Author Interview The Goddess and The Great Beast Tour

23 Dec


We’re hosting an interview today for the tour for “The Goddess and The Great Beast”. We’re interviewing the author, Adrian Gross.

The Interview

Who is your favorite character from your book, The Goddess and The Great Beast, and why?

I have to say my favourite character is Aleister Crowley. An almost universally reviled and mostly misunderstood upper-class late Victorian occultist is just such a fun character to write and there’s enough biographical information, as well as superbly mad photographic evidence, to be able to flesh out his wild over-the-top personality.

Why did you choose the supernatural thriller genre for your book? 

In a way I didn’t choose it. It just happened. That simply turned out to be the type of book that came out. I didn’t make a conscious decision to write in a specific genre. I understand, especially from a business perspective, why people do make that choice, but it does seem somewhat artistically bankrupt. One should really be writing what needs to be written; what interests the writer and contributes, however minutely, to the greater sum of human culture, not what you think you can sell. I do appreciate, however, that this artistic high ground is highly likely to stop suddenly at an abrupt cliff-edge beneath which lies the boggy waste of insolvency.

What did you struggle with the most while writing? 

Maintaining my enthusiasm is always tricky as it tends to ebb and flow on a daily basis. One day I’m on fire, words tumbling on to the page almost faster than I can keep up: the next, what I’ve written seems dreary and amateurish and all my ideas are lame. One has to learn to accept the roller-coaster of creative emotions and put the good days to good use and on the bad ones, do something else instead.

Is the protagonist of your story based on someone you know? 

He was inspired by my father, who was in the Army in the Middle East during the war, and inevitably there is something of myself in him, but he has traits of his own, too. Most characters tend to grow into themselves over time because even if they are based on someone else, they are usually developing in (fictional) circumstances unique to themselves.

Name your favorite book in the same genre as your book.

I’m not sure I can. I’m not really a genre fan, as such. However, in a similar sort of vein is Denis Wheatley’s ‘The Devil Rides Out’; a gloriously campy pulp novel of devil-worshipping English aristocrats between the wars. Hammer made an equally ridiculous film of it in the ‘60’s with Christopher Lee.

What are you up to at the moment? 

I’ve got a couple of ideas bubbling up. One is a twisted Heavy Metal murder mystery which I feel deserves a great deal of hands-on research to get it going. The other concerns an aristocratic anarchist serial-killer. I don’t think either are likely to be troubling the Booker Prize jury, but they both seem like fun to me!

About The Book

TG&TGBeyesslim2Title: The Goddess and the Great Beast

Author: Adrian Gross

Genre: Supernatural Thriller

1942: a bored British soldier in Baghdad; a beautiful Babylonian Goddess; a sacred marriage unconsummated.

Five years later, in a dreary post-war London, the Goddess must be satisfied.

Can anyone save her demobbed consort from eternal torment?

Or eternal bliss?

Can he save himself?

Does he even want to be saved?

And what’s it got to do with the ‘wickedest man in the world’?

Author Bio

Author NorwayAdrian Gross is a British writer. Some bits of him used to be Irish and some others were once Hungarian. He lives close to Glastonbury and likes to bang his little heavy metal head whilst drinking chewy real ale!

He has endured many terrible jobs, including adrenaline-junkie motorcycle courier, record shop dude-with-bad-attitude, and air traffic control disaster limitation assistant.

When his aching bones and throbbing hangover allow, he plays football (soccer) and rides bicycles up and down the Mendip Hills.




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