Drug lord Juan Carlos Martinez has been in prison eight years when one of the men that put him there, Detective Escobar, is presented with a vacation for his years of public service. But when Detective Gabriel Emory saves Escobar’s life during a drug bust, Esco gives Gabriel the vacation. The only problem? This is no vacation. It’s a trap. Martinez has escaped from prison and he’s gathering everyone who convicted him for a little game. The first person to cross a remote island wilderness in forty-eight hours lives. The rest die. And even though Gabriel had nothing to do with putting Martinez in prison, he’s along for the ride
On your mark. Get set…
SURVIVE by TJ Vargo ~ Only One Can Live
Targeted Age Group: 16 and older
Book Price: $0.99
How is Writing In Your Genre Different from Others?
SURVIVE was the first novel I wrote using an outline. I’ve since used outlines for other genres, but writing a straight thriller seemed, to me, to be a good genre for outlining. Having characters work their way through a life and death situation with the clock winding down was also different than other novels I’ve written because I could feel the clock ticking for my characters as I wrote. It was a fun experience.
What Advice Would You Give Aspiring Writers?
Learn from as many people and places as you can. Understand that writing is hard and takes time to master.
TJ Vargo is an author from the rustbelt, hard-luck town of Mansfield, Ohio. He’s written novels in multiple genres, has studied fiction as student in the Northeast Ohio MFA program, and is always hard at work on the next book in his down-and-dirty crime series, Tombs. His novel Low Man won a ForeWord Magazine Book of the Year award. His Young Adult novel, The Brave, is slated for a 2013 release.
What Inspired You to Write Your Book?
The premise of SURVIVE is an old one – a group is stuck in an isolated environment and must fight their way out. I’ve always been a fan of fiction that puts characters in pressure cooker situations. Stories like THE MOST DANGEROUS GAME, TEN LITTLE INDIANS, and ENTER THE DRAGON always attracted me because of their simplicity. These are stories with good and bad characters and a simple goal – make it out alive. SURVIVE is my nod to this genre.