about maltese steel
A woman is found dead on the island of Gozo. The cops say she fell from the Azure Window tourist spot, but her father thinks otherwise.
CIA Section Chief Foster needs help to prove it was murder, so he turns to the only person he knows can get the job done: John Steel.
The Hive, securely seated under the US Embassy on the island of Malta, is an operation that monitors all passage from North Africa and the Middle East into Europe and the US. A platform that requires the latest in technology and facial recognition.
In seven days, that software will be updated. In two days, all hell will break loose. And the clock is ticking for an attack on American soil.
Together with the beautiful Sammara Malk of Mossad, can Steel find out who killed Lucy – and stop whoever is behind the impending attack?
Q&A with Stuart field
Tell us a bit about yourself:
My Name is Stuart Field, and I write thrillers. I was born in Wellington in the UK and was brought up in Wolverhampton, the West Midlands. At 18, I joined the British Armed forces, where I served 22 years. After leaving the Army, I joined a security firm and began writing in my spare time.
What inspired you to start writing and where do you get your ideas?
I wouldn’t say I was inspired to begin writing. It just happened. I was bored at work one day and just started writing.
How many books have you written and published?
I have written and published five books so far. I have several manuscripts that are going through the editing phase and several that I’m currently writing. It never seems to stop, which from a writer’s point of view is good.
Which book, out of all the books you have written, is your favourite and why?
I don’t think I have a favorite book, more on the most fun writing lines. And that would be my latest book. Maltese Steel is an entirely different tale from the others. We see John Steel as he was meant to be. By himself doing what he does best.
How do you choose the names of your characters?
Sometimes a character’s name comes straight away. Other times, especially with foreign names, I have to search on the internet. I think for the correct name of a character, it must match the person I have in my head.
Which of your characters would you want to be stranded on an island with, and why?
I would love to say Samantha McCall, but Samara from book 5 would be better. She is Mossad and is possibly better trained in survival. Unfortunately, both would be able to kick my ass. But a price worth paying, I guess.
Who is your favourite author and which of their books is your favourite, and why?
I get asked this a lot. I think it is a tough decision to make. I once compared authors to music bands because, despite the author’s greatness, like the musician, there could be only three that you like out of six books. For myself, I would say my favorite author is the one who is starting out, the one who has not entirely made it yet. Because their stories are the purist. They have the most heart because they write for themselves. They are the ones that write with passion because they want to get to the top of their mountain and not write because they feel they have to.
What is the first thing you can remember writing?
When I was in secondary school. For English homework, the teacher would give us a word, and we would have to write a 1000 word story. I remember we were given ‘the wall’ as a title. I ended up filling the exercise book. I even drew a front cover. It was my first detective story. Unfortunately, the teacher wasn’t impressed.
What other jobs have you done other than being an author?
When I left school, I became a glass cutter for a picture framing firm, then I joined the Army. After which, I joined a security firm. I enjoy a quiet life.
If you could get in a time machine and had one chance to travel, where would you go and why? (Backwards or forwards!)
I would have to say I wouldn’t do it. Going back has the chance of the whole changing the future thing about it. I mean, you go back in time to say the time of the Roman’s and god knows what infections mankind has on them now that they didn’t have back then. Just one sneeze could wipe out an entire race. As for forwards, it would be interesting. But that too has the potential of going wrong. Especially when you came back because you had seen that future. You would have prior knowledge of events, events that you knew you could stop from happening. So everything you do from then on has the potential of creating a new future other than the one you had seen.
If you could have one conversation with anyone, dead or alive, who would it be and why?
Wow, that’s a tough one. There are and have been so many fantastic people around it is challenging to choose one. But what is it they say, ‘you should never meet your heroes.’
Other than writing, what else do you enjoy doing?
I do like computer games, I must admit. But my biggest love is to travel, and yes, using book research as an excuse helps to talk my wife around to taking a trip or two.
What is the strangest thing that has ever happened to you?
Possibly seeing a ghost, and yes, it happened. When I was in the Army, I had to work in an officer’s mess. The building was built in 1905 and had some history. Doors would open, shadowy figures walking down corridors. It was kind of cool, actually. Made the job more… interesting.
If you could give your younger writing self any advice what would it be?
I think my younger self would be when I started to write at school. I should have continued to write instead of being put off by the teachers.
Name one book you think everyone should read and tell us why?
I would have to say any of the Sherlock Holmes novels. Superbly written.
And finally, , tell us about your most recent book and where we can find it?
Maltese Steel is the fifth book in the John Steel thriller series. This finds John Steel going to Malta to investigate the death of an old friend’s daughter. Steel’s old friend – Marcus Foster – is a section chief with the CIA and works at the US Embassy in Malta. Soon Steel finds more to the woman’s death and the work that his friend is doing at the embassy.
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Thanks to Rachel from Rachel’s Random Resources for inviting me on to the tour, and to Stuart for coming to chat with us.
I’ll be back soon lovelies