A.G. Riddle spent ten years starting internet companies before retiring to pursue his true passion: writing fiction.
His debut novel, The Atlantis Gene, is the first book in a trilogy (The Origin Mystery) that has sold well over a million copies in the US, has been translated into 18 languages, and is in development at CBS Films to be a major motion picture.
His recently released fourth novel, Departure, follows the survivors of a flight that takes off in 2015 and crash-lands in a changed world. HarperCollins published the novel in hardcover in the fall of 2015, and 20th Century Fox is developing it for a feature film.
What’s your favorite line from a book, TV show or movie that you wish you’d written?
“So you’re telling me there’s a chance”
—Lloyd Christmas, from Dumb and Dumber (on hearing that Mary Swanson feels the odds of them ending up together are roughly one in a million).
If you could co-author a book with anyone, who would it be and why? (feel free to time-travel on this one—it can be any author, living or dead)
The time travel aspect opens up so many options. I would work with someone who lived through history; maybe Winston Churchill or George Washington. I think co-authoring is best when each person brings something different to the partnership. There can be friction but there’s also the chance that the two minds create a work neither could have alone.
What are you currently reading?
I just finished Hell Divers by Nicholas Sansbury Smith. It releases next month; definitely worth checking out for post-apocalyptic fans.
The zombie apocalypse has hit (as we all knew it would one day). Which TV or movie characters do you want as part of your crew? (no superheroes…that’s cheating)
I would need the Terminator for protection, any Seth Rogen character for comic relief and entertainment, and Bruce Willis in case the Zs get the other two.