Monday, March 9, 2015

Ty Patterson - An Author Interview in the HBS Author's Spotlight

Today our blog puts the Spotlight on Author Ty Patterson. Ty is a Thriller & Suspense and Crime thriller writer. We are featuring his book: The Warrior's Debt.

Author Genre: Thriller & Suspense, Crime thriller

Author's Blog: Ty Patterson - Taking the road less traveled
Twitter: @typatterson67
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Author Description:
Ty has lived on a couple of continents and has been a trench digger, loose tea vendor, leather goods salesman, marine lubricants salesman, diesel engine mechanic and is now a thriller author.

Ty is privileged that readers of crime suspense and action thrillers, have loved his books, The Warrior and The Reluctant Warrior. 'Intense,' 'Riveting,' 'Gripping,' have been commonly used in reviews.

Ty lives with his wife and son, who humor his ridiculous belief that he's in charge.

Ty is currently working on the fourth book in the Warriors series, titled The Warrior's Debt.

SPOTLIGHT Questions and Answers with the Author

First things first. Let’s start with what’s next. Rumor has it that you have another book on the horizon called The Warrior's Debt. Can you tell us the timeline for its release and give us a little tease?

Thank you for this opportunity, James. I appreciate it. Yeah, my fourth thriller, The Warrior’s Debt will be published before the 9th of March. As it happens, I’m currently scrambling around to get everything done before pressing the button.

I’ve always been writing action thrillers, but TWD is a combination of psychological crime and action thriller. I hope my readers enjoy it.

The Warrior’s Debt blurb

A psychopathic killer stalks New York City.

He uses wooden bats on loners and grows increasingly vicious with each kill. He leaves no clues behind and disappears into the shadows.

The NYPD’s investigation is going nowhere and in desperation they turn to Zeb Carter.

Zeb, a deep black, ex-Special Forces operative who works for a government agency no one knows of, has some knowledge of killers. He hunts terrorists, mobs and killers of all kinds. He has some experience of killing. He’s an assassin himself.

However even with all his skills and the resources at his disposal, Zeb makes no progress. Every investigative lead comes up blank.

His only hope is that killer makes a mistake.

The killer doesn’t. He makes it personal.

He has a head start and already has Zeb and his team on his radar. He has ordered new bats and has a different victim profile in mind.

It’s time to paint the city red.

You have a good following on twitter. How important have your social media relationships been? Do you see a carry over to your writing success?

James, this is a very good question. I was much more active on Twitter previously but have reduced it a lot now. Engagement with readers on Twitter or any other social media channels but I can’t say that I’ve got increased sales because of Twitter. Facebook is a different animal. Most of my Facebook likes are those who’ve read my books.

I haven’t cracked the code for Twitter to translate into sales. I’m not sure if many indie authors have.

Do you do book signings, interviews, speaking and personal appearances? If so, when and where is the next place your readers can see you? Where can they keep up with your personal contacts online?

I haven’t yet started on book signings and personal appearances. My social media presence is the best way readers can get hold of me. (See links in profile above.)

Today there is a buzz in the industry about high rankings on retailer’s lists because of the use of on-line advertising sites. Have you ever promoted your books with paid advertising? What has been your experience?

I have used paid advertising quite successfully. They give a temporary boost to the rankings and if there is a word of mouth buzz around the books, the rankings can have a long tail.

Unfortunately there isn’t a formula for word of mouth promotion.

Bargain Booksy, EbookSoda, Ereader News Today, Fussy Librarian and Choosy Bookworm are some of the advertising sites that have given me good results.

BookBub is the daddy of them all but they are not only expensive but are very choosy.

You have a great cover. How does your book cover creation process work? Do you hand over the basic theme or do you have more of a hands-on approach?

I use Akira on Fiverr for my books. I can’t praise him enough. He’s not only reasonably priced but has an extremely fast turnaround time.

I give my designer a ‘feeling’ that I would like to be conveyed. The central character in my books, Zeb Carter, is a deep black, Special Ops agent who is a loner and has a brooding intensity about him.

I think Akira has managed to bring that out brilliantly.

What writer support groups do you belong too? Do they help with the writing, marketing and the publishing process?

I am a member of the The Writer’s Café on Kboards. It is a fantastic forum where successful authors share tips and best practices. I strongly recommend it to any indie author.

What has been your experience in giving your books away free? Have you been involved in any other type of giveaways and how did that work out? What was your main goal in doing this? Did you run into any obstacles?

All those who sign up to my mailing list, get my first thriller, The Warrior free. In addition, if they join my Launch Team, they also get advance copies of all my upcoming releases, free.

My mailing list and Launch Team help me enormously in getting me reviews and also the paid purchases that Amazon and other retailer’s value. This helps boost my book rankings in the initial weeks of a release.

