A Thousand Suns by Jim Haberkorn – Giveaway & Interview

Welcome to Author Jim Haberkorn

Jim Haberkorn was born in Brooklyn, New york in 1951. When a teenager, he moved with his family to the west coast, settling in San Francisco for a time before moving south into Silicon Valley. After attending college, completing a church mission, and spending six years in the Marines, he joined a computer company in 1978 and is still employed there today. He has lived on three continents and done business in over forty countries but still counts Idaho–the home of Boise State University, his alma mater, and Rulon Hurt, his hammer-wielding cowboy–as one of his favorite places. Currently, Jim lives in Zurich, Switzerland with his wife Kim.

INTERVIEW
What was your favorite book when you were a child/teen?

Hunter, by John Hunter. A book about big game hunting in Africa at the turn of the19/20th century.

What’s one piece of advice you would give aspiring authors? 
Tell the stories you passionately want to tell.

If you could live anywhere in the world where would it be? 

I would want to live in either Zurich, Switzerland, Umhlanga, South Africa, or Boise, Idaho..

What is your favorite Quote?
“To be rather than to seem.”  The North Carolina state motto 

Who are your favorite authors of all time?

Ernest Hemingway, Ken Kesey, and Martin Cruz Smith 

What’s the best advice anyone has ever given you?

Obey the commandments

How do you react to a bad review? 

First of all, if you want to be a writer in this age of the internet and blogspot, you need to develop a very very thick skin. There is no way around it. If you find yourself being crushed by a bad review, or over the moon because of a good one, then in both cases you need to dial down the emotion. But every writer needs, indeed craves, feedback, both positive and negative. So where can you safely find it? Only from people you know and trust and whose opinions you value. Finally, when all else fails, I go to Amazon and read the 1 star reviews given to For Whom the Bells Tolls or some other equally brilliant book and console myself that even the classics have their detractors.

Which authors have influenced you most – how? 
Barry Eisler who writes the John Rain series actually inspired me to write thrillers. First, I appreciate the humanity he brings to his characters, even the ones that aren’t very sympathetic. Second, all thriller writers claim to be realistic, but the ones who really are realistic make up a pretty short list. Barry Eisler is on that list.

Favorite places to travel?
I have visited over 40 countries in my lifetime so I’ve been pretty much cured of the travel bug. I prefer to live go somewhere and live there for a while and not live out of a suitcase. 

If you had 24 hours alone how would you spend it? 

Trying to find where Kim, my wife, is.

Favorite quote from a movie?
From ‘The Natural’ with Robert Redford:  it goes something like:  “We live two lives, the one we learn from and the one we live with after that.”

If you were President for a day, what is the first thing you would do?
Change the U.S. tax system so that the tax burden is fairly spread between the rich and corporations, and the rest of us.

What is your favorite scene in your book?

I loved the scene in A Thousand Suns near the end where Yohaba comes walking through the Cathedral towards her adversaries. 

Do you write as you go or do you have the book all planned out from page 1?

 I started Einstein’s Trunk with only the title in my mind and worked out everything from that. For A Thousand Suns, I had the opening scene in the Rockin’ Rooster somewhat pictured in my mind, but that was it.
 
What books do you love that don’t get a lot of hype?  
Rose and December 6 by Martin Cruz Smith 

What makes your novel standout from the crowd? 

A Thousand Suns is appropriately violent for a thriller, but I believe it avoids the cynicism that pervades many international thrillers. All governments are not evil, all villains are not bloodthirsty, people can repent, and violence isn’t always the best answer,.

Favorite restaurant? 
The same favorite restaurant of my hero Rulon Hurt. What a coincidence! —  Tres Kilos, a Mexican restaurant in Zurich.
What is your view on self publishing?
 If you self-publish because you can’t find an agent or publisher who likes your book, and you think the entire industry is blind to your greatness, well, I think you might want to reassess what you expect to accomplish by self-publishing. But I think self-publishing is great if you know your book has limited appeal and so an established publisher is not likely to make a profit on it, and you just want to make it available to friends, etc.

Do your characters really talk to you? 
Haha! No, but they do surprise me sometimes with their choices and the things they do.

Favorite Books
In no particular order:

1.     Gorky Park, Rose, and December 6 from Martin Cruz Smith
2.     Sometimes a Great Notion from Ken Kesey
3.     For Whom the Bell Tolls and Farewell to Arms by Ernest Hemingway
4.     The John Rain books by Barry Eisler
5.     Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy  and Smiley’s People by John le Carre’
6.     The Tourist series by Olen Steinhauer

A Thousand Suns

It’s not easy being an out-of-work spy—especially when you’re on a hit list or two. When Rulon saves a Russian agent from a gang, he has no idea that the consequences will be the deadliest he’s ever faced. With the help of his Swiss punk wife, Rulon must once again save the world in this thrilling adventure.

Giveaway Details
1 copy of A Thousand Suns
Open to US only
Ends 4/7/13

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