Watch the Chapter 40 Reading of the Novel YOU CAN RUN:
Novel performed by actress Val Cole
Get to know writer Greg Smith http://gregsmith-writer.weebly.com/:
1. What is your novel about?
YOU CAN RUN is the sequel to THE PITS, and the second book in the Kramer and Shadow Crime Novel Series. In YOU CAN RUN, Kramer and Shadow are again ‘volunteered’ by the Marine Corps to assist the FBI to help track down and apprehend the international crime boss, Valdiron and his beautiful offsider, Shelley Harper. In the process of hunting Valdiron, Kramer and FBI Special Agent Hunter find their operation dovetail into another being run by the Bureau to shut down a national ring of human traffickers. Investigation into the ring uncovers a common suspect but causes Kramer’s friends and family to come into harm’s way with fatal consequences.
2. Why should this novel be read by people?
If you love thrillers packed with action and adventure, then YOU CAN RUN by Greg Smith is definitely for YOU! This new book breaks new ground because, of all the crimes to receive major focus in literary thrillers, the one depicted in this book has to be one of the vilest. You will be hard-pressed to read a book that so brilliantly captures an animal’s legitimate role as a combat-hardened warrior fighting alongside his friend in deadly situations.
3. How would you describe this novel in two words?
4. What movie have you seen the most in your life?
At this point in time I would have to say Saving Private Ryan.
5. How long have you been working on this novel?
I spent almost a year researching the background to the story idea, then another 18 months writing and rewriting until I considered the manuscript ready for professional editing. All told, the book took just under 3 years from conception to publication.
6. Do you have an all-time favorite novel?
My all-time favorite novel is actually a series of 9 novels by Jack Whyte titled The Camulod Chronicles (historical fiction). Utterly superb!!
7. What motivated you to write this novel?
I had a specific storyline in mind when I first started working on this new book. However, during the research process I came across a section on the FBI’s website that caught my attention concerning human trafficking. Their information caused me to revise my initial storyline to include this vile international and national crime business. It brought an unexpected twist at the end … even for me, the author!!
8. What artist would you love to have dinner with?
Right now, right this minute, I would love nothing better than to sit down with Alexander Skarsgaard.
9. Apart from writing, what else are you passionate about?
Apart from writing, I’m passionate about history, particularly ancient and medieval history, so much so that I’m currently working on an historical fiction novel I would like to hope to be released late next year.
10. What influenced you to enter the Novel Festival?
I’m always looking for great avenues for promoting my work and reaching out to as wide an audience as possible. The Novel Festival came highly recommended by other writers and after looking into the Festival I decided to give it a try. It seems to do a magnificent job at helping expose all manner of artists’ creative work.
11. Any advice or tips you’d like to pass on to other writers?
I feel it a trifle presumptuous of me, a relatively new writer, to offer advice to my peers. I can only say that if you feel a passion for pressing on with an idea that inspires you to write about it, then persevere regardless of all the ups and downs and pitfalls you will encounter along the way. Never hesitate to reach out to other writers, you’ll be surprised how much we want to help others who want to write.
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