I am very VERY excited to have Robert Browne on my blog this week! The Paradise Prophecy was my favorite book of the summer and Robert is probably the most insightful and humorous guy I know. Second only to Rich Steeves who blogged about pie in our first guest blog ever here. (Yes Rob, I really did mean it when I said you could blog about ANYTHING 🙂 ) If you’d like to read my review of THE PARADISE PROPHECY, you can do so by clicking here. I’ll have it open in a new window for you. For the rest of you, and those of you that checked that out and then came back, I hope you enjoy!
by Robert Browne
When I was a young man, I wanted to be a rock star. I could write songs, play the guitar and sing. I had long hair. I even perfected my autograph. I was ready to go. But the world wasn’t ready for Rockstar Rob and eventually those arena stage dreams gave way to reality.
A wife, a child, another child, a house, dogs & cats. A different type of dream.
But all along, in the background of everything called life, I was preparing myself for one of my biggest-come-trues: writer.
Being read to (OK technically I wasn’t in control of that). Reading. Writing. Writing. And then Writing More. From songs to a 7th grade short story writing assignment. From the tentative beginnings of more than one novel to teleplays (including a Movie of the Week!), to screenplays, and to completed novel.
When that novel got me an agent, I was thrilled. When that agent got me a book deal, I was on a high like no other. Editing, copy editing, galleys, ARCs. I had no idea what to expect–everything was exciting, shiny and new. During the copy edit phase, there were two pages inserted into the manuscript. One for the acknowledgements, the other for the dedication. And while I knew that just about every book is dedicated, I honestly hadn’t thought about to whom mine would be.
The first person who came to mind was my father because he was my biggest supporter, and died when I was twenty, before ever seeing any hint of success, career- or family-wise. But my mother had also been a big supporter and often financially backed my dreams. But if I included my parents, how could I exclude my sister?
And if I included my initial nuclear family, how could I ignore my current one? My kids–young adults with very busy lives–could not have cared less about a dedication. But this was something my wife made clear was important to her, and my wife is always right (this is why we’ve been together for 35 years, folks) so the dedication of KISS HER GOODBYE reads:
For my father, mother, and sister,
who always supported the dream
And for Leila, Lani, and Matthew,
who long ago fulfilled it
I’ve had several more books published since, the latest of which is THE PARADISE PROPHECY. Dedications vary from a single person to multiple names, all family or close friends. But I don’t have that large of a family and my circle of close friends is small, so at some point–should I be so lucky–I may run out of people.
I know these types of blogs are supposed to be all about an author promoting his latest book, but I’m not big on the concept. I would be remiss, however, without telling you at least a little more about THE PARADISE PROPHECY.
When asked, the way I describe it is this: it’s a big, bold, balls-to-the-wall supernatural fantasy about two seriously screwed-up mortals trying to prevent four fallen angels from taking over the world. It’s got action, it’s got mystery, it’s got suspense, it even has a fair dose of history–and, hopefully, a little bit of heart.
I dedicated the book to my father and friends, but the truth is, while every book I write has a name or two in the dedication, there’s really just one unnamed group of people who it was written for. A group of people I hope is as thrilled with the book as I was when I wrote it:
Robert Browne is an AMPAS Nicholl Award-winning screenwriter who ran screaming from the movie industry and jumped into writing novels.
His first novel, KISS HER GOODBYE, was recently produced in Chicago as a pilot for a CBS Television series tentatively titled THE LINE, by Sony Pictures and Timberman/Beverly Productions, with a script written and directed by Michael Dinner.
Before the jump, he developed screenplays for Showtime, Viacom, Saban/Fox Kids, Krost-Chapin, and Marvel. He was also staff writer for Fox Kids’ Diabolik, and a contributing screenwriter for Spider-Man Unlimited.
Post jump, Rob has written four thrillers for St. Martin’s Press in the U.S., Macmillan in the UK, Droemer Knauer in Germany, with books also published in Russia, Bulgaria and the Netherlands.
His books KISS HER GOODBYE (2007) and WHISPER IN THE DARK (2008 UK/2009 US), are critically acclaimed. Bookfinds.com proclaimed, “This is a writer whose name will soon be a household word” and Publisher’s Weekly gave WHISPER IN THE DARK a starred review: “The deeply satisfying story moves at a furious pace, packed with unexpected and original clues and plot twists.”
His third novel, KILL HER AGAIN, was released by Macmillan UK in May of 2009 and July in the U.S.
DOWN AMONG THE DEAD MEN was released in May, 2010 and has been nominated for a 2011 ITW Thriller Award. Winner to be announced.
His short story, BOTTOM DEAL, can be found in Lee Child’s KILLER YEAR: Stories to Die For, which was released in the U.S. by St. Martin’s and in the UK by Mira. The story has been optioned for television.
His new thriller, THE PARADISE PROPHECY, is out in stores now.
Synopsis: A spectacular thriller inspired by John Milton’s Paradise Lost in which the final chapter of the War in Heaven is about to play out on Earth, with the fate of humanity hanging in the balance.
When God cast the archangel Satan into Hell, ending the War in Heaven, peace prevailed on Earth. Until the fallen angels took revenge in the Garden of Eden. Ever since, mankind has been in a struggle between good and evil, paradise and apocalypse: the fall of Rome, The Crusades, World Wars, nuclear proliferation, the Middle East Crisis… The War in Heaven never really ended-it just changed venues. For millennia, God’s angels have been fighting Satan’s demons on Earth, all in hopes of bringing about Satan’s greatest ambition, the Apocalypse.
Satan has never been closer to his goal than right now.
Agent Bernadette Callahan is a talented investigator at a shadowy government organization known only as Section, on the trail of a serial killer with nearly supernatural abilities. Sebastian “Batty” LaLaurie is a religious historian who knows far too much about the other side- and that hard-earned knowledge is exactly what Callahan needs. This unlikely duo pair up for a race across the globe, decoding clues left in ancient texts from the Bible to Paradise Lost and beyond. In the process they stumble upon a vast conspiracy-one beyond the scope of mankind’s darkest imagination.