Today’s interview is with John Reinhard Dizon, author of Redemption.
Please see the interview below.
1) What is your author name and in what state do you live (or country if not in the US)?
John Reinhard Dizon, permanent resident of the Great State of Missouri!
2) What is the title of your newest book and what is the genre?
Redemption is a suspense/thriller that could also be classified as women’s fiction.
3) What is the book about?
It’s the first two-part book in the series. Sabrina Brooks is a masked vigilante known as the Nightcrawler. International crime syndicates have placed a ten million dollar bounty on the vigilante. The media has publicized the fact that Sabrina, the CEO of the Brooks Chemical Company, is suspected by Homeland Security of having ties to the Nightcrawler. As a result, the cartels initiate a series of attacks on her to draw the vigilante out of hiding. Her factory is bombed, her fiancee killed and her best friend crippled. She goes into seclusion, traumatized by the losses. In Part Two, she decides to take revenge against the perpetrators. She renounces her campaign principle of fighting her battles unarmed. As a result, these become the most action-packed episodes in the four-book series.
4) Where did you come up with the idea?
As I mentioned, this could be categorized as women’s fiction because of Sabrina. The entire series is about her personal conflicts, which include her ongoing struggle to survive in the chemical manufacturing industry as a young female CEO. There is also the irony that the world thinks the Nightcrawler is a man. For her enemies, anything else would be unimaginable. Her relationship with NYPD detective Hoyt Wexford and her mentor and partner Jon Aeppli gave her a sense of balance in her life. Without them, her repressed anger is unleashed. As is said, hell hath no fury as a woman scorned.
5) How long did it take you to write it?
About a year. Part One was originally intended as a stand-alone book in the series. However, as authors know, sometimes your characters take over the storytelling. Sabrina wasn’t letting this go, she had scores to settle.
6) Did you learn anything from the project?
The Harlem section of Upper Manhattan in NYC is a major setting in each of the novels. As the tales are meant to be socially relevant and time-sensitive, my research required me to keep abreast of neighborhood developments. I continue to be impressed by how Harlem changes with the times while keeping its character and traditions intact. It is a wondrous community with strong and ambitious residents.
7) Do you have an author website and/or blog? How about a book video?
The best place is my Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/johnreinharddizonUSA — I also have a dedicated Sabrina page at https://www.facebook.com/sabrinabrooksnightcrawler/
8) Do you have any success tips to pass on to fellow authors? How about any great editors/cover artists?
Write, write, write and NEVER throw anything away. Writing is a lifetime effort, a gift that should be fully appreciated, a skill that must be developed. My publisher, Miika Hannila at Creativia, has done more than anyone to bring the Nightcrawler to the world market. My own enterprise, SPOILER Publishing Company, features some of my more obscure projects. Marcha Fox is the cover artist and editor that brings those works to life.
9) What genres do you like to read? Are you open to reading new authors and reviewing their work?
I’m at the stage of my life where the Bible is all that’s truly worth reading. However, I delight in finding gems in the works of my fellow authors. I am always open to a review swap (GASP!) and fairly well guarantee that I will give the other party the best of reviews. I am an expert reviewer and stand by my work.
10) What is your favorite book of all time and why?
The Bible is the guidebook to human existence, the only one co-authored by the Holy Ghost. It is ironic that the second-greatest books of all time, the works of Shakespeare, are written in Old English. You can’t speed-read your way through to find the treasure. For technique, I’ve admired Ian Fleming (creator of James Bond) and Robert E. Howard (creator of Conan the Barbarian). They were greatly inspirational and influenced my style.
11) Fun Question: Do you have any pets? If so, what kind?
I believe Jigsaw has his own fans among my Facebook friends and family. He is the Greatest Cat Who Ever Lived and has stood up to every dog he has ever met.
12) Fun Question 2: Do you own an electronic reading device? If so, what kind and how do you like it?
Nope. I’m a hardcover and paperback guy. I review PDF novels on my PC. My phone is in the truck in case of emergencies. Walking around with wires sticking out of my ears is not my style.
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