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Interview with Ryan Hill   1 comment

Today’s interview is with Ryan Hill. Welcome to the blog, Ryan. Tell us something about yourself.

Ryan Hill Author PicI’m 21 years old, live in West Newbury, MA, and am originally from Greenwich, CT.  I attend the college of UMASS Amherst, and I’m studying to be an English major.  I’m also writing my second novel, but it’s taking a whole lot longer than I expected.

 

 

At what point did you know you wanted to be a writer? 

I knew I wanted to be a writer in sixth grade.  I had to write a four-page mystery for my English class but instead wrote a 25-page scifi.  Ever since then, I have been writing fiction.

 

My teachers hated when I would do that. Tell us about your writing process.

For my first novel, I had a daily quota of writing I needed to hit.  My book ended up being a hell of a lot longer than it should have been, but I did complete it in a matter of months.  My goal was to just sit down and write everyday without any care toward how long it would become.  I started writing thinking I would never reach a full length novel’s word count.  I was very wrong.

My second novel has been much slower for me.  I don’t have a daily quota, and I keep restarting the book trying to get it to sound just right.  The good news is, I have been making steady progress, and it is getting longer by the day, but it’s taking me years where my first novel took me months.

 

I always go back to revisit the beginning on rewrite. What is your favorite genre … to read … to write?

Ryan Hill Author Pic 2My favourite genre to read is horror, and my favourite genre to write is horror.

 

What are you passionate about?

I’m passionate about writing a good novel, and I’m struggling to produce one.

 

What is something you cannot live without?

I can’t live without my family.  The house feels so empty if one of them is away.

 

 

When you are not writing, what do you do?

I am full-time student, but when I’m not studying, I work out at the gym and watch a lot of movies. I am a huge fan of film and hope to take some screenwriting courses this spring.

 

Have you written any books that made a transformative effect on you? If so, in what way?

Ryan Hill Barking Madness ebook coverBarking Madness is the only book I’ve completed thus far, and it did change the way I view myself.  Whenever I think I can’t do something, I think back to my writing that novel.  That accomplishment is still my greatest.

 

Where do you get the inspiration for your novels?

Movies.  I want to write fiction that makes others feel how movies have made me feel.

 

What sort of research do you do for your novels?

I do minimal research.  Fact checking is the biggest.  I write about things I already know about.

 

If someone who hasn’t read any of your novels asked you to describe your writing, what would you say?

Well, my first and only novel right now, Barking Madness, is really childish.  I wrote it when I was 18, and it’s about 18 years old.  The language and descriptions match what you would expect of an 18-year-old narrator but because of this, there’s never any rational adult thinking taking place.

 

Do you have a special place where you write?

No.  I’ll write anywhere.  I do like my room, though.

 

Do you find yourself returning to any recurring themes within your writing and, if so, are you any closer to finding an answer?

I do like the whole man-becoming-monster thing.  Something about a good man or woman becoming horribly evil gets me going.  I tend to like those characters more than the others when I’m watching them on the television or reading about them in a book.

 

Are you a plot driven or character driven writer? Why?

I’m more of a plot-driven writer because I like the whole show-don’t-tell formula of writing.  Put people in a terrible situation and see who rises to the occasion.  I always think that’s amusing to watch or write about.

 

Do you write from an outline or are you a discovery writer?  Why?

I write from an outline because it helps keep me on track with where the plot is going.  I also like having the ending set in stone before I start writing anything.  I like knowing where the characters and story will end up.

 

What point of view do you prefer to write, and why?

I prefer to write in first person because it’s so much easier to write from a character’s narrow viewpoint when describing a situation or object.  When writing from third person, I find it hard to seemingly move on from situation to situation or object to object.

 

Do you head-hop?

I am writing my second novel in third person, so there is no head-hopping, but my first novel, which is in first person, has no head-hopping either.

 

I’m going to drop you in a remote Alaska cabin for a month. It’s summer so you don’t have worry about freezing to death. I’ll supply the food and the mosquito spray. What do you do while you’re there and what do you bring with you? If you’re bringing books, what are they?

 

I will bring a great television system, a ton of movies, and a computer.  I will watch those movies and write a book during my stay, nothing more.

 

 

Was it your intention to write a story with a message or a moral?

No it wasn’t.  I write for the fun of it and for the readers’ entertainment.  If the readers aren’t entertained, then they should stop reading my book.

