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Gregg Feistman

Gregg Feistman


: interviews Gregg Feistman, author of the corporate thriller, The War Merchants.

MilSciFi: "Welcome. Please tell us a little something about your novel."

Feistman: "As I said, itís a corporate thriller, set primarily in Philadelphia and New York City, but with scenes from around the world.  An investigative journalist and public relations professional stumble on a secret corporate cartel who, since the end of WWII, have used their influence to manipulate governments and world events to cause small local and regional wars around the globe, all in the name of profit.  They must expose the cartel before its next strategic business move: the takeover of Russia."

MilSciFi: "Is this part of a large series or universe?"

Feistman: "This is my first novel and Iím currently working on a sequel."

MilSciFi: "What inspired you to write this story?"

Feistman: "I had this idea for a few years before I started writing.  I kept up on the news and started doing some research and found people have no idea what the financial cost of war is and how profitable it can be.  After all, the U.S. is the world largest arms merchant."

MilSciFi: "Most authors we encounter write novellas/novels, do you write short stories, and if so do you find it a challenge?"

Feistman: "My past writing has been as a playwright (I had two shows off-off-Broadway many years ago) and as a freelance journalist."

MilSciFi: "Since time is of the essence for getting a read up to speed in a short story, do you have a strategy, or preferred method for doing this?"

Feistman: "In my novel, I try to hook the reader in the first sentence, the first paragraph and preface or the first chapter.  I want to make the reader curious as to whatís going on so they will want to read the next page and the next page, etc."

MilSciFi: "What advice would you give the aspiring military science fiction writer?"

Feistman: "The best advice I can to any aspiring writer, regardless of the genre, is persistence.  Writing is hard and writing well is harder still.  But if youíre a writer, you have to write.  Itís what we do, like a painter paints, or a composer composes, a writer writes because thereís something in their DNA that compels them to do it.  If youíve got a story to tell, then do it.

Another piece of advice I can give is if youíre writing for the money, youíre writing for the wrong reason.  Sure, itís nice to get that royalty check every once in a while, but few writers get rich doing it.  Do it because youíve got a story to tell and you need to tell it Ė even if itís just to yourself, family or friends.

Finally, give yourself permission to write crap.  Nobody, not even Shakespeare, got it right the first time.  Everyone needs an editor.  Just get your thoughts and words down until you have a first draft.  One of the big secrets of good writing is re-writing."

MilSciFi: "Who is your single-most influence in science fiction and what impact have they had on our own work?"

Feistman: "I like all genres from non-fiction to fiction.  Thereís no one influence I can cite, but I admire good writers, from Nelson DeMille to David McCullough."

MilSciFi: "What is the one thing you find the most difficult about writing military science fiction?"

Feistman: "The most difficult thing about writing fiction of any kind is finding the time to write Ė life often gets in the way!  But if itís important to you, then you make or find the time to write."

MilSciFi: "Please tell us about your publisher, and how did you came to chose them?"

Feistman: "My publisher is Strategic Book Publisher, a division of Ingram.  They are a Print-on-Demand publisher.  I was fortunate enough to be referred to them through another publisher I had submitted the manuscript to."

MilSciFi: "Do you have any upcoming author events?"

Feistman: "Iím working on a couple of in-store author appearances for this spring at the Barnes and Noble stores in Glassboro, NJ and in the Neshaminy Mall."

MilSciFi: "Thank you, for your time."

Gregg Feistman's website is:

The War Merchants, is published through
Strategic Book Publishing


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