Interview and Blog Tour: Gordon Kessler, author of Brainstorm!

Today, courtesy of Goddessfish Tours, I’d like to welcome thriller novelist Gordon Kessler to the blog. He’s here to talk about his brand new thriller, Brainstorm, and what he likes to see in a good book! There’s also a giveaway, so make sure you take a look at the details at the bottom of this post.


Please welcome Gordon to the blog!

Gordon, you’re a former marine and teacher. Did you always want to be a writer?

No, I wasn’t inspired until taking my first college class after getting out of the Marines. I’ve always had a bit of a creative side, and in English Comp, it really shined. I got straight A’s and the instructor always read my papers to the class. She encouraged me to do something with my writing skills.Years passed and I hit quite a low point in my life. I turned to writing as a kind of therapy. After writing the opening page of my first try at a novel, I was hooked. That was over twenty years ago.

Can you tell us a little about your newest release, Brainstorm?

Brainstorm is about a lot of things, all blended together. On the outside, it’s about high-tech nonlethal weapons, remote viewing and an undying relationship. On the inside, it’s about love, honor, friendship, and people who have been lost for years, but never forgotten. And it’s about a fear I have for what’s coming in our near future. I can’t say much about that, though, or I’ll spoil the plot.I had a lot of fun researching and writing Brainstorm. The research became addictive—fascinating. I delved into much more than necessary to write to tell the story. And in the actual storytelling, I took a lot of liberties with the writing craft and its generally accepted “rules”. I think it all worked to great affect and seamlessly to readers, but some of my old college profs and literary snob friends would bust a brain vein if they read it—mixing past, present and future tense; first, second and third person POV, and using several other little rule-bending techniques that I think worked very well and enhanced reader entertainment.

What kind of research went into writing Brainstorm?

So very much. I believe a story needs all aspects of its storyline well researched to make it believable and seem true. I spent a considerable amount of time looking into remote viewing, psychic phenomena, government experiments and black projects, different aspects of international relations, current and future high-tech weaponry, nonlethal weapons and defensive measures, and even the presumed status of this country’s POW’s and MIA’s from years past.

What are some of your biggest literary influences?

If we go way back, I suppose it would be writers like London and Melville, then Hemingway. But the ones I really enjoy reading are the current bestsellers like James Rollins, Douglas Preston, James Patterson, Dean Koontz and Clive Cussler. I love a good adventure story, with high stakes, where I can learn a little something about the world and technology, while getting a full shot of adrenaline-laced entertainment all at the same time.

What do you like to see in a good book?

I like a love story, believe it or not. Deep within all three of my thrillers is a love/relationship story that holds it all together. I think it makes for a well-rounded novel, especially if the characters are believable and multi-dimensional, and the plot is fast and exciting.

What makes you toss aside a book in frustration?

Long paragraphs of description that adds nothing to the plot, will make me put a book down. Sometimes, it seems the author is trying to show off how wonderful of a writer she/he is. There’s only one Dean Koontz—he can get away with that, few other writers can. And if the opening scene doesn’t pull me into the story right away, I’ll put a novel down real fast. Also, in the middle of a good story, if subplots don’t seem to be pertinent and take me too far away from the main plot, I’ll not waste my time.

Is there any other news of upcoming projects or events you’d like to share?

Yes, there is. I’ve recently published both of my other thriller novels in eBook format as well. You can buy Jezebel and Dead Reckoning for Kindle or any other eBook reader on sale at $.99. I won’t be able to hold the prices that low for long. I also have two short stories that are miles different from my thriller novels. You’ll find info on all of them on my website. Also, don’t forget to check out my Brainstorm book trailer on YouTube.There’ll be book trailers for both Jezebel and Dead Reckoning soon.
**Snag a copy of Brainstorm: Kindle | Nook

**GIVEAWAY**

Gordon will be giving away the winner’s choice of a basic Kindle, Kobo, Sony Reader or Nook to one lucky commenter, so make sure you leave a comment for Gordon and visit the other tour stops as well!
You can see all of the tour stops HERE

About Brainstorm:
In Brainstorm, Gold Rush seems to be just another sleepy little Colorado community full of friendly, caring citizens, quaint cottages, and a sort of quiet peace, held gently by the picturesque mountains that surround it. However, something isn’t right in Gold Rush, and early on a Monday morning Robert Weller awakens with a cautioning and insuppressible voice inside his head. He soon finds a secret behind every door, a motive with every glance, and a lie beneath every spoken word.After meeting a strange but beautiful woman named Sunny who insists they were once lovers, people begin dropping dead around him and his world twists upside down as paramilitary teams hunt him, and his own wife and friends turn against him. Weller is thrown into the middle of a military mission to rescue thousands of the town’s citizens from a plot to destroy the Free World.Time is running out: Weller, Sunny and thousands of innocent citizens are facing nuclear devastation. Major “Jax” Jackson and a U.S. Air Force Para Rescue team are their only hope—but how can Jax and his PJs save them all, armed only with nonlethal weapons?

