Russell Blake is a very combative man—with words, that is. I only know this because I’ve sparred with him and have yet to get a serious word out of him.
I envision him tanned on a boat, soaking up the Mexican sun, and of course—typing as fast as he possibly can. And he’s written many books, with more to come.
I think I got a few serious answers out of him though. You be the judge. Please welcome the always entertaining, Russell Blake.
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Who the heck is this guy?
Russell Blake writes suspense/intrigue thrillers with a strong conspiracy undercurrent. He lives full time in Mexico, where he’s resided happily for approaching a decade.
He is also the international bestselling author of Fatal Exchange, a groundbreaking genre-blending thriller set against the counter-culture backdrop of New York’s gritty underground, The Geronimo Breach, an action/intrigue/thriller set in Panama, the bestselling Zero Sum trilogy of Wall Street thrillers – Kotov Syndrome, Focal Point and Checkmate (which hit #15 on Amazon’s top 100 free books), The Delphi Chronicle trilogy, the epic assassination thriller, King of Swords, and its prequel, Night of the Assassin.
His first satirical non-fiction work, How To Sell A Gazillion eBooks In No Time (even if drunk, high or incarcerated) was released to critical raves. An Angel With Fur, his second non-fiction book chronicling the saga of Lobo the miracle dog, has been the #1-#5 Book in Animal Essays at Amazon UK for months.
“Captain” Russell, 52, lives on the Pacific coast of Mexico, where he spends his time writing, fishing, collecting & drinking tequila, and playing with his dogs.
Often referred to as “The Writer’s Writer’s Writer’s Writer,” Russell is also a self-declared guru on everything related to writing, self-publishing and self-promotion. And he hates clowns.
Read more about King of Swords, recently featured here.
Russell has just released The Voynich Cypher.
Find out where to buy Russell’s library of books on his site. Here are covers for just a few of them.
Inside Russell Blake’s Mind
What is your idea of perfect happiness? Being financially secure, in good health, appreciated, engaged by a project, with someone I love.
What turns you on creatively? When I’m writing and I push the envelope, taking my work in a direction I know will cause strong reactions in people, and which once done I can look at and say, that’s unique.
Which words or phrases do you most overuse? A bit, or so, that.
What quality do you most admire in a man? Compassion.
What quality do you most admire in a woman? Confidence.
What is your greatest regret? Not pursuing writing when I was younger.
If you could change one thing about yourself, what would it be? My attention span.
What is your greatest fear? Being forgettable or forgotten.
Which living person do you most admire? Baryshnikov. A take no prisoners approach to art. Yo Yo Ma is a close second.
What profession other than your own would you like to attempt? Screenwriting.
If you could choose what to come back as, what would it be? Anything but a Kardashian. Or Snookie. Although she does have a book deal… Seriously? Probably a porpoise. They seem to generally have it made. F#cking porpoises. They get all the breaks.
What do you consider your greatest achievement? So far? My assassination thriller, King of Swords, without a doubt.
What is the trait you most deplore in others? Pettiness.
What is your greatest extravagance? Retiring young to Mexico. And boats.
What is one thing you want to do before you die? Live fully.
What are some of your favorite curse words? Sh#tgrub, F#ckstick, #ssmonkey, c#ckgobbler.
What is your motto? If at first you don’t succeed, try something easier. Take a load off. Don’t worry, be happy.
Thanks Russell for giving us a glimpse into your writerly mind—been a pleasure. Readers, please leave a comment or ask a question of this witty man.
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