Hey guys. Today is my stop on the Hypnos blog tour, and I am bringing you an author interview. Enjoy!
Author: Jon Biddle
Release Date: 10th March 2020
Page Count: 334
Publisher: Clink Street Publishing
Goodreads Link: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/52244702-hypnos
Amazon Link: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Hypnos-Jon-Biddle/dp/1913136973
Summary: What if the unthinkable became a reality? What if technology could be used against you?
A software program has been stolen from the digital vaults of the CIA. It is capable of bridging the gap between A.I. and human consciousness, making a person do whatever the controller wants, creating a potentially terrifying new world. The organisation responsible has racist, right-wing views and a perverted desire to reduce population growth by culling it using the software. Only the rich and the powerful can be part of Asclepius. The software is uploaded to the brain via eye movement using a smartphone, leaving open the possibility for entire countries to be controlled remotely.
Alex Brown, newly-appointed to the B5 Intelligence cell of British intelligence while hunting for the serial killer Dale Broc who has kidnapped her daughter, has been assigned to the case and now has to choose. Will she save the country or her daughter?
Hypnos is the second novel in the Alex Brown series. Author Jon Biddle brings extensive medical knowledge coupled with military and law enforcement experience that combines to produce an exciting sequel to The Harvester.
What is your favourite thing about writing books?
I find writing cathartic, like a form of therapy. It helps me unwind. My day job is often stressful and challenging. Coming home to write reboots my biorhythms nicely. I also like the isolation that writing brings. A lot of authors are right brain thinkers and are introverts by design. This is me down to a tee, I’m not a particularly ‘peoply’ person. I like the quiet which is writing can bring
Who is your favourite character in your book and why?
Alex Brown is hands down my favourite character. She reminds me of my wife. Sexy, confinement and full of beans. Sam (my wife) would also start a fight in an empty room, she has no fear when it comes to confrontation and feel Alex is the same. I had sub-consciously based Alex on my wife. I genuinely didn’t realise that I had done this until I had finished Hypnos. Brown is my wife’s maiden name, and Alexandria is my wife’s middle name, it wasn’t by design that I chose this name.
Another character that is in the book is Porkpie. He makes a small appearance in the book, but I thoroughly enjoyed writing him as a character. I have in mind a novella or a stand alone novel that is centred around Porkpie.
What is your favourite drink to consume while writing?
Tea is the drink of choice or a diet cherry Pepsi, sorry to the coke drinkers, bit I just love Pepsi. I am alcohol free. Being ex military and suffering form complex-PTSD, drink is something that I have managed to avoid.
Do you have any bad habits while you’re writing?
Gosh, I have two switch my social media off, but I have a weird habit of biting the skin around my nails, is it wired? When I hit a block, I can sit there chewing my nails thinking how the story thread will pan out.
How did you research your book?
I am a big reader myself, and I love reading non-fiction and I love reading about conspiracy theories. What if some of them are true? I have been in combat as well as working in the front line in clinical healthcare so i can add a lot of knowledge as well as life skills. Getting a handle on the abuse I received as a child too, helps bring some of the story alive as well.
Are you a plotter or a pantser?
It took me a while to figure this out. I see myself as a bit of a hybrid writer. I plot each chapter, getting a series of beats to hit, Knowing how many chapters I have, I then hit each chapter. As long as I hit each of the beats, I ‘panse’ my way through the chapters. I love this style of writing. I like the constraints of the beat, but fill the gaps with what ever I like at the particular time. I like to challenge the reader and push their boundaries into something that may on the face of it be uncomfortable.
If you could live in any fictional world, which would you choose and why?
I have an idea of a story line, I even have the name of the series. I am not going to say it here. My wife and I live near Glastonbury, and there is a natural spring called the Chablis Well Garden. It carries a spirituality to the pagan beliefs and people from all around the world flock to it. Behind this natural spring is the world that I want to live in. Its called Avalon, and its a hidden world from the regular world. Full of mystical creature, fairies goblins and the like. Its a world that lives in a different vibration but hides away from the the world we live in. Living in the world will be colourful, without prejudice and a freedom you just don’t get in this world.
If you could befriend any fictional character, who would you choose and why?
I said that I love Alex, my main protagonist. I already work with the Dale Broc’s and would rather not spend any more time with these types of characters. I would love to spend a day with Porkpie though. He’s the kind of guy that you just would have the best time with him in London. He’s got form and not so salubrious background
Jon spends his days smashing out people’s hip and knee joints, and his nights writing medical thrillers.
A veteran and a medical professional who spends 45 hours a week in the OR, Jon brings considerable medical and military/law enforcement expertise to the crime thriller genre, evident by the attention to detail in his six books.
Jon’s writing is dark and eclectic, provoking and deviant. He surrounds himself in the white glow of pureness, with one foot always in the dark. The dark always surrounds us, but Jon has a knack of making his readers ask “Could this happen to me?”
There is nothing too dark for Jon to write about. He has no level, base, or filter, and will get into your head and “scare the living daylights” out of you.
Jon lives in the south-west of England with his childhood sweetheart, Sam, and two Springer Spaniels. With full-time medical responsibilities in his day job, Jon spends 15-20 hours a week writing for his growing online audience. His new medical thriller, The Harvester, was released in 2019 as the first of six books in the Dale Broc series.
Find out more about Jon Biddle, including his new releases and regular short stories, by going to www.jonbiddle.uk and joining the mailing list.