Saturday, November 10, 2007
Deadfall by Robert Liparulo
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Robert Liparulo is an award-winning author of over a thousand published articles and short stories. He is currently a contributing editor for New Man magazine. His work has appeared in Reader's Digest, Travel & Leisure, Modern Bride, Consumers Digest, Chief Executive, and The Arizona Daily Star, among other publications. In addition, he previously worked as a celebrity journalist, interviewing Stephen King, Tom Clancy, Charlton Heston, and others for magazines such as Rocky Road, Preview, and L.A. Weekly.
Robert is an avid scuba diver, swimmer, reader, traveler, and a law enforcement and military enthusiast. He lives in Colorado with his wife and four children.
Robert's first novel painted a scenario so frighteningly real that six Hollywood producers were bidding on movie rights before the novel was completed. His acclaimed debut novel, Comes A Horseman, is being made into a major motion picture by producer Mace Neufeld and his short story "Kill Zone" was featured in the anthology Thriller, edited by James Patterson.
Bob has sold the film rights to his second book, GERM. And he is writing the screenplay for a yet-to-be-written political thriller, which sold to Phoenix Pictures, for Andrew Davis (The Fugitive, The Guardian) to direct!
He is currently working on his fourth novel.
Why did you become a writer? Was it a dream of yours since you were younger or did the desire to write happen later in your life?
I was in fifth grade when I knew I wanted to be a writer. I wrote an article about the first flight on the Concord. It had stopped on Lajes Field, in the Azores Islands, where my father was stationed. My teacher sent it in to the Air Force publication, without telling them my age, and they bought it. When I saw it in print—along with my name—I was hooked. I didn’t know I wanted to be a novelist until I was about twelve. That’s when I read Richard Matheson’s I Am Legend; I immediately knew I wanted to tell stories like that.
What do you love about being an author? Is there anything you dislike?
I love creating characters, getting to meet them, know them, share their victories and defeats. What I dislike—but only a little, because it’s all part of the writing vocation—is anything that takes away from my writing/creating time. Research, book signings, conferences—all of it can be fun, but I’m reallly not a writer to do those things. I’m a writer because I love to write.
How do you balance your personal and writing time?
It’s taken years, but I finally figured out how to achieve that balance: They help me with the business of writing. My kids proofread, my wife helps send out books, setting up my travel, stuff like that. Since they’re so invested, a lot of our dinner conversation is now about the current story I’m writing or the conference I just attended. It’s become a family business. Of course, we also try to get away from it, go on vacations. I try to get involved in whatever my kids are into: soccer, music, Boy Scouts. Keeps me young.
How do you write? Do your characters come to you first or the plot or the world of the story?
Usually, the plot comes first—at least, a central idea I want to explore. Designer viruses in the case of Germ. Someone who thinks he’s the antichrist in Comes a Horseman. With Deadfall, however, the characters came first. I wanted to better understand the clash of good guys and bad guys: what makes each side tick, how are they similar, from where does each draw strength, who would win in a battle of wits—is it enough to be good?
What genre(s) do you write? Why do you write the stories that you write?
Why do I like carrots, but hate tomatoes? :) I’ve always enjoyed reading action-adventure stories, especially ones spiced with heavy doses of suspense. Treasure Island and Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, Lord of the Rings, the stories of Shirley Jackson, Richard Matheson, Bram Stoker... Right up to Stephen King, Dean Koontz, David Morrell. There’s just something about ordinary people facing insurmountable odds and often (but not always) rising to the challenge that appeals to me. So that’s the sort of stories I write, as well.
What is the biggest misconception about being an author?
That it’s glamorous. We do get to travel and meet authors we’ve read and admired for years. I’ve sat in rooms with big-name film directors and movie stars. But what takes the sheen off all that is that it’s all work: on the road, we’re moving from hotel to hotel, city to city, with no time to take in the sights, the attractions. In those meetings, we have to be “on.” We’re there to pitch a story or negotiate a deal. It’s nerve-racking. I had more fun interviewing celebrities than I have so far working with them to get projects off the ground.
Do you tend to base your characters on real people or are they totally from your imagination?
They are composites of real people, either people I know or ones I’ve read about or seen interviewed. I’m intrigued by little quirks, either in character traits or physical habits. Put enough of those togetehr and you have a whole character.
Out of all the characters that you've written, who is your favorite and why?
Hutch from DEADFALL. He’s an everyday guy, who’s going through a tough situation at home. He’s grown somewhat complacent about life, his career. When his wife hits him with divorce papers and seeks custody of their kids, he’s anguished, but he’s been so complacent for so long, he just sort of lets it happen to him. I think a lot of people reach that point, and we don’t even know we’re there. What happens to him in Canada shakes him up, gets him out of that complacency. He has to find the fire inside again—not just for himself, but for people who are counting on him. He because the rescuer, even though he’s not sure he can live up to their or his own expectations.
