Lincoln Cole - Action-Packed Paranormal Thrillers
When Lincoln Cole is not writing code as a computer programmer, he enjoys writing action-packed paranormal thrillers. Raven's Peak, the first book in his World on Fire series, has impressed most readers and boasts an almost-perfect review score on Amazon. As our author of the day, Cole chats about how his world travels have influenced his writing, reveals how he manages to remain on schedule and talks about creating complex characters.
Please give us a short introduction to what Raven's Peak is about.
It is about a demon hunter struggling with her past while trying to save the city of Raven's Peak, all while also trying to save Haatim from the world in which he has stumbled into.
How much have your travels all over the world influenced your writing?
I like to sprinkle in the things I have seen to bring an extra layer of reality to the story. Things are different all around the world but people are generally the same and finding the right motivating factors makes a huge difference.
Why did you pick a small town as the backdrop for your story?
It just felt right having a little town separated from everything as the backdrop. I have seen a lot of towns like them and I love visiting them. It was natural to use one as the final location of the story.
Who is Abigail Dressler? How was her character conceived in your mind?
I saw her interacting with Haatim before anything else. I wanted her to be withdrawn and sarcastic , a little antisocial, but also loyal and brave. It was important to me that she be conflicted and real and not a Mary Sue.
Your scenes are very vivid and action-packed. How do you pull this off?
I imagine the scenes and try to recreate them as faithfully as possible but I try to streamline them to avoid unnecessary details. In general I can fill in the pieces an author omits so I assume the readers of my books can too, so I only supply the most important details. They never live up to what is inside my head but sometimes they turn out fairly close.
Which character did you find the most challenging to create?
I think Abigail was the hardest to put together because she is multi faceted and needed to be compelling. I didn't want her to fall under any particular umbrella of personality traits.
What genre of books do you like to read? Do you limit yourself to only the genre that you write yourself?
I write in all kinds of genres so I enjoy reading just about anything. I don't like stories that take themselves too seriously because a powerful message can exist in anything.
Do you have any interesting writing habits, what's your average writing day like?
I set daily, weekly, and monthly goals and then I force myself to reach them. If I don't then 9 times out of 10 I write nothing so I have to keep myself on track. I set small goals though so they are easy to surpass and I feel like I am really doing good!
Did you work out the entire plot of your book before you started to write?
No. Generally I like to plan things out a little bit but I let the story take over while I am actually writing. It never ends how I expected.
What drew you to write about demons and secret societies?
It's always been something I wanted to write and I finally sat down and put it together. It is just a fun genre and offers a lot of cool moments.
What do you hope readers will take away from this book?
My biggest goal is that my books entertain and that readers look forward to having a good time when they pick up my works.
Besides writing, what other cool skills do you have?
I am a computer programmer by trade and right now I am working on building conversational skills for the Amazon Echo for voice. It is a lot of fun and being a writer actually helps a lot.
What are you working on right now?
First up is finishing Raven's Fall, the third book in the world on fire series, and then a prequel novel. Then I have a few other horror projects to work on that I am looking forward to writing.
Where can readers discover more of your work or interact with you?
Https://www.lincolncole.net is the best place to check out what is going on with me!