 

What do you want readers to think or feel after reading one of your books?

I just want them to have a good time, that’s all.

 

What influenced your decision to self-publish?

Nobody would publish my book, and I really wanted to hold it.

 

 

There are people that believe traditional publishing is on the ropes, that self-publishing is the future. Do you agree? Why?

No, because there are hundreds of thousands of books published each year.  In order to find the good ones, it helps if they have been represented by a publishing company.  Usually self-publishing comes with connotation that the books are not as good as the ones that are published traditionally.

 

What do you find to be the greatest advantage of self-publishing?

All the money you make is your own.

 

Conversely, what do you think self-published authors might be missing out on?

Positive publicity.  Almost everyone I have spoken with about my book treats it more officially because it is published.  Before I got it published, all I had was a manuscript that most people thought unworthy of reading.

 

With the number of self-published books increasing by such a huge rate, it is really difficult for authors to make their books stand out. How do you go about this?

Get it published traditionally and more recognition will come with it, or make sure it’s real damn good and all the reviewers like it.  Hopefully, word of mouth will spread.

 

Who designed your book cover/s?

I bought my book cover online from The Cover Collection. They were great to work with and had a lot of covers to pick from.

 

Do you believe that self-published authors can produce books as high-quality as the traditional published? If so, how do you think we should go about that?

Self-published authors can definitely produce as high-quality books as traditionally published authors.  Getting your book recognized without traditional publishing is the hard part.  Less reviewers are willing to read your book because it hasn’t been backed by a publishing house.

 

Do you belong to a writer’s cooperative? Describe your experience with that.

No. I reach out to people on facebook through groups and on twitter as well.

 

 

 

Interview with Wolf DeVoon   2 comments

Today’s interview is with Wolf DeVoon, who I met through the radio program Patriot’s Lament, where the topic was not his fiction, but his writings on the constitution and libertarian thinking. Tell us something about yourself. 

 

Wolf Devoon Author PicI started in a small Rust Belt village, got out as soon as I could, went to the nearest big city. Not very good at paying bills. Married four times.

 

At what point did you know you wanted to be a writer?

I wrote and produced a class play in 3rd grade. Wanting to become a writer was never a goal as such. I got beaten into it, more or less, when I realized that I wasn’t going to make it as a film director. I wrote screenplays in the 1980s, some of them work-for-hire, others on spec, worked on and off as a film editor, freelance film & TV director, kept at it doggedly until the mid-90s. Then one day I found myself in a cubicle at Disney, spending Mickey’s money to transfer other people’s movies to home video, and it was over. They say when a great director dies, he becomes a cameraman. I became a writer instead, started a novel.

 

Tell us about your writing process.

I start with a character in a difficult situation, a vague idea of where it’s going, but it seems to unfold in unexpected ways. I wrote an essay about it, spoke of it as a temple with its own mad logic of dramatic necessity – and I’m incapable of doing anything else when I write, until it’s finished, writing every day for months.

 

 

What is your favorite genre … to read … to write?

 

I admire Scott Fitzgerald, read him and marvel, but Chandler and Hammett shaped how I see the world — a lone wolf who survives by the skin of his teeth, because he knows what makes people tick. For fun, I re-read Robert Louis Stevenson. I write a genre that I call “bang-ow, with sex scenes.” Not hardboiled pulp, although a lot of people die. The foreground is always an adult romance.

 

 

What are you passionate about?

 

Wolf VALOR COVER 600px (1)That’s a tough question. When I started as a teenage filmmaker, I loved the smell of raw stock. I got lucky in Hollywood, had a brilliant mentor who taught me how to direct actors, and there’s a special sort of exaltation in an editing room, to make the screen come alive. There was a sign in the Australian Film Academy that said: When the shooting stops, the filmmaking begins. That’s how I build scenes in a novel. Words became my raw stock and action and sound.

 

I love that metafor. What is something you cannot live without?

 

Truthfully? I haven’t been lovingly touched in years. It’s killing me.

 

 

When you are not writing, what do you do?

 

Promote my books, read financial news, do physical work. I spent a year clearing land and supervising construction of a house. Took a long time to clean up, do finish carpentry. At the moment I’m staring at a blank future, nowhere to go and nothing to do, except write.

 

 

Ooo, the infamous blinking cursor. Have you written any books that made a transformative effect on you? If so, in what way?

 

My latest was a real breakthrough. Previous books took every ounce of my energy. ‘A Portrait of Valor’ was easy to write, but I went through a dozen boxes of tissues, cried my eyes out in triumph and tender admiration for Chris and Peachy.

 

 

Where do you get the inspiration for your novels?

 

Life on life’s terms. That’s the short answer. When seconds count, the police are doing something else, unable to save life or stop a bad guy.

 

 

So true! What sort of research do you do for your novels?

 

‘Mars Shall Thunder’ required a lot of technical research, architectural design, utility engineering, maps, etc. ‘A Portrait of Valor’ needed place-name and spelling verification. I asked an FBI pal to read the draft of a chapter for authenticity, and she suggested certain weapons that a professional killer would carry.

 

 

So it varies. If someone who hasn’t read any of your novels asked you to describe your writing, what would you say?

 

There are better writers.

 

 

Do you have a special place where you write?

 

Desk, keyboard, ashtray, coffee pot, music, a place to lay down. Alone. It’s always been that way from the beginning. There had to be a room no one else enters. ‘A Portrait of Valor’ was written in a small tin barn. Years ago, one of my first projects was written in a tack room, 6V lantern on a hook over a manual typewriter.

 

 

 

Sounds atmospheric. Do you find yourself returning to any recurring themes within your writing and, if so, are you any closer to finding an answer?

 

The answer is slightly embarrassing. The goal of my work is to show that freedom matters, that people have to act, come hell or high water, win lose or draw.

 

 

Are you a plot driven or character driven writer? Why?

 

Ray Chandler gave me permission to forget about plot (although I like intrigue, action, seemingly hopeless predicaments). Believability is a matter of style.

 

 

Do you write from an outline or are you a discovery writer?  Why?

 

I try to plan, always need to see where it’s going, yet two-thirds is discovery. The business of writing is forcing characters to discover what matters, and it’s usually not what anyone expects. None of my people remain unchanged. It was drilled into me by critic Bill Kerr (How Not To Write A Play). Show the transformation on stage. There is no drama unless we see someone transformed. Very difficult to predict that in advance. It has to be discovered as the characters move and grow.

 

 

Absolutely. What point of view do you prefer to write, and why?

 

I’ve settled on first-person for a series with Chris and Peachy.

 

 

Do you head-hop?

 

Yes – and got complaints from editors I pitched. When Chris goes to prison, I jump to Peachy first-person (“Mrs. Blount’s Chapter”) because she has all the interesting obstacles and decisions to make.

 

In previous stories, I’ve used third-person, first-person, head-hopping, at times a sort of blurt heat / image / mind fire, to render great passion. Worse: commentary on the human condition, to say: Look at this, see what it means.

 

 

I’m going to drop you in a remote Alaska cabin for a month. It’s summer so you don’t have worry about freezing to death. I’ll supply the food and the mosquito spray. What do you do while you’re there and what do you bring with you? If you’re bringing books, what are they?

 

Laptop, solar charger, tools. Tender Is The Night, The Fountainhead.

 

 

Talk about your books individually.

 

FIRST FEATURE (2007)

autobiography, subtitled ‘A Rake’s Progress in Downtown Gomorrah’

my first, perhaps best literary work, written 1988, revised 2004

 

LAISSEZ FAIRE LAW (2007)

a collection of essays, evolution of my thought on liberty and justice

In prison, I vowed to do something about government. It took 25 years.

 

THE GOOD WALK ALONE (2007)

16-chapter serial fiction written for Laissez Faire City Times

main character is a female cop, homicide investigator, warrior

 

MARS SHALL THUNDER (2008)

first draft 1998, rewritten and tightened 2002

Harry and Laura destroy a colonial paradise

 

THE CONSTITUTION OF GOVERNMENT IN GALT’S GULCH (2014)

compares utopian fiction and real-world experience

 

AN EGGSHELL ARMED WITH SLEDGEHAMMERS (2015)

https://www.amazon.com/Eggshell-Armed-Sledgehammers-Wolf-DeVoon/dp/1532984243

collection of essays, satire, anecdotes, and dream fiction

 

ROCK AND ROLL REST HOME (2016)

anthology of silly stories

 

A PORTRAIT OF VALOR (2016)

http://www.lulu.com/shop/wolf-devoon/a-portrait-of-valor/paperback/product-23015202.html

detective novel

 

RUBE (to be published posthumously)

memoirs

 

 

Was it your intention to write a story with a message or a moral?

