Interview with George P. Norris, Author of The Devil’s Trident | NewInBooks


What’s the story behind the story? What inspired you to write The Devil’s Trident?

I have written a few novels previously but haven’t written any in the past few years. I had some success with my most recent book, NYPD True, but that was all true stories from my police career. Then, I caught the writing bug again and wanted to write a new novel. I was searching for something more significant than a murder mystery or a cop story. So when the United States pulled its troops out of Afghanistan late this summer, the story just hit me, and I knew I had found my novel.

If you had to pick theme songs for the main characters of The Devil’s Trident, what would they be?

Born to Be Wild by Steppenwolf.

What’s your favorite genre to read? Is it the same as your favorite genre to write?

I love to read cop novels and thrillers. Anything by Nelson DeMille and the Jack Reacher series by Lee Child are among my favorites.

What books are on your TBR pile right now?

I have been binge reading the Jack Reacher series by Lee (and now also Andrew) Child. I have three more books to go in the series. I also have books by my fellow NYPD cops-turned-authors (Michael O’Keefe, Robert Bryan, Ralph Friedman, and Andrew Nelson) that I’m looking forward to reading. I’m probably most looking forward to reading The Maze by Nelson DeMille when it’s released later this year.

What scene in your book was your favorite to write?

I can’t go into too many details on my favorite scene because it is the book’s biggest “Aha!” moment. However, I will say that the scene lasts for a few chapters and takes place when Michael Keough goes back to Afghanistan.

Do you have a motto, quote, or philosophy you live by?

I don’t really consider myself a writer; more of a cop with a few stories to tell.

If you could choose one thing for readers to remember after reading your book, what would it be?

Never forget the true heroes of our country are those first responders and military personnel that go out there every day so the rest of us may live free and safe.

 

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