Q&A: Nameless by Joe Conlan

Welcome to our first ever Q&A!! Are you excited? We know we are! Today we wanted to introduce you to Joe Conlan and his first book, Nameless.
It’s $0.99 right now on Amazon, so go grab it if you like what you read. First off, read what Nameless is all about:

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Blurb from Goodreads:

Chilling and taut, NAMELESS, introduces a fresh and exciting twist on the deadly game of cat and mouse. By virtue of one impulsive and deeply human, but all too grave mistake, a good and decent man finds himself pitted against the embodiment of evil and threatened with losing everything and everyone he loves and values; including the pristine reputation he has endeavored all his adult life to establish.

FBI Special Agent in Charge Daniel Falcone unwittingly steps onto course for a head-on collision with a frighteningly brilliant psychotic serial killer, whose harrowing childhood abuse and neglect left him devoid of humanity and salivating for revenge. Framed for a brutal murder on a commercial cruise ship, and fighting for the right to raise his sons and clear his name, Falcone races against the clock and struggles to keep his eyes on the prize, even while his profound guilt and self-loathing threaten to destroy him faster than his maniacal adversary.

Sounds amazing right? We hope you like thrillers as much as we do!! But let’s get to know the author:

Hello Joe, can we call you Joe? What are the three must know things about the person that makes Joe Conlan?

Yes, of course you can call me Joe. Three must know things, huh? Hmmm. Well, first of all, my mind really isn’t as warped as one would think after reading Nameless. At least I don’t think it is. I’m just as crazy as the next guy, but I wouldn’t harm a fly. I absolutely love Nutella. So, if you ever want to buy me a gift, the big jar would definitely do. 🙂 Does that count as three? Well, if not, I am a big-time dog lover. I have two Rhodesian Ridgebacks, Pea and Bea who I absolutely adore.

So we know – yes, we do our homework! – you were an attorney for several years. Is this where you got your inspiration from for Nameless or is it a trade secret?

My inspiration for writing Nameless is not a secret. From the time I first started reading as a young teenager, my admiration for the written word and those who wrote them made me want to write a  novel myself. For some unknown reason, I didn’t try my hand at it until I was 50 years old. I was actually at a family gathering for my daughter’s 20th birthday. At that point, I was already retired from the practice of law. During conversation, I announced to the group that I have always wanted to write a novel. My ex-father-in-law, in his inimitable way then asked, “Well what the hell is keeping you from doing it?” My ex-wife contributed, “Write about a cruise ship murder.” That day, I wrote the first words of Nameless.

As we are already talking about your book, are you working on another project?

Yes, indeed, I am writing a second novel which is very near completion. The title is When White Fades to Black. It will be a continuation in a series of books with the character Daniel Falcone and a few of the others in Nameless. WWFTB is more in the style of a David Baldacci political thriller involving the subject of white supremacy and domestic terrorism. 

Wow, looking forward to that!! As we are both ferocious readers, we would like to know, what are you reading right now and what book or books can you read over and over again and why?

I am currently reading a novel by J.T Warren, a fellow indie author, Blood Mountain. Though what I’m about to tell you has no reflection on the book’s quality, I have to confess that I have not found much time for reading lately. With the success of Nameless in the UK, the efforts to promote it further in the USA, UK and Canada and working hard to finish When White Fades to Black, I have not found much time for my favorite pastime. There is only one book that I have ever read more than once in my life, To Kill a Mockingbird. I’ve read it 5 times.

Hey I like To Kill a Mockingbird too. I read it in school, but as with all good books, it just calls to you again. Do you have a favorite author and did he or she – or them –  inspire you? Do you recognize their influence in your writing?

I have several favorite authors, but if I was forced to choose one or two, they would be Stephen King and Anne Rice. I’m not so sure that I would presume to say that I see them in my own writing. If so, I would see Stephen King more than Anne Rice. There is no question that both of those authors inspired me to write. I have the deepest respect and admiration for them and to be able to just call myself an author like they is a huge honor.

And of course, the million dollar question, how did you start writing?

I guess I cheated by already answering this question in a previous response. I’ll expound a little. I think that maybe the reason why I waited so long to write was because I feared that I would not be capable. When my ex-father-in-law made the comment that sparked the writing of Nameless, I didn’t have any excuses. I didn’t work and had all the time in the world. But, I still didn’t know whether I could write a book that people would find worthy of reading. So, I asked family members and friends who were avid readers to read the manuscript as I wrote it. I begged them to be brutally honest with me as I didn’t want to waste my time writing, excuse my French, crap. To my great relief, it turned out that I couldn’t write the story fast enough for them.

It’s great that you have the support from your family and friends. Do you recognize some things of yourself in the characters you write?

I recognize my own personality traits in many of the characters in Nameless. Though I am not nearly as smart as Daniel Falcone (I’m not sure that I’m Harvard material) and could never track down a serial murderer, I would say he is the character with whom I share the most.

If Nameless would be made into a movie, who would be your number one choice to play Daniel Falcone?

I can tell you that when I created Shem, I had a definite image in my mind of Ryan Gosling. For Daniel, I struggle between James Franco and Ryan Reynolds. I don’t like not answering the question, so if I had to choose, I’d go with Ryan Reynolds.

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Hmm… Ryan Reynolds, we can see that working out 😉

Is there something you would like to tell your fans out there? Here, have my soapbox

Actually there is. Being an indie author, I have made use of the social media for advertising and promotion purposes as it is one of the few sources I have at my disposal. I have learned that my absolute favorite part of this whole process is connecting with my readers.  I invite anyone who will or has read Nameless to stay in touch and feel free to correspond with me through Twitter, FacebookGoodreads.com or my email address, joe@joeconlan.com.

It was very nice talking to you Joe. But one last question: Hero or Villain? And why?

I assume you’re asking me if I’m a hero or villain? If so, I don’t think I’m either. I’m definitely not a villain. It gives me great pleasure to do things for people and help when I can. If I were trapped in a corner and couldn’t get out without choosing one, I would say hero. I admire heroes. I love to hate villains.   

It was really fun talking to you Joe and we are looking forward to your next novel. And you know folks, Joe did not come empty handed! You can win a signed paperback copy of Nameless!! And for our international readers, we have a kindle copy, because no good kindle can do without a good book right?

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