It’s Meet the Author Monday! Each week we meet a new author and get to know a little about them, their writing process, publishing experience, and tips for other writers. Today we’re talking to Liam Fialkov, author of A Quantum Alibi.
About Liam Fialkov:
Liam Fialkov is an award-winning American author of mystery thrillers and speculative fiction. Being a historian and an anthropologist, he conducts thorough research into the subject matter of his novels.
He spent years in the mountainous region of central California while working on his book “The Broadcast.”
“The Newton Code” took him to Jerusalem and the Galilee area of Israel, where he learned Hebrew and Arabic.
For “A Quantum Alibi,” Fialkov investigated the American justice system and delved into the fascinating mysteries of shamanism and quantum mechanics.
Ironclad allegations. Airtight alibi.
With the truth debatable and the real players a mystery, can justice prevail? And at what cost?
A Best Thriller Book Awards Winner!
When the FBI arrested Professor Eldridge for the murder of his archrival, they relied primarily on eyewitnesses’ accounts and a security camera. The professor had been on the other side of the country when the crime took place, where he gave a lecture to hundreds of students. Or was he?
Did he use the laws of nature to commit an impossible homicide?
Author Interview with Liam Fialkov:
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- Do you try more to be original or to deliver to readers what they want?
I mostly follow my inspiration. However, I’m aware of the readers, and try to give them an enjoyable and moving reading experience.
- What kind of research do you do, and how long do you spend researching before beginning a book?
Research is a big part of my book writing. I do it before as well as during the creative process. Most of the research is done online, and I’m grateful that information is so accessible nowadays. However, I also do some offline research, either by traveling to a place I’m writing about or interviewing people who know about a given subject.
- Do you hide any secrets in your books that only a few people will find?
Yes, intentionally and unintentionally. They say that in every fictional writing, the author interweaves fragments of himself. Naturally, if I insert issues that I actually deal with, it makes the writing more authentic.
- What inspired you to start writing?
I’m not one of those writers who always knew they wanted to become authors. But then, one time while I was talking with a couple of friends about a certain media event broadcasted on the evening news, it just came to me. The whole plot of my first book, “The Broadcast,” showed up in my mind in an instant. So, I was compelled to sit down and write it.
- What, in your opinion, are the most important elements of good writing?
The plot! It has to be a fascinating and unique story. Sure, I love engaging characters, vivid scenes, and rich, beautifully written language, but if the whole plot doesn’t progress in a captivating way, I lose interest.
I like books where the plots go in different directions and with different points of view, and then it all blends and fits together. That’s what I like as a reader, and that’s what I strive to implement as a writer.
- How do you develop your plot and characters?
It’s a mix of inspiration and careful planning.
- Describe your perfect book hero or heroine.
A person of high integrity with solid moral values at his/her core, yet he’s not free from weaknesses and flaws.
- What is the most surprising thing you discovered while writing your book(s)?
Sometimes the plot and characters take on a life of their own. They go places or do things I haven’t thought of, and they surprise me.