Today I have a Q&A with James Grady who’s novel Six Days of the Condor was made into a film featuring Robert Redford and Faye Dunaway. His new novel, The Last Days of the Condor was published by No Exit Press on 27 August 2015.
1. Tell us a little about The Last Days of the Condor.
Last Days of the Condor rushes the reader forty years into right now, where Condor must face the classic challenges of espionage in our brave new world.
2. The Last Days of the Condor is a sequel to Six Days of the Condor. Did you always intend to write a sequel and did you come across any difficulties given how the political landscape has changed since Six Days of the Condor?
For years, I thought I’d never write a sequel, but it was precisely the changes in our political landscape that inspired the new book.
3. People may not be aware but after Six Days of the Condor was made into a film; Three Days of the Condor starring Robert Redford; the KGB created their own unit replicating the work ‘Condor’ carries out. Can you tell us a little more?
That’s a mind blowing truth. That secret 2,000 person KGB division was headquartered in Moscow with a phony brass plaque by the front door. Life imitated art.
4. Are you a plan, plan, plan writer or do you sit down and see where the words take you? How long does the process take you from first line to completed novel?
I tend to start with a plan, but the novel and its characters always take over. Most novels take about a year, one took 4 months, one took 4 years.
5. What do you do when you aren’t writing? What do you do to relax and get away from it all?
I love to read, listen to good rock ‘n’ roll, go to movies, watch a little TV. I practice T’ai chi almost every day, swim about 5 times a week. Mostly, I love to spend time with my family.
6. If you could only read one book for the rest of your life which book would it be?
Maybe Stuart Little, maybe East Of Eden.
7. I like to end my Q&A’s with the same question so here we go. What question have you not been asked that you wish had been asked – and what’s the answer?
The best part about being an author, after the writing, is discovering someone is reading your work.
About the book:
“Look in the mirror. You’re nobody. You know pursuing the truth will get you killed. But you refuse to just fade away.
You’ve been designated an enemy of the largest secret national security apparatus in America’s history. All assassins’ guns are aimed at you. And you run for your life, branded with the code name you made iconic: Condor.
Last Days of the Condor is a breakneck, ticking-clock saga of America on the edge of a startling spy world revolution. Set in the savage streets and Kafkaesque corridors of Washington DC, Last Days of the Condor is shot through with sex and suspense, secret agent tradecraft and full-speed action.”