Monday, 09 December 2019

I Interviews

Interview: Caleb Breakey

The String is a spine-tingling novel that plunges readers into a sociopath’s deadly game. How did you come up with the idea for it?

The first books I ever wrote were epic fantasies with big worlds and timelines. Then I asked myself, “What kind of story Breakey CalebDefaultmight take place within a small footprint and forty-eight-hour timeframe?” The next thing I knew, I was feverishly writing notes while riding shotgun in a 4Runner belonging to a university police officer, and a man who called himself the conductor began speaking to me about The String.

 

Can you provide readers with a brief description of your book?

The main players in The String are strong-hearted police officer Markus Haas and a man who calls himself the conductor, who delivers disturbing threats and twisted moral dilemmas to unsuspecting students and staff with two terrifying ground rules:

Rule #1: Participation is mandatory.

Rule #2: If anyone refuses to play, all threats will come to pass.

What unravels is a sequence of impossible decisions and a race against time to stop the sociopath before others pay the ultimate price.

 

Why did you choose a university campus for your setting?

The story came to me while doing a ride along with an officer at a university campus. The details I jotted down that day made the fictional university town of Trenton come to life in my mind.

 

Your main character, Markus Haas, plays an important role in the game. Can you expand on this?

The conductor is fascinated with Haas because he is unlike others trapped in the string. Haas lives by a code that the conductor is drawn to for purposes that mayrequire the reader to shift their investigative minds into overdrive.

 

What type of research was required to accurately write about a sociopath’s tendencies?

The bookThe Psychopath Whisperer: The Science of Those without Conscience by Kent A. Kiehl was very helpful as I tried to navigate the mind of the conductor. You can imagine the looks I received while reading this book in coffee shops.

 

Although you have written other books, The String is your debut novel. Why did you decide to write a fiction book?

Fiction writing has been in my blood since the start. My wife and I spent our wedding money on fifty-two books aboutThe String Book Cover writingfiction. Then, for years,I spent mydays offpenningfiction for sixteen hours straight. I just love story, because great stories shed light on the truth of who we are as humans. They teach us without a lecture, inspire us without a speech, and entertain us without any props. Show me a writer who can resist such a nobleundertaking!

 

You have been compared to Steven James and Ted Dekker. How do you feel your writing is similar to or different from these authors?

Writing styles are like vehicles: they differ in make, model, and year, but they’re all designed to take you on an adventure. Where I hope readers find similarityis in abandonment to story. These incredible writers have a way of making you feel in step with their characters, exploring as they explore, experiencing as they experience, and transforming as they transform. What an honor it is aspiring to such a legacy of masterful fiction.

 

How can readers connect with you?

It would be my honor to connect with readers.A great way for them to do that is to visit GetTheString.com.

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