“…as exciting and fast-paced as a thrill ride on a dive bomber, a maelstrom of action, violence, murder and mayhem, way too much fun to put down…based on an actual black CIA program known as ‘Project Stargate. Kessler…really knows his stuff. An outstanding novel.”— Douglas Preston, bestselling author of The Codex, Relic, Book of the Dead and many more. 

“…a wild ride into the reality of human consciousness…a kickass adventure story that will have you thrumming through the pages well into the night…handled with stunning effect.”— James Rollins, bestselling author of Black Order, Sandstorm and Map of Bones as well as many others.

21 Comments:

  1. Wow,

    This book sounds so intense. I recently read another twister called Gargoyles. It was intense also it kept me on the edge of my seat. Which I'm sure this one will also. I can't wait to read this. Just from the blurb, I'm hooked.
    I wish you many good things from this book.

    Teresa K.
    tcwgrlup41@yahoo.com

  2. Hi Gordon. Great interview. Brainstorm sounds good. Wishing you much success.
    Crystal816[at]hotmail[dot]com

  3. Gordon,

    I checked out the book trailer after I read your interview and now I'm going to buy Brainstorm.

  4. Great interview! Brainstorm sounds awesome!!

    ruby95660@yahoo.com

  5. I really like how balanced "Brainstorm" is. On the outside it deals with the hard stuff, technology, battles and conspiracies, while deep inside there is a story about love and friendship. It slows down the action while still keeping the reader into the story.

    ~Na
    Cambonified(at)yahoo(dot)com

  6. Thanks, folks! Your comments are appreciated. Happy reading to you all!

  7. I just got goosebumps, this book sounds great! Enough to give you some chills and then a little heart. I hope it does very well for you, it just got added to my TBR list!
    Thank you for a chance to win, I have been debating on getting an e-reader of some sort.

    eyesofblueice(at)gmail(dot)com

  8. Brainstorm sounds action packed and thrilling. I wish you the best with it.

    Victoria Roder

    planecrz@frontier.com

  9. Brainstorm sounds like a really interesting book. I really enjoyed the mini-interview too, it's always fascinating reading about how an author began their writing career. I'll definitely be looking up the rest of your books.

    junegirl63(at)gmail(dot)com

  10. Braninstorm sounds like a edge of your seat read;right up my alley:-) After reading the synopsis I think I can get my read one book a year husband to read it. LOL
    Off to check out your book sale on Jezebel and Dead Reckoning, I love a bargin. Thank you.

    gsryley(at)gmail(dot)com

  11. I agree about the importance of the opening scene. It pleases me that a writer takes note of this because I know to expect from BRAINSTORM a killer opening.

    marypres(AT)gmail(DOT)com

  12. I agree completely about the long paragraphs of description that add nothing to the plot being a book killer for me. You can always tell when a writer puts something in to show how much he knows, instead of because it moves the story along.

    I think this book sounds like it has a really great premise and I can't wait to read it:)
    jwitt33 at live dot com

  13. Great interview-I agree with Gordon and some of the other posts here regarding the long, descriptive paragraphs. It is always a little jarring to have a series of description that slows things down. You only really need a few adjectives to set things up and move them on their way. All in all-well done and thanks for the fabulous giveaway!

    mljfoland AT hotmail DOT com

  14. Hi Gordon! Thanks for the awesome giveaway and book review. It sounds extremely interesting, and I will definitely add it to my TBR list.

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  16. thank you for posting this! awesome interview!

    fallendream03 AT gmail DOT com

  17. I too am not a big fan of long paragraphs of descriptions. Give the characters great dialogue and I’m happy.

    fb-mbw [at] darryl [dot] com

  18. wow this is just an amazing book! totally loving the story as it goes on!

    wefancybooks AT gmail DOT com

  19. Sarah Bibi Setar

    Seeing as how Douglas Preston is one of your modern-day literary influences/favourite authors, I’m sure it must mean a lot to you to be able to quote his review of your book. I’m loving every stop on this tour more and more.

    Sarah
    sarah.setar@gmail.com

  20. The Lovely Reading Teen

    love the interview! thanks for posting

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