GUEST INTERVIEW: KALVIN WEAVER

Today I’m interviewing a friend and fellow Trinity Writers’ Workshop member Kalvin Weaver.

Kalvin is a-Kappa Sigma (grand scribe), Thirty Second Degree Master Mason-S/R, Order of the Eastern Star, Rainbow Board.

Kalvin, thank you so much for answering a few questions about your new book,

What inspired you to write your novel?

Current events made me feel insignificant.  I had to put something back into my life.  I needed to be a hero.  I needed to be loved.  I know its fiction, but in my mind I lived these adventures and felt this love.

Tell us a little bit about your book.

KALVIN, aka Kobra, a young strong distance runner is recruited by a mysterious organization to assassinate political figures whose agendas threaten American and global interest.  His objective, “Run in, take the shot, run out.” Due to his loveless marriage, he falls deeply in love with another agent as she has loved him from afar.  As their love affair grows, their missions become more and more dangerous, spiraling them into a realm of espionage.

This is the first novel in a series that depicts a fast action pace from mission to mission.  Readers can follow along as the covert operation moves through actual historic assassinations around the world.

Who are your main characters? What are their goals? What are their conflicts?

Kobra is  a young man recruited during high school for his running ability.  His goal is to get more out of life than what life had given him.  His conflict was killing.

Where can we buy your book?

Amazon:

http://www.amazon.com/Kobra-Diary-Assassin-Kalvin-Weaver/dp/1450792308/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1325632833&sr=1-1
Barnes and Noble:

http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/kobra-kalvin-d-weaver/1108091261?ean=9781450792301&itm=1&usri=kobra+diary+of+an+assassin

What are you working on now?

Kobra’s lover’s book.  She is also an agent. The book chronicles  her missions, her love for Kobra, and is a book in the series with a woman’s perspective.

What do you consider the genre for your book?

Fiction with historical assassinations

Who are your favorite writers?

Herman Melville.

If you weren’t a writer, what would be your dream job?

Porn Star. Just kidding.  I’m a computer programmer and I enjoy it.  Maybe a traveling journalist.

Are the locations you use as settings in your works ones where you have lived or visited?

Yes.  I have traveled all over the world and use my memories and pictures to describe the locations where Kobra has traveled.

Describe you usual work environment (home, café, library?)

Home, in a dark corner with no one around.  My mind can flow and imagine great possibilities.  And I have a very spacious mind to wander around in…

If (when) you become a bestselling writer, with what groups and organizations will you share your windfall?

Science,  cancer research, maybe the develoopment of another giant telescope to help find new places to live as we outgrow this wonderful planet.

When you think of your audience/readers, what effect do you hope your book has on them when they’ve finished reading it?

I hope they enjoy it even half as much as I have had writing it.  I hope that it takes them away to new places, forgetting their troubles for a while, allowing them to be a hero and find the love of their life.

I hope they enjoy it even half as much as I have had writing it.  I hope that it takes them away to new places, forgetting their troubles for a while, allowing them to be a hero and find the love of their life.

Thanks so much for sharing aspects of your writing life here. I look forward to reading your book.

Kalvin Weaver was born in Dallas, Texas in August of 1953.  Born of a working class man that taught him the value of a dollar, how to get things done and to work hard for whoever is paying you.  He went to high school in Pilot Point, Texas were he played football for the winningest coach in Texas football history and attended college at UT Arlington.

Kalvin says he  grew up happy in a Christian home, played drums in a southern rock band in which he was also the lead singer. Later in life, he felt he need something more,  He had some military training and one day relived his earlier life and thought, “What if”.

What if his  training had not been canceled?  What if he had become a patriot, a hero?

Based on this scenario he started writing. Kalvin says that, “In my mind, I have lived what is in my books; the action, the adventure and especially the love.  I have since found a meaning in life.  I’ve de

dicated my life back to God where he led me back to the love of my life, found a good job and set my path back to positive living.  I thank him for all he has done for me every day.”

Kobra

A young strong farm boy is asked to compete in the mile run in high school.  He takes it upon himself to run great distances in order to achieve his goal of a gold medal at the state relays.  During his sophomore year, mysterious men in dark suites, approach him and his parents and ask him if he would like to attend voluntary military training.  He accepts their proposal and is trained in hand to hand combat, throwing knifes and long distance shooting.  Each day consist of running thirty miles, shooting at a thousand yard target, then running back from whence he came.   His training last for two summers and is abruptly stopped which later he finds out is because of a shut down due to political problems.

Several years later, this young man is summoned to work for his country.  His life is not what he expected in his career nor his marriage.   Looking for more out of life he accepts with the promise he may quit at any time.  He is assigned his code name; KOBRA.

His boss, code name LION,  sends Kobra off on many missions to alleviate the world of unsavory men, drug lords, negative political leaders or anyone that might change the world with negative implications on our way of life.

His main objective, “Run in, take the shot, run out.”

Kobra maintains his deception by remaining married and keeping his college studied career in computer programming.  He is passed information on his missions from dead letter drops and phone calls.  Even though his family doesn’t know what he’s doing, his relationship with his wife is deteriorating.

Due to his loveless marriage, he falls deeply in love with another agent, code name Lisa or Dragon.  Lisa has loved Kobra ever since she met him years before.  Kobra falls in love with her, a tall beautiful redhead, at first site.  As their love affair grows, their missions become more and more dangerous, spiraling them into a realm of espionage.

There mission’s crisscross in foreign countries and in the United States.  As their paths intersect, the love for each other grows until they decide they must be together.  Kobra is reassigned by his company to work for a pharmaceutical company inNebraska, where Lisa lives.  They move in together and complete each other.  They continue there missions, some apart, some together, until Lisa is seriously injured.  At that time they decide to move toArubaand retire?

This is the first novel in a series that depicts a fast action pace from mission to mission.

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About Sharon K Owen

I am a fiction writer, a university professor, a copy editor and an online writing teacher. My first Romantic Suspense: Thicker Than Water (Brands Crossing Series) was published in 2011 and the second book in the series, Whatever Goes Around, will be published in 2016. My short stories and poetry have been published in Descant, Concho River Review, Iron Horse, American Literary Review, Trinity Writer's Workshop newsletter and collections of Christmas stories. I am blessed with a loving, supportive family, a multitude of friends and the good fortune to share a cozy sanctuary in North Texas with my two cats (Matt and Cinders).

Posted on January 21, 2012, in Book Recommendations, Trinity Writers Workshop, Writers Groups, Writing and tagged , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 4 Comments.

  1. Cool interview. Kalvin’s a character and glad he’s back at TWW. Very fun. I wish him much success in his writing, sales, and next book.. Thanks for sharing him on your blog.

  2. The cover of Kalvin’s book definitely fits the story.
    Ann

  3. You’re right Ann. It does.

    Sharon

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