Sunday, November 17, 2013

Author Interview as a Movie Pitch: Rob Armstrong.

OK, just to be a bit different, we’re going to do this interview as if you were pitching your book to a studio.

You’ve got 2 minutes. (or whatever)


Why did you pick this title? 
Who Iced Fat Pauli is really a question, even though I don't use a question mark. The answer leads the reader to the rest of the story.

What’s the logline? 
A local murder leads to series of related killings, which ultimately expose a political conspiracy by extreme right-wing Israelis, a rogue CIA contractor and an Iranian spymaster bent on destabilizing Israel.

What’s the Teaser Pitch?
Retired CIA officer, MacKenzie Roberts, leads a top secret group of agents, in the search for Fat Pauli's killers using old-fashioned tradecraft and state-of-the-art cyber-sleuthing. In the process, Mac's super-hacker, M.C. Trudeau -- a quirky young woman with multiple piercings and a penchant for Indian food and '60s music -- becomes the target of an assassination. Unlike the majority of espionage thrillers which is male-dominated, my characters include a number of strong, smart women, including M.C., the first female CIA Director and a top field officer and hand-to-hand combat expert. Most of the action is in London.
Who is your HERO and how does he (or she) change in the book?
MacKenzie Roberts is the narrator. He's a retired CIA officer, now a college professor in Killarney, Ireland. His retirement agreement with the agency allows him to be called back into action from time to time, which the DCI does regularly. He was first introduced in The Old Spy and was the main character again in A Summer of Deception. Working with M.C., they peel back the multiple layers of the complex plot. Each layer reveals a new twist or turn in the storyline -- deception, international intrigue, conspiracy, Israeli politics. M.C. is an MIT-educated computer genius who can hack into just about anything. She also has encyclopedic knowledge of '50s, '60s and '70s rock, even though she wasn't even born then. They are a study in contrasts. Mac is sophisticated, worldly, laid-back and wise. M.C. is a bundle of high-tech energy in outrageously colored sneakers.
Why should I, the typical reader, buy this book? 
Because it's a hellofa good read. And it's only 99 cents. And if you like it you can go back and read the other two in the series and you won't have spent three dollars. 

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