Saturday, September 29, 2018
Interview with Author Saul Warshaw
INSTINCT FOR SURVIVAL
1. Saul, what is your newest thriller, Instinct for Survival about?
When World War II ended in 1945, many Nazis tried to escape capture, arrest and conviction as war criminals by assuming new identities and fleeing to different countries. INSTINCT FOR SURVIVAL is the story of an American Immigration Services investigator who -- in 1964, pursues one such fugitive across Europe and the United States.
2. What inspired this tale?
Even though WW II ended over 63 years ago, every once in a while, I'd see stories about Holocaust survivors. And it got me to wondering if -- in parallel to these survivors -- there might still be some Nazi war criminals alive. People who have avoided capture and have been living with their no-longer-new, but still-false identities. And it seemed to me that there would be a great story to tell, by now tracking down one such fugitive and confronting that person with a holocaust survivor. And that's what this book does.
3. How does it differ from your prior books?
All of my prior books are built around a retired Los Angeles Police Department homicide detective -- Will Jonas -- who runs a private investigative agency. Sometimes in association with the LAPD -- but most times on his own -- Will gets involved in cases as varied as kidnappings, assassinations, corrupt government officials, wrongful criminal convictions and the Mafia.
4. Next year, we approach the 80-year anniversary since the start of WW II and the Nazi atrocities. How does your story recapture some of history?
I didn't set out to write an historical novel.And I have not done so. But the book unavoidably "recaptures" some of that WW II history by telling a story that tracks the pursued and the pursuer throughout different, WW II based sites in Europe and the U.S.
5. What remains to be done to bring Nazi war criminals to justice?
Wow, I don't think I can really answer this question. I'm just a writer -- and not a lawyer or international justice and war crimes expert. I'll leave this question to those more qualified people.
6. Has law enforcement technology improved to help capture war criminals?
Obviously, the technology is there. None of the data gathering, tracking and storage capabilities we have today, existed in the 40's and 50's. So, yes, we've got the technology. But using it to capture war criminals? That's something for governments and NGO's to ponder and pursue.
7. You took up writing novels very late in life. What advice do you have for fellow writers looking to bloom as a senior?
The advice is simple. Want to be a writer? Then write. Don't just think about it. Do it. Will you bloom? Who knows? I think a lot of it probably has to do with the personal history you've accumulated over your many years prior to --to use your phrase -- "very late in life." In my case, writing was always in my background. I have a dual work history of journalism and public relations. So writing my books has come pretty easily to me. I've been lucky, I guess.
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