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The guiltless reader blog has a guest post by Murray Kibblewhite and a giveaway of his eco-thriller The Minke Connection.

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MurrayKibblewhiteMurray kindly aggred to be interviewed to celebrat he launch of his first book ‘The Minke Connection’.

Do you plan everything or just let the story flow?

All my stories, short story’s and novel are carefully planned normally with a definite opening (to gain attention), a middle (where all the meat is) and an ending that hopefully leaves the reader wondering what will happen next and they want to read on further. This formula applies for the overall book, the separate chapters and for each scene.

Do your characters ever want to take over the story?

My stories are plot not character driven.

What is your favourite food?
Vegetable stir fried as I am a vegan.

Are you a morning person or a night owl?
I am a morning person try to use the morning for writing.

Where do you dream of travelling to and why?

I intend writing a number of novels dealing with ecology or environmental issues. So my dream is to leave New Zealand in May each year for up to three months and visit areas I intend writing about.

Do distant places feature in your books?
Yes they do as I am looking for the opportunity to mix and match different locations and different issues to make a compelling story.

Do you listen to music while writing?
Yes I listen to both classical and pop music, as I feel inclined.

Could you tell us a bit about your latest release?

The Minke Connection is my first novel, which I refer to as a RAT! Romantic, Action, Thriller! It outlines the efforts of Greenpeace using the protagonist, John Daroux, to try to stop the Japanese from killing the protected Sperm whale. For years the Japanese whalers have entered the Southern Ocean to kill the small Minke whales for “research” purposes. The initial setting is in the Southern Ocean South of New Zealand where John boards the factory ship to discover evidence of Sperm whales. Together with Whale Researcher, Carrie Ardley, they travel to Tokyo, where they have many adventures escaping from the Yakusa, being poisoned and tortured to eventually forcing the whaling company to cease killing the Sperm whale. John and Carrie become intimately involved but an unfortunate incident drives them apart. There are number of romantic scenes, numerous action situations and the final successful outcome is achieved only after both John and Carrie suffer physically.

What have you learned about writing and publishing since you first started?

Writing is an art that is both exciting and challenging. It is exciting because it allows me to express my ideas and fantasies, but challenging because of the need to plan carefully, research extensively and be patience in writing a long work.

Publishing online is the way to go as people are now moving towards electronic publication. However, it is very challenging as an author to become familiar with all the elements of online publishing. I have decided to employ a younger person to help with the publishing and marketing aspects as she understands the issues more than I do.

Is there anything you would do differently?

No. However, it is a “labour of love” and now that I have completed my first major work I look forward to organising my life more efficiently so I can produce a novel each year for the next few years.

Who, or what, if anything has influenced your writing?

I have read most of the works of Robert Ludlam, Tom Clancy and Ian Fleming and their styles have influenced me. I also attended several writing classes where I received helpful feedback.

Anything you would say to those just starting out in the craft?

Choose a genre that suits you as you need to have incredible perseverance to create and write a major work. Get help in the areas you are not experienced such as publishing and marketing.
What are three words that describe you?

Dreamer, Communicator, Teacher.

What’s your favourite book or who is your favourite writer?

My favourite book was channelled by J. Z. Knight from her Guide called by the same name – “Ramtha”.

Blurb of your latest release or coming soon book
My latest work, ‘The Minke Connection” is to be released by Smashwords on 25 November 2013. The next short story, “Year 21” will be released just before Christmas this year.

List of previous books
I have set up a series of short stories under the heading “Project L.E.L.” This stands for Project Live – Experience – Learn. The first on is “Year 17” and eventually I expect to reach “Year 40”.

Originally from Masterton, a small farming town, Murray Kibblewhite moved to Wellington, the capital of New Zealand, to complete his B.Com. from Victoria University.  He then shifted to Auckland where he has lived for the last forty years. Murray is an author, teacher and businessman and his short stories are available free from Smashwords. His first novel, a thriller, “The Minke Connection”, is available in hard copy from Lulu and e-Book format through Smashwords.

Murray can be found;

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on Goodreads here

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on Lulu here

the-minke-connection-finalcoverSomeone is killing protected sperm whales.

John Daroux is a New Age intellectual, martial arts exponent and Reki master, a Renaissance man with an interest in all things Japanese.  Tasked by Greenpeace to investigate the reports, he is sent to Japan along with Carrie Ardley, a whale researcher dedicated to ending the whaling industry.  They join a Greenpeace ship to hunt down the factory ship and gain proof they are hunting protected whales.  Boarding the factory ship in mid ocean, John finds irrefutable evidence, almost loses his life and becomes Carrie’s lover. While in Tokyo they are followed by the dreaded Yakusa, evade being poisoned, and survive being frozen alive.

Mark Stafford is the chief of Greenpeace, competent and urbane.  He travels to Tokyo with his beautiful associate, Petra van de Roer, to find the reason why the giant trading company, Mosaka Corporation, is killing the protected Sperm whales. While unravelling the mystery he is confronted by the cut called the League of Blood and learns the more sinister reason behind the killings.

Will the persistent efforts of the environmental protectors Greenpeace be enough to save the whales?

The Minke Connection is a thriller with plenty of action and romance and a spellbinding saga. While not strong on characterisation there is development of individual personalities. The main characters experience a variety of challenging situations which makes for exciting reading. The author has incorporated interesting and carefully researched details about whales, dolphins and the Japanese culture and history to make the story both credible and compelling.  It incorporates business versus environmentalism, big organizations versus small and expectation versus experience.   I’m eagerly looking forward to finding out what happens next.

Murray Kibblewhite

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Reviewed by Jan

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