New interview with mystery author Robert B. Lowe

Today’s
guest is mystery author Robert B. Lowe.
This is the first of many virtual tour stops as he travels and talks about his newest novel Divine Fury – An Enzo Lee Mystery Thriller
(book 2 in a series). 

Robert visited here last year to talk about the first novel in this series, the best-selling Project Moses which reached the Amazon Top 20 Mysteries list and was a finalist in the Best Indie Books of 2012 competition hosted by the Kindle Book Review. You can read that interview here

Robert will be giving away a $25 Amazon gift card to a lucky commentor during his tour, so if you’d like a chance to win, make sure to leave an e-mail address with your comment below. And to increase your chances of winning, visit other tour stops and leave comments there.
Bio:
Robert B.
Lowe is a Pulitzer-prize winning author whose fiction is
based in San Francisco, his adopted home.
His
past experiences – a 12-year career in investigative journalism and a Harvard
Law School degree – enable him to write gripping mystery thrillers in both the
legal and journalistic fields. Lowe draws his inspiration from John
Grisham, Dick Francis and Lee Child and adds his own San Francisco
twist. Readers will enjoy his references to the city’s landmarks such as
Chinatown, North Beach and Pacific Heights and the Bay area’s foodie
culture.
Divine Fury is Lowe’s second novel. It continues
the adventures of Enzo Lee, a jaded journalist rehabilitating his career as a
feature writer in San Francisco who stumbles into scandals and criminal
conspiracies that require his investigative expertise to unravel.
Welcome, Robert. Please tell us about
your current release, Divine Fury.
Candidate
Andrew Harper was a college basketball star, a crusading prosecutor and a
beloved Congressman. He is also openly gay. When the San Francisco politician
gets the inside track to become California’s next governor, it sends shockwaves
through the political and religious establishment.
Reporter Enzo
Lee is cajoled into leaving his comfortable niche covering fluffy features for
the San Francisco News to cover the historic campaign. A series of campaign
events are mysteriously and dangerously disrupted. A key endorsement is
scuttled at the last minute. An earlier murder takes on new significance when
it is linked to a Watergate-style break-in involving computer spying.
But, finding
the culprits behind political sabotage and high-tech hacking take a back seat
when it’s discovered that a troubled war veteran armed with guns and explosives
has begun a violent journey from small-town Montana to the City by the Bay.
When Lee
becomes a target himself he must dodge attempts on his own life while trying to
expose the conspiracy and, with the help of police allies, foil an
assassination plot. 
Divine Fury is the
newly released second book in the Enzo Lee series from Pulitzer Prize-winning
author Robert B. Lowe. The series was kicked off by the best-selling Project Moses, the bioterroism thriller
that made the Amazon Top 20 Mysteries list and was a finalist in the Best Indie
Books of 2012 competition.
What inspired you to write this book?
This is the
second book in a mystery thriller series centered on Enzo Lee, a newspaper
reporter working in San Francisco.
I wanted to
focus on aspects of the city and the flourishing of the gay community here
since the 60s and role that it has played in gay rights is an important part of
San Francisco’s story. More openly gay and lesbian politicians are being
elected, but the election of a chief executive of a state – particularly one as
large and influential as California – has yet to occur.
It seemed
plausible to me that the right gay or lesbian candidate could do well in the
San Francisco area and become positioned to compete for the governor’s office. A
backlash seemed equally plausible and I thought that premise – together with a
fiction writer’s imagination – could form the basis for a good story.
Excerpt:
“The music continued.
They were letting Harper have a long victory dance before he started speaking.
To the sway of bodies and bouncing of signs, Walberg started to thread his way
toward the middle and closer, always closer, to the platform and the
self-assured politician who was front and center.
He wasn’t
thinking about the bomb in the backpack now. He was close to the front with
only three layers of people between him and the edge of the crowd held in place
by the half-circle of police. This is how he preferred it. He wanted to see
Harper’s face when he shot him. That was the instant he craved.
The crowd was
pressing in. He could feel the pressure from behind as people inched closer to
the front as the masses in back continued trying to push forward. He could see the
police, now with their sticks at chest level fighting to hold their perimeter.
