Author Interview

Interview with the author of Chakana, W. E. Lawrence!

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Chakana

W. E. Lawrence’s latest historical romance novel is a James Bond meets Indiana Jones action/adventure story. It is set in Peru, just before the start of World War II. The basis of the tale is a race between good and evil to find an ancient treasure that could affect the outcome of the war before it even begins.  It’s filled with danger, suspense, some humor, and even a torrid romance.

 Synopsis:

In 1940, before the start of World War II, James Fleming, the original British secret agent, races on a high-stakes chase to track down the ancient lost treasure of King Huascar of the Incas. He must recover it before the Nazis do or the whole world will be in imminent danger.

Fleming joins forces in the remote ruins of Peru, South America with Kate Rhodes, a policewoman on leave from the United States, her archaeologist brother, Nick, and their college professor, Dr. Charlie. Together, they must decode and interpret the clues, and face the challenges of the Chakana on their hunt for the treasure.

The group is hounded throughout their search of the ancient Sacred Valley by international artifact smugglers, familiar with the Chakana and working with the Nazis, who are determined to acquire the treasure to help finance their war effort.  Intrigue, danger, suspense, action, adventure, and even romance abound in this brave band’s quest to save the free world.

 

Praise:

 

“Chakana by W.E. Lawrence is a romantic historical adventure that is impossible to put down. Chakana has all the adventure and excitement that will keep you on the edge of your chair and reading late into the night. W.E. Lawrence knows how to keep the suspense, romance, adventure and mystery alive on every page. If you like Indiana Jones, you will love Chakana. I don’t think anyone will be disappointed when reading this book – it is a five star plus winner.” – Reviewed by Trudi LoPreto for Readers’ Favorite

 

“Chakana is written for modern audiences looking for a slap-bang adventure brimming with intrigue and romantic tension. In this regard, Lawrence’s novel excels splendidly. Its simplistic style of narration makes it an easy read and highly accessible for a wide variety of audiences… the book offers a drama that most people will heartily devour and which will have those people wondering where the time has gone after they’ve done so.” – Reviewed by Red City Review

 

W. E. Lawrence HeadshotAbout the Author:

E. Lawrence graduated in 1978 from the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill with a BS in business administration. He has run a successful home health care supplies distributorship for the past twenty-three years.

Passionate about God, writing, reading, family, sports, politics, and America, Lawrence currently lives in Davidson, North Carolina, with his lovely wife and their two wonderful children.

E. Lawrence enjoys writing historical romance novels filled with action, adventure, and suspense. He published his debut novel Guardian of Paradise in October 2014. His latest book Chakana was published in December 2015. To learn more, go to http://welawrenceauthor.wix.com/author

Readers can connect with W. E. Lawrence on Facebook, Twitter, and Goodreads.

 

Interview:

Where are you from? Tell us a little about yourself!

I was born and raised in Charlotte, North Carolina.  I graduated in 1978 from the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill with a BS in business administration. Despite wishing I had taken more courses in journalism and communications, I have run a successful home health care supplies distributorship for the past twenty-three years.

I am passionate about God, writing, reading, family, sports, politics, and America, I currently live in Davidson, North Carolina, with my lovely wife and our two wonderful children.

 

Tell us about your book? How did it get started?

Chakana is a historical romance novel filled with action, adventure, suspense, and intrigue.

In 1939, before the start of World War II, James Fleming, the original British secret agent, races on a high-stakes chase to track down the ancient lost treasure of King Huascar of the Incas. He must recover it before the Nazis do or the whole world will be in imminent danger.

 

I wanted to write a James Bond type story in a different time period and an exotic location.  Also, I wanted a sub-plot of an intense romance more descriptive than most action thrillers.

How do you create your characters?

I have always preferred strong female characters that can complete equally with men both physically and intellectually.  My first book has a female Tarzan type lead but I found a way to make her educated and somewhat cultured.  Then I design a mate for her that is up to the task of turning her head.  The bad guy is always smart, clever, and extremely nasty.

 

What inspires and what got you started in writing?

I was born with a vivid imagination and have wondered if I wrote stories involving my fantasies, would it draw the interest and attention of others.

Where do you write? Is there something you need in order to write (music, drinks?)

I write in my office in my home.  I like it quiet so I can think.  Music distracts me and if I bring in a cup of coffee, it usually grows cold before I can drink it.  In other words, I need to be able to concentrate.

 

How do you get your ideas for writing?

As many sources as possible, movies, television shows, other books, my own fantasies, etc.  I take ideas from any of these sources and add my twists to make it my own.

 

What do you like to read?

I like to read action/adventure, suspense thrillers, and international espionage.  Some of my favorite authors are Vince Flynn, James Patterson, and Nelson DeMille.  I do like a little more romance in my stories than some of their stories though.

 

What would your advice to be for authors or aspiring in regard to writing?

If you really want to write, do it for the joy of writing.  Do not do it for the money.  If not, you will probably in up sorely disappointed.

 

Anything else you’d like to share?

Good Luck and enjoy yourself.

Denise Alicea
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