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Where The Fulcrum Lies


AUTHOR'S THOUGHTS

WHAT INSPIRED YOU TO WRITE Where the Fulcrum Lies?
I ran into a one-liner somewhere on the Internet about a man who did something outrageous in real life and paid a high price for it. I thought, What might make a person do something like that in a fictive world? This coincided with my budding interest in writing. Now, several years later, I have a story where my protagonist meets a fate much like his real-life counterpart.
WHEN DID YOU BEGING WRITING Where the Fulcrum Lies?
I started working on it in the late 2000s. The beginning was trudging through mud; while working on the story, I had to study writing. For a beginner, structuring a novel is a huge challenge. Another challenge was the language. English is not my mother tongue. And to top it all off, my bread-and-butter work was always in the way.
DO YOU HAVE PLANS TO WRITE MORE BOOKS IF THE FUTURE?
I’m working on the sequel to Where the Fulcrum Lies. The driving force in the story is a detail that remains unresolved in the first book. It will be a spy story.
WHAT DO YOU HOPE READERS TAKE AWAY FROM YOUR STORY?
I’m hoping my readers will have a memorable reading experience. I believe there’s something new and different in the story. Cold War aficionados should find my story intriguing thanks to its point of view—the events in the story are seen and experienced by a nuclear physicist behind the Iron Curtain.
WHAT DO YOU THINK SETS YOUR BOOK APART FROM OTHER BOOKS IN THIS GENRE?
Regardless of the larger-than-life events happening in the background, my story focuses on one man’s struggle against the system and his drift toward the final solution. I’m taking time to go deep into the protagonist’s mind to expose his inner thoughts, feelings, and motives, whether it’s about the underlying tragedy he must come to grips with or his love life.