He is a Profolic name on the writers circuit board and often the logo is his awesome Hat.
Pleasing personality and smiling face below the hat still has a lot of ability to establish personal rapport and radiates a kind of positive energy that you’re going to witness today in our short conversation.
I’m sure there’s much hidden to be explored about this class Author whose mystery thriller are Nothing less than a sensational read which keeps the readers captivated.
Let me take this opportunity to meet and talk John Dolan, author of the ‘Time, Blood and Karma’ mystery series.
Hi John, thank you for agreeing to this interview I’m so very fortunate to have the opportunity to meet you and talk to you.
Welcome to A living series talk
It’s my pleasure. Thank you for having me in your virtual front room.
As mentioned in the intro I’ve already setup the chords to our readers who are waiting to hear more about John please tell us a little bit more about yourself?
I’m originally from the North East of England, although I’ve spent most of this Millennium outside of the UK – living in Johannesburg, Kuala Lumpur, Dubai and on the Thai island of Samui (which is where most of my novels are based). When I’m not writing, I’m working in the international power business. I’m married, have three children, three step-children, a dog, a cat, and an unhealthy interest in psychology.
Lots of excursions and tours! You’re so full of life.
Well everyone gets a little bit of light and inspirations by reading and learning about other writers which writers inspire you?
Graham Greene, Evelyn Waugh, Malcolm Gladwell, Steven Pinker and Haruki Murakami would be at the top of my list, but it’s an ever-changing list.
Hmm that’s cool the list keeps changing that means you’re one of the avid reader and a profound learner as well. So, what have you written?
And let me tell our readers that
John’s latest book, the mystery thriller ‘Running on Emptiness’ about to hit the shelves.
“Today, there will be a reckoning.”
It is the summer of 2006. In Thailand, the army makes preparations to overthrow the elected government of Thaksin Shinawatra.
Against this backdrop of political turmoil, destinies are shaped as events ensnare a corrupt Police Chief and his dying wife, two warring drug lords, an embittered widow, and a vengeful gangster.
While dreams and obsessions play out on the streets of Bangkok, private detective David Braddock finds himself mired in guilt. The ghosts of his past misdeeds are coming home, and they are bringing devastation in their wake.
‘Running on Emptiness’ is the fourth volume in the ‘Time, Blood and Karma’ series.
I’m reading this awesome page turner.
Thanks Inderjit for the brief description of the New Release Running on Emptiness and thanks for reading as well.
I have written four novels in the ‘Time, Blood and Karma’ series, which is about a damaged English Private Detective living in Thailand. The last of these books – ‘Running on Emptiness’ is published this month. It pulls together all the diverse threads from the first three books and hopefully brings them to some kind of a resolution. Aside from this series, I have co-written a novel with thriller writer Fiona Quinn, the author of the Lexi Sabado books. The interesting thing about that collaboration is that Fiona and I have never met – we did the whole project over the Internet, and ‘Chaos is Come Again’ was the result.
Pretty interesting and I can see that Karma series is mysterious thriller campaign-Well done!
Do you write full-time or part-time?
Part-time: I have a full-time job in Dubai, advising the government on investment matters. I’m too much of a social animal to spend my whole day writing anyway. I need the company of others. Otherwise, I’d be even crazier than I already am.
That’s interesting and challenging too I’m sure you are balancing the odds to gracefully. Do you work to an outline or plot or do you prefer just see where an idea takes you?
I’m a complete anal retentive about planning. Consequently for each book, I have a detailed plan on a spreadsheet about chapter contents, character development, etc. However, I think this helps produce a ‘reasonable’ first draft, and minimizes any requirement for structural changes later. That’s what I tell myself, anyway.
Indeed you’ve mastered the art of creative writing and it does reflects in your books as well. Do you find easy to write or let me squeeze the same question What is hardest thing about writing?
Let’s be honest. Writing is not one of the hardest things in life. I’ve lived and worked in a number of very poor international environments, and experienced poverty first hand. Writing is easy. Trust me.
As expected you’ve proven that you are master of creativity. Since I can see you are very passionate and focused about what so ever you’re your doing and hence writing comes easily.
As I’ve known you personal front via Social media always you’re found writing or editing.
On an average how much time does it take you to write a book?
A year – mainly because I will be doing other things too. But even if I wasn’t doing other things, I’d probably still take about the same length of time: I need to recharge my creative batteries every now and again, otherwise my writing gets repetitious.
Please let our readers get an opportunity here to get acquainted with a little bit of information on the TBK Series.
The ‘Time, Blood and Karma’ series comprises novels spanning the period from the aftermath of World War II to the present day. While each book contains a complete story, the novels collectively form part of a larger narrative trajectory involving themes of relationship and the consequences of actions in an interconnected world.
The individual stories can be classified as belonging to the mystery/thriller genre (the emphasis between ‘thriller’ and ‘mystery’ varying by book). Most of the action takes place in South East Asia – although there are interludes in other parts of the world – and the imagery and philosophy of the series is essentially Buddhist in nature. The overarching narrative jumps forward and backward in time to show the planting and ripening of the seeds of karma.
Awesome and Impressive info about ‘TBK’ series don’t mind I’ve given a brand name now to your series. Just kidding-
For your own reading, do you prefer ebooks or traditional paper/hard back books?
I prefer paperbacks every time to reading from a tablet etc. The tactile sensation of paper adds to the experience. I guess I’m old-fashioned that way. Though I’m mindful that my enhanced reading experience contributes to the felling of trees all over Planet Earth. I should read less.
Impressed again well I too prefer Paperback just for a simple reason that books remind us presence of literary world alive and reminding that’s not yet extinct!
What book/s are you reading at present?
I’m reading ‘The Establishment’ by Owen Jones, a political polemic about power structures in the UK. Generally speaking, these days I read more non-fiction than fiction. I’m not sure whether that’s unusual or not for a fiction writer.
That’s perfectly okay John A writer must scale his eyes on every genre that’s what I feel personally. Why do you think that other well written books just don’t sell?
There are so many books out there. How do readers even find out a book exists? I think that’s the biggest problem for writers – rising above the noise. There is a LOT of noise. Plus, I do subscribe to the view that if a book has an unattractive cover and poorly written advertising blurb, it’s unlikely to find an audience. Book browsers’ attention spans are very short!
That’s a good tip John I’m sure all the budding authors are going to benefit from this. In what formats is your book available?
All my books are available as Kindle books or paperbacks. At present, I’m exclusively on Amazon.
How can readers discover more about you and you work?
My details are below.
Amazon Author Page:
Thanks again for taking the time out of your busy schedule and being a part of A living series talk.
It was absolutely amazing and great to hear from you.
I wish you abundance of success for your future plans and projects.
Thanks for having me!
You’re welcome John and as you always say: I quote
“Enjoy the world while it lasts.”