What do you consider the most challenging about writing a novel, or about writing in general? Developing real characters. I’m not a fan of thrillers where the hero is a black belt, an expert shot, speaks 14 languages, is a gourmet cook, a perfect lover, etc. etc. etc and they never work out or practice. I like my characters to be real. Horace Chase in this book and the previous one, Chasing the Ghost, is a deeply flawed man, a soldier with PTSD, and even deeper issues.
Did writing this book teach you anything and what was it? To trust my wife even more when she tells me to do something.
Do you intend to make writing a career? I’ve been writing for a living since 1991, other than some active duty tours in Special Forces as needed.
What is your greatest strength as a writer?
Story. I can plot anything. Since that’s my greatest strength, I focus a lot of my energy on character development and also get my wife’s help with that.
Can you share a little of your current work with us? I’m working on the third book in my Nightstalkers series and a possible serial called Burners. The latter is the best “big” concept my wife and I have ever had and we’re very excited about it.
How did you come up with the title? Good question. I didn’t realize title was critical early in my writing career and no one made me the wiser. So I had titles that didn’t say much sense like Eyes of the Hammer, Dragon Sim-13 and others. The worst was Z. That’s it. Just a single letter. A title has to invite readers into the book. We added The Green Berets to those first six books but kept the titles since we didn’t want to confuse readers and have them buy the same book again. So we have The Green Berets: Chasing the Lost. The Chasing part comes from the character’s last name: Horace Chase. The first book was Chasing the Ghost and all the rest in this series will be chasing something.
Who designed the cover? My business partner, Jen Talty. We do all our own covers and we’ve learned a lot over the years. I love the image, the color and the boat that you can see through the letters.
Who is your publisher? Cool Gus Publishing, my own company. We view ourselves as publishing partners, where the author comes first. Publishing has got to change from the distribution model to the discoverability model, and we’re leading the way on that.
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Genre – Thriller
Rating – PG