Interview with Charles Kowalski

Interview with Charles Kowalski, author of The Devil's Son

Interview with Charles Kowalski, author of The Devil's Son

What genre do you write and why?
I write international thrillers, mainly because that’s the kind of book I like to read. I like stories that pitch me out of ordinary life into a world of high-stakes high adventure. Also, I’ve spent most of my adult life abroad, so I’m a bit out of touch with life in Anytown, USA – but when my characters step onto the global stage, that’s where I feel I can write with some authority.
Interview with Charles Kowalski, author of The Devil's Son
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Tell us about your latest book.
A major-party candidate for U.S. President is suspected of being the son of a notorious Nazi fugitive. A Secret Service agent sworn to protect him meets a beautiful Mossad spy determined to stop him.
What advice do you have for other writers?
Tell the story that’s burning to be told through you, and everything else will eventually fall into place. The only person who can stop you is you.
What's your favourite quote about writing/for writers?
“A writer is a world trapped in a person.” – Victor Hugo
Who is your favorite character in your book and why?
Rachel Horowitz is the closest I’ve ever come to falling in love with one of my own characters. As befits her profession, she’s intelligent, resourceful, and tough, but there’s also a compassionate and vulnerable side to her.

How long did it take you to write your book?
Just under a year, from concept to finished product. This was partly from necessity: Since I spend most of the year overseas, I needed to have it ready for my narrow window of opportunity to be present for the book launch in the States.

Did you learn anything from writing your book that was unexpected?
I learned quite a bit about the inner workings of two of the world’s most secretive organizations, the Mossad and the U.S. Secret Service. I also had to spend more time than I would have liked in the darker corners of the Internet, observing the changing face of white nationalism. You might have an image of arcane symbols, hooded robes, and initiations in graveyards – and while there are undoubtedly some groups like that, others have professional-quality websites with wholesome images and innocuous words to try to make their message palatable to the mainstream. It’s a scary time.

Interview with Charles Kowalski, author of The Devil's Son
Where can a reader purchase your book?
Amazon is your best bet.
Who or what inspired you to become a writer? 
I’ve been writing for as long as I can remember. I grew up surrounded by books, and it always seemed natural that one day, there would be one with my name on the cover. It was a few decades before that finally came to pass, and sometimes I’d like to go back and ask my younger self, “What took you so long?”

What books or authors have most influenced your life?
They say it’s the books we read as children that shape us most, and in that respect, C.S. Lewis and J.R.R. Tolkien have probably helped most in making me who I am. As an adult, I’ve been inspired by other writers of thrillers with a religious angle, like Dan Brown and Daniel Silva. I’ve also been encouraged by other Japan-based thriller writers whose scope has expanded worldwide, like Barry Eisler and Barry Lancet; I hope someday to do the same, even though my name isn’t Barry!


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