Welcome to day 22 of the awesome Blogival 2016 event. Today, we’re featuring Rob Sinclair and his latest novel Hunt For the Enemy. Read on to find out how he started writing and read an excerpt from his latest novel.
GUEST POST: Why Did I Start Writing?
Why did I start writing? Well, because I bet my wife I could write a can’t put down thriller, of course! Really, that’s how I became I writer. At the age of 28 I’d never before even entertained the idea of writing a novel. I was a forensic accountant used to travelling the world fighting fraud and corruption. Until one fateful day on holiday in Spain when I made a seemingly innocuous comment to my wife (after having been unimpressed with the book I’d just read) that I believed I could write a thriller to match those churned out by the biggest names in the business. Why thrillers? simply because that’s the type of book I love to read, the type of TV shows and movies I watch.
Actually my wife didn’t even take my flippant statement seriously, but I did. From that day I started to play around some ideas in my head just for some specific scenes – there was nothing like a story at that point. For my first published novel, Dance with the Enemy, everything began from just one scene in my head; the kidnapping at the start of the book. I don’t remember now why I first thought of that, I just knew I wanted something hard-hitting and action-packed. When I first drafted those chapters I had little idea about where the story was going. I’m not even sure I had a clear picture of Carl Logan, my protagonist, in my head at that point. But I got that scene down onto the page and, low and behold, further ideas started to come to me left, right and centre as to where the story could go. Actually, if I remember rightly, it was the twist at the end of the book that came to me next and I then slowly started to craft the story around it, filling in all the gaps from beginning to end. It might sound like a haphazard approach to writing a novel but it’s an approach that seems to work for me. And actually, by breaking the story down into manageable chunks, it took away that daunting prospect of trying to think of an entire plot in one go.
I’ve since discussed my writing technique (or lack of it) with other writers and have discovered that there are two broad types of writers; plotters and pantsers. I’m definitely the latter. I hate over-planning things, much preferring to just get my hands dirty, so to speak. It suits the way my brain works and also how I form ideas. So I just sit down with a couple of big ideas on day one and get writing. It’s exciting not knowing exactly what is going to happen in my own book!
When I think about it, I realise now that I’ve always had the ideas for writing, sloshing around in my jumbled head, I just didn’t know it. I’ve definitely got an over-active mind, that’s for sure. My attention span is that of a newt which means I find it hard to concentrate on a lot of things. Without warning and completely subconsciously my brain often wanders off into cloud cuckoo land. It happens to me all the time. I can be having a conversation with someone and the next minute, whilst they’re still talking to me, I’ll be off writing a shopping list in my head, or thinking through what to eat for tea that night, or, more recently, what kind of horrible death I should inflict upon the bad guy in my latest novel. It’s nothing personal against the people whom I’m with at the time, it’s unfortunately just the way my mind has always been. Me being like that definitely does lend itself well to writing – now I can finally harness my random thoughts to good use!
Hunt for the Enemy By Rob Sinclair
As an entire intelligence community is thrown into jeopardy, infamous spy Carl Logan must put an end to the attacks while evading his own agency who’ve turned against him, in this thrilling conclusion to the best-selling series.
The hunt is on.
They’ve erased his past. Wiped out his very existence. But Carl Logan isn’t ﬁnished yet. On the run in a harsh Russian winter, Logan – once an invaluable asset but now branded a traitor — has been framed for murder. His own ﬁrm, the secretive Joint Intelligence Agency, have labelled him a rogue operative after two decades of loyal service. The agency is hunting him down; and they’re not the only ones. But there’s much more at stake than just Logan’s life. One by one, agents and informants from all sides, all allegiances, are dying. And Carl Logan is the only man who can put a stop to it, once and for all.
Hunt for the Enemy is the ﬁnal, audacious novel in author Rob Sinclair’s electrifying Enemy series, and represents the dramatic ﬁnal twist at the end of embattled secret agent Carl Logan’s epic story. From the wounded warrior suﬀering from post-traumatic stress disorder to the cool-under-pressure and hard-as-nails super spy, readers have watched Logan evolve in strength, character and ambition as the series has progressed, despite the adverse challenges mounting and the world he knows slowly turning against him.
Rob Sinclair is one of the most arresting authors in the spy thriller genre, delighting US fans with his fastpaced, cleverly woven stories of corruption, intrigue and the relentless resilience of the human spirit. Hunt for the Enemy is the suspenseful conclusion to Sinclair’s nail-biting, critically acclaimed, best-selling trilogy, with over 100,000 copies sold to date.
About The Author
Rob began writing in 2009 following a promise to his wife, an avid reader, that he could pen a ‘can’t put down’ thriller.
Rob’s first novel, Dance with the Enemy, was published in June 2014 and is the first in the Enemy Series following embattled intelligence agent Carl Logan. Rise of the Enemy, the second book in the series, was released in April 2015, with the third book, Hunt for the Enemy, being released in February 2016. The Enemy series has received widespread critical acclaim with many reviewers and readers having likened Rob’s work to authors at the very top of the genre, including Lee Child and Vince Flynn.
Rob worked for nearly 13 years for a global accounting firm after graduating from The University of Nottingham in 2002, specialising in forensic fraud investigations at both national and international levels. He now writes full time.
Originally from the North East of England, Rob has lived and worked in a number of fast paced cities, including New York, and is now settled in the West Midlands with his wife and young sons.