Monday, October 22, 2012

#AuthorInterview Tom Abrahams, Author of Sedition

Tom, Thanks for joining us.  Very interesting cover. So how did you come up with the idea for SEDITION?

Believe it or not, I have to thank my wife's love of Showtime's The Tudors.  Really.  She loved it and, I have to admit (with the risk of losing my dude card) that I liked it too.  As we watched it, we wondered how historically accurate it was.  So we Googled the House of Tudor and started researching royal lineage.  As we did, I came across the reference to something called the Cato Street Conspiracy.  I was fascinated by the little known political drama and thought it could make a great book.  So I took the basic premise, modernized it, and set it in Washington D.C.

So then, which wife of Henry VIII was your favorite?

Politically it had to be Anne Boleyn.  Without her (and her ambitious family), the western world (and religion for that matter) would be very different.  It's not that I liked HER.  But as far as which one was the most politically influential, it was her..heads above everyone else.

Yes, a strong woman. I like that. Why write a political thriller?

Because I wanted to write about bloodsuckers, but the vampire genre is kinda played.  No really, I love politics.  I think it's inherently thrilling and suspense-filled.  And everyone can relate to politics.  Whether its in school, at work, in little league, or in a neighborhood, politics plays a part.  I've seen firsthand that it's no different at the local school board or on Capitol Hill.  We all want what is best for us and our families, even if it sometimes comes a the expense of others.

Ha, ha, tax money suckers, that's what they are. What do you do when you're not concocting a violent plot to blow up people and take over the executive branch?

I'm a husband and dad.  I love spending time with my family and brainwashing my kids to love politics as much as my wife and I do.  Both of them have already asked to go to a national political convention.  And one of them asked if they could fly with me the next time I travel with a presidential candidate.  As for my real job, I'm a television reporter.  I know...the me-dee-uh...sigh...
But it's all I've ever done professionally.  I've worked in a handful of cities, but I've been in Houston now for 13 years and love it.  It's afforded me the opportunity to travel all over the world, talk with people who I would otherwise never meet, and to have a front row seat to history.

Sounds exciting! Anything else?

Yes.  Please check out the website for the book,  It has a lot of supplemental information that makes reading the book more enjoyable.  There are links to news accounts of events mentioned in the book.  There are also documents to download and print out and pieces of artwork to view.   And thanks, Rachelle, for the opportunity to talk about SEDITION.

Thank you, Tom, for visiting with us. Readers can find Sedition at

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