As a child, growing up in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, I always knew that I wanted to be a cop from a very young age. While in college, majoring in Political Science and Law Enforcement, I was asked if I wanted to take the test to be a Deputy U.S. Marshal. (Most of us hired had never heard of the Marshal’s, except on television’s Gun Smoke. A common joke at the academy was, ‘I didn’t know how to spell it, now I is one.’ It’s funny because most of us spelled Marshal, as Marshall, until hired. And yes, the grammatical error is on purpose)
I was hired, to be a Deputy U.S. Marshal, in June of 1984 and was posted to my home town of Cedar Rapids, Iowa (extremely unusual and rare. A deputy had just been fired days before I was to be hired). During my 27 years I have hauled hundreds, if not thousands, of prisoners to penal institutions. I have seized everything from race horse to million dollar farms and jets. I have protected Judges at every level, including Supreme Court Justices. I have protect some of the most famous and notorious witnesses in the U.S., all without incident. And, finally, have arrested hundreds of fugitives over the course of my career.
The idea for the main character came to me one day as I was walking into the local county jail to pick a prisoner up. The name, Jake Mathews, popped into my head and stayed there for twenty years, until I finally wrote it down on paper, and created this Novel. I’ve had a blast with this first novel and hope to write many more in this series. Thanks for stopping by and taking a look.
What inspires you to write?
Ever since I was a child I have loved to read, writing is just an extension of that love of reading.
Tell us about your writing process.
I have a general idea of where I want to go with the book and the characters, but it is just a general outline. After that everything is “seat of the pants” writing. Many time my characters will do or say things that I never would have imagined. The story will take twist and turns that I had not planned on in the beginning. This usually occurs when I place the character in a situation and then ask myself what I would REALLY do if it was happening to me. I strive for reality in surreal situations.
For Fiction Writers: Do you listen (or talk to) to your characters?
I listen to my characters and I don’t always like what they have to say. I strive for reality in my books and sometimes the characters will say or do things that I had not intended.
What advice would you give other writers?
First, just write. Get that first book done. Don’t edit along the way, or you will never finish. Secondly, write everyday whether you feel like it or not. Sometimes you won’t get much done, or you will erase everything you’ve written. But at least you forced yourself to write. Lastly, Show, don’t tell about what your characters are feeling or doing. I know a lot of authors have made a lot of money ignoring this rule but their work shows it. Lastly, lastly adjectives are your enemy.
How did you decide how to publish your books?
Many years ago I tried to get a book published and was turned off by the process. (Could it be that no one wanted to represent me, very possible) However the more I researched what an agent and publisher can do, or actually do, for you, the more self publishing seemed the right move. I don’t know how many “published” authors were just waiting for their contracts to expire so they could self publish.
What do you think about the future of book publishing?
There will always be people who want to read books. Obviously e-books are ruling the landscape at this time and I don’t see that changing. If anything e-books will take a bigger share of the market every year. Their will always be a want/need for paperback books but these will become more of a novelty item for collections and autographs, etc.
I also think that the big publishing companies are making a big mistake pricing their e-books like they are paperbacks. People will revolt against the prices soon I think. I know I won’t pay 16.99 for an e-book even if I love the author. 9.99 is max I pay for a well known author. By the same token free books and .99 books are creating the same problem in reverse. People want/expect a great quality read for next to nothing, which is not reasonable either. Hopefully this works itself out.
What do you use?
What genres do you write?
action adventure thrillers mystery
What formats are your books in?
Both eBook and Print
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