It is our pleasure to once again chat with bestselling author Jeremy Robinson, author of the bestselling thriller Antarktos Rising, the newly-released Kronos, and the forthcoming Chess Team novels.
You've had quite a year. Can you catch us up on the major happenings in your publishing career?
2008 started with a bang... well, three months into 2008, it started with a bang. In March I received funding from an investor for Variance Publishing, which absorbed my small press, Breakneck Books. Because of this deal, Variance has already republished Antarktos Rising as a mass market and is publishing Kronos, as you know, as a mass market as well. We were also able to sign bestselling authors like Steve Alten and Steven Savile. About a week later I was offered a three-book deal from Thomas Dunne, an imprint of St. Martins. They will be releasing my first hardcover, Pulse, on May 26th, 2009. Now I’m really earning that “most reliable author” spot! To top all this off, before March ended I landed a big budget anime film deal for Antarktos Rising.
For those who are not familiar with you and your work, can you give us a quick bio and tell us about your history in publishing?
I started my writing career as an illustrator actually, doing comics. That lead to writing comics, then screenplays. My first published book was The Screenplay Workbook, a non-fiction title about... writing screenplays. I then wrote my first novel, The Didymus Contingency, which was read, and blurbed by non-other than James Rollins (this is back when Deep Fathom had just come out). Encouraged by Rollin’s support I self-published The Didymus Contingency in 2005, which became a Barnes & Noble.com bestseller and caught the attention of my literary agent, Scott Miller at Trident Media Group. In 2006 I started a small press, Breakneck Books, using three credit cards, and published two more of my books, Raising the Past and Antarktos Rising as well as books by ten other authors. My books continued to sell well enough that they attracted the attention of Thomas Dunne and led to that deal as well as the investor, and movie deal.
Will the release of the Chess Team series spell the end of your Biblically-connected thrillers?
I don’t think so. I have one more in the works, titled Ache. It’s one of my more ambitious storylines and is 1/3 complete. Ache will be coming out from Variance, probably in 2010. That said, if the audience for the Chess Team books is massive compared to the others, then you’ll probably see me doing more of those than the Biblical speculation stories... though we may see a biblical connection in book three of the Chess Team, just not as central.