 

Hot water seeks its own level. It’s possible to find each other, mate for life, unquestionably worthy of each other, destined to love, price no object.

 

 

 

 

 

What do you want readers to think or feel after reading one of your books?

 

That they lost awareness of author, text, typography – immersed in story.

 

 

What influenced your decision to self-publish?

 

No choice.

 

 

If you have experience with both traditional and indie publishing, compare the two.

 

In 1990 I co-authored a reference book that sold well, 6,000 hardcover and 4,000 paperbacks, with foreign rights revenue and a Simon & Schuster offer, quite a lot of publicity, book signings, good reviews in library journals, radio interviews.

 

Self-publishing is no money, no publicity, no sales.

 

 

There are people believe that traditional publishing is on the ropes, that self-publishing is the future. Do you agree? Why?

 

It works for some authors, especially celebrities, fantasy/horror, thrillers.

 

 

What do you find to be the greatest advantage of self-publishng?

 

None.

 

 

Conversely, what do you think self-published authors might be missing out on?

 

Distribution, chain bookstore sales, radio and TV chat shows, bestseller lists

 

 

With the number of self-published books increasing by such a huge rate, it is really difficult for authors to make their books stand out. How do you go about this?

 

I can’t and don’t. A few people know my work.

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The Beyond Experience by [Reid Jr, Michael]Available on Amazon #IndieBookBlast

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Release worldwide on December 11th, both paper and kindle format. The kindle price will be $0.99, and free if a subscriber to KindleUnlimited. The paperback version is $12.00US.
The Beyond Experience by [Reid Jr, Michael]
Michael Reid, Jr.’s website, http://www.michaelreidjr.com has the first two chapters, as well as information about the author.

Dr. Lewis had always found a way to hide his deepest secrets: the abuse as a child, the loss of his fiancé, the reasons why he rejected the lucrative offer from Harvard. But, when Kyle, his lab assistant, convinces him to push the limits of the drugs he’d spent a decade perfecting, his lies begin to unravel.

Kyle’s emotional events during treatment forced him to believe it was an event on another plane of life, a spiritual experience at its highest echelon. Thousands of people all over the world were experiencing similar events to Kyle’s, claiming they’d been to heaven. However, Dr. Lewis disagreed, and spent countless hours searching for a neural pathway within the brain itself as the source of the augmented reality.

More secrets, lies, and love drive the two close friends apart, beginning a cascade of events that point Dr. Lewis toward entering The Beyond Experience himself. He fought the treatment for nearly two decades, convinced his terrifying past would confront him. What he experiences becomes far more world shattering than he’d ever imagined possible, but will finally give him the answer to why his fiancé, Lily, had spoken her haunting final words: “forgive me.”

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Michael Reid, Jr.’s website, http://www.michaelreidjr.com has the first two chapters, as well as information about the author.
Dr. Lewis had always found a way to hide his deepest secrets: the abuse as a child, the loss of his fiancé, the reasons why he rejected the lucrative offer from Harvard. But, when Kyle, his lab assistant, convinces him to push the limits of the drugs he’d spent a decade perfecting, his lies begin to unravel.

Kyle’s emotional events during treatment forced him to believe it was an event on another plane of life, a spiritual experience at its highest echelon. Thousands of people all over the world were experiencing similar events to Kyle’s, claiming they’d been to heaven. However, Dr. Lewis disagreed, and spent countless hours searching for a neural pathway within the brain itself as the source of the augmented reality.

More secrets, lies, and love drive the two close friends apart, beginning a cascade of events that point Dr. Lewis toward entering The Beyond Experience himself. He fought the treatment for nearly two decades, convinced his terrifying past would confront him. What he experiences becomes far more world shattering than he’d ever imagined possible, but will finally give him the answer to why his fiancé, Lily, had spoken her haunting final words: “forgive me.”

World Wide Release   Leave a comment

Release worldwide on December 11th, both paper and kindle format. The kindle price will be $0.99, and free if a subscriber to KindleUnlimited. The paperback version is $12.00US.
The Beyond Experience by [Reid Jr, Michael]
Michael Reid, Jr.’s website, http://www.michaelreidjr.com has the first two chapters, as well as information about the author.

