Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Interview & book chatting with Tom Abrahams, author of the political thriller,

AM: What inspired you to become a writer?
TA: I've always been a reader. And though nowadays I read fewer books and more periodicals, I read as much as a can every day. And I think the enjoyment I get from a well-written article or full length novel is what inspired me to write. I like the idea of being able to transport someone else, of giving a reader a break from reality.

How did you decide on your book's genre?
I've covered politics as a television reporter for the last 20 years. I've always loved the political process, the personalities, the gamesmanship... So I think I always knew in the back of my mind that I'd someday tackle a political novel. And when I read about the true story of The Cato Street Conspiracy, I was drawn to fictionalize it in modern day Washington. It really came together well. And it married my love of writing with the love for politics.

Are you currently reading anything?
I have just started reading Ian Graham's Patriots & Tyrants. He's another indie author who writes in the thriller genre. And he's one of the authors with whom I've been fortunate enough to develop on online rappor. There's a really great community of helpful, supportive indie authors out there.

How do you balance your personal life with your writing career?
That's a tricky one. And it's probably why I am not as prolific as I could be. I am a dad and husband first, a television journalist second, and a writer third. So I fit in the writing where I can. Sometimes I'll write furiously for a couple of weeks and then not touch a paragraph for a week. The writing comes in chunks. I'm working on a second book, and it's taking me a while to work through it.

Where can people find you and your work on the web?
Interested readers can find a lot more about the book at In addition to the purchase links for ebook and paperback, there is a lot of supplemental information there intended to enhance the reading experience. Readers can view the artwork mentioned in the book, read links to news events that inspired parts of the story, and download/print the documents that frame the narrative.


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