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Saturday, May 20, 2017
Interview with author Allan Topol
WASHINGTON POWER PLAY
Allan Topol WASHINGTON POWER PLAY is Topol’s 13th
novel of international intrigue. Two of them, SPY DANCE and ENEMY MY ENEMY,
were national best sellers. His novels have been translated into Japanese,
Portuguese and Hebrew. One was optioned and three are in development for
movies. More recently, many of his books focused on his Craig Page series,
including THE ARGENTINE TRIANGLE, THE RUSSIAN ENDGAME, SPANISH REVENGE, CHINA
GAMBIT and ITALIAN DIVIDE.
In addition to his
fiction writing, Allan Topol co-authored a two-volume legal treatise entitled
SUPERFUND LAW AND PROCEDURE. A graduate of Yale University Law School, he is a
partner in a major Washington law firm, and has traveled extensively
researching locations for his novels. He wrote a weekly column for Military.com and has published articles in numerous
periodicals including the New York Times, Washington Post,
and Yale Law Journal. He also has blogged for Huffington Post. For more information, visit www.allantopol.com.
1. What really inspired you to write your
book, to force you from taking an idea or experience and conveying it into a
I wanted to make
readers aware of the great struggle going on between the US and China for world
domination. I wanted them to learn that the Chinese government is doing
significant spying in the US and could influence a US presidential election.
2. What is it about and whom do you believe is
your targeted reader?
It is about espionage
and power struggles at the top of our government in Washington. My targeted
audience is anyone who wants to read a fast moving suspenseful page turner that
has ideas and substance. Also, Washington Power Play has compelling characters,
particularly Kelly Cameron, the FBI agent and single mother who is the
3. What do you hope will be the everlasting
thoughts for readers who finish your book?
What should remain with them long after
putting it down?
I hope my readers will
become aware and recall that the Chinese government has grown increasingly
powerful on the world stage. It is critical that the US government come to
grips with the competing power of China.
4. What advice or words of wisdom do you have
for fellow writers?
Washington Power Play
is my thirteenth novel. I would advice my fellow writers to maintain
their passion for writing. Recognize that writing a novel takes time and hard
work. Even if you suffer setbacks or rejections, persevere and keep writing to
fulfill your dream.
5. What trends in the book world do you see
and where do you think the book publishing industry is heading?
The major trend is the
growth of e books which I believe will continue to be a considerable part of
the market, particularly in the thriller genre. With the addition of e books,
it is possible to reach a wider audience. I see continued expansion of both
print and digital books.
6. What great challenges did you have in
writing your book ?
The challenge that I
face is the one confronting all thriller writers today. We must develop a
creative plot, with compelling characters, that is not merely a rehash of the
news. I wanted to inform readers while providing a story that kept them
up at night turning pages.
7. If people can only buy one book this month,
why should it be yours?
My book, Washington
Power Play is an insiders view of Washington that presents intrigue and revenge
at the highest levels in the US government. A reader will not only be
entertained, but the reader will also be informed.
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