Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Interview with David S. Brody, author of Oath of Nimrod



Title: Oath of Nimrod
Author: David S. Brody
Publisher: Eyes That See
Pages: 283
Genre: Historical Suspense
Format: Paperback/Ebook

 A mysterious race of North American giants. An ancient Hebrew inscription in a Cherokee burial mound. A blood oath made by blindfolded Freemasons. Are these three historical oddities the reason the CIA is trying to brainwash historian Cameron Thorne and his fiancée Amanda Spencer-Gunn? The answer lies buried in the legends of the Knights Templar, within the rituals of the secretive Freemasons and, most significantly of all, inside the bowels of the Smithsonian Institution. The problem for Cam and Amanda? If they go rummaging around the Smithsonian, they may find themselves buried alongside the ancient giants.

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  • Oath of Nimrod is available at Amazon.
Q: Welcome to The Writer's Life, David S. Brody.  Can you tell us a little bit about yourself and how long you’ve been writing?

A:  Most people know the line, “Paul is a real estate novelist,” from Billy Joel’s song, “The Piano Man.” That’s me. I’m a real estate attorney by trade, one of those frustrated lawyers who always wanted to be a writer. I had been writing off and on since college, but I became serious about it not long after my oldest daughter was born in 1994. Suddenly my wife and I found ourselves tethered to our home. We both had always wanted to write, so we put together a schedule (alternating writing with diaper duty) and each pounded out our first novel. The Oath of Nimrod is my seventh novel. That Billy Joel song still makes me smile.


Q: Can you please tell us about your book and why you wrote it?

A:  The Oath of Nimrod is a continuation of the “hidden history” themes I began exploring in Cabal of the Westford Knight. These novels are set in modern times but are triggered by artifacts scattered around North America that seem to point to European explorers arriving here long before Columbus. I call this series the “Templars in America” series as many of these artifacts point to the Knights Templar as being foremost among these early explorers.

I was first inspired to write this novel when I came across dozens of newspaper accounts from the 1800s recounting the unearthing of giant human skeletons by farmers and other American pioneers. (When I say ‘giant,’ I am referring to skeletons ranging from 7.5 feet to 12 feet in height). There were simply too many of these accounts to dismiss them all as hoaxes or mistakes. Further, these skeletons seemed to be consistent with Native American legends of a race of warlike giants centered south of the Great Lakes. My research came full circle when I discovered that the Freemasons, whom many believe were heirs to the outlawed Knights Templars, conduct secret rituals and possess ancient customs honoring one of the Biblical giants, Nimrod. Who were these giants, I wondered, and how did they get here? And are they related to the Biblical giants revered by the Freemasons?


Q: What were some of the biggest challenges you faced writing it?

A:  Trying to find evidence of ancient giants can be frustrating—there are many newspaper accounts of unearthed skeletons, but most skeleton bones have decayed over the decades and a 1989 federal law required that all bones still extant be reburied. Likewise, gaining access to Masonic secrets and rituals is always a challenge. So I had to do a lot of digging—for both bones and secrets.

Q: Do you have a press kit and what do you include in it?  Does this press kit appear online and, if so, can you provide a link to where we can see it?

A:  My press kit includes a book synopsis, book description, author bio, cover shot, and author photo. All of these items can be downloaded from my website, www.DavidBrodyBooks.com

Q: Have you either spoken to groups of people about your book or appeared on radio or TV?  What are your upcoming plans for doing so?

A:  I have a number of speaking engagements scheduled with Masonic groups around New England.  In addition, I will be appearing as a guest expert on the History Channel series, Search for the Lost Giants (premieres November, 2014). I will also be appearing as a guest expert on an episode of New England Legends, airing on PBS channels in Rhode Island and Massachusetts (October-November, 2014).

Q: Do you have an agent and, if so, would you mind sharing who he/is is?  If not, have you ever had an agent or do you even feel it’s necessary to have one?

A:  I do not have an agent. I was fortunate enough to have success with my first novel without the assistance of an agent, and have never retained one since.

Q: Did you, your agent or publisher prepare a media blitz before the book came out and would you like to tell us about it?

A:  New Shelves, out of Troy, New York, is handling the promotion and media blitz for this book. Their work includes social media, virtual touring, media outreach, review solicitation, and author page management. 

Q: Do you plan subsequent books?

A:  I have written four novels in this “hidden history” series and am currently working on a fifth.
  
Q: Thank you for your interview, David.  Would you like to tell my readers where they can find you on the web and how everyone can buy your book?


A:  The easiest way to buy this book, and my previous ones, is on Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/The-Oath-Nimrod-MK-Ultra-Smithsonian/dp/0990741303/ref=pd_sim_b_3?ie=UTF8&refRID=0XCT7BAN2BWK8ZN85AJ4 . They are also available on Kindle and Nook.

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David S. Brody is a Boston Globe bestselling fiction writer named Boston's "Best Local Author" by the Boston Phoenix newspaper. A graduate of Tufts University and Georgetown Law School, he is a former Director of the New England Antiquities Research Association (NEARA) and is an avid researcher in the subject of pre-Columbian exploration of America. He has appeared as a guest expert on documentaries airing on History Channel, Travel Channel, PBS and Discovery Channel.
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