Gregory Flagler, aka G. Eric Francis, was born in NYC in the late 1960’s, spending his formative years in the Bronx. Writing since he was 9, he spent his youth using his friends in short stories, primarily action based, just to kill the time. He also loves writing poetry as well. Graduating from Utica College (formally of Syracuse University), he has just just released his first book, “A Prayer For The Dying”, available in all ebook formats.
Greg is married with 2 kids, and lives in the Midwestern U.S.
Hello! What’s your name?
My name is Greg, and I write under the pen name G. Eric Francis.
What do you write and why?
Anything that strikes my fancy…J Usually action/adventure pieces with a touch of humor, or poetry.
Do you read the same genre that you write? Why or why not?
You are going to laugh…I love to write…I HATE to read. I don’t know why, because when I was a kid I was a major Sci-Fi geek, and would read anything in that genre. Once I got to college, the love of reading met a painful death…J
What is the title you are promoting right now?
I am promoting my first book, called “A Prayer For The Dying.”
What is it about?
As that I am too lazy (laughs) here is the synopsis, pasted:
“A Prayer For The Dying” is the story of a young boy who loses the brother he looked up to to a new, deadly strain of the Human Immune Deficiency Virus. Using his knack for biology and chemistry, he is able to discover a cure…with one catch.
The only person that the cure works on is himself.
Determined to help others avoid his brother’s fate, he turns to the United States government to help further his research. Escorted by two unpredictable (but very good at what they do) agents from a special division of the Drug Enforcement Agency, he attempts to make a trip cross country to the nation’s capital to continue his work.
But possessing a cure to one of the deadliest diseases ever inside his own bloodstream invites some unscrupulous company. Knowing the cure is worth billions, one powerful enemy is determined that he never reaches his destination.
What makes this book different from others in your genre?
Well, everyone has written about the “great disease” threat, but I don’t think anyone has taken this unique of an approach to it; inserting humor, a little sci fi, and action into a somewhat serious subject.
What’s the story behind the story?
I had an aunt who passed away in 1992 from HIV-related complications, so that is where the crux of the story came from. As for the characters, they are based on people I encountered in my life, using those experiences to shape them.
What is your goal as an author?
Well, being the next “50 Shades of Gray” success story would be nice…J But, if I could do this for a living and support my family, that would be awesome.
Are you working on anything new? Give us a preview of what’s to come!
Well, “Prayer” will probably be a trilogy (depending on how the first book does), and I already have the 3rd book done. I also have a baseball fiction story for a younger audience, as well as my “Death Series” I’ve been playing with over the past 7 years.
Who is your favorite author and what is your favorite book?
It’s weird, but I sort of dig Jonathon Kellerman…my wife got me into his books…when I feel like reading…J All of his books are pretty cool, so I don’t have a favorite.
Where can readers find you and your work?
I have a website, and my books can be found on all formats at the following sites:
What’s your view on the self-publishing/traditional publishing thing? Ideally, which one would you prefer and why?
I like self publishing because ultimately, you can sort of control your own destiny. No middle men, no other bs, just you and the quality of your work. Now if a great traditional deal came along that allowed you to control your work, I’d at least consider it.
Do you have a favorite quote?
“I Rock, Therefore I Am.” It is from a Prince song, my favorite artist…J
What is the most important advice you have for aspiring authors?
Unless you get lucky, the beginning is going to be rough. Believe in your work, make sure it is professional, and prepare to work hard to make this go.
Is there anything else you’d like to say before we finish up?
Well, I am currently offering the book for .99 through Halloween, just to get the word out. All I ask for is a review in return. Beyond that, I appreciate you taking the time to interview me…J
Awesome, thanks for allowing me to interview you!
Don’t forget to pay G. Eric a visit at the links below!