Today, I have the pleasure of being a part of The King Whisperers Blog Tour for author Dr. Kerwin Swint. I'd have to admit that I was a little nervous at first because this is the first time I have a professor as a guest. It takes me back to my college days as a highly impressionable Literature Major. But, at the end of the day, I said to my reflection in the mirror, "You can do this!" And so, please welcome to Reads, Reviews, Recommends, Dr. Kerwin Swint. *Feel free to applaud*
Dr. Kerwin Swint is an author, speaker, and professor of politics at Kennesaw State University in Atlanta. Specializing in Campaigns and Elections and Mass Media, he or his work has appeared in a number of national and international media, including CNN, FOX News, the BBC, the ABC program The View, The Wall Street Journal, The Los Angeles Times, NPR, The Toronto Star, The Daily Mail (UK), National Journal, Mental Floss, Publisher’s Weekly, Salon, Slate, The Chronicle of Higher Education, and numerous other media.
1. Please state your name, occupation, and libation of choice for our readers.
Kerwin Swint, author and professor, a beer (these days I'm partial to Hoegaarden)
2. If I were to look into the glove compartment of your car (assuming you hadn't called the cops on me yet) what would I find and why?
Let's see...my insurance card, the manual to my car, some pens, a Kroger Plus card, an oil change receipt, and I think an old Aerosmith cassette.
3. Tell us, what is the genesis of The King Whisperers?
The idea that figures behind the scenes often push history in certain directions; and that times may change but people don't change.
4. What is the impetus that pushed you to write The King Whisperers?
I've always been interested in political advisers, these evil geniuses who may or may not be acting in the best interests of the people.
5. If there was a published work out in the market today (besides yours) that you wish you could have written, what would it be and why?
"Berlin 1961" is a book that looks like something I would have written, or wished I had written.
6. What do you want your readers to get out of reading The King Whisperers?
It's basically story telling - my main goal is to entertain. It's easy with these characters, because most of them are larger than life, and often, truth really is stranger than fiction.
7. You have many interesting chapters in the book, but which is your favorite one and why?
That's tough to say, but probably the chapter on Spies. It had such great stories to tell, like Francis Walsingham, Queen Elizabeth's Spymaster, and Cardinal Richelieu and his relationship with Father Joseph. And that chapter has the last remaining world figure still in power (until very recently) Omar Suleiman, the Spymaster of modern Egypt.
8. If you could rent a place to write in for a month anywhere around the world, where would it be and why?
I do a lot of writing at my cabin in the mountains, so it would probably be a place with a great mountain view - maybe Switzerland, Bavaria, or northern Italy.
9. What advice would you give aspiring writers about rejection?
Get used to it. Judging writing or ideas is a little like art - it can be very subjective. It helps to develop the attitude that "well, it's their loss."
10. Lastly, at the end of the day, what are you most thankful for and why?
Easy - my wife and three kids.
Thank you so much, Dr. Swint, for answering my questions. And thank you for giving us a look into your life, not only as a writer. A toast to the success of The King Whisperers!
Please vote for my blog in the traffic-breaker poll for this tour. The blogger with the most votes wins a free promotional twitterview and a special winner’s badge. I want that to be me! You can vote in the poll by visiting the official King Whisperers blog tour page and scrolling all the way to the bottom.
The next word for the book give-away is BERLIN. Learn more about the give-away and enter to win 1 of 3 copies on the official King Whisperers blog tour page. The other 2 copies are being given-away courtesy of the GoodReads author program, go here to enter. And don’t forget to stop by the Q&A with Kerwin Swint Group to discuss the King Whisperers (including questions from the official book club guide), the author, and his previous works.
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