Saturday, January 17, 2015

Yossi Porat, Author of Screwed Mind

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Today we are interviewing Yossi Porat, author of the spy thriller Screwed Mind.

Tell us a bit about yourself.
My name is Yossi Porat, I'm married 41 years to Sara, a computer science PhD, we  have 4 children and 9 grandkids, I'm a marketing PhD, I wrote 3 marketing books, 2 novels and 3 poem books.

Describe the plot of your new book in a few sentences.
 Andrew and Adam, childhood friends, are partners in an innovative London start-up which is developing a system for controlling people using the transmission of sound waves from a cellular phone straight into their brains. The start-up can activate people for various assignments and then completely forget what they have done. Success will bring the two partners to the heights of international power and wealth.

The plot expands to Damascus, Syria; Tel Aviv, Israel; Barcelona, Spain, Rome, Italy and Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, with excursions to the state of Gujarat, India, and to Washington, DC. There are excellent descriptions of various places around the world based on in-depth research. A secondary plot involves an attempt by Israeli Intelligence to entrap important members of al-Qaeda from Syria and from Saudi Arabia. The intelligence agents report directly to the Israeli Prime Minister due to the importance of the mission.

The start-up intends carries out the Beta trial, an explosion in Barcelona and London. The President of the United States and the Prime Ministers of both Britain and Israel report what really happened…but this is not the end.

What made you decide to write an espionage thriller?

I felt heat near my neck and head while using my cellular phone and read about it a lot, including about the cellular companies denying any negative radiation affect  by using cell phones and I thought it's a great idea for mystery and espionage.

Did your background in the IDF influence your writing?
I was exposed to some ideas while serving in the IDF.

Screwed Mind touches upon the potential of using technology to spy on citizens. When did you become interested in this topic?
All the espionage international agencies use technology to monitor us and spy on us via phones, cellular phones, internet etc so this is a very hot topic…and a very real mone

Who do you think would most appreciate this book?

Any reader who likes mystery, good sex scenes, espionage, plots, grab knowledge about the international espionage agencies and the relationships among them, men and women all over the world.

What is your favorite book and why?

I read a lot and adore people/writers that expose their life in a book, sometime I better like soft novels, sometimes I like the plot running very fast, I really like so many writers.

What genre do you read most frequently?

Mystery, espionage  and novels.

How do you feel about the increasing popularity of ebooks?

I adore it, this is the new future for readers all over the world allowing to download cheaply great books and read them anywhere without the need to carry them and to destroy beautiful forests

Is there any aspect of writing you don't like?

No, I adore also poems!

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?

Of course I had , sometime I feel that I can't or don't wish to expose more of myself, as in every book and poem there is a lot of the writer, sometime I feel not productive with no eagerness to write, and I need to rest, listen to the music (a lot of jazz and classic music) calm and get energy to go on. I need a lot of power to write and sometime I don't posses it. Make love and than everything is much better.

Do you write with a computer, typewriter, or pen and paper? Why do you use this tool?

I write using my computer, may handwriting is really awful...

 What do you have in mind for your next project?

I have a new story building in my mind, regarding a love among two Israelis, she's Muslim Arabic, and he's a jew, they are not in the same age, a plot of love espionage and mystery. My next book is a children book and will be ready within 2 months….

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

You can't stop reading it, that's the impression I get from most of my readers.

A video of Yossi Porat speaking about Screwed Mind:

More Information
Buy the book on Amazon
Visit the book's website

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