They were straining. They weren’t trying to hurt anyone but he could see they
were determined not to give up any ground.
All Walberg
needed was two seconds, enough time to steady his right hand with his left
without getting jostled and squeeze. He thought he would have that. He could
see the faces and eyes of the cops moving all over. They were stressed. The
music, the crowd, the signs…all the chaos would hide what he was doing for a
crucial second or two.
Walberg had
his right hand in the pocket of the jacket. His fingers found the Beretta and
he could feel the safety with his thumb. He flicked it off while he kept his
eyes focused on Harper and struggled to keep his face in a relaxed half-smile.”
What exciting story are you working on
next?
I am
working on the third book in the Enzo Lee series. It’s another mystery thriller
that focuses on the pharmaceutical industry.
When did you first consider yourself a
writer?
I was a
newspaper reporter myself for 12 years out of college. The job entailed a lot
of elements but the bottom line was putting your stories into the newspaper for
its readers. Through that process, I came to think of myself as a writer and
became comfortable with the idea of writing for an audience.
Do you write full-time? If so, what’s
your work day like? If not, what do you do other than write and how do you find
time to write?
I consider
my ‘job’ at present to be writing books and marketing them. When I am in
writing mode, I try to be at my computer in Word by 9 am and produce words
until lunch. After lunch, I try to get in a couple more hours at least. I’m
also editing the past few days work while I do this. And, there are stretches
where I need to work at more of an overhaul level – patching holes, making
things consistent, fixing one problem or another. I have a concept of the type
of books I want to write at present. Those are basically full length novels in
the mystery, suspense, thriller genres. Aside from occasional blog posts and
interviews like this one, I don’t produce a lot of ancillary material right
now. I’m trying to lay down a certain body of work. So, when I’m not actually
writing, I’m always working through possible book ideas in my head – whether
it’s an entire plot, a style of book – say, maybe a psychological thriller – or
smaller questions such as how might a relationship evolve from one book to the
next.
What would you say is your interesting
writing quirk?
I’m a bit
of a foodie and I enjoy having a lot of that in my books. I think readers enjoy
it as well. The other aspect readers comment on is my descriptions. Some people
enjoy the details and find the sights, sounds and smells of the settings a
major plus. Others get impatient and find it slogging to get to the action.
As a child, what did you want to be
when you grew up?
I think I
went from baseball star to president of the U.S.
Anything additional you want to share
with the readers?
On the way
to being a full time writer, I was a journalist, a lawyer and a Silicon Valley
entrepreneur. On one hand, I missed a lot of writing time when I could have
improved my craft. On the other, I had a lot of experiences that I can mine for
material. I like to feel that my stories are grounded in how things really
work.
Thanks, Robert. Readers, remember, Robert will be giving away a $25 Amazon gift card to a lucky commentor during his tour, so if you’d like a chance to win, make sure to leave an e-mail address with your comment below. And to increase your chances of winning, visit other tour stops and leave comments there.
Review sound bytes: 
“Gripping…with an adrenaline-filled
climax combined with compelling characters.” – Kirkus Reviews

“A fascinating and fast-paced
mystery/thriller. It is a thought provoking and extremely captivating
story.” – Kindle Book Review

17 thoughts on “New interview with mystery author Robert B. Lowe

  1. Andra Lyn says:

    Fascinating 🙂 I really like the sounds of your series…I may just have to feature it on my LGBT Tuesdays…:)

    andralynn7 AT gmail DOT com

  2. Robert Lowe says:

    Hope asked about my view on digital publishing re: new authors. It's great! Much rather get a book out and let the marketplace work vs. trying to match a publisher's formula.

  3. emmarocks says:

    It sounds like a great book, does the title has a special meaning for this story?

    emmasreadings(At)gmail(Dot)com

  4. Robert Lowe says:

    Emmrocks asked about the title of Divine Fury. Part of the story has to do with people attacking this candidate using the Bible as justification and comparing themselves to God's punishment of sinners.

  5. Stephen Woodfin says:

    Lisa, Bob Lowe is setting a high standard with this series. I hope readers find their way to him in the large numbers he deserves.

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