Sunday, 13 January 2019

The Hippo Hangs Out . . . . with Tomson Cobb

Today I'm delighted to be hanging out with Tomson Cobb. Tomson's debut novel is called Sakura Spark and it's available to download now, but more about that later.

Let's kick things off with getting to know Tomson a little bit, but I must warn you that he is, by his own admission, 'a bit secret squirrel'!

Photo courtesy of Tomson Cobb

Tomson Cobb has a background in international marketing and trading, with extensive experience of import and export, mainly in electronics. This may have introduced him to various shady operators overseas, and some discrete organisations within the UK.

He respects entrepreneurs who’ve taken risks with their own money to build businesses from scratch, rather than corporate executives with huge salaries that haven’t.

He’s single, lives in London with a very civil female partner. Both love dogs, but currently don’t have one. He likes running, fitness training and playing golf on rare occasions. He also enjoys watching rugby and some other sports, but not soccer. He doesn’t like politicians, bureaucrats or corporate criminals.

You’re thinking this is a short bio but he prefers not to give away too much about himself as he believes it’s safer for all involved. Join the Reader’s Club to learn more.

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What’s your favourite motivational phrase?
Just sit down and write something. Not as straightforward as it sounds because of so many conflicting priorities for a first-time author.

What advice would you give your younger self?
Build a time machine so you can learn from your mistakes before making them. 

Where did your love of books/storytelling/reading/writing etc come from?
Grammar school. Although the teachers at the time were not particularly inspiring, something in those English Language lessons must have started something. Was it Shakespeare? Probably not in my case but a few lines of Robert Browning’s still resonate all these years after - Ah, but a man’s reach should exceed his grasp, or what’s a heaven for.’ I remember I thought long and hard over the conflicting explanations of those words in Andrea Del Sarto and I’m still not sure what he really meant. 

What did you edit out of your last book?
Hundreds of repeated words and ‘too many ings’ from the first draft.

What do you think is more important: characters or plot?
For my genre of Spy Thriller, the plot has to create enough questions for the reader that makes them want to finish the book, but interest in, or at least empathy, with the characters are needed to take them there so without that, the plot isn’t enough in itself.

If you could spend time with a character from your book who would it be and why? What would you get up to?
Maybe I already have?

Do you have any hidden or uncommon talents?
Apart from bottle walking in my younger days, (I once outdistanced a German Olympic Rowing Gold medallist) No. But now you’ve asked, it’s going to keep me awake at night wondering why I don’t. 

What character in your book are you least likely to get along with and why?
Chomsky of course. He exemplifies everything I hate about corruption in business.

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So, that's the man behind the words, now let's find out about Tomson's debut novel, Sakura Spark.

Jago Hale is an ex spy without conviction.

That is until a psychotic assassin working for an international crime organization murders a Russian oligarch and then puts Hale onto his list of targets.

A trip to meet a contact from Mossad leads to an attempt on their lives, but it’s the assassin’s murder of one of his oldest friends that finally persuades Jago to accept another job from his old employers in MI6. Despite his disillusionment with the secret service following the mysterious death of his wife and unborn child a year earlier, he reluctantly agrees to work with them again.

Can he find the killer of his friend, get revenge and find the answers to the many questions about his wife’s death?

What he finds in his travels across the globe while attempting to stop the organisation in its target of infiltrating friendly governments forces Jago to understand the only reason he exists. Retribution.

If you like Bourne, Reacher, Bond or Milton, the new kid on the block, Jago Hale, will prove equally gripping.


Sakura Spark is currently available to download for just 99p (at the time of posting) and I have my copy waiting patiently on my TBR, but that doesn't mean you have to wait for me to read it, take a chance and get your copy now.

You can find out more about Tomson and connect with him using the links below:

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I'd like to thank Tomson for taking the time to stop by today, it's always fun to meet a new author. I'm looking forward to reading Sakura Spark and I wish you lots of luck with it.

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