Wednesday, December 12, 2012

"I grew up on a cotton farm in NE Louisiana" - Author @FCEtier

Tell us about you.

Born in Louisiana, FCEtier spent most of his adult life in Baton Rouge, eventually splitting his time between Baton Rouge and Gulfport, Mississippi. Hurricane Katrina sent him in search of a safer harbor, which he found in Western North Carolina. With an eye for the unusual found within the usual, Etier has been involved with photography for many years. He began freelance writing several years ago, concentrating on music and book reviews and essays. His writing influences range from Dr. Seuss and Ernest Hemingway to William Safire, Ferrol Sams, Mark Twain, Miriam Goldberg, Ian Fleming, Michael Crichton, Carl Hiaasen, James A. Michener, Caleb Pirtle and John Grisham. He is the author of The Tourist Killer and is currently writing his second novel, The Presidents Club.

Tell us about your book.

In his first novel, FCEtier delves into the mindset of a masters candidate and the events that take the student on a career path to the top of a lonely profession.  We meet “The Shooter” as a mission is about to conclude and quickly become acquainted with a conflicted individual seeking resolution to inner conflicts as a phenomenal career enters its twilight years. Then another assignment comes up almost immediately.
How does an individual become a target?  Who makes the life-ending decision? The cast includes potential victims, security staffs, and several eccentric characters including an aging hippie who speaks only in song lyrics and a former FBI agent with diverse interests.  The role of Julian F. Thibaut, the enigmatic billionaire member of the one percent of the one percenters, changes with the winds and adds doubt to the already unstable status quo.
As the action proceeds on several fronts, the shooter battles conscience, hired killers, and burn-out while juggling relationships and attempts at normalcy.  In this fast-paced story with political overtones, FCEtier takes readers on a thrilling ride while addressing personal, business, and governmental ethics.

What inspired you to write this book?

The plan was to write a book that would take readers to a diverse variety of locations -- a travel novel.  I needed a main character whose career required lots of travel.
Once the decision was made for that character to be a professional assassin, I thought it would be interesting if it was not someone typically seen in such a role. A baby boomer female would be a nice twist.

What can readers expect when they open your book?

One character is a loyal fan of conspiracy theories of government.
Another is in one of the groups accused of being a principle in the conspiracies.
Partisan politics are neutral.

What do you feel is your greatest accomplishment as a writer?

Building an online audience and completing a book with which I'm pleased.

Who is your favorite author and why?

Michael Crichton is my favorite author. Although deceased, his printed words will live on.  He addressed timely issues from an uncommon point of view.  His writing style and voice attract and hold my attention.

Do you have any suggestions for writers just starting out?

Listen to your characters.  Spend time with them when you aren't writing.  They often come up with some brilliant ideas.

What is your favorite quote?

"Apply the seat of your pants to the seat of your chair, and write."
                                                                             -- Ernest Hemingway

If you could exchange lives with any of your characters for a day which character would you choose and why?

If I could be one of my characters for a day, it would be Julian F. Thibaut, an enigmatic billionaire with worldwide personal contacts. He can go places and do things that the average Joe, like me, cannot.

If your book was made into a movie which actor/actress would play which character(s)?

Claudia Barry - Glen Close
John Hixon -- Clint Walker (I know he's dead, but we're fantasizing here.)
Julian F. Thibaut - Matthew McConaughey
Dr. Francis Thibaut - Donal Sutherland
Brian Farrell - Timothy Dalton
Gerald Pointe - The Rock
Robert Dillon - Jeff Bridges
Mr. Debert - William Hurt

What does writing mean to you?

Writing is another form of escape.
It is an outlet for my creativity and the opportunity to spend hours with people I've made up doing things I want them to do - until they get independent and surprise me.

Anything else you want to share with us?

How did you become interested in conspiracy theories?
I was in the sixth grade when Kennedy was assassinated.  I never believed the "single bullet theory."  The more I read about the JFK shooting, the more I discovered that I wasn't alone.
Later, I became aware of the conspiracy theory of history and how it explains world events better than the traditional accidental theory.

Tell us 5 random things about you the person, not the author:

1) Just completed my 16th year as a high school football official.
2) I grew up on a cotton farm in NE Louisiana.
3) I left pharmacy for 7 years to pursue a career in sales.
4) I fly radio controlled helicopters.
5) I volunteer as a guardian ad litem (CASA).

Where to connect online

Twitter: @FCEtier

FEATURED BOOK:  The Tourist Killer
Genre: Political thriller
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