Andrew E. Kaufman is an award winning journalist and author who this year became one of the highest-grossing independent authors with combined sales of more than one 150-thousand e-books in just three months. The Lion, the Lamb, the Hunted: A Psychological Thriller was on Amazon’s Top 100 for more than one-hundred days. It became their seventh bestselling title out of more than one million e-books available nationwide and number one in its genre. Andrew’s first novel, While the Savage Sleeps, made the Top 100 as well and was number one in its genre, passing up Stephen King’s two most recent titles. Both books are bestsellers in the United Kingdom and Germany.
Andrew was also a writer for Chicken Soup for the Soul: The Cancer Book (Simon & Schuster/2009) where he chronicled his battle with the disease.
After receiving his journalism and political science degrees at San Diego State University, Andrew began his writing career as an Emmy-nominated writer/producer, working at the CBS affiliate in San Diego, then in Los Angeles. For more than ten years, he produced special series and covered many nationally known cases, including the O.J. Simpson Trial.
Andrew lives in Southern California, along with his Labrador Retrievers, 2 horses, and a very bossy Jack Russell Terrier who thinks she owns the place.
Give us the elevator pitch about The Lion, the Lamb, the Hunted. (Great cover by the way!)
Nearly thirty years after 3-year old Nathan Kingsley mysteriously disappears from his home in broad daylight, Patrick Bannister unwittingly stumbles across evidence among his dead mother’s belongings. It paints her as the killer, and her brother, a rich and powerful senator as the one pulling the strings.
Tell us about the protagonist and antagonist in the story – what do you like about them?
Patrick Bannister is a deeply flawed but extremely likable protagonist. He’s a journalist trapped by his own words. He suffers from OCD and is compelled to make lists, writing the same words over and over. He’s also a bleeder, which makes him physically vulnerable (in addition to being emotionally so as well).
Bill Williams is an unusual antagonist in that he doesn’t actually appear until the end of the book. For most of it, the reader only sees what he wants them to, and he spends most of his time playing mind games with Patrick and freaking him out. It’s good fun, but pretty creepy.
How do you work on a story to bring the components like character and plot together into the final product?
I’m what you would call a pantser. That is to say I write by the seat of my pants. I’ve never been one to do outlines–they feel too restrictive and only confuse me. I go on my intuition when I create my stories, letting the characters dictate the story. It seems to work well for me.
What is one thing that has helped you develop as a writer?
I don’t know if there’s really any one thing. I think it’s a number of things. My training and experience as a journalist has certainly helped me develop good writing skills and habits. My passion for reading has shaped my love for the written word. I also think fear is a good motivator and I use it as such. I’m always worried my current work won’t be good enough; that keeps me in line. It also keeps me stretching and trying to improve.
You’ve been incredibly successful, and perhaps a model for Amazon’s KDP Select. What is the most successful thing you’ve done to market your book(s)?
I spent years building my audience one person at a time, and I treat my readers with the utmost respect and gratitude (which they completely deserve). I know that sounds very elementary, but it’s worked for me. I actually know many of my readers by name and communicate with them on a regular basis. I genuinely care about them, appreciate their support, and I show it in every way possible.
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