Friday, April 23, 2010

Interview with Cym Lowell, author of Riddle of Berlin

Today I have the privilege of interviewing Cym Lowell, author of the international thriller Riddle of Berlin.

Cym Lowell is a novelist who has lived a lifetime in the world of international finance. As a tax lawyer, Cym is intimately involved in the operations and financing of global business and uses this expertise to craft stories about endearing people caught-up in world changing events. When he is not traveling the globe on business matters, he can be found writing stories by the lake in a small east Texas town. I first got to know Cym through his blog, where he reviews thrillers and hosts a weekly link-up called Book Review Wednesday.

Please join me in welcoming Cym Lowell to A Few More Pages!

How did you get the idea for Riddle of Berlin? What was your inspiration?
My inspiration came from running the route of the male protagonist (John Jaegerman) in Paris for many years and standing on the parapet on Ile St. Louis wondering what would happen if someone tried to jump. Would someone rescue an injured jumper? If the jumper and savior (Carmen) then had a thrilling adventure of recovery and saving the world from terror, could each of them ever go home? I thought these were critical elements of life for all of us. I wanted to write a thriller with a heart. The emotional heart of this story is redemption – can each of us find redemption following tragedies in our own lives.
What was your favorite scene to write?
My favorite was when John finally awoke in Carmen’s arms when she thought he was dying and he thought he was in heaven being cared for by an angel. 
What was your hardest scene to write?
The hardest was at the end when John and Carmen had to make choices about the future when their adventure was over.
I love learning about the research process that authors undertake. What kinds of research did you have to do in preparation for writing this book?
I have travelled extensively my whole life, so the geographic locations seemed natural, requiring only to visit again. The money laundering plot of the bad guys was one I designed from my own experience as a lawyer.
Can you give us a sneak peek into what book you are working on right now?
My current manuscript is The Dust Scenario. The synopsis is as follows: The recent economic collapse of the Western world is not as vague or nebulous as most of us think. It was initiated by a Saudi Prince, who has been rewarded by various Governments for his efforts.
Now...richer than ever before... he is preparing to take the economic attack to another level with the capitalists' own money. However, there's a glitch in his plan. An American woman named Jaspar Jahns has tapes of the actual transactions in her possession. And now she's on the run in Italy.
Her husband, who was the tool of the Prince and his Wall Street firm, is gone. Her two children have been kidnapped. And the Prince is after her. But in the midst of this all... a mysterious assassin has come to her rescue. And she's found an unlikely ally in an American Indian investor. Hunted from all sides, unsure of who to trust... this trio will race and be chased around the world in an attempt to stop a madman's disastrous plans.
This manuscript is complete.
Wow! The Dust Scenario certainly keeps up with current events and sounds very exciting! Thanks so much for the interview Cym!

Here's the synopsis of Riddle of Berlin:
Riddle of Berlin is the story of John C. Jaëgerman, a man at the plateau of middle-age frustration. In Paris, a voice in the water entices his leap from a parapet overlooking the Seine River at Notre Dame. A disfigured body without memory is lifted from the water days later by a gypsy nurse (Carmen) seeking her own path. Carmen calls him Del, my deliverer.
Meanwhile, a campaign of terror engulfs the world. Thousands perish in terrorist incidents in Europe and California. Government is impotent to protect innocent citizens from brutal evisceration.
Riddle of Berlin puts the integrity of NATO on the line, led by popular American Vice President Lucius Alcorn. As Alcorn struggles to figure out who is responsible, Orange Girl at the Louvre attracts attention to the declared death of John Jaëgerman, her father, on the streets of Paris. Jaëgerman is deemed the terrorist, but is he? Despite the government's leads, Del suspects that a shadowy arms trader has been cleverly casting responsibility on others through an Internet site, insurance money laundering, and government customers. Who is responsible? Can the terrorist be stopped?
Interested yet? Cool  Click here to purchase a copy at The Book Depository.

Click here to read my review.

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