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Monday, October 26, 2009

Review & Interview: Through the Triangle by C.P Stewart

I am thrilled to announce that I am featuring my first ever author interview today.
Please welcome C.P Stewart author of the new sci-fi thriller and mystery Through the Triangle


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Jake Myers and his semi-estranged teenaged son Nathan were supposed to be on a healing jaunt: a Florida vacation spent deep-sea fishing and theme park hopping. But they and the three other passengers aboard Oblique View happened to be in the wrong place at the right time – in a storm within the Devil’s Triangle. On a deserted shore, they discover they are in the right place at the wrong time – the Florida coast nearly three-hundred years in the future. Then there’s the metropolis nearby that appears to be deserted … appears, that is...

Now, this group is about to confront a dangerous species - part animal/part human … that can see in the dark. Together with a loose association of other humans, fellow travelers cast off in this strange land and strange time, they’ll have to rely on instinct and cunning to survive. But something as deadly as the Devil’s Triangle they just passed through might be one of their own…

What follows is a journey of enlightenment as Jake discovers the shocking historical events leading to this new reality and the love lurking right under his nose. It all combines for a savvy time-travel thriller that will keep you guessing right up until the shocking finale.

One of my favorite unexplained world mysteries is the “Bermuda Triangle”. So when I read the back cover of this book I immediately placed it on the top of my “TBR” list.

The book begins at a rest stop where Allen Cranston has been murdered by Manny Contraldo. Manny who has just broke out of prison and is in a hurry to get out of the country to evade the police force, discovered that Allen was on his way to a deep sea fishing trip, the perfect escape and decided to pose as him. He soon realized though that he wouldn’t be able to execute that plan, since there are four other people going on the fishing trip that was expecting a one Allen Cranston to join them. Mason Bankowski, Captain of the Oblique View. The father-son Jake and Nathan Meyers and Juan, Mason's assistant. So while Manny is hurriedly formulating plan b, they encountered a freak storm that was both quick and short lived. Then, strange things begin to happen.

On their quest for answers they are faced with frightening discoveries. They have actually entered the Devils Triangle and the storm they encountered has transported them 300+ years into the future where mutants - half-man/half animal exist. There, technologies are light years in advance, with genetically modified food, strange buildings and people who refer to themselves as Azul Ojos which means Blue Eyes.

The book was well written and the plot was thorough. The idea of those lost ships, planes and people transported into another dimension after entering the “Bermuda triangle” has always sparked my curiosity. So, for me, reading this book was totally awesome. Futuristic and Sci-Fi stories are not really my favorite genre but every once in a while I'll stumble onto something like this book that is worth recommending.

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Interview with the book's author: Charles Stewart

PL&P: Can you please tell us something about the book.
C.P Stewart: Although Through the Triangle is classified as science fiction, I wrote it to also appeal to readers of genres other than science fiction. Readers who appreciate thriller and adventure genres, or just want an interesting read are showing interest in it. The story follows five individuals as they experience the capriciousness of the Devil’s Triangle and then must cope with the consequences, since reversing the effects is not possible. They discover that they are now in the year 2283 and, as you can imagine, history has taken its course and they now must deal with the results of that history.

PL&P: When and where did you begin to write?
C.P Stewart: I started writing Through the Triangle in the living room of my son’s condo in Naples, Florida while visiting him for Thanksgiving in 2004.

PL&P: What inspired you to write your first book? Why the Bermuda Triangle?
C.P Stewart: I have been curious about the Bermuda Triangle since I first read about it, and the concept of time-travel has always fascinated me. Some of the main elements of the story had been rattling around in my head for decades, but I didn’t seriously consider writing until I retired from full-time teaching. At that time, I figured I would try to put something on paper and see if it would lead anywhere; at least I could see if the story would have an ending. After a few chapters, the characters took on a life of their own and the story took off in directions I hadn’t even planned … you might say the story almost wrote itself.

PL&P: Is one of the characters based on you or someone you know?
C.P Stewart: None of the characters are based on actual individuals; however I patterned Scotty’s speech and accent on what I remember of my grandfather who emigrated from Scotland with his wife and two small children.

PL&P: What are the reactions of your family, friends and students when they heard that you are going to release your first book?
C.P Stewart: Actually, not many people outside of my immediate family knew I was writing until the book was published. I have not made a public announcement locally as yet, but word is spreading quickly by word-of-mouth. So far, the reaction of everyone has been extremely positive.

