Yearn to Fear by Chas Murrell / #Interview #BlogTour @damppebbles @MurrellChas


The greatest scientific invention of modern times… Capable of curing humanity… But more adept at controlling it… Sydney scientist, Marcus Hall, is developing a radical 5G Wi-Fi receiver for CSIRO. With access to secretive Lamarr computer chips – this technology promises billions to repair Australia’s ravaged economy. On a caffeine boosted whim, he inadvertently discovers a therapeutic breakthrough in neuroscience. Or so he thinks…

His seemingly trustworthy lab partner, Henry, is an unlikely Australian spy. His official duty is keeping tabs on the project and their Lamarr chips. But the whole project is now classified top-secret. Marcus remains blissfully unaware of the many secrets surrounding him, until he witnesses the graphic murder of a colleague. Could this event reveal Henry as a master deceiver and ruthless double agent? Will the scientific discovery be fatal for Marcus, those he loves, and the one he yearns for? Marcus faces a soul tearing dilemma: is the only means of stopping the carnage to weaponise his prototype?

Foreign intelligence agencies realise the top-secret breakthrough is priceless. One particular spy leads the race to seize the invention. A psychological master of the long game, espionage, and extortion, his only rule according to Kung Fu: Win.

Friend and foe alike confront this psychotic mastermind. All will FEAR him, but is their FEAR real? Only the next six minutes will tell…




1. Which character would you like to be in this book?

This is kind of an awkward question, given that I have written so many of my traits (character flaws some would say), into Marcus in particular. So I guess it’s Marcus by default!

2. Do you always take a book/erader wherever you go?

Because of the nature of my work, audio books are my preferred method of ‘reading a book’, so you could say, yes, I take one everywhere.

3. Say someone asks if they can use your name in a book. Would you rather be the good one or bad one?

I’d have to be good one.

4. Do you prefer to read/write standalones or series?

Interesting question. Originally, Yearn to Fear was solely going to be a standalone book. It still is a standalone book except there are clear grounds for continuation into a trilogy which it is now part of.

5. Where can I find you when you are reading?

If it’s a rare occasion when I’m reading a physical book, it’s usually very early in the morning and in the sun room at home.

6. Where can I find you when you are not writing/reading?

I’m either in one of a few places. Home, our warehouse (we have an event company), or on site at one of our event venues.

7. Can you walk past a bookstore without going inside?

Yes. BUT, I can’t help looking as I walk past and I slow down considerably from my usual ‘man on a mission’ walk to “normal human pace” lol. I am 192cm tall, so my normal walking pace is reasonably quick anyway.

8. What are you most proud of?

Family, and the beautiful qualities of our awesome close friends.

9. What goes through your mind when you hold your new book in your hands for the first time?

The same words on repeat, “Wow honey, we did it.” With my wonderful wife Gabbi. We’re still saying it…

10. What piece of advice would you give to aspiring writers?

Software is of great assistance, but don’t be directed by it. Don’t let software change the way you tell a story or how you want to evolve it, just because that’s the way it’s “supposed to be done.” YOU are writing your book, don’t lose your style.

Thank you, Chas Murrell and Damp Pebbles Blog Tours


About the Author

Chas Murrell has been a Police Officer, Senior Fire Commander, Customs Coastwatch surveillance mission co-ordinator, heavy machinery mechanic, emergency medical technician/ instructor, film extra, and General Manager of an event company. He has published academic papers on liquid hydrogen and held a worldwide provisional patent for a nonlinear mathematical calculation. He survived Australia’s largest gas BLEVE in 1987, and has provided operational support to some of Australia’s largest natural disasters in North Queensland. On a personal level he has suffered from relentless and debilitating migraines all his life, is father to four and pop to two. He and his artistically entrepreneurial wife live in Tasmania, which looks very much like Scotland and they wouldn’t have it any other way. A direct descendant of Robert the Bruce (King of Scots), history runs deep in Chas’s veins, along with a profound knowledge of both World Wars. You may even come across him online playing World of Tanks. In his Australian spy thriller books you will get to know Chas’s knowledge of technology, intrigue, crime, espionage, weaponry, banter, romance and even whisky… yet above all, there is believability and no loose ends.


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