If you were writing a script for the big screen, who would you want to act in your movie?
Actually, I am writing a couple scripts. For one, I have Matt Damon in mind for the lead character, a heroic kind of guy. For another one, I’m thinking of Denzel Washington. Another one would be perfect for Jodie Foster. Talk about strong female characters—no one plays them more convincingly than she does. Since I’m working on young adult stories, in my mind I’ve cast the lead: Logan Lerman, who was Christian Bale’s son in 3:10 to Yuma.
What would you want readers to take away from your books?
Primarily, I write to entertain, to give people a fun ride. While doing that, I try to examine human character—the good, the bad, and the ugly. Why do some people make bad—or evil—choices and others do right? By looking at these people, I hope readers will examine their own lives, their own character. Are they who they are because they just woke up one day that way, without having made conscious decisions? Or are they who they are because they actively pursued either good behavior or bad behavior? What were their motives? Are they happy the way they are? Could they be better? I hope my writing in the smallest way turns a mirror on the reader, makes them think about themselves.
Do you have any advice for beginning writers in regards to writing a book?
Finish things. Get it done. At some point—and sooner than later—you have to stop writing, you have to end the story, refrain from editing, revising, tweaking, and just send it in.
Who are your favorite authors?
I’ve named most of them already: Matheson, King, Koontz, Tolkien, Morrell. Also, Thomas Perry, Tess Gerritsen, David Dun, Michael Palmer, Tim Powers, Orson Scott Card, Peter Straub, Lee Child, C.S. Lewis, R.C. Sproul.
What are you reading right now?
Two by screenwriter-turned-novelist Allan Folsom: The Machiavelli Covenant and The Day of Confession. Big books with complicated plots and a thousand characters. Fun stuff.
ABOUT THE BOOK:
Deep in the isolated Northwest Territories, four friends are on the trip of a lifetime. Dropped by helicopter into the Canadian wilderness, Hutch, Terry, Phil, and David are looking to escape the events of a tumultuous year for two weeks of hunting, fishing, and camping.
Armes with only a bow and arrow and the basics for survival, they've chosen a place far from civilization, a retreat from their turbulent lives. But they quickly discover that another group has targeted the remote region and the secluded hamlet of Fiddler Falls for a more menacing purpose: to field test the ultimate weapon.
With more than a week before the helicopter rendezvous and no satellite phone, Hutch, a skilled bow-hunter and outdoor-survivalist must help his friend elude their seemingly inescapable foes, as well as decide whether to run for their lives...or risk everything to help the townspeople who are being held hostage and terrorized.
An intense novel of character forged in the midst of struggle, survival, and sacrifice. Deadfall is highly-aclaimed author Robert Liparulo's latest rivetingly smart thriller.
Get Downloads and EXCERPTS at www.LIPARULO.com
"DEADFALL is drop-dead great!"
-- In The Library Reviews
"What if Mad Max, Rambo, and the Wild Bunch showed up-all packing Star Wars type weapons? You'd have Robert Liparulo's thrilling new adventure Deadfall."
-- Katherine Neville, best selling author of The Eight
"A brilliantly crafted thriller with flawless execution. I loved it!"
-- Michael Palmer, best selling author of The Fifth Vial
"In Deadfall, Robert Liparulo gives us a fresh fast paced novel that instills a well founded fear of the villians and an admiration for the people who refuse to be victims. It truly deserves the name thriller.
-- Thomas Perry, best selling author of The Butcher's Boy and Silence
"Another brilliantly conceived premise from Robert Liparulo. Deadfall will leave you looking over your shoulder and begging for more."
-- DAve Dun, best selling author of The Black Silent
A NOTE from Bob:
I’d like to give away five signed copies of Deadfall to readers of CFBA blogs during my tour. All they have to do is sign up for my e-mailing list (they won’t be inundated!) by going to my website (www.robertliparulo.com) and going to the “Mailing List” page. Or email me with “CFBA giveaway” in the subject line.
And a second NOTE from Bob:
I wanted to let you know that I’m holding a contest on my site:
**one winner a week till the end of the year for a signed Deadfall
**one winner a week till the end of the year for an unabridged audio MP3-CD of Deadfall
***and on Dec. 31, I’m giving away an iPod Nano, pre-loaded with an unabridged audio recording of Deadfall
Winners are selected from my e-mailing list—sign up at my site. If a winner has already purchased what he/she wins, I will reimburse them for the purchase price (or give them another—whichever they choose), so they don’t need to wait to see if they win before buying Deadfall.
Purchase Deadfall by Robert Liparulo HERE!!!