Sunday, September 9, 2018
Interview with Author Bevan Frank
The Mind of God
1. What really inspired you to write your book, to force you from taking an idea or experience and conveying it into a book?
I wanted to write a book since I was a child. It was always going to be thriller as this is the genre I enjoy the most. I’ve always been inspired by authors such as Dan Brown, David Baldacci, John Grisham and Frederick Forsyth. While researching themes for my novel, I came across information about a real black box that was absolutely fascinating. It dealt with a concept called global consciousness and I discovered astonishing factual information about 9/11 that many people do not know about. I knew then that I had to include this in my thriller as true facts to form the basis of a fictitious plot. I decided to set my book in Cape Town, which is where I grew up. In my view Cape Town is one of the most beautiful cities in the world. In 2014 the New York Times published a feature, “The top 52 places to go in 2014” and Cape Town was at number one!
2. What is it about and whom do you believe is your targeted reader?
Deadly pursuits. Assassins. CIA agents. And a mysterious black box that holds the key to a global revelation that could change everything. All in the heart of Cape Town. A mysterious black box gets stolen from the University of Cape Town while the president of the USA is on an official visit. Is this a coincidence or is there something more sinister at play? When the professor who worked on the black box disappears, it is up to Liz Greene to find out what happened to her father and his groundbreaking research before it is too late. Liz and her friend, Tim Fletcher, must solve one clue after another as they suddenly find themselves fleeing for their lives in a deadly hunt around Cape Town. Is there an invisible consciousness that connects all of humanity? What if we could somehow measure it and use it to predict the future? My thriller centers around a real-life project by the Institute of Noetic Sciences, which researches how beliefs, thoughts, and intentions affect the physical world. At the core of this is the black box device also known as a Random Event Generator. My book is aimed at readers who enjoy thrillers, mysteries and suspense, readers who enjoy discovering new cities, places filled with great characters and readers who enjoy learning about fascinating real concepts that I have weaved into the story. Part of my goal in setting the plot in Cape Town was to expose Americans and other international audiences to Cape Town and South Africa, in the hope that it would encourage them to take a vacation there at some point in their lives, and to discover for themselves the beauty and splendor of the country that Nelson Mandela and so many others fought for.
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 want readers to have an amazing journey when they read my book. I want them to be wowed! I want them to be entertained. I want them to still be thinking about the story, the facts and the fiction, long after they have finished reading the thriller! Perhaps their world view about humanity and consciousness might even change!
4. What advice or words of wisdom do you have for fellow writers?
Keep going. Don’t give up. It can be very tough at times and it’s always challenging when one has other things to deal with at the same time. Everybody’s got real-life commitments and bills to pay in some form. And one is always going to have to give energy to these other commitments. But always keep writing. Try to fit writing into your daily routines. You can make it happen.
5. What trends in the book world do you see and where do you think the book publishing industry is heading?
It’s a busy technological world we live in and books are not only competing with each other to be read, but with other forms of entertainment too. Despite binge box set viewing, movies and computer games taking up prime entertainment real estate, I’m confident that books, both ebooks and paperback, will continue to be well received. I believe that the book industry has a future. While I prefer the touch and smell and feel of a real paperback, I do acknowledge that ebooks can play a vital role too in getting people to read books, particularly new generations of readers who are growing up amidst all this changing technology. I would like to think that no matter how fast technology in our world continues to develop, there will always be space for novels. People enjoy stories. They always have and they always will. I’d like to think that books will continue to always be around!
6. What great challenges did you have in writing your book?
Finding the time was one of the key challenges in writing my book. It takes time to research an idea, develop characters and build a storyline. And with a demanding day job and family commitments, there’s often not much time to do anything else. And then one still has to factor in times when you’ve allocated time to write but suffer from writer’s block (or ‘writer’s stuckness’, as someone once suggested as being better words to use!) I was able to overcome this challenge with an excellent piece of advice I read in Jerry Cleaver’s Immediate Fiction – find just five minutes a day to devote to your writing and build it up from there. Everyone moans about finding time to do things but surely each and every one of us can find just five minutes in our day to follow our passion and pursue our dreams? I took this to heart and devoted myself to finding ten minutes a day for my writing. Some days the ten minutes would land up being half an hour (thanks to my understanding wife!) and other days they would just stay at ten minutes. But after about a year, I had a substantial nucleus on which to build on. Something I would not have had if I hadn’t devoted small daily slots to my writing. Today, I have other challenges – I suffered a stroke a few weeks ago. As a result I’m still seeing double vision in my one eye and have immense post-stroke fatigue, something that takes the word ‘fatigue’ to a whole new realm. But, as a writer and an author, I will not let this defeat me. I have more books to write!
7. If people can only buy one book this month, why should it be yours?
The Mind of God is the perfect book to take away on holiday or to escape to an exotic location such as Cape Town. It’s filled with lots of interesting and intriguing characters interacting at the heart of an exciting thriller. And it’s based on something real that will truly blow your mind away! This book is a great companion, something for you to read on an airplane this summer, or something to read while you are lying on the beach or next to the pool while you’re on vacation. And even if you’re not going away, my book is a great entertaining read that will catapult readers to a different place, keep them wondering and take them into the throes of a fast-paced plot.
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