Andre K Baby


André K. Baby


1) How is your last name pronounced?

“Bawbee”. It’s an old French name. Needless to say, I've had a bit of ribbing over it during the years.


2) When will your next book come out?

“The Chimera Sanction” is due for publication in early 2014.


3) When did you become interested in becoming a writer?

I can't pinpoint exactly when I decided to become a writer, but the idea started germinating during the time I was practicing law. I was constantly thinking of how fulfilling and fun it would be to fictionalize and put down on paper situations and cases I had to deal with as a lawyer. My hectic schedule didn't allow it at the time, but when I decided to terminate my practice, I had a lot of time on my hands. That’s when I began to take writing more seriously.


4) What is your work schedule like?

Quite erratic. Sometimes I get a scene in my head and work through until it's finished. Other days, I'm quite happy to write for a few hours, morning or afternoon. The rest of the day is filled with mundane chores around the house, practicing the piano, or going for a bicycle ride. I try to reserve weekends for quality time with my wife.


5) What authors do you read?

I became interested in the thriller genre early on. I remember being fascinated by Erskine Childer’s “Riddle of the Sands”, the very first thriller according to Ken Follett. I devoured Graham Greene’s novels, as I did Ian Fleming’s. Not to say I don't read other genres, but the majority of the books I read are thrillers. I’m probably still being influenced by the likes of Graham Greene, Lawrence Durrell, Sidney Sheldon, Dan Brown, Michael Crichton, David Baldacci and John Grisham.


6) How do I contact you?

Write me through my website “Contact the Author” section below. I usually respond within a couple of days, but don't hold me to it.


7) What are you writing now?

Presently, I'm writing “Hijacked”.


8) Any advice for aspiring authors?

Speaking from my own limited experience, I think the most difficult thing an aspiring author must do is to separate the wheat from the chaff. There are so many “how to” books out there, each asserting with unquestionable authority its “Rules” about writing. Granted, some are useful, but only as a very broad guide. I would find it mind-numbing to think that at point X in my novel, I must absolutely have reached the “The first sub arc of the B story”. Heck, I’ve read some excellent novels that don’t even have a B story. I think Lawrence Durrell put it accurately when he quipped: “there are only three rules in writing. The trouble is everyone's forgotten them.” I find John Le Carré, Stephen King, Ken Follett and others offer the best guidance when they say: “write a lot , read a lot.” Unfortunately there is no “wunder pill”, but I'm told they’re working on it.