Monday, January 12, 2015

The Schwarzschild Radius by Gustavo Florentin, (Author Interview and Giveaway!)

Today I kick off the tour of The Schwarzschild Radius by Gustavo Florentin! This book will be on tour from Jan 12 to 30th with iRead Book Tours.

The Schwarzschild Radius by Gustavo Florentin
Curiosity Quills Press
Published: Sept 23, 2014
Paperback, 292 pages

Book Description:

Rachel, an 18-year-old Columbia University student descends into the netherworld of runaways and predators to find her sister, Olivia, who has suddenly disappeared. After getting a job in a strip joint where Olivia worked, then doing private shows in the homes of rich clients, Rachel discovers that Olivia has been abducted by a killer who auctions the deaths of young girls in an eBay of agony. As she closes in on the killer who has taken Olivia, Rachel becomes his next target.

Kirkus Reviews states, "Florentin’s passionate novel overflows with tension... A fierce thriller that doesn’t offer many chances to catch a breath."

Author Interview with Gustavo Florentin

Please help me welcome Gustavo on Library of Clean Reads!

LCR: If I were to ask you to describe what your novel is about in one sentence what would it be?

GF: A Columbia student descends into the netherworld of runaways and predators to find her sister who has been abducted by a killer who auctions the deaths of young girls in an eBay of agony.

LCR: The Schwarzschild Radius deals with some serious issues such as child prostitution and pedophilia. Did you find it hard to write scenes that portrayed the evilness of these acts?

GF: I used the technique of "less is more" and implied a lot of the heinous acts. Much of it happens offstage, so I didn't really dramatize much of the violence committed against children. Making those scenes explicit would have been difficult and would have detracted from the writing.

LCR: How much of your current career as a network engineer influences what you write about?

GF: It keeps me current with technology, which is an inescapable element in most thriller writing these days. A lot of the twists in The Schwarzschild Radius wouldn't have been possible twenty years ago because there was no social media.

LCR: If you could be a character in one of your novels, who would you be and why?

GF: I like Detective McKenna. He's flawed but relentless. You don't want him on your tail.

LCR: What is the best part about being an author? And the hardest?

GF: The best part is writing a sentence or a plot twist that really resonates. That gives me a sense of satisfaction that nothing else does. The hardest is finding the time to write. I have a full-time job, a small business and I love to read.

LCR: What is the most daring thing you've ever done? The funniest? 

GF: The most daring thing was skydiving. Once is enough. Adrenaline? There is nothing like it when you let go of that wing. The funniest? I was riding my bike one time in a park and rode it right off a bunch of stairs then did a summersault at the end.

LCR: What is the next project you are working on?

GF: I’m writing a conspiracy political thriller. It’s a far cry from The Schwarzschild Radius, and the good news is that my protagonist is ex-Special Forces which makes a lot of things easier, like prevailing over the bad guys. I needed a main character with special forces experience and lo and behold, Detective McKenna of the Schwarzschild Radius fit the bill to a T. It saved me the trouble of creating a new protagonist.

LCR: Thank you, Gustavo, for taking the time to answer my questions.

Author's Bio:
Gustavo Florentin was born in Queens, New York and received a bachelor's degree in electrical engineering from the Polytechnic University of New York. He spent a decade in the defense industry working on the F-14 fighter jet and classified electronics projects. After the fall of the Soviet Union, many thought America wouldn't need weapons anymore, so while others waited for the peace dividend, he moved on to the financial sector in New York where he is currently a network engineer. His passions include violin, travel to exotic places and exploring worldwide conspiracies. He lives in New Jersey where he is working on his third novel. His thriller, In the Talons of the Condor, won the following awards:

WUACADEMIA--Prix d'Or Best Novel
The Verb First Chapter Contest--First Prize
Mount Arrowsmith Best Novel 4th place
The Writing Show--Second Prize best first chapter of a novel.
Second Prize--16th Annual International Latino Book Awards

Connect with Gustavo: Website ~ Facebook ~ Twitter

Where to buy the book:

Amazon     ~     Barnes & Noble

And now for the giveaway!

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NOTE: I have not read this book and cannot state its content. The author rated it R and stated: There are no explicit sex scenes and some graphic violence. There is significant violence that is referenced (as in past police cases) and violence that is related by characters, second-hand. 

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