After years of ghostwriting thrillers, conspiracy novels and mystery books, Gunnar Angel Lawrence has published his second thriller. He is the author of Fair Play and the sequel The Perfect Day. He is a native Floridian with a love for writing thrillers, mysteries and action stories with fast pacing and a unique twist. He lives in Saint Cloud, Florida with his dogs and is currently single. Most of his time is spent working on the sequel to The Perfect Day which is entitled, “The Consortium”.
What inspires you to write?
Real life situations that prompt emotional response. The Casey Anthony murder trial inspired the initial question behind Fair Play. The real life plot of Islamic radicals inspired The Perfect Day and in the upcoming sequel, The Consortium, it is the issue of human trafficking.
Tell us about your writing process.
I write when my full time day job allows me the time. I spend about three or four months after a major release to give myself some downtime just working and piecing the next book together in my mind. On a typical writing day, I am up early writing for four to eight hours and back to work in my off season.
For Fiction Writers: Do you listen (or talk to) to your characters?
If I don’t listen, they will wake me up in the middle of a night with obnoxious quotes that I, of course, have to write down. If I don’t they pout until I do.
What advice would you give other writers?
Write. Keep writing. Read. Keep reading. Learn social media skills and develop a network of authors and fans to help you promote long before your first book is ready.
How did you decide how to publish your books?
After two or more years of attempts to publish traditionally, find an agent, et.al, I decided it was indie now or traditional never. I haven’t really looked back since. With the loss of movie rights demanded by the big publishers, indie publishing can be more lucrative when there is a hit. (50 Shades of Grey, anyone?)
What do you think about the future of book publishing?
The days of the traditional publishers’ dominance is done. They will still be there, but much in the same way people still appreciate vinyl records and eight-track tapes. E-books is the future of publishing and the big brick and mortar stores know this. I still like paperback copies for the book signings and such forth but ebooks are the way to go.
What do you use?
Professional Cover Designer, Beta Readers
What genres do you write?
Thriller, Mystery, Horror
What formats are your books in?
Both eBook and Print