l’d like to welcome B.R.A.G. Medallion Honoree Lambert Nagle today. Lambert is the pen name of co-authors Alison Ripley Cubitt and Sean Cubitt – British/Irish/Kiwi co-writers of international thrillers.. Revolution Earth is their debut thriller, part one of the Stephen Connor series. Sean is Professor of Film and Television, Goldsmiths College, University of London. He writes about media for leading academic publishers. Alison worked in film and TV production for 15 years for companies including Walt Disney and the BBC but always wanted to give up the day job to be a writer. She had a column on screenwriting for Writing Magazine, has had two lifestyle and travel titles published and wrote the screenplay for Waves, a short film drama and winner, Special Jury Prize, Worldfest, Houston. Serial expats, Sean and Alison have lived in Malaysia, Canada, New Zealand and Australia and are now based in leafy Hampshire. Find out more about the author and future books here
How did you discover indiebrag?
I discovered IndieBrag through one of my fellow writers via ALLi, the Alliance of Independent Authors. I’m so glad I did! It was very important to have our work peer reviewed and our IndieBrag approval made me proud.
Tell me about your book, Revolution Earth
It is a story with a circular structure, where an event in one part of the world will have an impact in another. This is played out across the world as we move from the UK to New Zealand, Antarctica, Australia, ending up back in the UK.
Please tell me about Stephen Connor
Stephen is an Irish cop working in London for the Metropolitan Police. He’s an outsider, a maverick and headstrong.
What are the emotional triggers of your characters and how do you act upon them?
Stephen is loyal but allows his heart to rule his head, which gets him into trouble. For Cara, we wanted to create an idealistic character who believed so passionately in a cause that she doesn’t think through the consequences.
What was your inspiration for the story?
Some years ago I had to drive to work past an oil refinery. In the daylight, it was dirty, grey and grimy, but lit up at night, it was spectacular. And then I began to invent a story about using it as a background for an environmental thriller.
How long did it take you to write this story and what was your process?
Too long! Our process was picaresque where we had scenes but with no plot. We made the mistake of evolving the novel rather than structuring it. We sent the first draft to an Australian literary agent who advised us to tighten the plot. That was very good advice.
What do you like most about writing thrillers?
I like the challenge of plotting and structure, while my writing partner Sean loves playing with the language.
Who designed your book cover?
Andrew Brown at Design for Writers. It was a real challenge as we wanted an image of an oil refinery, but needed it to look attractive.
What are you working on next?
We are currently writing the follow-up, Nighthawks which is the second in the series to feature detective Stephen Connor.
A message from indieBRAG:
We are delighted that Stephanie has chosen to interview Lambert Nagle who is the author of, REVOLUTION EARTH, our medallion honoree at indieBRAG. To be awarded a B.R.A.G. Medallion ®, a book must receive unanimous approval by a group of our readers. It is a daunting hurdle and it serves to reaffirm that a book such as, REVOLUTION EARTH, merits the investment of a reader’s time and money.