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A Canadian Novelist, W.C. Hewitt has worked in Law Enforcement and the Medical field where he witnessed the best and worst of modern society. Opening the gates to the past has been one of his passions and as a historian and amateur archaeologist (Mr. Hewitt was a member of the Titanic Historical Society) his historical depictions are surprising and essentially accurate. His first published novel DECEIT was published by LazyDay Publishing and is the first in the Elizabeth Brunnette series.
Book title: DECEIT
Brief Synopsis: When the hull of the Titanic is raised Andrew Hoyle had no idea that he would be uncovering a conspiracy to hush up a plot to destroy the Edwardian capitalistic economy within the pages of a long forgotten diary. He is smitten by the writer of the forgotten pages, Elizabeth Brunnette, and her depictions of bumbling government bureaucracy and the rigid discipline of British society soon prove to outline a blueprint to the up and coming disaster. Russian terrorists and their German leader, Lenin, make headway in their attempts to bring social unrest to Britain’s workforce and a much needed spectacle is soon put into play to incite the people and centres around the fate of Titanic.
What do you do to relax when you are not writing?
I find relaxation in a quiet stroll or within the pages of a good book.
What, or who, inspired you to become a writer?
It goes back to my high school days and my encounter with Reporter and Satirist Richard Needham of the Globe and Mail. He offered me some advice that I’ve always found beneficial: experience life.
What or who inspired you to write your current novel?
A long time confident and friend whose exploits were a contributing factor to the main character in the novel.
Tell us three interesting facts about your book which are not covered in the synopsis.
1) It explores a little known fact that Lenin was recruiting in Britain at the time.
2) There’s more than a hint of the emergence of Woman’s suffrage.
3) The decline of the English language from modern day media reporter to the past.
What research did you need to do for this book?
I have always had a vested interest in Titanic and the tragedy and I am well versed in the history of the era so my research focused on the political infrastructure of the time.
Are any elements/characters of your book based on real life experiences or people you’ve met/known?
Of course it is. The heroine is patterned after a real life individual and Hoyle is my reflection of a typical modern day media correspondent that I’ve encountered on many occasions.
Tell us a little about your current work-in-progress.
I am currently working on Elizabeth Brunnette’s sixth adventure, JOURNEY TO OBLIVION, which follows Elizabeth and Christopher into the wilds of Canada.
What process did you adopt from inception through to the finished book?
I prefer a free-style approach once I have the basic story outline.
What do you need (or not need) around you whilst writing?
I have a comfort zone in my office situated around my desk. Everything I need is within hands reach.
How easy did you find it getting a publisher?
Finding a publisher is a long and tedious process but a rewarding experience when it happens.
What were the three biggest challenges you faced when writing your book?
1) Time management.
2) Creation and introduction of historically accurate secondary characters.
3) The interaction between critical characters.
Every author seems to suffer with writer’s block at some point. How do you overcome it?
I’ve never experienced it. Not yet anyways. My biggest problem is while focusing on one project I suddenly get an idea for another and start working on that one.
What single piece of advice would you give to any aspiring writer?
Experience life and write everyday even if its only for a few minutes.
What genre does your book fall into?
Historical/Fiction, Thriller, Adventure.
How did you get interested in this specific genre?
I like history and I have always liked and read these genders.
You as a reader
Which three authors have inspired you the most, and why?
1) H.G. Wells – For his ability to perceive Mankind’s future.
2) Ian Fleming – His descriptive talent and how he was able to keep you riveted to the page.
3) Clive Cussler – Just plain old thrilling adventure.
What was your favourite book as a child?
Jules Verne’s MYSTERIOUS ISLAND.
What is the best book you’ve read in the last 12 months?
CHEAT THE HANGMAN by Gloria Ferris
What was the last book you recommended to a friend, and why did you think it was worthy of recommendation?
GARDA by Stacy Eaton. The book was a really good page turner and I knew it would appeal to the person I recommended it to.
Kindle (or other e-reader) or paperback, and why?
I tend to prefer paperback because they’re great for promotional purposes.
Hollywood is calling
You’ve had the call from Hollywood and they want your opinion on who should play the leading roles in the film based upon your book.
Who would you choose, and why? Scarlett Johannsen as Elizabeth because of her appearance and poise.
Russell Crowe as Hoyle because of his ability to release pent up energy and draw in all those around him.
Christian Bale as Ryan because he is the ultimate strong, silent type.
The film of your book is now going to need a soundtrack. Which musician(s) would you want to write and play it?
Adele would be my choice.
Drink – Old Jamacian Ginger Beer over ice with a slice of lime on the side.
Meal – Homemade cabbage rolls, kielbasa, polski orgorki, mild Colby cheese and fresh baked caraway rye.
Holiday destination – The west coast of Southern Ireland.
TV programme – I don’t really have one. My TV time is rather limited.
Film – The Ghost Breakers with Paulette Goddard, Bob Hope and Paul Lukas.
Method of travel – You can’t beat an open sleigh on a crisp, snowy winter day.
Sport – Hockey of course … I’m Canadian.
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