Sunday, August 24, 2014

Interview with Michael Hickland, author of The Guardian of Genghis Khan's Tomb

Today we are interviewing Michael Hickland, author of the tremendously engaging and imaginative historical fiction novel The Guardian of Genghis Khan's Tomb.

I just finished the book and really enjoyed the perfect combination of adventure and history. For people who haven't read the book, please describe the plot of your book in a few sentences. 
Looking at a map today, Genghis Khan conquered a geographic area which including 30+ countries and 3+ billion people. He had amassed enormous quantities of jewels, gold and silver believed to be buried with him. Kate Barrows, a beautiful English scientist digging for fossils in Mongolia finds his childhood bow ignites a potential conflict among the superpowers. To find the tomb means capturing wealth capable of changing the world’s balance of power. Drew Moss, her American sponsor/financier, attempts to protect her and prevent a global war while excavating the lost crypt.

Who (age, gender, etc) do you think would most appreciate this book?

 The book would be enjoyed by anyone liking Indiana Jones and Lara Croft movies as well as readers of Dan Brown, Ken Folett and Clive Cussler books. I guess the 17 year old and up age group will love the adventure, romance and action contained in it.

What inspirations contributed to this book?

 A business trip to Asia cemented the importance of Genghis Khan and inspired me to write the book.

Who was your favorite character to write?

 It is needless to say that Genghis Khan was my favorite character to write about. Not only did he create a country in Mongolia, but one of every 200 people on this planet carries his genes. To my mind he is the most complex and fascinating of all conquerors.

How long have you been writing?
I’ve been writing for about five years.

What is your favorite book?

 My favorite book is “Tai-Pan” by James Clavell. It is a remarkable tale of the English traders that founded what is modern day Hong Kong.

What genre do you read most frequently?

 I read adventure/action books in addition to historical fiction. I think your readers will find both in my book.

How do you think you've evolved as a writer since when you first started?

 I was a Sales and Marketing executive whose first book “Seven Secrets of SuperSelling” provided its readers with a formula for being a top producing sales person for any organization. But my real love is history and the people in it that changed our world. I’ve evolved into a writer of fiction.

Are there any aspects (e.g. character building, world building) of your writing that you've been practicing?

 For me learning to write dialog that draws in and holds the reader’s attention has the greatest degree of difficulty. It is something I’m always working on.

As a writer, one would assume English was your favorite class in school. If that was not the case, what was and why?

 English was never my favorite subject. History and Mathematics were. My impatience as a youth didn’t lend itself to the hard work needed for excellent creative writing.

How do you feel about the increasing popularity of ebooks?

 E books are undoubtedly the future of the industry. However, I lament the coming extinction of one of my favorite haunts-the bookstore.

What are your goals as a writer for the next ten years?

 I plan to continue writing new adventures for the team of ex-Navy Seal /billionaire Drew Moss and stunning paleontologist Kate Barrows. Their romance will evolve.

What is the most impactful experience you have had with a fan?

 Perhaps the most surprising aspect of my writing is the fans and friends it has brought me. I have hundreds of Mongol readers and fans. My favorite experience with a fan is the friend and pen pal I’ve made with a fine Moroccan young man, Jamal Aidani. He is a very bright fellow.

Have your family and friends been supportive of your writing?

 My family has been very supportive of my writing. At least my wife treasures the peace and quiet it allows her.

Have you ever had writer's block? If yes, how'd you deal with it? If you have not had writer's block, why do you think you haven't?

 Yes, I do get writer’s block and I usually resolve it by reading first rate thrillers like the books of Preston and Child.

Do you write with a computer, typewriter, or pen and paper? Why do you use this tool?
My computer has far too many rewritten chapters stored on it, but without my pc I would be mute.

What do you have in mind for your next project?

 Currently, I working on a new one titled “The Sword of Amun”. It is set in Egypt and concerns the discovery of the grave of a very famous warrior.

Is there anything else you'd like potential readers to know about your book?

 The exciting life of Genghis Khan including his conquests and massive treasure continue to influence events today. There is a very large National Geographic project currently under way to locate his lost tomb. International cooperation is permitting the use of the most advanced technologies in the search for it. It is important to note that this team of scientists is respectful of the reverence in which he is held by Mongols as their national hero. Disturbing the spirit of the Great Conqueror is not what they will do.

More Information

Buy the book on Amazon: http://goo.gl/XuV9Uh

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