This week we are delighted to bring you a Q&A with Piotr Mierzejewski. An avid fan of military thrillers, police procedures and science fiction in all its forms, Piotr’s first break as a fiction writer came with the publication of a short story for his high school’s year book back in the day. These early endeavours have since inspired him to try his hand at writing a series of novellas and short novels set within in a singular universe.
Can you tell us a little about yourself?
I am of Polish origin, hailing from New Zealand. Am also addicted to wheelchairs by virtue of being born with a disability.
Can you give us a brief description of your book?
CHIMERA: DOUBLE CROSS is a speculative fiction story, featuring Chief Gene Bukowski and a team of special agents from CHIMERA – a black-ops criminal interdiction task force administered by Interpol – as they stumble across sinister plans of corporate control over Western and Southern Africa.
How/ where did you research your novel?
As my story had my characters move from such locations as Sierra Leone, Ghana and South Africa, I can truly say that GoogleMaps and the library were my friends. It also helped that I have family living round those parts too.
What’s more important: characters or plot?
Definitely characters, they live with their consequences.
What was the most challenging part of the book?
- Starting the book
- Then the editing process
- Then letting it go to getting it submitted.
What does literary success look like to you?
Each new book gets better, while at the same time people get to enjoy what I write. Ultimately, I’d love to make a living out of it.
What do you do in your free time when you aren’t writing?
Swim and exercise.
Thank you for reading. If you found it interesting and would like to know more about Piotr then you can find him and his books at the links below: