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Interview with Michael Jenkins, author of The Kompromat Kill #AuthorInterview #Giveaway #BookPromo #BlogTour

 

Many thanks to author Michael Jenkins for agreeing to answer my questions! Read on to discover more about what he replies, information about him and his book and even your opportunity to enter a rafflecopter giveaway with a chance to win yourself a copy of ‘The Kompromat Kill’. Good luck to all who enter and I hope you win!

Let’s start with the interview:

 

Where did you get the inspiration for the book/series?

In general terms, my inspiration for both novels and the series, comes from my interest in geo-politics where I wanted to provide authentic stories having drawn on my own experiences as a military officer, bomb disposal officer and intelligence officer. The novels draw together a range of themes which range from British politics of the day, right through to the espionage scenes that take places in varying geographical locations around the globe immersing the reader into the mysteries and treachery of global politics and intelligence operations.

I was keen to follow up from my first novel, and provide a high-octane novel incorporating some of the same the same characters, but taking the storyline from the failsafe query, on a new journey but keeping the golden threads of the agencies, politics, and ground operators. Hopefully, it will be seen as an insightful step forward. The novel can be read as a stand-alone, or as a follow on from the failsafe Query.

The golden thread of the series is all about fusing the geo-politick, espionage, and treachery taking place amongst the mysterious geographic locations and settings that the novel takes place in. It’s really all about fusing the inner sanctums of government and British secret intelligence taking place in London, with the overseas ground operations that Sean and the other characters undertake, and witnessing the conflicts that occur from a national and personal perspective

 

What is your writing process?

I generally start by looking at the geo-politics of the day. For example, The Kompromat Kill is based on the ever-rising tensions of the US and Iran situation. The Failsafe Query was based upon the ever-increasing influence that the Russians are having on western society, but both gave a nod back to the cold war too, and some underlying subplots that affect the main characters personal lives. I then look at angle that provides real conflict and a mission to be achieved against skilled antagonists within the world of espionage. Then I fit the characters as a team, to set out on the journey to achieve the mission, most often as deniable operations that cannot be attributed to the government of the day. Its fun putting the plots and sub plots together but takes months to get them right before I even start writing!

But – I have absolutely zero routine! I have a full time day job, a family with children, and a hectic life with social and sports that stops routine – I spend the first 3 months thinking and plotting a spy novel, creating linkage maps of characters and plots, then I create an outline plot with sub plot – plus more research and thinking. I like to intertwine topical political events, with current geo-political threats, and then build a story line and a character arc that merges the strategic politics with the frustrations and conflict of the ground operators. Then I’ll write for 5 or 6 months grabbing time at home wherever I can. The final 3 months is editing and preparing for publication

 

Do you write using pen and paper or on a computer?

I draw my character linkage maps on an A3 pad which my 4-year-old daughter often adds to with some scribbles and drawings! Then I’ll use a mind map to sketch out the story arcs, and once the plot is loosely based in my head, I’ll start writing. Its always fun as I never quite know where the plot will lead once I start the writing process, mainly because so many ideas come to you as you write. All of the writing is done on a computer, but I’m often seen on my commute scribbling down ideas in a small notepad as I dream away creatively.

Who is your favourite character out of your stories and why? 

Most definitely the main character Sean. He is based upon three individuals I served with as an intelligence and bomb disposal officer – so I often chuckle when I meet up with the characters he was drawn from. It was great fun blending in some of the raw character of my friends, their foibles, and their rough edges. It was important to me that Sean did not become the tired ‘lone wolf’ superspy that you usually find in spy thrillers, but I wanted him to use his charisma and flair to lead a team of highly skilled geo-forensics operators.  Sean is a highly skilled professional, who pulls off his missions by selecting and leading the right team of people for the job. He is flawed, he makes mistakes, pays his dues, and has to find ways to live with the extensive trauma his profession has caused him. That’s why I find him intriguing.

 

If you were a character in your story, which would you like to be?

