Annie’s Book Stop of Worcester is happy to shine our Friday spotlight on Thriller writer Kyle Mills. With the release of Lethal Agent, He will be the writer of nineteen thriller novels encompassing everything from ecoterrorism to serial killers to rogue navy SEALS. He’s penned eleven of his own books as well as novels for other franchises—Robert Ludlum’s Covert-One series and currently Vince Flynn’s Mitch Rapp series. He answered the following questions for us:
Where can people find your work? (Besides Annie’s Book Stop of Worcester –though they should totally check here first!)
Bookstores, online. Pretty much everywhere.
How can we follow your work and share your awesomeness?
My website is Kylemills.com. I publish blog posts on my site monthly. You’ll also see the stories behind each of my books, and you can sign up for my e-newsletter. Finally, I can be found at KyleMillsAuthor on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram.
For readers unfamiliar with your work, how would you describe what you write? What can readers expect from Lethal Agent?
These days I’m writing the Mitch Rapp series started by the late Vince Flynn. So expect edge-of-your-seat, action-packed stories about the CIA’s top operative.
What was the inspiration for Lethal Agent? What were the steps you took to bring it from initial inspiration to the finished book?
I think my main goal with this book was to go back to a classic Vince Flynn structure. My last book, Red War, had a scale that was much grander than a normal Mitch Rapp adventure. This one is more tightly focused on a threat from Islamic terrorists and the hell Mitch has to endure to stop them.
What character did you love or hate the most while writing? And why?
When I first took over the Mitch Rapp series, I struggled with the characters Stan Hurley and Louis Gould. The former because he seemed way too old to still be doing operations and the second because I couldn’t understand his relationship to the main character.
I really fought with how to incorporate them into the universe going forward, but then realized I didn’t have to. I was the author and I could just kill them. So I did.
What is/are your passions when you’re not writing? How do you make time for your non-writing hobbies/things you love?
I live in Wyoming and my great passion has always been outdoor sports. I started as a rock climber, then transitioned into a mountain biker and backcountry skier. I’m not as young as I used to be, but I still get out a few times a week.
What does your writing space look like? What do you need to have around you while writing or editing?
For me, it doesn’t matter—I get sucked into the world I’m writing about. I once wrote a chapter with my laptop propped on my table saw in the garage because we had guests running around the house. I will say that I once wrote a chapter while floating down the Mekong River in Vietnam. That wasn’t bad…
What has been your favorite adventure during your writing career?
Probably the week I spent on the road between Las Vegas and San Francisco trying to figure out how to steal the money being transported from the casinos to the Federal Reserve Bank for The Second Horseman. There’s nothing I like more than a really big, elaborate heist and I was determined to come up with something I thought had a chance of really working.
That must have been a lot of fun! Thanks so much for taking time out of your busy schedule to be with us, Kyle!