Spies Lie Book 1
by DS Kane
Genre: Thriller, TechnoThriller
Published by: The Swiftshadow Group, Inc.
Publication Date: April 27, 2014
Number of Pages: 396 pages
More: This book includes Excessive strong language & Graphic violence
The night Jon Sommers finds out his fiancée Lisa Gabriel has died in a terrorist bomb attack, he is visited by spymaster, Yigdal Ben-Levy, who tells him that Lisa was not a fellow graduate student but a Mossad spy sent to bring him to Israel. Ben-Levy also tells him that the death of his parents was no accident and persuades Sommers to join Mossad to seek justice for Lisa’s killer. But things get more complicated, and Jon finds himself at the center of a dangerous global conspiracy.
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D. S. Kane worked as a covert operative for over a decade, traveling globally. Now, he’s a former spy, still writing fiction that exposes the way intelligence agencies craft lies to sway and manipulate their national policy, driving countries into dangerous conflicts.
Where are you from? Tell us a little about yourself!
I was born in New York City, and lived the first half of my life there, except for a few years earning my degree at Boston University. I solved a computer fraud for an employer, who rewarded me with a recommendation into the Stern Graduate Business School of NYU. When I’d earned my MBA, I co-founded a management consulting company and also taught at Stern. I worked in a few other countries and had clients all over the planet. That’s when the government contacted me and asked me to do “side jobs” for them when I traveled. I worked covertly for the government for over a decade.
Tell us about your book? How did it get started?
I read John Perkins book, Confessions of an Economic Hit Man, and remembered John from when his company and mine competed for work abroad. I decided to write a memoir similar to his, but when I had the first three chapters written, I got a call from my former handler in Washington, who told me not to dare write about my work with him. He told me what I could write was fiction, “just as you did when you worked for us.” Yes, it’s true, like most spies, I lied in my reports. Good training for what I write now. It took me six months to go from concept to outline to rough draft, and another three to get something worth reading. These days, I can complete a polished draft in about eight months.
How do you create your characters?
They’re an amalgam of my friends, people I meet and myself. I know they’re ready to be written about when I see them in my dreams.
What inspires and what got your started in writing?
The evening news is the best source of material, but, since it’s already happened, I have to ask myself these questions about what I see on television: what’s the story underneath this story? What’s the worst thing that could happen next? If I changed this, what would make it more ominous? What technology could mess things up even more? It was an evening news story that got me started writing the series: the Russian mafiya selling cold war weapons to terrorists in Vladivostok.
Where do you write? Is there something you need in order to write (music, drinks?)
I have an office in our house. It’s got one window, where a shade remains closed. Private. Few interruptions. I need music to write. I play blues, jazz or classical depending on what I’m doing. I always start with an outline, about seven to ten pages double-spaced, and not always in sentence form. Then I pick a cast of characters and locations. I rework the outline to include the locations and the cast. Next I choose music that fits the outline. From this point on, I write a draft while the music plays behind me. Usually, my soundtrack is between twenty-five and fifty pieces.
How do you get your ideas for writing?
The evening news is my most fertile source for material. But I also have friends who call me and tell me things I should consider as tech to include, characters to develop, locations to use. My friends include faculty at the Naval Postgraduate School, DARPA, hackers, and former covert operatives I know from my past escapades.
What do you like to read?
I read non-fiction, such as Julia Reynolds Blood in the Fields, Glenn Greenwald’s No Place to Hide, Scott Anderson’s Lawrence in Arabia, Parmy Olson’s We Are Anonymous. For fiction, I read other thriller writers, especially Barry Eisler, Brad Thor, Daniel Silva and James Rollins’ thrillers.
What would your advice to be for authors or aspiring in regards to writing?
Live it before you try to write it. Live your cover. And when you try to write what you’ve lived, always ask “how could this have been worse for me? What story lies underneath the story I lived, and how can I tell that one?
Anything else you’d like to share?
Every writer improves their craft as they move from project to project. Much of the improvement, in my case, came from and still comes from my critiquing partners. I recommend you find writers in your genre and adjacent genres who you can trust to call you on your bluff, and gently push you to improve.