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‘Blood Oath’ author: ‘I made it a book that I wanted to read’ May 23, 2010

Posted by Diana McCabe in Authors, News.
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Chris Farnsworth at a book signing in San Diego.

Chris Farnsworth already knows how things will wind up for vampire Nathaniel Cade in his BLOOD OATH series. “The last scene for each book is written, and I know how it’s going to end,” the author said Sunday at a book signing at the Mysterious Galaxy in San Diego. And while he’s not divulging any plot secrets, he is “shooting for a long life” for the series, which launched earlier this week.

Some other thoughts from the former reporter turned screenwriter/author, whose book about a vampire who protects the president and United States against supernatural powers is already moving toward the big screen (CLICK HERE for movie details):

Why his chapters are so short: “It’s kind of the way I think. I want to leave a scene with a good exit or image.”

Where did he get the idea: Farnsworth was reading THE PRESIDENT’S VAMPIRE by Robert Damon Schneck. In that compilation of amazing and bizarre incidents in U.S. history, Farnsworth read that  President Andrew Johnson had pardoned a sailor accused of killing two crew mates and drinking their blood in 1867. He wondered, “What if the president had a vampire?” And then started to build his world of world of spies, subterfuge, politics and monsters.

What did Schneck think? He was “great about it,” Farnsworth said.

Did being a reporter help him as an author? It taught him about deadlines, writing and production. “There’s no such thing as writer’s block when the newspaper deadline awaits,” he said. Working in the news industry also made Farnsworth realize he wanted to spend his time writing about ideas he wanted to pursue vs. a newspaper editor’s ideas.

Where he writes: He’s got a routine. Farnsworth writes and researches at an office near his LA home about 8 hours a day. A good day for him is 20 pages. (Tugging at him:  His “daddy-seeking-missile” — 2 1/2-year-old daughter, Caroline.)

On doing things his way: Farnsworth left the news industry about eight years ago to write novels and screenplays. In between, he sat through countless development meetings about what other people thought his stories should be about. He calls BLOOD OATH his “half-court shot” and said, “If it didn’t work, I was going to be a barista at Starbucks or tend bar.”  But instead, he followed his gut and poured everything he had into his own vision: “I made it a book that I wanted to read.”

Related links:

  • To read a Q&A with Chris Farnsworth CLICK HERE.
  • To read the Washington Post’s review of BLOOD OATH, CLICK HERE.
  • BLOOD OATH makes the New York Post’s “Required Reading” list. CLICK HERE to read.
  • Great profile of Chris and more about the book by The Orange County Register’s Peter Larsen. CLICK HERE to read.
  • Author’s site is HERE. And CLICK HERE for the book site.
  • You can follow Chris on Twitter @chrisfarnsworth.
  • Finally, check out his book tour. It starts in Southern California but he winds his way through a couple of other states. CLICK HERE for book signing info.

    My friend Hieu talking with Chris. (Both worked at OC Register.)

    Me getting my book signed. (Chris and I worked together as biz reporters.)

    Comments»

    1. Diana McCabe - May 23, 2010

    What a week. It’s great to see someone succeed at their dream! I’ll be posting a review of the book on my buddy’s website — http://www.sookiestackhouse.com shortly. (She handles the Last Bite Podcast — all things about Sookie books and True Blood series & other vamp tales.) Check out their site and podcast sometime.

    2. Van P. - May 23, 2010

    Great post, I couldn’t make it to Mr. Farnsworth’s book signing in Huntington beach. I bought the book though, about to start it soon 😀

    Diana McCabe - May 23, 2010

    Thanks! It was fun to go. Come back to the blog and let me know what you think of the book! (I just moved from Huntington Beach to San Diego. That Barnes & Noble at Bella Terra brings in a lot of interesting authors!) Good reading! And thanks for stopping by the blog!

    diana

    3. chrisfarnsworth - May 24, 2010

    Thank you so much, Diana. It was really great to see you, and thank you for the great coverage.

    Diana McCabe - May 25, 2010

    Hey — it was fun! And congrats again! It’s so cool to see someone achieve their dream! BLOOD OATH is a great read, and I look forward to the rest of the series!

    d.


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