Today’s guest is Colin Falconer, author of the romantic suspense, Naked in Havana. Colin has over 40 books in print. HAREM was an enormous bestseller in Germany and THE NAKED HUSBAND was only kept out of the number one spot in Australia by Dan Brown’s Da Vinci Code. AZTEC stayed on the bestseller lists in Mexico for four months. He is a bestseller in Europe and his work has sold into translation in 23 countries around the world.
He travels regularly to research his novels and his quest for authenticity has led him to run with the bulls in Pamplona, pursue tornadoes across Oklahoma and black witches across Mexico, go cage shark diving in South Africa and get tear gassed in a riot in La Paz. He also completed a nine hundred kilometre walk of the camino in Spain.
He did not write for over five years following personal tragedy but returned to publishing in 2010 with the release of SILK ROAD and then STIGMATA. His historical novel ISABELLA was an Amazon bestseller last year.
His likens his fiction most closely to Wilbur Smith and Ken Follett – books with romance and high adventure, drawn from many periods of history.
Thank you for this interview, Colin. Can you tell us a little about yourself and how long you’ve been writing?
I’ve been writing professionally for thirty years, a full time novelist for about twenty five.
I’ve published about fifty books, and been translated into 23 languages.
I’ve traveled a lot to research my books, I’ve run with bulls in Pamplona, chased black witches across Mexico and tornadoes across Texas. I’ve also worked as an ambulance paramedic and was a professional part-time soccer player for a while.
Can you tell us briefly what your book, Naked in Havana, is about?
It’s about a young woman who is so fixated on having a certain man love her, that she overlooks the man she actually needs.
The background is Havana just before the 1959 revolution, the story is set against a background of gangster nightclubs, revolutionaries, and torchy night club singers.
It’s the first in a trilogy; the story follows the lovers to the LA of Kennedy and Monro with a denouement in the Saigon of the late sixties.
Why did you choose your particular genre?
I write the books I love to read; large canvas stories with romance, suspense and action. And strong women. There was a lot of strong women in our family.
Are you published by a traditional house, small press or are you self-published?
This book was published as an eBook original through CoolGus, who publish all my online books, but I’m also traditionally published in the UK, US and Europe.
Was it the right choice for you?
Staying as a hybrid author in these days of uncertainty in the industry - yes, absolutely.
How are you promoting your book thus far?
The PUYB promotional tour is the first thing we’ve tried for this particular books.
Can you tell us one thing you have done that actually resulted in one or more sales?
Paying for placement advertising online. But you have to be careful which ones you choose, some work, some don’t.
Do you have another job besides writing?
If you could give one book promotion tip to new authors, what would that be?
Write more books! Don’t think about promotion until you have written at least three. And study, study, study the craft.
What’s next for you?
I have a major historical coming out in New York in January, Colossus, and a new historical fiction with CoolGus in June called Lady of the Damned.
Can you tell us where we can find you on the web?
You’ll find me at colinfalconer.org. The site is updated every few days, there’s posts about writing and background to me and my books for anyone that’s interested.
You can pick up your copy of Naked in Havana at Amazon.