Saturday, February 5, 2011

Interview With Layton Green & Giveaway

I am pleased to interview Layton Green, author of The Summoner.
Make sure to enter his generous giveaway at the end of the interview!
The Summoner: A Novel of Suspense (The Dominic Grey Series, No.1)

Will you tell us a little about you? How did you become an author or take up an interest in writing?

I am a lifelong reader, and started serious fiction writing about a decade ago. Three years later, I quit my job as an associate at a large law firm and moved to an island off the coast of Venezuela to finish my first novel.

What is your favorite memory in regards to the writing process of "The Summoner"?

Traveling to an orphanage outside a village in Zimbabwe. I played soccer with the kids, and they were so amazing.

Did you have any specific inspiration that contributed to writing "The Summoner"?

A collection of a lot of things: my interest in religion and cults, Jujitsu, my love of travel, and the political catastrophe in Zimbabwe (my wife is Zimbabwean).

Who was your main support system when writing this book? Did you have anyone who specifically gave you strength, courage or advice while writing "The Summoner"?

My wife. All of the above.

What do you hope readers will take away from this novel?

For this novel, my goals were to get readers to think about the political situation in Zimbabwe and learn about an ancient religion, but most of all, to enjoy a suspenseful thrill ride in an exotic location.

Do you ever see yourself writing a sequel or series?

The Summoner is the first in a series investigating the world’s most dangerous cults. The second novel is already written and on the way soon!

Is "The Summoner" your first novel? If so, what is it like to see your debut novel, a dream for most, in print and on the book store shelves? If not, what other titles do you have out? Are they all the same genre?

It is my second novel and the first in this series. I have two other stand alone novels, both mystery/suspense with quasi-supernatural elements, that are being edited.

What is your favorite book?

The Magus by John Fowles

What is your preferred writing atmosphere?

I write every morning in my home writing studio, from 6-9, while listening to music.

How do you react to a bad review?

I rant, annoy my wife complaining about it for hours, then exercise until I calm down.
I like to please readers.

Are you a night owl or early bird?

Night owl by choice, early bird by circumstance (I have a one year old)

Do you have a favorite reading/writing snack?


Favorite suspense/mystery author?

Dennis Lehane and James Lee Burke for mystery, Michael Gruber for suspense.

Favorite sport?


Favorite restaurant?

A tiny trattoria in an Italian village. Any of them.

Thank you Layton! 

Layton has kindly offered 3 e-copies of his book "The Summoner" for my readers!  The e-copy is available in PDF version or Kindle Gift.  Rules are below along with the form!  Good Luck!

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Comment on this interview or Layton's book Spotlight which I posted yesterday.
1 extra entry is available by spreading the word about this giveaway and leaving a link in the space provided on the form.
Giveaway Ends 2/28 @ 11:59 CST


  1. Great interview! The book sounds great. I don't think I've ever read a book set in Zimbabwe before so this would be new to me!

  2. This was a great interview. I really like how Layton went over to Zimbabwe and really learned about the people and the religion.

    He probably seen things, we the general public don't even knows what is happening. Especially dealing with the politics area.

    Looking forward in reading this book. Wishing much success Layton.


  3. Great interview! The book sounds good. Thanks for the giveaway.


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