Interview with John Righten, Author of Reflection: The Lenka Trilogy Part 3

01 Dec 2021

What’s the story behind the story? What inspired you to write Reflection: The Lenka Trilogy Part 3?

In the 1990s, I was a truck driver delivering medical aid in some of the most dangerous hotspots in the world. I wanted to base a thriller based on my experiences and the characters – the good and the bad – that I met. I wanted the lead character to be a woman, as the women on the convoys had a very different approach (with often greater success) to getting the aid through.

If you had to pick theme songs for the main characters of Reflection: The Lenka Trilogy Part 3, what would they be?

For Lenka, the lead character, it would be Fleetwood Mac’s Go Your Own Way, as that is exactly what she does.

What’s your favorite genre to read? Is it the same as your favorite genre to write?

Biographies, as we have so much to learn from history. Though I write thrillers, you will find characters like Josephine Baker and Ernest Hemingway woven into the plot lines to unveil surprising facts to entertain my readers. that

What books are on your TBR pile right now?

John le Carré’s Silverview, published posthumously, and Hilary Mantle’s The Mirror and the Light.

What scene in your book was your favorite to write?

There’s a scene where Lenka is sitting all alone on a hill staring down into a valley. She contemplates all that has happened to her; those she loved and lost, and how she has changed. Then she discovers she is not alone.

Do you have any quirky writing habits? (lucky mugs, cats on laps, etc.)

I prefer to write in coffee shops, where the hustle and bustle of customers can offer an intriguing trait, an expression, or a delightful remark that can end up in my novels.

Do you have a motto, quote, or philosophy you live by?

If you don’t believe in your writing, why should anyone else?

If you could choose one thing for readers to remember after reading your book, what would it be?



John Righten is the author of the new book Reflection: The Lenka Trilogy Part 3

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