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Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Five Questions With William Dietrich, author of Blood of the Reich

Today, I am please to host William Dietrich, author of the amazing new thriller, "Blood of the Reich," which is being released today.

Mr. Dietrich was kind enough to take some time to answer a few questions about his writing and upcoming projects!

Q: At what age did you know that you wanted to be a writer?

A: I wrote a short story in second grade, and was thrilled when a 9th grade teacher said I should write because “you see things clearly.” But writers seemed like incredibly exotic, distant people, and thinking of it as a real career choice didn’t occur until I tried journalism in college. I was a career newspaper reporter for almost twenty years before I published my first non-fiction book, and for 25 years before my first novel. I had to practice!

Q: What three important facts do you want readers to know about your new book?

A: First, that it’s a rollercoaster ride of twists and turns that ranges from an SS Castle in Germany to a lost city in Tibet to an abandoned mine in the North Cascades. I journeyed to Tibet to write it. Second, that the Nazi hunt for a secret energy source is grounded in the very strange physics scientists pursue: we don’t know what 96 percent of the Universe even IS. And third, that the young woman’s peril is inspired by the tribalism of today’s world, our tendency to divide into groups and attack each other. It’s disturbing, and I wanted to write about it.

Q: Who are some of your favorite authors? Who inspires you?

A: I like authors who take me to places I haven’t been and tell me things I didn’t know. Tolkien, Twain and Michener are classic examples, but more contemporary ones would be Steven Pressfield about the ancient world, Alan Furst about Nazi occupied Europe, Martin Cruz Smith about the Soviet Union, or Wilbur Smith about Africa. I like good, tight thrillers from Dennis Lehane, Michael Connelly, Steve Berry, and James Rollins. Historical epics from Ken Follett, Bernard Cornwell, or (fantasy) George R.R Martin. What inspires me is expert writing coupled with a strong story that has something to say.

Q: What do you have coming up in the future?

A: I’ve completed a draft of the fifth novel in the Ethan Gage adventure series. This one will take our hero from a prison in the French Alps to the Caribbean and the slave revolt in Haiti in 1803, and should come out next year. I’m also working on an idea for a novel set in prehistoric Africa.

Q: What advice would have for anyone wanting to break into writing today?

A: Become an engineer instead! Seriously, there’s never been more opportunity than right now, but also never more competition and challenges. An aspiring author must constantly read and write, but should also browse books of writing advice, try a writing conference or two, and think of audience. Who would buy my book? Then, don’t give up. Rejection is common, and persistence a necessity. Many famous bestsellers were rejected many, many times.

My thanks to William Dietrich for this interview, and to Heather Drucker with Harper Collins for facilitating. 

About The Book:

In Blood of the Reich, critically acclaimed and bestselling author William Dietrich weaves two stories separated by place and time yet deeply intertwined by the dangerous secret they share.
On the eve of World War II, explorer Kurt Raeder receives orders from ReichsfÜhrer-SS Heinrich Himmler to set out from Berlin in search of a legendary energy source hidden among the mountains of Tibet—one that could bring victory to the Nazis. Only one man can stop Raeder and his team of SS officers: wealthy American zoologist Benjamin Hood. Together with aviatrix Beth Calloway, he must race to the Buddhist kingdom before the tides of history run red with blood.
Decades later, in present-day Seattle, software publicist Rominy Pickett is saved from certain death by a mysterious journalist who claims to know the truth about her family. Rominy’s history and courage hold the key to defeating, once and for all, the evil forces again on the rise.

Moving from the remote woods of the Pacific Northwest to the underground laboratories of the CERN supercollider in France and Switzerland and to the mystical temples of Tibet, Blood of the Reich is a white-knuckle thrill ride filled with adventure, authentic historical detail, and unforgettable characters. This is William Dietrich at his very best.

With "Blood of the Reich," William Dietrich pulls his readers into a fascinating novel that mixes history with present day drama, resulting in a spellbinding and intriguing story that will keep readers on the edges of their seats.

About The Author:

William Dietrich is the author of ten novels, including the historical thriller series featuring the irrepressible American expatriate Ethan Gage: Napoleon’s Pyramids, The Rosetta Key, The Dakota Cipher, and The Barbary Pirates. Dietrich is also a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist, historian and naturalist. A winner of the PNBA Award, he lives in Washington State.  Visit his website at www.williamdietrich.com and follow him on Facebook at: http://www.facebook.com/people/William-Dietrich/1175007386


Teresa Wolfenbarger said...

Very nice, I think I will buy this one, it sounds like a good read!

Cozy in Texas said...

Great review and interview. I'll look out for this.