Monday, November 5, 2012

Book Tour: A Bridge to Treachery by Larry Crane Author Interview

Hey everyone! Today is a stop for the A Bridge of Treachery Book Tour where we have an interview with the author, Larry Crane!

Larry Crane
Author of A Bridge to Treachery

Transplanted to Maine mid-westerner Larry Crane brings an Illinois sensibility to his writing. Larry graduated from West Point and served in the Army before starting a business career on Wall Street. His writing includes articles for outdoor magazines, plays, short fiction, and his most recent thriller novel, A Bridge to Treachery. In his spare time, Crane is a hobbyist videographer for his local Public Access Television Station and is a volunteer at his local historical society. Larry and wife Jan live in splendid isolation on the coast of Maine.

Larry Crane: Hello Maureen. I'm delighted to be here talking about A Bridge to Treachery.

Maureen's Book Haven: We're excited to have you! What's the hardest for you to write, the beginning  the middle or the end?

Larry Crane: A Bridge to Treachery has a lot of threads that need to be tied up by the time that the last word goes down on the book, as do most thrillers. I want all the logic that drives the action, all the comings and goings of characters, all the complications to make sense with the unfolding of the resolution. It is an exercise in attention to detail. So, the end is the most difficult for me to write. In the beginning and the middle of the book, there is a much greater feeling of freedom in the flow of the story. The closer you get to the end, the more doors get closed, and the feeling of freedom is pretty much used up.

Maureen's Book Haven: Does anyone in your life inspire your characters?

Larry Crane: I don't have any major characters in my book that are based solely on one person from my personal experience. But many of the characters inhabit a mixed bag of characteristics from people I have known. Situations in the book are in part similar to situations I know of. For instance  the auction in the beginning of the book is very much like auctions I have attended, and the auctioneer, a minor character, is pretty much a replica of an actual person. The operations manager in the brokerage office that Lou Christopher works in, another minor character, is another replica.

Maureen's Book Haven: When did you discover your talent for writing?

Larry Crane: Generally, we like to do things in life that we are good at. Finding out what you're good at is a process of trial and error, seems to me. I had no sense that I could put words together pretty well before about the eighth grade. Our eighth grade geography teacher as I remember it, required us to write a report of some kind, and I was able to accomplish the task easily. Later, I discovered that it was a good report when it was published in the school newspaper. So, the reward of recognition served to kindle my basic talent for composition. The talent didn't crumble with added complexity and subtlety that went along with more advanced writing projects. It was in English Lit at college level where I first got the idea that fiction might be fun. 

Maureen's Book Haven: What was the first book that changed your world?

Larry Crane: A book that was passed around between my high school sophomore classmates until it was limp as a rag was Battle Cry, a World War II tale of teenage Marines going through training and shipping off to the Pacific to ultimately make a landing on Guadalcanal. It was a book that was right for that time in my life. It was full of scenes to get a 15 year old boy's blood boiling. It wasn't fine literature, but it was a book that fired my imagination in all sorts of ways.

Maureen's Book Haven: Where did you come up with the story line?

Larry Crane: I wanted to write a book that I would want to read. Books on writing encourage budding writers to use what they know. I had been in the Army. I had brokerage experience. I knew my way around Manhattan, and the area all the way north from New York to West Point, on the Hudson River. I knew that I wanted to put my protagonist in a situation where he would have to use his skill in terrain navigation. With those elements, I dreamed up a scenario in which and ex-Army officer would get himself in a pickle, a deadly one, that he would have to get himself out of. 

Maureen's Book Haven: Tell us something about yourself that isn't in your bio for everyone to read?

Larry Crane: I suspect that few people are as crazy as I was about sports as a young man. I played sports of all kinds all through my school days including college. I was physically on the small side all the way up to graduation from high school, a classic late bloomer. Through all those years, nothing could keep me away from trying out for teams. From this perspective now, it seems that those years pursuing success in sports is not much different from what I do now pursuing writing success.

Maureen's Book Haven: What are the scenes that are the hardest for you to write?

Larry Crane: Scenes that have an emotional payoff are the hardest for me. It is very easy to veer over into overly sentimental scenes, something to avoid. So it's a delicate balance to find the story developments and the language to convey the emotion, and carry it with a light touch.

Maureen's Book Haven: How do you choose names for your characters?

Larry Crane: I want my characters to have a name that suits them. It's completely arbitrary. Sidney seemed perfect to me for my sassy young woman. I'd never heard of a girl named Sidney until my college roommate and his wife named their daughter Sydney. Lou Christopher seems a name that fits the man, a man with some depth. And the aggressive and arrogant business woman seems aptly named Priscilla Buck. It is arbitrary, but I think names are important to the story. 

Maureen's Book Haven: What would you say is your interesting writing quirk?

Larry Crane: I don't know how quirky it is, but I have a brain that skips around a lot. I have a lot of projects going on all the time in various stages of development. Plays, videos, grant applications, donation appeal letters, articles for a newspaper, and a novel. The novel will be perking away while all the rest of it is in revision or whatever other stage of development that applies.

Maureen's Book Haven: How did you celebrate the sale of your first book?

Larry Crane: I didn't because it was an ebook and went completely unnoticed. A big event in my life was having the physical paperback book in my hands for the first time. It is a little strange, but the people in your life often don't know how to deal with the fact that you've published a book. They don't know what to say about it other than they liked it. 

Maureen's Book Haven: Thank you so much for being here and answering my questions! It really was great getting a little more insight into your perspective!

Now a little about Larry Crane's new book! Go check it out!

A Bridge to Treachery
by Larry Crane
Published December 6, 2011 by Brighton Publishing LLC
300 pages

Former Colonel Lou Christopher is an ex-Army Ranger retired from the military and contentedly working as a New York investment broker. After being assigned a number of lucrative accounts and becoming accustomed to living the good life, he discovers there is a pay back. His former military skills are requested under a threat of losing everything he has.

Handed a group of misfits to assemble into a military strike team, he is coerced into leading the team on a mission of domestic terrorism. At the center of a bridge outside of Manhattan, his strike team is caught in the act and unexpectedly becomes engaged in a deadly firefight. It's then that he learns the mission was a political maneuver from the highest levels of the U.S. Government and ultimately realizes he has been betrayed by his superiors. Learning his team was considered nothing more than collateral damage and intended to be killed and left as scapegoats, he uses his unique military expertise and engages in a fight for his life.

As the strike team is decimated, he and a female teammate elude the opposition forces to survive and escape, turning the tables on his superiors. Using his distinctive set of military skills, he now becomes the hunter and vows to extract his revenge and bring them all down.

Buy it:  Amazon  or  Barnes & Noble  or  Smashwords

Happy Reading!!

1 comment:

  1. Hi Maureen - Thank you for hosting this fourth stop on my virtual book tour. Your interview questions are engaging and interesting. I had to do some serious cogitating to put into words some thought processes that I hadn't previously considered that much.