Friday, September 25, 2015

Signet Publishing Book Blast & Interview: The Darkest Day (Tom Wood)

The Darkest DayPaperback, 448 pages
Published September 1st 2015 by Signet

He is darkness. She wants him dead.In a city starved of light, she might just succeed.
She moves like a shadow; she kills silently: Raven. This elegant assassin has been on the run for years. This time though, she has picked the wrong target.
The hitman known only as 'Victor' is as paranoid as he is merciless, and is no stranger to being hunted. He tracks his would-be killer across the globe to, aiming not only to neutralise the threat, but to discover who wants him dead. The trail leads to New York...
And then the lights go out.
Over twelve hours of unremitting darkness, Manhattan dissolves into chaos. Amid looting, conspiracy and blackout, Victor and Raven play a vicious game of cat and mouse that the city will never forget. 

Tom  Wood
Tom was born in Burton Upon Trent in Staffordshire, England, and now lives in London.
Tom's books are known by different titles in some countries so please be careful when purchasing.

What gave you the inspiration to write this book?

Tough question. I’d love to know where ideas come from because then they would be easier to summon! As this is the fifth book in the series I wanted to put Victor in a situation he’s never been in before to see how he reacts.

Who is your favorite character in the book?

Victor’s nemesis: Raven. She’s an assassin like him, but very different in method and personality. I’m hesitant to use the old yin-yang or flipside of a coin clichés, but they have a great dynamic. 

Which came first, the title or the novel?

The novel. The title always comes second because I’m too busy trying to make the story work to think of a title for it. 

What scene in the book are you most proud of, and why?

I really like the final scene, but I can’t say anything about it without giving away what happens, but another favourite scene is an extended car chase through the streets of New York. It was a lot of fun to write and it turned out great.

Thinking way back to the beginning, what’s the most important thing you've learned as a writer from then to now?

To take criticism and use it. At the start it’s tough to hear what’s wrong with your book, but by definition as an author you are too close to it to be objective. You need other opinions, especially the ones you don’t want to hear, if you’re to improve. 

What do you like most about the cover of the book?

I love the bright yellow text contrasting with the very dark background. 

What new release book are you looking most forward to in 2015?

Well, it was the next Lee Child, which has just come out and I’m already reading. 

What was your favorite book in 2014?

The Shining Girls by Lauren Beukes. I was so gripped by it I would read it while I was waiting for my toast to pop.

What’s up next for you?

I’m working on the next book in the series, A Time to Die. 

Is there anything that you would like to add?

Thanks for having me!

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