From the author!
That's me. Kevin Tinto. Reviews are important. No, they are critical in the world of Amazon and Kindle. No just, "I loved it. What a great book." Like your mom would write. (Thanks Mom BTW.) But a review that's in depth, that gets to the heart of the story. Does it wallow about like an old freighter, on its last journey? Does it have characters that have dimension, or are they straight out of Saturday morning kid's TV? Will it take me places I haven't been, as a reader? Bottom line, is it worth hours and hours of my time, or should I watch those LOST re-runs--again?
I like stories that move. I'm not interested in hearing about how Aunt Martha left a million dollars, and I spent it on this...and this...and this...and now I'm homeless, living under the pier in Santa Cruz. Now, I could write a story about waking up, broke and near death under the pier in Santa Cruz, but it's gonna start right there, and sure enough, just when you thought things couldn't get a lot worse, they will.
I don't want the story to push you along. I want that feeling when you're just at the top of a monster roller coaster, and your stomach is pushing up into your throat and you know that all the tea in China, won't stop that plunge. All the tea in China can't stop you from turning the next page.
Readers want validation that it's going to be a good read. If not, they can always blame it on those darn reviews. Ha! ICE isn't just a good read. It's gonna sling your ass into a tornado you can't step away from. Please feel free to read that in a more politically correct version if necessary. :)
For those that need a (one) minute trailer for a taste: ICE video trailer! writingthrillers.com
Caution! Some (minor) plot spoilers. But wow, great climbing video by me...and some awesome visuals that will give you a sense of ICE, as a story and an event.
ICE is a thrill ride from beginning to end. It was ten years in the works. Yes, ten years. When a famous author was asked why it took so long to write her book, her response was, "I had a life!" I like that one. I'm going to use it. That's my story and I'm sticking with it.
ICE covers many genre. I spent a lot of time researching cliff dwellers in Southern Colorado, New Mexico and Arizona. Lots of time working around these dwellings, while living in New Mexico. If you've been to the cliff dwellings, especially the ones in Gila, you wonder what drove people into such brutal conditions?
I have always had a passion for mountaineering. It will strip you down to your most basic building blocks, emotionally and physically. I wanted to convey that visceral feel of being on a real climb, with people who risked, and lost their lives in pursuit of a summit. Climbing guides are super human--I know you don't believe that, but I do. I've seen the most amazing feats, including rescues by guides, that the most talented athlete in a standard sport could not even attempt.
I love the travel log feel of James Bond movies. Like a GoPro camera, I want the writing to take the reader into the environment and then make them hang on for dear life.
The characters to be real, and fun. Too many novels are written in such a serious tone, that I'm exhausted wading through them. Those of us who do participate in risky adventure, get a gallows humor about it. It's a way to deal with the emotion of having people die in your company.
Conflict. One of the things that drove Leah, and her estranged husband, mountain climbing guide, Jack Hobson apart was risk. The risk that he took, guiding high priced clients up Mt. Everest. She knew that he would never leave a client to die on the mountain alone. That he'd stay, even though he could get down easily. Now Leah is in the same situation. Desperate to solve a mystery, knowing that she will put herself, her friends and others at deadly risk, following her passion.
I'm a pilot, and have always loved aircraft and boats. There is nothing more fun than flying into some remote region for adventure, on a shaky old DC3, wondering if you're going to get to where you're going, or crash in the jungle. Well, it seems like fun now... Of course I'm on solid ground.
Much of ICE is written based upon my own experiences. I think writing based upon genuine experience always reads better than book-based research. Except for Tom Clancy.
Give ICE a shot! It will be one of the most exciting adventures you'll experience, while never leaving your couch.
What's next? Everyone want's to know what is next, so I'm working right now on the sequel to ICE, entitled ICE GENESIS. You can see a preview trailer for ICE GENESIS at: