Reading and Writing Addiction was able to catch up with J.M. Shorney, Author of Progeny of a Killer for an interview. We are excited to share this interesting interview today with our readers.
RAWA: When did you first discover that you were a writer?
Author of Progeny of a Killer
JS: From about the age of eight I suppose. I loved composition at school.
RAWA: What is your favorite part of writing?
JS: Creating characters that stand out. When I think I know where they’re heading, they surprise me by doing something completely different.
RAWA: What do you think is the most challenging aspect of writing?
JS: Promotion and Marketing.
RAWA: Tell us about your latest release.
JS: Progeny of a Killer is the third book in a Trilogy depicting the adventures of thirty year old Irishman, Aidan McRaney. An ex-offender, Aidan is unwittingly exploited because of skills learned as a young, ambitious gangster, by wheelchair-bound Sir George Treveleyan . Treveleyan runs a somewhat unorthodox counter-terrorist unit. His maxim: it takes a crook to catch a crook.
In ‘Progeny of a Killer’ Aidan is sent into infiltrate the lair of Danny Corrigan, a man, obsessed by Irish history, and embittered by the atrocities he sees as committed by the British on his countrymen. Corrigan is the illegitimate son of a dead I.R.A man. He has already murdered other British agents sent into bring him to justice for his crimes of murder, paedophilia and white slave trafficking. The only person who can possibly take him now is Aidan. The only reason he has not gone in before is because of his children and his rather delicate wife. But Corrigan and Treveleyan share a common secret, of which Aidan is unaware. When Corrigan accepts him as if he were a long lost friend, Aidan begins to wonder why.
RAWA: How did you come up with the title of your book?
JS: Aidan and Corrigan share a common bond. They are the Progeny or children of a deceased I.R.A terrorist.
RAWA: Who are some of your favorite authors?
JS: Elliott O’Donnell, Jack Higgins, M.R James, Dennis Wheatley, H. P Lovecraft,Robert Bloch.
RAWA: What do you think as influenced your writing style the most?
JS: Certainly for ‘Progeny’, it has to be my love of Ireland, and all things Irish. I visited Dublin recently, to see Kilmainham Gaol and its connection to the Easter Uprising of 1916, which I touch on in the book. Plus, the writing style of such authors as Jack Higgins.
RAWA: As a writer what is the accomplishment that you are most proud of?
JS: To see ‘ Progeny’ in the Top 100 Amazon Kindle for Terrorism Thrillers.
RAWA: How did you get published?
JS: I’m self published. I haven’t approached traditional publishers.
RAWA: Do you have any advice for writers trying to get published?
JS: Whether considering taking the traditional or self publishing route, it’s important to make certain that the book is impeccably edited and presented. If you have a good story, believable characters and plots, there will always be someone out there to read your book.