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Advice from IR Approved Author N. J. Lujan: “Let the characters write the story.”

The Atropos Maker received a 4+ star review, making it an IndieReader Approved title.

Following find an interview with author N. J. Lujan.

What is the name of the book and when was it published?

The Atropos Maker;  01/14/2020

What’s the book’s first line? 

“At one time her team would be huddled, waiting impatiently as Otis crept loudly down the steel shaft.”

What’s the book about? Give us the “pitch”. 

THE ATROPOS MAKER centers around Norma, the original leader and founder of Atropos, a covert government organization, after returning two bloodless decades of idleness to find they no longer want her skills, but desire a much deadlier weapon that she had created. THE ATROPOS MAKER is a fast-paced and deeply plotted thriller focusing on corrupt organizations, secret weapons, and betrayal.

What inspired you to write the book? A particular person? An event? 

After serving in the United States Army as a Tactical Army Combat System Specialist, I wanted to use my experience along with tales from other special forces and rangers to create a thrilling story full of twists and turns leading to a climatic ending.

What’s the main reason someone should really read this book? 

The journey of THE ATROPOS MAKER will surely captivate you as I narrate you all over the world, from the secret hotel and tunnels of Washington, D.C. to the rugged Lesser Caucasus Mountains while keeping you on the edge of your seat as the plot and destiny unfolds for Norma and Atropos. Norma, from the intensity of the events that created her to rejoining Atropos, will have you experiencing every emotion imaginable.

What’s the most distinctive thing about the main character?  Who-real or fictional-would you say the character reminds you of? 

Norma is not your typical female heroine. Surrounded in a male dominated, covert government organization, her beauty is as deadly as her efficiency to kill.

If they made your book into a movie, who would you like to see play the main character(s)?

Angelina Jolie

When did you first decide to become an author?

When I was fifteen I was the public affairs officer at my high school. It was then I fell in love with writing complex stories.

Is this the first book you’ve written?

No. I have had a successful career writing as a ghost writer.

What do you do for work when you’re not writing?

I am the OSP Division Manager for a communications company. I over see all male drill crews.

How much time do you generally spend on your writing?

On average I write for thirty-four hours a week.

What’s the best and the hardest part of being an indie?

The best part is validation and credibility that comes with being a Indie approved author.

What’s a great piece of advice that you can share with fellow indie authors?

Let the characters write the story.

Would you go traditional if a publisher came calling?  If so, why?  

Yes. Writing under a new brand, a traditional publisher could help with brand awareness.

Is there something in particular that motivates you (fame? fortune?)

My biggest motivation is to write thought provoking, soul touching stories that readers will love and desire more.

Which writer, living or dead, do you most admire?

Leo Tolstoy.

Which book do you wish you could have written?

 War and Peace.