PL&P: In your interview with Simon Barrett, you mentioned that you had a hard time getting through the big publishing companies. What was the greatest challenge in being a new writer?
C.P Stewart: Obviously, the biggest challenge to new writers is trying to convince an agent or publisher that what you have is worthwhile. Writing the illusive query letter, by guessing what that agent or publisher is looking for, is a formidable challenge. As I learned from Simon during his interview for Blog Talk Radio, more than 300,000 new books were issued ISBN numbers last year alone, so obviously in today’s economy, publishers are more fearful than ever about taking a chance on an unproven commodity. They are out to make money, not throw it at something that is not guaranteed to make a profit. By publishing as I did, the book is out there where people can read it and I retain all my rights, which gives me the option of considering publishing offers, should any be forthcoming in the future.

PL&P: What was the most rewarding experience while writing Through the Triangle?
C.P Stewart: I would have to say the most rewarding experience has come since the book was published by hearing readers say how much they enjoyed the book. No matter how much a first time writer believes in his book, there is still that unsettling feeling that readers and reviewers will not have the same feeling about it. It is extremely reassuring to have a reviewer say, “This just might be the best book I have reviewed this year.” and “Truly, it is one of the best Sci-fi books I have read since Stranger in a Strange Land.” Even giving a book to a local businessman and then having him say he enjoyed it from the first word to the last is rewarding.

PL&P: Do you have a book that you read recently and feel that it hasn't been noticed enough?
C.P Stewart: Yes, I just read a book that was written by MaryAnn Aikins, entitled, “They’ll Teach You a Lesson,” that I think should be mandatory reading for every new parent and every teacher in the country. Each chapter relates a lesson she learned from an individual child while teaching pre-school, and how those children’s experiences were the product of their parents’ actions toward them. Every parent and teacher could learn many lessons about how to treat innocent children to allow them to grow into happy, well-adjusted adults.

PL&P: Who is your favorite writer, and how did they influence your work?
C.P Stewart: Tough question. I don’t think I have a favorite writer, but have learned much from various authors: James Rollins, Kathy Reichs, Clive Cussler, Robert B. Parker, Cormac McCarthy, and others. I mostly read for the story and not the writer.

PL&P: Your book has been receiving positive feedbacks. Congratulations. I myself is impressed, I even got my father-in-law to read your book.
Do you have other books in the works? Will it have the same concept as Through the Triangle? Can you give us a little bit of information about it?
C.P Stewart: I prefer to write stories that I would like to read, as I did with Through the Triangle. I have a couple of books started: Lykoi, in which a northern Pennsylvania lawman deals with early winter weather, an attempted kidnapping, and a shape-shifter while trying to solve a murder, and Redland, a story set in the not-too-distant future dealing with a government cover-up of a sabotaged mission to Mars. Although these two are fairly well under way, the reception of Through the Triangle has me contemplating two sequels: Beyond the Triangle, where Jake and his family travel to see their friends in Florida only to find them imprisoned by corrupt military officials, and Above the Triangle, which follows Jake and his family as he accepts a job on the space colony at L5 as Water Treatment Supervisor … a “Triangle trilogy.” We’ll see.

PL&P: Aside form and Barnes and Noble, where else can we buy your book? And do you have any event that you have on schedule that you wanted to plug?
C.P Stewart: The book can also be ordered through most bookstores, and also from Outskirts Press. Additionally, it is available in e-book and Kindle form. If sales go well and the good reviews keep posting on and, some bookstores may actually begin to stock it. Remember that bookstores have only so much space, the vast majority of which is stocked by books from large publishers, and that doesn’t leave much room for books from first-time writers unless they have shown to have a decent following.

The book has only been out about six-weeks, so I have yet to schedule marketing events, but Outskirts Press is including it in their ad in the December 13th New York Times book review section. This book would make a good Christmas gift for anyone who likes to read. Additionally, I should have a blog up and running sometime this week at for any of your readers that may be interested in interacting with me or following the trials and tribulations of a first-time author.

Thank you for reviewing Through the Triangle and setting up this interview. I wish you the best at Peace, Love, and Pat. God bless.

PL&P: Thank you also for giving me the opportunity to read your book and conduct this interview. Much luck for this book and for your future project.


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