Dr. Lewis had always found a way to hide his deepest secrets: the abuse as a child, the loss of his fiancé, the reasons why he rejected the lucrative offer from Harvard. But, when Kyle, his lab assistant, convinces him to push the limits of the drugs he’d spent a decade perfecting, his lies begin to unravel.

Kyle’s emotional events during treatment forced him to believe it was an event on another plane of life, a spiritual experience at its highest echelon. Thousands of people all over the world were experiencing similar events to Kyle’s, claiming they’d been to heaven. However, Dr. Lewis disagreed, and spent countless hours searching for a neural pathway within the brain itself as the source of the augmented reality.

More secrets, lies, and love drive the two close friends apart, beginning a cascade of events that point Dr. Lewis toward entering The Beyond Experience himself. He fought the treatment for nearly two decades, convinced his terrifying past would confront him. What he experiences becomes far more world shattering than he’d ever imagined possible, but will finally give him the answer to why his fiancé, Lily, had spoken her haunting final words: “forgive me.”

Interview with M. Eugene Smith   Leave a comment

My interview this week is with M. Eugene Smith, author of The American Mandarin. I know Michael as “Utah” over at the libertarian blog Rio Norte Line, so I’m not really surprised to discover that he is a published author of novels of political intrigue and espionage. Tell us something about yourself. 

Displaying MES8.jpgThanks for the opportunity to chat, Lela. I’m certainly not a writer by trade, I’m trained as a mechanical engineer and I also hold degrees in finance and economics as well as a MBA. My entire career has been about making things – essentially manufacturing companies. My business career is equally divided into aerospace/defense, automotive and oil and gas. I am currently the Chief Operating Officer for a subsea technology company serving the military, scientific and research and oil and gas markets. We do everything from submarine rescue vehicles to subsea communication networks.

A little bit about me – I grew up in rural Mississippi, I have one younger brother. I have been married to my lovely and talented wife Debbie for 34 years, we have three adult children (who all are productive members of society – they are almost off the Smith Household payroll!) and two large black Labrador retrievers. I have offices in Houston, Texas and Vancouver, British Columbia but we make our home in Park City, Utah, a little ski town nestled in the Wasatch Mountains of northern Utah.

Love Utah! And Labs! We have a yellow now, but our favorite was a black. Great dogs! So, the nickname makes sense now.

The nickname of “Utah” sort of stuck after I was the president of a business in Utah and my username at work was utahprez – eventually it was shortened to Utah – which is a little strange because I was always tagged as “Mississippi” in college (after my home state and the character James Cann played in the John Wayne movie, El Dorado) – I guess I have a thing for state names!

American Mandarin is your first published novel, but you have a history as a blogger and ( … ??? you can fill in this blank on your writing history … What’s the first writing you did and how old were you, what got you into blogging, ….)

I’ve been blogging for about 15 years, mostly political stuff but a little satire and humor stuffed in once in a while. I sort of lost enthusiasm for the format as politics runs in cycles and I found myself writing the same things over and over, just using different words…that’s when, a few years ago, I decided to write a novel.

Yeah, I have had a similar experience.

Even with that sort of heavy industry career background, I have always had a love of literature and anything that has a good story. I found my passion for writing and storytelling in high school when I was fortunate to have met one of the greatest influences of my life, my senior English teacher (she was also one of my best friend’s mom), Mary Brassfield. She taught me the power of a broad vocabulary and how written words could conjure up all sorts of ideas and places in the mind – even if you have never physically been there or will ever be able to go, you can be there in your own imagination! That this could happen was a transformative experience for me.

I’ve had the greatest opportunities to travel thanks to my career. We have lived all over the lower 48 and I have spent a significant amount of time in China and the Far East, India and Europe and we actually had the honor of living abroad in Scotland for almost three years. I have so many great experiences and have seen so many different cultures and geographies that I felt compelled to capture them in my books.

I’ve found such a positive release and sense of freedom in writing and I hope that comes through in my books.

What are you passionate about?

America – I hope that doesn’t sound too preachy – but I have traveled all over the world, circumnavigating it at least two dozen times and I kiss the ground every time I land on American soil. There is no place on earth like it. The precedence of my allegiance is the same as that of our great fighting men, God, country and family. I have a great respect for the men and women who put their lives on the line for their fellow citizens back home – both on the battlefield and in the covert operations arena.

I’m also an avid shooter and outdoorsman, big college football fan and love all outdoor sports.

Tell us about the Rio Norte Line.

