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This week, we have as our guest, Mr. Anthony Thomas, whose debut novel, BREACHERS, was recently featured on Thrice Read Books’ review blog. We talked to Anthony back in August, about the release.
Jenn: Okay! You have a new book coming out in September, Breachers. Before we talk too much about the book, is this your first published novel?
Anthony: Yes it is. The first novel I wrote shall forever remain in a drawer, never to see the light of day again. Breachers was the first book in which I pursued publication and was very excited to receive an offer from Fiery Seas Publishing!
Jenn: Congratulations! And never say never... You might work up the courage (or the boredom) to pull that first one out and do something with it. You never know.
Tell us a little about you. Having read your bio, you're a bit of a mystery.
Anthony: I was born and raised in Northern California, enlisted in the military, then stationed in Las Vegas. After separating from the military 6 years later, I accepted a contractor position overseas for right around 18 months. I recently returned home, just in time for the long-awaited release of Breachers!
Jenn: Oh, yay! I know deployments don't always go as planned, even for contractors. And yes, it has been long-awaited! I think we did the cover reveal with Fiery Seas back in... February?
Anthony: Definitely was February. I’m not counting down the days or anything... okay. I totally am.
Jenn: It's okay. I think it's a bit like expecting a baby... And there's so much to do, isn't there?
Anthony: The to-do list is insane. Far more than I ever anticipated. Luckily, I was well guided throughout the entire process and had a very good experience.
Jenn: Why don't you tell us a bit about Breachers?
Anthony: Breachers stemmed from a dream that woke me in the middle of the night. One where I was shot (we all have those kinds of dreams don’t we?) and instead of dying, I replayed the entire scene. A do-over if you will. I woke up, grabbed my phone, and typed in the notes. Breacher- Someone who can move through time.
Then, I went back to sleep. After I had woken up, I looked at my phone and everything just sort of built up after that!
Jenn: So, is Jason (the protagonist and anti-hero of Breachers), a time traveler? Is that how he is able to change events?
Anthony: Yes. Each death triggers his ability to replay the moment unfolding before him. Think of a video game. Super Mario falls off a platform, dies, then does it all over again.
Jenn: Before I spin off into the ether with questions that our reader might not get (and thus, avoid inadvertently asking for spoilers!), why don't you tell us a bit about the book?
Anthony: There’s a hero mold I wanted to avoid. Hero gains ability. Hero stops the bad guy. Hero saves the day. This was a route I considered in the early stages, but then I thought to myself, what would the average person do if they learned they couldn’t die? Would they really save people? Or use the gift for personal gain? Let’s face it. There are a lot of people out there who are only looking out for #1. And if a person like that couldn’t die, they would no doubt use the gift to their advantage. Jason is that idea. And Breachers follows Jason through his less than favorable ways to acquire wealth.
Jenn: I agree. And the anti-hero is starting to show up in more and more fiction. It's a fascinating concept.
Anthony: It gives a realism that the cookie cutter superhero cannot.
Jenn: Right. But Jason doesn't get to just do his thing and get rich, right? You've put the squeeze on him and forced him to make a choice.
Anthony: Jason has to make more choices than he is physically or emotionally able to handle. His latest score comes from a man with power. One who comes knocking on his doorstep. Not for blood. But a job.
Jenn: A little blackmail in the mix?
Anthony: Let’s just say he definitely stole from the wrong person.
Jenn: Whoops! That's usually the end of most crime sprees, though, isn't it?
Well, making critical errors, anyway.
Anthony: For Jason, it’s the beginning.
Jenn: Sounds intriguing! Is this the first in a series? Or is it a standalone?
Anthony: This book is a standalone with series potential. I enjoyed the characters so much, it was a door I didn’t want to completely close.
Jenn: So... are we able to expect more of Jason's exploits in the near future? Or is there something else in the works?
Anthony: Nothing in the works just yet. But I have caught myself plotting from time to time. Who knows? We will have to wait and see
Jenn: Hmm.. The plot thickens...
As we wrap up, is there anything else that you'd like readers to know before embarking upon reading Breachers?
Anthony: Breachers is something I wanted to feel fun. Fast-paced. Filled with fight scenes, shootouts, and hilarity that forces the reader to quite literally, laugh out loud. And my biggest hope is that I deliver on all of the above.
Jenn: We'll be reviewing it in September, for sure...and I say "we" because Brian may snag my ARC when I'm done with it, and throw his two cents in. Especially if I'm keeping him awake at night, laughing!
Anthony: I look forward to it! Thank you so much for having me!
Jenn: You bet, and thank you for your time today.
Anthony: It was my pleasure!