Book: Crucible of Fear
Q1. Hello Sir, can you please introduce yourself? Readers would love to know more about you.
Hello! My name is D.W. Whitlock. I’m a professional animator that writes thriller novels. I love spending time with my family, video games, watching films and riding my Triumph Scrambler motorcycle. And reading, of course.
Q2. What were the key challenges you faced while writing ‘Crucible of Fear’ book?
I’ve written many short pieces to practice and learn, but writing full-length novels has always been my goal. The biggest challenge I think was wrangling a tight, compelling story from tons of research material I gathered and the various ideas I had. There is a ton of stuff that didn’t make it in to the book, but what did make it in is that much stronger.
Q3. What books or authors have most influenced your own writing?
Books by Michael Crichton, Robert McCammon, Michael Connelly, Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child and so many others from Arthur C. Clarke to Margaret Atwood, but I’d say these writers and their works have influenced me the most.
Q4. What’s your favourite spot to visit in your own country? And what makes it so special to you?
I grew up in the local mountains of California, so I go back to those types of areas as much as I can. The clean, clear air, the smell of pine and sage and the absolute quiet is like nothing else.
Q5. Is there lots to do before you drive in and start writing a book?
Absolutely. I do a lot research after deciding on what type of story I want to write. Many of the elements that form the basis of the story are revealed through this process. Technology, locations, potential situations, elements of danger, along with character motivation and what types of skills and flaws they have.
Q6. How long did it take you to write ‘Crucible of Fear’ book?
Working about 1-3 hours per day, I was able to finish Crucible of Fear in about six or seven months, from outlining to final pass after beta reads. When I’m not writing, a lot of time is spent thinking about the story and characters while I’m on motorcycle rides, in the shower, trying to get to sleep! Some of the best ideas happen when you’re NOT at the keyboard.
Q7. On what all platforms readers can find ‘Crucible Of Fear’ book to buy?
Amazon.com and all Amazon international markets. It is also available to Kindle Unlimited subscribers for free.
Q8. Tell us about the process of coming up with the book cover and the title ‘Crucible of Fear’?
I wanted the cover to be simple yet striking and not too typical of the thriller genre, which usually has the silhouette of character running against the backdrop of a monochromatic city in either punchy red or orange. I hired an artist to create the image and it showed promise, but I wasn’t really happy with the final result so I reworked it into the version you see now.
Q9. When writing a book how do you keep things fresh, for both your readers and also yourself?
I ask myself, what is the most interesting or exciting thing the characters can do in this scene and still make it believable? I also have a hard and fast rule: No Deus Ex Machina saving the characters. They always figure a way out themselves, but it will most likely cost them.
Q10. Are there any secrets from the book (that aren’t in the blurb), you can share with your readers?
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