I think Jack. Jack is the smart wise guy, an MI5 veteran. He used skill, cunning and guile to plot away at the deniable operations he plans to ultimately protect the nation. He is loyal, a family man, experienced the rawness of terrorism, and is a skilled practitioner at understanding and predicting what politicians will, or won’t do for the defence of the nation. He then tunes his plans to make sure his country comes first, placing Sean most often in grave danger but trusting in his instincts that Sean will win through.

 

How and why did you choose the names for your main characters?

Oh, I changed them multiple times! I went through them all with my wife and friends to check their names didn’t conflict, but also that the names reflected their own personas.

 

What are you currently writing?

I haven’t started writing the third yet, but I have the framework of a plot that involves the resurgence of Al Qaeda in the Maghreb and how they will target Europe. Sean and the gang will undertake deniable operations as weapons runners, linking in with the middlemen who are supplying the terrorists across the Sahel, Mali, and sub-Sahara – The conflict will be the Russians involvement, and Sean will have to be sharp to stop devastation on home soil.

 

Now here’s more information about ‘The Kompromat Kill’….

They were preparing for decades – now it’s time to take them down.

When a British Diplomat is kidnapped in the heart of London, followed by a brutal double-assassination in Chelsea, MI5 braces for the threat of deep sleeper cells coming alive.

Hiding overseas with a price on his head, Sean Richardson is tasked to lead a deniable operation to hunt down and recruit an international model and spy. Moving across Asia Minor and Europe, Sean embarks on a dangerous journey tracking an Iranian spy ring who hold the keys to a set of consequences the British Intelligence Services would rather not entertain.

As Sean investigates deeper, he uncovers dark secrets from his past and a complex web of espionage spun from the hand of a global master spy. As he inches closer to the truth, the rules of the game change – and the nerve-wracking fate of many lives sits in his hands…….……..

Tense, absorbing, and insightful, The Kompromat Kill is a gripping thriller leaving
you breathless at the pace of intrigue, cleverly unravelled in a dramatic finale.

Purchase Links

UK  – https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B07QFSF44F

US – https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07QFSF44F

Author Bio –

I started climbing at 13, survived being lost in Snowdonia at 14, nearly drowned at 15, and then joined the Army at 16. Risk and adventure was built into my DNA and I feel very fortunate to have served the majority of my working career as an intelligence officer within Defence Intelligence, and as an explosive ordnance disposal officer and military surveyor within the Corps of Royal Engineers.

I was privileged to serve for twenty-eight years in the British Army as a soldier and officer, rising through the ranks to complete my service as a major. I served across the globe on numerous military operations as well as extensive travel and adventure on many major mountaineering and exploration expeditions that I led or was involved in.

I was awarded the Geographic Medal by the Royal Geographical Society for mountain exploration in 2003 and served on the screening committee of the Mount Everest Foundation charity for many years. It was humbling after so many years of service when I was awarded the MBE for services to counter-terrorism in 2007.

The Failsafe Query is my debut novel, with The Kompromat Kill, my second.

Social Media Links –

https://twitter.com/FailsafeQuery

https://www.facebook.com/thefailsafethrillers/

 

 

 

Giveaway to Win 5 copies of The Kompromat Kill (Open INT)

*Terms and Conditions –Worldwide entries welcome.  Please enter using the Rafflecopter link below.  The winner will be selected at random via Rafflecopter from all valid entries and will be notified by Twitter and/or email. If no response is received within 7 days then Rachel’s Random Resources reserves the right to select an alternative winner. Open to all entrants aged 18 or over.  Any personal data given as part of the competition entry is used for this purpose only and will not be shared with third parties, with the exception of the winners’ information. This will passed to the giveaway organiser and used only for fulfilment of the prize, after which time Rachel’s Random Resources will delete the data.  I am not responsible for despatch or delivery of the prize.

http://www.rafflecopter.com/rafl/display/33c69494254/?

Many thanks to Michael Jenkins for answering my questions in such an interesting way and to Rachel’s Random Resources for providing materials for this post and organising the giveaway and blog tour associated with it. Here’s a list of all the participants in the tour:

 

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