My blog is a collection of characters with varying viewpoints – as contributors, we have an actress, a Marine, a Texas lawyer, an employee of the Florida correctional system (a prison guard) and little ole me. It was inspired by Ayn Rand’s book, Atlas Shrugged. The current site was born on January 18, 2011 and is written from a classical liberal/conservative/libertarian viewpoint.

The Rio Norte Line was the key productive asset for the Taggart Transcontinental Railway and had fallen into disrepair. The protagonist, Dagny Taggart, sought to repair the line, realizing that the foundation must be solid for any enterprise to be successful. Her efforts to save this key asset were frustrated from many fronts ranging from personal to political but eventually she found a way to do it. In the long term, the “looters” milked the line for short term gain, and when faced with disaster, instead of addressing the foundations, sought to plaster over it with political solutions including restrictions of others, expropriation of their revenues and political favoritism.

The Rio Norte Line seems an apt allegory for today’s America.

So, tell me about your philosophy on how it is reflected in the Rio Norte Line.

The American Mandarin by [Smith, M. Eugene]I think I am more of a classical liberal/minarchist than a libertarian – the blog leans to the libertarian side by the sheer weight of the contributors being true Constitutialists but we generally have a softer edge than most libertarians. We all are committed Christians and truly believe that one of the keys to America’s greatness is its roots in Judeo-Christian tradition. And note that a classical liberal is not the “liberal” we speak of in America – it is just the opposite. I’m probably closer to a Jeffersonian Whig than any contemporary political party, a student of philosophers like John Locke, Charles Montesquieu, Frédéric Bastiat and modern thinkers like Ayn Rand and economists like Milton Friedman.

My motto is the epitaph that it written on the stone under which Robert the Bruce’s heart is buried: “A noble hart may have nane ease, gif freedom failye” (A noble heart cannot rest if freedom fails.)

 

Tell us about The American Mandarin. (Was it inspired by the Boston Bombing, or was that just circumstance?).

I’m going to sort of cheat here and recite the synopsis from Amazon

A wife is killed and a husband critically wounded in the Boston Marathon bombing – it was an act of terrorism – but was it also an assassination attempt?

This tragedy initiates a chain of events that tie past to future and forces into the open revelations of a life lived in secret. The story goes back to 1989 when, in partnership with rogue elements in the Chinese government, a young American businessman was kidnapped by the largest and most ambitious Triad in China, the Sun Ye On. The Chinese government wants him for his DNA – but the head of the SYO Triad wants him for a slightly different reason. One man’s unique genetic makeup holds the key to advanced weapons, assassination tools and genetic poisons.

The American Mandarin is the first book in the thirty year story of Michael Scott and his family. It is the story of domestic and international political intrigue, espionage, genetic manipulation, the science of epigenetics (genetic memory) and how Michael, his wife Catherine (a federal prosecutor) and their unsuspecting family gets caught in the middle of a generational battle between two superpowers and their proxies.

I wanted to use my experiences in China as a background for a story and they seemed to be a villain that not many were thinking about. In the American Mandarin, I sow the seeds for how the Triad gangs in China may have helped Middle Eastern radical Islamists and set the stage for 9/11 and the eventual wars in Iraq and Afghanistan – and Michael Scott is right in the middle of all of it!

My first book was inspired by two things, one of which was the Boston Bombing – the other was the the death of Vince Flynn, the author of the Mitch Rapp series of books. I had been plugging along with a really rough manuscript and lacked enough commitment to finish it. I was shocked when Flynn passed at the young age of 47. His death reminded me that one should never delay doing something they cared about. When Flynn passed away in June of 2013, I got really engaged in my writing. I had just finished reading Flynn’s last book, “American Assassin” and The American Mandarin sort of became a personal mission at that point.

When will the second book come out?

I have two books coming out soon. The first is the second book in the Michael Scott series – a follow up on “The American Mandarin” – called “What Lies Beneath”. This follows the exploits of Michael Scott as he continues his clandestine work for the special anti-terror group that was created after his earlier exploits in China in the 1980’s.

The second is a murder mystery tentatively titled “The Peddler” set in rural Mississippi in the late 1940’s and involves a family who gets involved in solving a series of murders and disappearances after suspicion is cast on one of their own family members. I plan to finish this one for publication in late fall/early winter this year.

Links, websites, cover images, author pic.

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www.americanmandarin.com

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