Reading Shatter Point is like Speeding through NYC in a Porsche with the Most Interesting Man Alive

Just look at that beautiful title. In case you weren’t paying attention, here it is again: Reading Shatter Point is like Speeding through New York City in a Porsche Accompanied by the Most Interesting Man Alive. Sounds thrilling, no?

And, guess what? Shatter Point really is like that, and so is its awesome author, Jeff Altabef. For a glimpse into the mind of the man who wrote this hot new psychological thriller, check out this quirky interview he so graciously agreed to give me.

Let’s paint a picture of your novel. Please choose something from each of the following categories that best summarizes the book and explain why: color, animal, US city, car, and food. 

Shatter Point is filled with grays. None of the characters are cookie cutter or one-dimensional. As in real life, they’re all multifaceted.

–I’m going with leopard because I use subtle miss-directions throughout the plot to keep the reader guessing what’s going to happen next much like a leopard uses its spots as camouflage. And of course when the story pounces, which it does often, it flies.

Shatter Point most resembles New York City.  The story is fun, sophisticated and gets your heart racing.

–For car, I’ve got to choose a Porsche. The novel is fast-paced throughout and can really handle the twists and turns of the plot. Besides, I’m tall and the only sports cars I can fit into are Porsches.

–The book has a little bit of everything–great characters, psychological intensity, political intrigue, medical ethics, romance, social commentary and just a touch of the paranormal, which reminds me of the vast diversity of Italian food. Once you dive in, you’ll be hooked.

Here’s a clichéd question:  You’re wandering out in the desert and trip over a hard object lodged in the sand. It’s a magic genie’s lamp—OMG! Which three things do you wish for and why? Any chance you’ll regret these choices later?

First, I’m going to assume that I can’t ask for the serious stuff. So I’ll ignore world peace and ending starvation. So left with only selfish choices, my first wish is spent on the NY Knicks. I’m a big Knick fan and have never seen a championship, and quite frankly, at this pace will never see one, so I’ll wish for a championship for my favorite hoops team.

My next wish is spent on Shatter Point. I’d love for it to be made into a blockbuster movie. The characters are so vivid, they’d explode on the silver screen. Of course, all casting decisions would be left in my hands!

Lastly, I’d like to be the Most Interesting Man Alive from the Dos Equis beer commercials. I know he’s a fictional character, but he seems to be awfully cool!

Sure, I’m likely to regret these choices. That’s the way life is, but at least they’ll be fun.

If there was one fictional character (either from literature, television, or movies) whose life and personality most resembled your own, who would it be and why?

This is a super tough question. Although it’s been some time since I last read The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, I’m going to say Arthur Dent. He’s English and I’m American, but he catches me as a nice guy who’s a little clueless at times. He gets himself in weird situations, but always wants to do the right thing and carries himself with a good sense of humor.  If you can’t laugh at yourself, life can become way too serious.

Now a different spin on the same question:  If you could pick, which fictional character’s life would you most want to have and why?

Clive Cussler’s Dirk Pitt. He’s saved the planet numerous times. He’s smart, devilishly handsome but not obnoxious about it, loyal to his friends, and has a kick-ass antique car collection. I haven’t read all of the Dirk Pitt novels, so if you know of one that runs off the rails, I beg your forgiveness. Harry Potter and Dumbledore were tied for second place, but one is too young and the other dies in the end.

Would you rather your writing remain obscure forever all the while knowing you had talent and stayed true to your creative vision OR would you prefer to write a book that achieves great commercial success but that you just aren’t proud of? Why did you choose the answer you chose?

This is a “kobayashi maru” type of situation. Yes, I just pulled a Star Trek reference. I, along with Captain Kirk, refuse to believe in the no-win scenario, but I’ll still answer the question because it’s a cool question and you’re being awesome to interview me in the first place.

I’m a storyteller at heart, so I love when others read my stories. The best part of writing is discussing my books with people afterward and hearing their reactions to the characters and worlds I’ve created. Did they experience what I wanted them to, or did they take something completely different out of the experience? Still, I’ll never publish something I don’t feel good about. If my name is on the cover, I have a responsibility to those who buy that book to put out my best work. I take that responsibility extremely seriously.

Of course with Shatter Point, I’ll get to enjoy the best of both worlds!

SHATTER POINTAbout the book: Maggie met Cooper at a young age, but even then she sensed something was wrong with him. His charm, good looks, and wealth could not hide the danger that burned in his sapphire eyes. Some nightmares don’t go away. He’d been haunting her from a distance for as long as she could remember. Now things have changed. When her sons Jack and Tom discover she’s been taken, they set out to rescue her and uncover nefarious family secrets, explosive government conspiracies, and a series of horrific murders along the way. Only their colorful great aunt and a covert resistance group can help them navigate the dark underworld full of political subterfuge and class warfare. All the while, Maggie struggles to outwit her tormentor in a life and death psychological battle of tense desperation. Will Jack and Tom arrive before Cooper reaches his shatter point? Get Shatter Point through Amazon or Barnes & Noble.

About the author: Jeff Altabef lives in New York with his wife, two daughters, and Charlie the dog. He spends time volunteering at the writing center in the local community college. After years of being accused of “telling stories,” he thought he would make it official. He writes in both the thriller and young adult genres. Fourteenth Colony, a political thriller, was his debut novel. Shatter Point, a psychological thriller, is Jeff’s second novel. Jeff is under contract with Evolved Publishing for a YA/Fantasy series he is co-authoring with his teenaged daugher. The first in the series Chosen: Wind Catcher is set to be releasded in March. As an avid Knicks fan, Jeff is prone to long periods of melancholy during hoops season. Jeff has a column on The Examiner focused on writing and a blog designed to encourage writing by those that like telling stories. Connect with Jeff on his website, Facebook, Twitter,or GoodReads.

Mrs. Storm

Writing everything from Sweet Romance to Children's Books to Nonfiction, Melissa loves books, birds, and bonbons--in that order. She has an advanced degree that she never uses.

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