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IR Approved Author Thomas H. Goodfellow: “No one should ever tell an artist what to do, which makes it nice I do not have to deal with traditional publishers.”

The Insurmountable Edge: Book One received a 4+ star review, making it an IndieReader Approved title.

Following find an interview with author Thomas H. Goodfellow.

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

The name of the book is The Insurmountable Edge: Book One.  It was published in June, 2020.

What’s the book’s first line?

“The men said it was just a game but the boy knew better,” are the first words in the Prologue.  But the quote before the Prologue and the first words of Chapter One are also important ‘firsts’.

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

I’m not one for pitches.  It sounds like something you do in Hollywood or in regard to a traditional publisher.  However, your reviewer, Rob Errera (Thanks Rob!), really hit the nail on the head in his review.  Let’s use that:

THE INSURMOUNTABLE EDGE  (Book One) is an on-point action  thriller with a wisecracking antihero that  will win over fans of Tom Clancy, Jeffrey Deaver and Robert  Ludlum.  PTSD makes  for an unreliable  narrator and a wild — at times surreal — ride in this military who-done-it….A tough-as-nails general who cares for a troubled teenage niece as well as a fellow soldier with post-traumatic stress disorder, is called out of retirement by a beautiful damsel-in-distress.  If James Bond and John Rambo were mated in a secret government super-soldier laboratory — and the resulting male child raised by double dads Jack Ryan and Jason Bourne — he might grow up to be General Jack Wilder, star of  THE INSURMOUNTABLE EDGE (Book One) by Thomas H. Goodfellow.

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

The United States has something unique to offer the world, even if it is only a dream.  It seemed to me like that dream was being sold out.

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

The story and the characters.  I think a reader who likes this genre will be happy to have read the book.

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

The most distinctive thing about the main character is the way he looks at the world.  He is fearless and brutally talented, yet always retains his sense of humor.  James Bond and Spenser come to mind.

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

If Brad Pitt could be made to look 37 he would be perfect.

When did you first decide to become an author?

In my teens.

Is this the first book you’ve written?


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

My writing is my work.

How much time do you generally spend on your writing?

All day.  Most days.

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

It’s not hard.  No one should ever tell an artist what to do, which makes it nice I do not have to deal with traditional publishers.

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

A corollary of the question above, ie,  do what you want to do.

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

No.  See the answers above.

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

I like to write.  That’s the beginning, middle, and end of it.

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

There is no most.  I admire many, many writers.

Which book do you wish you could have written?

The Insurmountable Edge.  Wait, I did write that.  I guess some wishes can come true.