Interview with Chris Fox
Q: After 50 years working in the consulting engineering business, 30 of which was running your own firm, what made you take up writing?
A: I have always thought there was a writer in me trying to get out, but I also thought there was a golfer in me trying to get out, but he hasn’t emerged yet. I do believe that the writer in me has emerged though.
Q: When did this revelation hit you?
A: I have always had to do a lot of writing in my business; reports, proposals, etc., so it wasn’t such a huge leap for me to start writing recreationally. It started once while my wife and I were on a cruise about 12 years ago and I was reading a book from the ship’s library about lost treasure. That’s when the idea hit me to write a story about it. I had no idea at the time that it would eventually turn into the full-length novel “Lost Loot of Lima”.
Q: How long did it take you to write the book?
A: About five years. As the story grew, I realized I needed to take a course in how to write a novel, which I did. I also had to establish a direction for the story and formulate an ending. I realized too that I needed to create a villain.
Q: You only published Lost Loot in March of 2016. Why did it take so long to publish it?
A: I really didn’t want to take the traditional route and suffer through all the rejections from publishers. I had considered self-publishing at the time, but decided to write another book instead.
Q: There is a distinct difference in genre between “Lost Loot” and your second book, “Bosnian Affair”. Can you explain that?
A: Writing is about expressing oneself with the written word, much like actors take on a character and singers do so with song. When placing yourself in the position of the reader, one has to use words to describe the scene, which uses the various senses; what does s/he smell, see, taste, feel or hear. I had written several erotic passages with these elements in mind, as sex is one of the few things that invokes all the senses. So I decided to write what I term an erotic thriller that provides a good story line interlaced with sexually explicit scenes. The challenge to write erotica for me was to do so without it being smutty…and I think I did achieve that.
Q: How long did that book take to write?
A: About five years. Again, I got the idea when I was on vacation one time in the Canary Islands (February 2009) and pecked away at it whenever I found time. It was predominantly completed two years ago and published a month or so after “Lost Loot”.
Q: What about your novella, “Angela’s Seduction”? What caused you to write that?
A: I wrote that as a perma-free book that I could offer as an introduction for my erotica series. However, this is not my mainstream genre.
Q: Are there other books related to “Lost Loot”?
A: Yes, I wrote a sequel, “Death Drones” and then wrote a prequel, The Santini Vendetta. After writing Santini, I had to edit Lost Loot and Death Drones in order for the time lines and character details to work.
Q: Are there more books planned in the series?
A: Absolutely! I have a fourth book in the series, The Korean Connection, just finished and will be published in March, 2019…if life doesn’t get in the way.
Q: What about any other planned books?
A: I plan to do a spin-off series with a character I developed in Death Drones. Maria is a kick-ass female protagonist and many readers like to follow strong female characters.