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Glenn Cooper graduated with a degree in archaeology from Harvard and was formerly the Chairman and CEO of a biotechnology company in Massachusetts. His previous thrillers, including the bestselling Library of the Dead trilogy, have sold six million copies in more than thirty languages worldwide.
I sent some questions to Glenn so we could find out a bit more about this writing genius.
Where do you write and have you a picture of your desk, tidy or messy?
I hate writing at desks. I’m a chair guy. It’s a big comfortable chair that has been with me, or rather under me, for fifteen books and counting. The chair is up in my library loft where I spend eight hours a day, seven days a week with my best pal, Dante, who gets me up every couple of hours for a game of Frisbee in the garden. The older I’ve gotten, the tidier–AKA compulsive–and everything has to be in its place or I can’t possibly concentrate.
Your books have been published in over 30 languages, which countries have you been to promoting your books?
UK, USA, Spain, France, Italy. Especially Italy, my largest market, accounting for about half of the 7 million books I’ve sold to date. I go to Italy about once a year for tours and research, as many of my books, like Sign of the Cross, are based in the Vatican and around Italy.
Do you map out your ideas or just write?
With only a single exception (my last book) I exhaustively outline before I write the first word. And I outline only after I’ve done a first-cut of research. Many of my books require a great deal of historical research and utilize interlacing time shifts, and I’ve been known to read all or parts of a hundred-plus books for each novel. When you’re dealing with complex plotting and multiple time-frames, if you don’t have a roadmap you stand the risk of getting hopelessly lost in the forest and blowing a year. The exception was the book I’ve just finished where I deliberately wanted to get lost. More on that on a different blog tour…
What was the first thing you wrote and how old were you?
I’m sure I wrote little ditties in primary school, but my first real short story was done when I was thirteen. It was about a guy riding a New York City subway, reading all the adverts, dying for a smoke. Don’t ask me why.
Do you know how the book ends when you start it?
Usually, I won’t even start writing unless I am ecstatic about an ending. For me, the ending is the most important part of a novel. It’s the bit that stays with the reader the longest, or in the case of a great book, forever.
How do you turn off at the end of the day?
It used to be a Johnnie Walker Black on the rocks (or three) but I’ve gone dry. Now it’s a hot bath with a cup of builder’s tea, followed by supper, and Netflix.
How interesting was all that, I loved it. Working 8 hours a day for 7 days a week sounds a bit harsh, I think he should have a day off myself.
Introducing Harvard professor Cal Donovan in the first of an intriguing new series of religious conspiracy thrillers.
Responding to an urgent summons from the Vatican, Harvard professor of religion and archaeology, Cal Donovan, flies to Italy to interview a young priest who has developed the stigmata of the crucifixion. Stunned to discover that the priest’s condition may be genuine, Cal determines to uncover the cause of the mysterious wounds.
But Cal is not the only one. When Giovanni is kidnapped from his church at dead of night, Cal comes to realize that the priest holds the key to an earth-shattering secret: a secret which a shadowy nationalist organization is desperate to control. Teaming up with Giovanni’s sister Irene, Cal must unravel the mystery and track down Giovanni in a perilous race against the clock … before an apocalyptic catastrophe is unleashed.
WHAT DID I THINK?
What a book! I am so glad I decided to read and review this as it was well out of my comfort zone compared to what I normally read. This conspiracy thriller really gets you hooked in from almost the beginning, this the start of a series which I am sure will all be best sellers if this is anything to go by.
Cal is sent for by the Vatican to find and look into a young priest, Giovanni who has developed the stigmata on both wrists. Is this genuine? Before Cal can investigate this the priest Giovanni is kidnapped, can Cal find the priest and get to the bottom of the mystery in time or before he is harmed or worse!
This will have you reading well into the night and will not help the dark circles under your eyes from lack of sleep. Intriguing thriller and if you like Dan Brown you will love this series.
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