Today is my stop on the Chris Kuzneski The Forbidden Tomb blog tour. Here Chris discusses a writer’s infidelity…
Have you ever cheated on somebody that you loved?
I cheated last year for the very first time. And let me tell you, I don’t regret it at all. In fact, I enjoyed it so much that I’m going to do it again.
Before you judge me and call me a jerk (or something much worse), please let me explain my situation. Once I’m done, I’m confident that you’ll see things my way….
After years and years of the same old thing, I needed something new and exciting in my life. As much I hate to admit this, my passion was dwindling. Things got so bad that our time together seemed like work. And when that happens, you have two choices: you can call it quits, or you get something on the side to raise your spirits.
Well, I’m not a quitter, so I chose option #2.
Don’t get me wrong: I didn’t rush into anything. That isn’t my way. Although I was desperate for answers, I refused to do something rash that would haunt me for the rest of my life. I know how great I had it, and I didn’t want to throw that away unless I was 100% sure that I was making the right decision.
After many sleepless nights, I decided to run my problem by a few of my friends—guys who had struggled with the same issue in recent years—and I was stunned by their reactions. All of them—every single one—encouraged me to do it. One of them (let’s call him “Jeremy”) was so proud of his behavior that he filled me in on all the fake names that he had used in recent years. I have to admit: I was stunned. I had known him forever, but until that moment, I never knew the true depths of his deception.
I’m not sure what it was—maybe it was the glee in Jeremy’s voice or maybe it was the devil on my shoulder whispering in my ear, urging me to take a chance—but from that moment on, I knew what I had to do: I had to cheat on my main characters.
Seriously, that’s what writing a book without them felt like.
And for good reason.
Since the beginning of my writing career, Jonathon Payne and David Jones have been the main focus of my life. I’ve written eight thrillers about them, including some that you may have read (Sign of the Cross, The Lost Throne, etc.) Though they aren’t as famous as James Bond or Jason Bourne, their antics have entertained billions of fans around the world during the last decade or so.
Did I say billions?
Sorry, I meant dozens.
Anyway, despite my love of Payne & Jones, I needed to cleanse my literary palate and try something new before I did something crazy, like… dropping them into a wood chipper.
The first book in the new series—called THE HUNTERS—features a brand-new cast of characters that I quickly fell for. Financed by a billionaire philanthropist, this elite team—a soldier (Jack Cobb), an historian (Jasmine Park), a computer whiz (Hector Garcia), a weapons expert (Josh McNutt), and a thief (Sarah Ellis)—is tasked with finding the world’s most legendary treasures.
I enjoyed writing THE HUNTERS so much that I actually looked forward to doing the follow-up. It’s called THE FORBIDDEN TOMB, and it may be my best book yet.
Shortly after their first mission, the Hunters are asked to find the legendary tomb of Alexander the Great—and the extraordinary riches concealed within. While following ancient clues in Egypt, they encounter hostile forces that will do anything to stop them. Before long, the treasure hunt becomes a deadly rescue mission that will take the lives of hundreds and leave a city in ruins. As the danger continues to mount, they will have to rise to the challenge to find the ultimate prize.
I hope you enjoy the new characters as much as I do. With any luck, they’ll be around for many more adventures. (And if they fail, I can always send in Payne & Jones to save the day. Despite my cheating, those guys are still willing to kill for me!)
About the author:
Chris Kuzneski is the international bestselling author of The Forbidden Tomb, The Einstein Pursuit, The Hunters, The Death Relic, The Secret Crown, The Prophecy, The Lost Throne, Sword of God, Sign of the Cross, and The Plantation. His thrillers have been published in more than twenty languages and are sold in more than forty countries. To learn more about him and his novels, please visit: http://www.chriskuzneski.com.
About the book:
If you seek, they will find…
For over two thousand years, the legendary tomb of Alexander the Great – and the riches concealed within – has evaded discovery. Now, after centuries of searching, an ancient map has come to light that could hold the key to finding the fabled vault. Only one team has the skill and the expertise to solve the mystery once and for all.
It’s up to The Hunters – an elite group assembled to track down the world’s greatest treasures – to find the tomb. But on arriving in Alexandria, it quickly becomes clear that hostile forces are on their trail. And when one of the team is captured in cisterns deep below the city, what began as a treasure hunt becomes a deadly rescue mission.
For there are some who will use any means possible to destroy The Hunters’ efforts, and now there is more at stake than they ever could have imagined.
High-octane action. Brilliant characters. Classic Kuzneski.”
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