Mailing lists are must have for authors. I haven’t started giving away free copies of print books simply because of cost. Indie authors have to pay for print books to be produced for own consumption and that makes giving away free copies an economic challenge.

How do you manage your plots, characters and timelines to keep your stories going? Do you use any software to keep track of your books?

I start my books with a very basic outline, like knowing who the characters are what the key plot points are.

As I write, these get fleshed out, but I don’t use any kind of tracking software. All my books are in a series so keeping track of main characters is very easy.

You have a great blog. You do a great job keeping readers informed, marketing your book and providing useful information to other writers. What is your primary goal?

Thank you. I want to make my blog as the starting point for my readers’ journey but I am nowhere near that point.

Currently my blog serves as yet another discovery platform for my books. I also use it to share my writing experiences with other authors.

I notice in my research you love sports. What is your favorite sport and team?

I am more into individual sports than team sports and tennis by far is my favourite sport.I follow Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic and was privileged to see them live a few times.

Author's Book List
The Warrior Code - Warriors Series Book 3
Beth and Meghan Petersen, twin sisters, business women from Boston, are vacationing in Wyoming when they are first attacked. It is written off as a wrong time, wrong place incident.

A second attack quickly follows and the sisters realize these are no random incidents. They are being deliberately targeted for reasons unknown.

The sisters’ panic turns to desperation as they learn that ruthless assassins have recruited statewide gangs to hunt them. A third attack on them is imminent and could spell the end for them.

One man stands between them and their hunters.

One man who just might help them find out why.

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The Reluctant Warrior - Warriors Series Book 2
Broker and his team are going about their lives after the explosive events in The Warrior, when Broker receives an unexpected offer.

The FBI in New York City has a deeply buried mole and despite its best efforts, has been unable to identify the traitor. It needs an unorthodox thinker, a maverick intelligence analyst like Broker, to flush the mole out.

William Shattner is a loser, a lowly mechanic in a garage in Brooklyn who has never made the right decisions in his life. William Shattner disappears one day.

Broker and the family find themselves on the run as their paths cross and collide with that of an enemy of incredible power. No place in the city is safe from its reach, their every move is known.

The last thing they need is more trouble. A mysterious assassin has other ideas and stalks them at a time they can least afford to handle it, an assassin as good as Broker's men.

In all previous missions, Broker has relied on his wits and his team to come out on top.

As events hurtle to a violent climax, this time Broker finds himself outwitted, out-maneuvered and maybe out of time.

Order the Book From: Amazon - Barnes and Noble - KOBO
The Warrior - Warriors Series Book 1
If you enjoy reading thrillers from the likes of Lee Child,James Patterson, Harlan Coben, Robert Crais, you will enjoy The Warrior.

When Private Military Contractor Zeb Carter witnesses gruesome crimes in the Congo, he can’t just walk away.

Plagued by the scale of the crimes and the helplessness of the victims, he is bent on his own private justice.

What transpires is a fast pace gripping journey that stretches from the Congo to New York, into the world of corrupt politics, influential politicians who want him dead, and government agencies who are against him.

This breakneck paced read is an edge-of-your-seat,exothermic thrill machine, with a plot so full of surprises it will carry your imagination long beyond the final word.


A no nonsense, nail biting, blood gushing, hair raising book!

A cracking book: I thoroughly enjoyed The Warrior. Much was made of it's genre similarities to the Reacher series and, whilst this is the case to some extent - and you could argue a case for it being a cross of Reacher and Victor the Assassin - the book more than stands on is own two feet.

Excellent: If you are a fan of Lee Child's Jack Reacher books as I am, do yourself a favor and get a copy of "The Warrior." You won't be disappointed.

Gripping Read: The plot is cleverly developed and intelligently thought-through, the interconnections of the various parties involved in the hunt for Holt are excellently laid out. The descriptions of the developing complications and conflicts that arise for some of the players in this game are one of the highlights of this reading experience and a welcome relieve from often too simply laid out crime fiction. Patterson is a distinguished, clever and skilled story teller.

Awesome Thriller: I’m not much on reading thriller books but Patterson drew me in. It is well thought out, constructed, and keeps you intrigued to know what will happen.

Fast paced/Cool lead: I don't normally read thrillers, but I was gifted a copy of The Warrior by Ty Patterson and I like to try new things, so I went for it. Glad I did.

A fast paced thriller: This novel is fast-paced, with a great cast of characters. The action-packed story kept me interested until the very end. I would definitely recommend this book to others, especially those who love action and adventure. Looking forward to seeing what else this author has to offer.

A sharply crafted thriller: I enjoyed how the author delved into the thoughts of his main characters. This book was a brisk read, but packed a wallop of a climax. Regardless of whether or not mystery thrillers are your cup of tea, I think you should check 'The Warrior' out.

Order the Book From: Amazon - Barnes and Noble - KOBO
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