Hey, blog buddies! My newest “Boundless Buddy” is L.E. Fitzpatrick – the author of The Running Game (its cover is enviable btw). Keep reading to see if she spills the beans!
What was the inspiration for “The Running Game?”
I’m really interested in the dark side of Russian history and I got thinking about what it would take for that level of paranoia and corruption to hit Britain. Building on that idea I basically worked through the ways in which our society would collapse, pulling in more and more themes and ideas. Terrorism, famine, disease – all very chirpy ideas – above all I just wanted to create a story about people fighting for their own survival whatever the cost and trying to bridge the gap between right and wrong, good and bad.
What was your favorite part about writing “The Running Game?”
My favorite part of The Running Game was undoubtedly the scenes with Roxy. In this book Roxy is a roguish character who upsets the dynamics of the rest of the characters. He’s flirtatious, outrageous and utterly self-absorbed. His interactions with John are great fun to write, but he also amps up the dark humor in the story and offers a little break from some of the bleaker scenes.
What scared you while writing your book?
Consistency. I’m a perfectionist and the plot of this story is so intricate it was a constant source of stress and worry from me while writing and editing the novel.
What advice do you have for aspiring writers?
Write a story you would love to read, so many authors try to write for an audience or a market and you can feel their passion isn’t behind their work. It doesn’t matter if you love reading something unpopular or obscure, if you love it and have faith in it so will your readers.
What advice do you have for bloggers and authors trying to expand their online presence?
I’m feeling slightly hypocritical (she’s so thoughtful) in answering this question, because I’m by no means a master of social media, but I’ve learned two things that are important. Give advice and take advice wherever you can. The best things that happened to me throughout my writing career have been because I have discussed my work and other writer’s work online, making connections, sharing ideas and even forming groups. You can’t put a price on good connections and there is such a great community out there, if you can find like minded people, keep them close, support them and they will always have your back.
Which book do you wish you would’ve written?
If I could have written one book it would Jonathan Strange and Mr Norrell by Susana Clarke. In my opinion it is probably one of the most well crafted, well thought out fantasy novels I have ever read.
What is something none (or very few) of your readers know about you?
I also work as an editor with lots of other authors covering a wide range of genres (Multifaceted AND multi-talented…she puts us all to shame).
What is the biggest lie you’ve told?
I didn’t kill him officer – only kidding (Lol she’s hilarious). I’m actually a terrible liar when it comes to things I’ve done, normally I cave straight away.
What is your favorite TV show?
Firefly. Bring it back. (Also bring back Deadwood too while you’re at it).
Which authors have inspired you the most?
The biggest author I fangirl over is John Connolly. I buy everything I can of his, follow his every word and may or may not have some form of shrine dedicated to him in my cupboard. Seriously though, his Charlie Parker novels are the most intensely scary and disturbing books I have ever read and if I can make one person feel about my work, the way I feel about his, I’ll be very happy.
Watch the Trailer for The Running Game!
Read the Book!
Title: The Running Game
Author: L.E. Fitzpatrick
Rachel’s father called it the running game. Count the exits, calculate the routes. Always be ready to run because they’ll always be coming for you. Whatever happens, they’ll always be coming for you.
On the surface, Rachel is just an ordinary doctor, trying to stay alive in war-torn London, but she has a secret. Rachel is a Reacher – wanted by the government and by the criminal underworld – for her telekinetic powers.
Charlie and his brother John had a reputation for doing the impossible. But after losing his family, Charlie is a broken mess and John is barely keeping him afloat. In desperation, they take a job from a ruthless ganglord only to discover the girl they are hunting is a Reacher – one of their own kind.
James Roxton, a conman and thief, is searching for the man who tried to kill his mother. Suddenly embroiled into the plan to kidnap Rachel, he decides he can turn things to his own advantage.
Even with the help of dangerous and dubious allies, can Rachel turn the game around and save herself?
L E Fitzpatrick is a writer of dark adventure stories and thrillers. Under the watchful eye of her beloved rescue Staffordshire Bull Terrier, she leaps from trains and climbs down buildings, all from the front room of a tiny cottage in the middle of the Welsh countryside.
Inspired by cult film and TV, L E Fitzpatrick’s fiction is a collection of twisted worlds and realities, broken characters, and high action. She enjoys pushing the boundaries of her imagination and creating hugely entertaining stories.
The Running Game, her latest book and the first installment of her dystopian Reacher series, is due for re-release in October 2015 under the Booktrope label.
Don’t forget to check out her blog!
Tell me what you think about the trailer and the interview in the comments section! Happy reading!