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Friday, January 16, 2009

Interview with David Snowdon (The Mind of a Genius)

Q: Good to have you with us, David. Most people will have read the previous post, but in case they haven't, please make us want to read your book using 15 words....
A: When Scientist Malcolm Prince, completed his latest project, there were a lot of interested parties.

Q: Now 50 words
A: Special Agent, Jason Clay from the MI4 is hired to find a secret formula that was invented by famous British Scientist, Malcolm Prince. The only weak element in Clay’s strategy is Laura Prince, the beautiful wife of the scientist, who Clay has to seduce in order to obtain the formula.

Q: Tell us more about the world of espionage, what attracted you to it and how you went about researching it.
A: Espionage is the process of using spies to procure secret information. It involves spies, procuring secret information without the permission of the holder of the information. Espionage usually involves locating the secret information, or locating the people, who know the information and might reveal it. In the dangerous world of espionage, only best spies survive. The British MI6 and the American CIA are good examples of modern espionage organizations.

The initial attraction for me was the classic James Bond films such as, From Russia with Love, Goldfinger and Diamonds Are Forever.

The James Bond 007, character was created by Ian Fleming in 1952, and has been featured in 22 James Bond films to date.

The initial research for, The Mind of a Genius was done in 1984 for another espionage thriller that I wrote at the time. At the time, I read a few newspaper articles. The most recent research was done by reading the newspapers, using the internet and keeping up to date with the current events.

Q: My own
murder mysteries have a very distinct sense of setting (South Africa). With the action in your book moving from London to Denmark to Hong Kong to Australia, is every setting unique and how does its uniqueness impact on the story? Could the part that takes place in Hong Kong have happened as easily in Alaska, say?
A: The settings that I used in The Mind of a Genius are not unique. The part set in Hong Kong could have been set in any other country. However, the descriptions of the places in each of the different countries are accurate, because I live in London, and have been to all of the other countries.

Q: Excerpt, cover and buy now links.
Hong Kong China

Three hours later, and three drinks later, Steel and Claudia had had enough and decided to leave. But McGuigan, who seemed to be really enjoying himself wasn’t ready to leave, just yet.
“Don’t get drunk, Arnie,” said Lucas. “We have a busy day ahead of us tomorrow.”
“I never get drunk,” said McGuigan, who was in a merry kind of mood.
“So long, Arnie,” said Steel, as they moved away from the bar.
“Good night,” said McGuigan.
“Good night, Arnie,” said Claudia, as she followed Steel, and they fought their way through the crowd towards the entrance.
McGuigan sipped his beer and nodded in time to the music.
It had been a very long day for them. They had arrived in Hong Kong from London that afternoon. But McGuigan, who never suffered from jet lag was feeling fine.
I don’t know how you do it, Arnie, Steele had once said to him. When I get off a plane, I’m knackered. But you always seem to be fine.
Instinctively, McGuigan looked sideways. A pretty, Chinese girl wearing a tight-fitting, black dress that really showed off her nice curvy figure was standing beside him, and staring at him.
Their eyes met and the girl smiled at him. There was something about the girl that made McGuigan’s blood stir.
“Hey, baby,” said McGuigan, suddenly smiling at the girl. “How you doing?”
“I do fine,” said the girl, in a Chinese kind of accent.
“What’s your name?” said McGuigan, his green eyes glittering as he smiled at her.
“Leila,” said the girl.
“I’m Arnold McGuigan,” he said. “But you can call me Arnie, tonight.”
The girl smiled at him.
She thought he was very handsome, and she liked his American accent.
“Would you like a drink?” said McGuigan.
“I get drink,” said the girl, showing him the glass she was holding in her right hand.
The present track was the classic George Benson, Feel Like Making Love, and it was one of McGuigan’s favourites.
“Are you local?” said McGuigan.
“What?” said the girl, frowning at him.
“Where do you live?” said McGuigan, realizing that her English wasn’t very good.
“Mong Kok,” said the girl.
“You got a fast car, baby?” said McGuigan, as he continued to smile at her.
The girl smiled at him.
“I get fast car.”
“Come on, baby, let’s get out of here,” said McGuigan, leaving the rest of his drink on the bar, and moving through the crowd towards the exit.
The girl finished her drink, left the empty glass on the bar and followed him.


About the book:

The Mind of a Genius by David Snowdon
ISBN: 978-0-9552650-1-3
Publisher: Pentergen Books
Date of Publish: Nov 16, 2007
Pages: 288
S.R.P £6.99/ $13.56

Available from:

Waterstone’s Bookshops and Waterstone’, Blackwells Bookshops and,, and all good bookshops. and from the author at his website

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Q: Tell us one thing about your book that you haven’t told anyone.
A: I first got the idea for the plot in The Mind of a Genius in 1983.

Q: :-) Tell us about your previous book.
A: My previous book, Too Young To Die, was published in August 2006, and it’s a detective, murder mystery, set in London, Jamaica and Miami.
Private Investigator, Mike Heaton is hired by multi-billionaire, Ronald Patterson to find his daughter’s killer, four years after she was brutally murdered.


About the book:

Too Young To Die by David Snowdon
ISBN: 978-0-9552650-0-6
Publisher: Pentergen Books
Date of Publish: Aug 26, 2006
Pages: 288
S.R.P £6.99/$13.56

About David Snowdon -
British thriller writer, David Snowdon was born in London, and lives in London. He started writing in 1983, and wrote his first book, which hasn’t been published in 1984. His first published work, Too Young To die, was published in August 2006. And his second novel, The Mind of a Genius, was published in November 2007.

To learn more about David Snowdon and The Mind of a Genius, visit and to learn more about his virtual tour in early 2009,

Post comments on any of the blog tour stops and be entered in a drawing for a copy of The Mind of a Genius.

Thanks, David!

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