The Perfect Day by Gunnar Angel Lawrence
– (sequel to Fair Play)
A double homicide leads Detective Paul Friedman to discover the threat of an imminent terrorist attack on the city of Orlando, Florida. A young teen girl is found beheaded in the wreckage of what appears to be a freak accident. Friedman learns of The Perfect Day, a plot to strike terror into the hearts of Americans by a zealot known only as Ali the Sand Viper. Friedman must solve the murders and do what he can to prevent the unthinkable, a terrorist assault on the tourism capital of the world.
Reporter Jerome Eisman stumbles onto the plot of a local White Supremacist group to purchase a large quantity of explosives. His investigation takes a frantic turn when bombs begin claiming lives.
The Perfect Day is the sequel to Fair Play.
Welcome to Gunnar Angel Lawrence
Author of The Perfect Day
Q. Who are your greatest support – who believes in you?
My greatest support comes from my friends and family and those fans who have read and enjoyed Fair Play and The Perfect Day. I get a lot of encouragement from all of them and hang on to that when I need some positive reinforcement.
Q Where do you write from? e.g. Kitchen table? Study? Bedroom? Garden shed? Mostly I write from the kitchen table, which in my case is also my bedroom, bed and office. I live in a small camper so I quite literally have to turn my table into a bed at night and back into a table every morning. I do this without magical powers or amulets, but it’s not as impressive as it sounds. Q Do you write at set times e.g. morning, afternoon, evening, very early morning? When I am in full time writing mode I write all morning into the afternoon, take a break and work on my day job until I get inspired again and keep at it until I am happy with the book’s progress.
Q What motivates you to write?
I’ve always enjoyed writing, since I was in junior high. I have hundreds of stories that swirl around in my brain until I grab them by the throat and put them to paper. Fair Play is the book I wrote four years ago and it was inspired by the whole Casey Anthony murder trial. The question I kept coming back to is how does an attorney live with themselves when their main goal is to work to secure the release of a guilty murderer. The Perfect Day is a book that was inspired by an actual terrorist plot that was discovered in the invasion of Afghanistan and Iraq. The plot involves several terrorist cells who are actually in place right now in America. The Perfect Day is the name that the terrorists gave to the day when all the cells would be activated at once and commit acts of terror nationwide. My book focuses on the attack’s center, which happens to be Orlando, Florida.
Q What are the biggest distractions to your writing time? I suffer from a serious case of ADHD as a writer, always have and I have to deal with it even when I am not writing. So anything could be a distraction for me from the ice cream truck trolling for customers to the noise my fan makes when paper gets sucked in through the back. I’ve learned to embrace it and just go with the flow.
Q What part of the world do you live in? I live in Saint Cloud, Florida.
Q Are you from there originally?
My hometown is Orlando and I spent some time in Key West.
Q Have you ever suffered from writers’ block?
Q How do you overcome it?
I embrace my ADHD and start writing the end of the book if I’m working on the beginning or vice versa. If I am absolutely stuck, I’ll usually stop and watch an inspiring movie. Take a breath and then dig in again.
Q Have you taken any writers’ courses and have they been worthwhile?
I attended the first Novel’s Writing Intensive in Milligan Tennessee. It was absolutely worth every penny I spent. Steven James and the original group spent the weekend going through characters, plot and writing in a way that is not easily forgotten. I’d do it again in a heartbeat.
Q Have you ever belonged to a writers’ group? And what value did you gain from it?
There were no writer groups close to where I live, in Saint Cloud, there’s not even a book store. So I started one at the local library last year. We’ve had modest success and have featured quite a few guest speakers including an author, a screenwriter, a publisher and a book reviewer.
Q Is self-publishing satisfying enough for you or would you prefer to be traditionally published?
I’ve compared the two options and spent the first 18 months after Fair Play was finished searching for the agent, then the publisher, and honestly I got nowhere. I like the freedom that self publishing gives me. The creative control over my characters and story line is all mine. Of course that has led to some sending me threatening emails and even got one phone call from overseas. How they got my phone number, I have no idea.
Q Have you ever tried to find an agent?
Yes, very hard. It just hasn’t happened. I sent out letters to, I’m guessing here, a hundred agents. Of the ones that bothered to respond, the answers were all no.
Q What would you expect an agent could do for you that you can’t do for yourself?
I do not know. Maybe an agent could open some doors that right now are slammed shut firmly, locked and cemented closed. But maybe one day, I’ll have one. I’m open if anyone is interested.
Q Do you think you can make a full-time career being an Indie writer?
That is my hope and my dream. Right now, with a very full time job, writing is put on the back burner and until it begins to pay a little more, I have to keep up the ungodly hours and keep plugging away.
Q How long have you been writing?
Since 1976, I was 8 and wrote what today would be called fan fiction. I started reading at a young age and at the school I attended, I had already finished all the fiction books the library had. I started writing the stories I would want to read but that just weren’t available.
Q What drew you to want to write a book?
It’s a deep desire in me to thrill, entertain and even for just a few hours provide an escape for the reader into another world. Even if that world is located in Orlando, Florida.
Q From where did you get the idea for this current story?
Like I said above, The Perfect Day is an actual terrorist plot crafted by Islamic radicals. The undercover cells are real and in place today. They found blueprints of American schools in Iraq! They found building constructed to look exactly like an American school and part of the Perfect Day plan was to repeat a Beslan styled attack in America. It’s scared the crap out of me.
Q How did you go about developing it?
I spent about two years researching everything from Beslan, to the Perfect Day, to hacking drones, the NSA spy program and the media’s response to the attacks that take place worldwide. The story came together wonderfully.
Q What is your next project?
My next project is the sequel to The Perfect Day and is entitled, The Consortium. It picks up where the last book leaves off. A matter of weeks actually and deals with the very serious issue of human trafficking, government corruption, murder (of course), and political intrigue. I am so excited about it, I can barely contain myself! Thank you Gunnar I’m sure members will enjoy reading more about you Click HERE to purchase The Perfect Day