The Barista’s Guide To Espionage
An Eva Destruction novel
By Dave Sinclair
Q) For the readers, can you talk us through your background and the synopsis of your new novel?
A) My background – I started writing as scriptwriter and then moved on to novels. The first couple of attempts, let’s call them practice runs, didn’t get picked up (thankfully!). My next novel, The Barista’s Guide to Espionage was published by Fahrenheit Press, a UK publisher, in 2016. It is a spy story from the Bond Girl’s perspective. My new novel, The Amnesiac’s Guide to Espionage, takes the lead character from the first novel who is now employed by MI6 – Eva Destruction –and throws her headlong into a globetrotting adventure.
Eva is an MI6 agent who wakes to find armed men in her apartment hell-bent on revenge. The only problem is, she has no idea what they’re talking about. Someone has stolen the last sixth months’ worth of her memories and the fate of the world rides on getting them back.
On the eve of the G8 summit, Eva is thrown headlong into globe-trotting assassinations and gun battles on the trail of the mysterious plan known only as Halcyon. Together with a besotted CIA agent and a misogynistic MI6 operative, Eva races across the world to retrace her steps in the hopes of finding answers.
With the clock ticking, Eva must track down those behind her memory loss, as well as battle a foe she can’t remember.
The globetrotting takes her from London, to exotic Macau casinos, to Hong Kong hydrofoils, to French castles, to English mansions, to a car chase between an ice-cream van containing a nuclear weapon and black SUVs through the streets of London.
With betrayal at every turn, Eva discovers she can’t trust anyone, including her own organisation. Eva must face down nuclear annihilation alone and she hasn’t even had her coffee yet.
Q) Can you talk us through the journey from idea to writing to publication?
A) I had a blast writing the first novel and couldn’t wait to return to these characters. The first novel left off with Eva Destruction joining MI6, so that was my jumping off point. The first novel was like an espionage story from the perspective of a Bond Girl, I guess you could say the second is a bit like a Bourne story as Eva wakes up missing six months’ worth of memories.
Q) What are your favourite authors and recommended reads?
A) I like to keep my reading broad, not sticking to any particular genre. It keeps things fresh. My shelves overflow with the likes of P.G. Wodehouse, Dashiel Hammet, Raymond Chandler, Janet Evanovich, Ian Flemming, Zadie Smith and John le Carré. Like I said, eclectic!
Random recommendations – Ready Player One by Ernest Cline (see it before the movie), Illuminae by a couple of Aussie authors Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff (Brad Pitt just picked the rights for this one!), I’m really digging the Jack Emery series by Steve P Vincent, and I just finished Bruce Springsteen’s great autobiography Born to Run.
Q) What were your childhood/teenage favourite reads?
A) I wasn’t that much of a reader as a kid, at least not initially. In part I think due to school forcing books down our throats and analysing them until there was no life in them at all. That all changed when I read my first Douglas Adams book. Hitch Hiker’s Guide to the Galaxy showed me there was a hell of a lot of fun to be had reading – I haven’t looked back since.
Q) What has been your favourite moment of being a published author?
A) The part that amazes me is when a complete stranger takes the time to let me know they loved my book. Never underestimate the power you have to make someone’s day, week or year. Someone recently named me as their favourite author ever, that’s huge! Writing is, by definition, a lonely pursuit, so when someone reaches out and lets you know they dig what you do, it is a wonderful and amazingly welcome.
Q) Who has been your source of support/encouragement, throughout the writing process?
A) I’m lucky enough to have the support of a writing tribe who look out for one another. Firstly, my sister, Alli Sinclair, a successful author herself, has always been there with support and advice. Also, a group called The G-Mob (http://genremob.com/) encourage each other, and when needed distribute some tough love. I highly encourage any aspiring author to find your tribe. They will inspire you every day and celebrate your successes when they come.
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