Second in the Jack Lazar Series of action, mystery and suspense novels, Lazar’s Challenge takes us to France after Jack’s best friend is roused out of bed at his flat in Paris and taken away at gunpoint. Jack is immediately on the case, but the only clue he finds is an old bottle of Cognac, which others are willing to kill for. And to make things more complicated, there’s a sexy French flight attendant named Michele who can’t keep her hands to herself. But as Jack digs deeper, he uncovers a sinister plot, and in no time he’s working with French law enforcement and British Intelligence to stop something truly unthinkable.
Targeted Age Group:
18 and Older
I’ve also written business magazine articles and co-wrote a book on commercial real estate finance. The one thing all of it has in common is the technical/structural process of writing. But when you’re forming a plot, creating mystery, evoking emotions and building characters, there’s so much more to it. In other words, writing non-fiction (for me) is a piece of cake compared to fiction.
What Advice Would You Give Aspiring Writers?
Treat your writing like a business, whether you have the luxury of a full-time gig or just write during the evenings and weekends. That means setting regimented times to write, to market, to blog, etc. Make to-do lists, set specific goals and achieve them one by one. No one will ever finish a book by writing whenever they get around to it. There are so many distractions in life, and because writing and creating is hard work, it’s so easy to gravitate toward other things and “get to the writing later”. Discipline is the key.
A first generation American born to a European family, Kevin Sterling writes from a rich perspective on relationships, culture and sensuality to create characters with uncommon depth and appealing vulnerability. Combine that with a history of world travel and a successful former business career in structured finance, and it’s easy to see how his books resonate with authentic situations, engaging conflict, and stimulating eroticism.
Then there’s the lighter side of the man, who can do a killer impression of Sean Connery (amongst other famous personalities) and thinks everyone wants to hear his never-ending repertoire of corny jokes. That has yet to be proven, of course, so readers should be thankful he has one of the best editors in the industry (Mary Moran) to keep that under control.
Sterling and his wife travel extensively and live at their mountain ranch in Colorado with their Golden Retriever, Shelby.What Inspired You to Write Your Book?
I have an absolute passion for writing, and I’m having so much fun with my main series character, Jack Lazar, that I can’t wait to sit down every day and work on whatever Jack Lazar series book is in the queue.