Alten. I happy for you have stop by Nighttime Reading Center. Your book a Exciting and enjoyable read. I enjoyed it.

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