I am always happy when an author comes back to visit because it means that he has been busy on another book. Which in turns, means another book to add to our list. So without further ado, Mr. Layton Green!!! Welcome back!!!!!
Layton Green is the author of the Dominic Grey series. Please visit him at at www.laytongreen.com for additional information on Layton, his works, and more. You might find him in the corner of a dark and smoky café in Bogotá, researching the next Dominic Grey novel.
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Q&A with Layton Green
On Writing and Reading:
-Do you draw from personal experiences and/or current events?
A: For sure. I believe all writers draw (or are at least inspired by) personal experience, and I am always on the lookout for interesting current events. I try to infuse each Dominic Grey novel with at least one timely current event or issue (such as the Zimbabwean political situation for The Summoner, the scientific search for eternal life with The Egyptian, and the conflux of social media and demagogues in The Diabolist).
-Do you start with the conclusion and plot in reverse or start from the beginning and see where the story line brings you?
A: Good question, and it depends. Usually I start at the beginning, create a rough outline, and fill it in as I write. Sometimes, however, an ending does present itself earlier.
-Your routine when writing? Any idiosyncrasies?
A: I had idiosyncrasies before I became a serious writer. Now I write every day in the mornings for at least a few hours, and more during the day as my schedule permits. I used to write at night, but it’s tough with a family.
-Is writing your full time job? If not, may I ask what you do by day?
A: I’m also an attorney.
-Who are some of your favorite authors?
A: Dan Simmons, James Lee Burke, Dennis Lehane, Michael Gruber, Herman Hesse, Murakami, Roger Zelazny, Ray Bradbury, China Mieville, Martin Amis, and many more. There’re a lot of seriously talented authors out there.
-What are you reading now?
A: Ready Player One by Ernest Cline. It’s quickly becoming one of my favorite novels of all time.
-Are you working on your next novel? Can you tell us a little about it?
A: I am working on the next Dominic Grey novel. I can’t say much, except that it involves an esoteric and highly intriguing cult, and that Grey will be going south of the border . . . way south.
-Your novel will be a movie. Who would you cast?
Great question – assuming Spielberg buys my novel and we have unlimited choice (‘natch), I’d go for Christian Bale as Grey. I’m having trouble casting Viktor. I’ve tossed around Liam Neeson, Javier Bardem (with heel implants) and Donald Sutherland. Any thoughts??
-Would you rather read or watch TV/movie?
A: Baby back ribs. Or sushi. Or a dry-aged ribeye. Or great pizza.
A: Zaya rum, one ice cube, pinch of lime.
ABOUT THE BOOK
In this gripping thriller, the bizarre murder of a Satanic priest in San Francisco draws Dominic Grey and Viktor Radek, private investigators of cults, to the scene. Witnesses claim a robed figure, seemingly able to appear and disappear at will, set fire to the priest. When the leader of another Satanic cult in Paris dies under similar circumstances, the case only grows stranger… and more dangerous.
Convinced that a charismatic New Age prophet is behind the murders, the investigators undergo a perilous journey into the world of the occult as they try to penetrate the prophet’s inner circle. From the catacombs of Paris to London’s nefarious East End, from the haunted walls of York to a monastic fortress in the Sicilian wilderness, the case plunges Viktor and Grey into a vortex of black magic, ancient heresies, and the dark corners of their own pasts.
The Diabolist is a chilling novel that not only pulsates with action and suspense, but also mines a trove of fascinating historical, philosophical, and paranormal research to probe some of our closest held beliefs. From the opening pages to the astonishing conclusion, this latest installment in one of today’s most original new thriller series is not to be missed.
Paperback: 388 pages
Publisher: Thomas & Mercer (June 4, 2013)
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