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Q & A TIME!
Q1.What advice would you give to aspiring writers?
A. Within you there are stories you always wanted to read and/or have told, but you never found them. They may be about anything, the past, the future, adventures, tragedies, love, space, faith, creation, whatever caught your interest and passion. Look within yourself, find them, and write those stories.
Q2. How did you start writing?
A. One day I was shopping for a book to read and found a paperback in a grocery store that looked interesting. It cost $5.95. The cover was artistically great. The back description and book premise was incredibly intriguing. The first few pages read well. When I got home and got about ten pages further into it, I threw it against the opposite wall in disgust. The leading characters and their actions were just too unbelievable and rising story action way too artificially generated. I had wasted my money. That’s when my wife told me to write my own stories and make them go the way I thought they needed to go. I got hooked on the idea and an author was born, but it took me sixteen years to publish my first book.
Q3. How difficult/ easy is it to write books that fall under the same series?
A. I actually find writing a series a little easier. Although locations, troubles, and actions can vary, your main characters and their personalities, troubles, etc. are already set. That familiarity then lends itself to finding the infinite number of ways I can bedevil them in different plot lines. It also helps ease and quicken the outlining of individual stories in a series because you are building on story foundations already laid and don’t need re-invented. The difficulties come in trying not to be formulaic in each story and presenting fresh material within those preset foundations.
Q4. Favourite Word?
Genre: Police Procedural, Romance Mystery, Crime Fiction
A Chinese Fire Drill is a slang term for any chaotic situation that defies a logical resolution.
To generate campaign funds to control the upcoming elections in a major U.S. city, mafia arsonists set high value commercial fires to defraud millions from insurance companies. However, they accidentally murder a policeman’s illegal immigrant aunt who was working as a hotel maid in one of the torched buildings. Those connected arson fires then become a felony federal case labeled The Chinese Fire Drill, one that generates bribery, murder, theft, media lies, and gang wars to cover up the mafia crimes and corrupt officials involved.
Unwillingly caught up in the purposely bungled mess, a jaded and haunted veteran street cop nicknamed Mister Hobo tries to steer clear of it all, but fails. Somehow, somewhere he has unwittingly seen or found something that has marked him for assassination in the cover up, but he has no clues as to what. To stay alive he has to begin digging into who and what caused the lethal chaos coming at him.
To complicate matters a beautiful, high strung ballet diva named Anna Li Zurko has just returned from Paris. She has long cherished dreams for a dancing career as well as a determination to find and marry an old high school crush named Holland O. Beau. She is also the long alienated daughter of a scheming con artist Gypsy father and Tong connected Chinese mother, but Anna doesn’t know how deeply involved her family has been in the city’s criminal underworld. She just wants to find her man.
Officer H.O. Beau, aka Hobo, then becomes a mob and matrimonial target amidst murder, mayhem, and madness while just trying to stay alive, sane, and ... single.
It’s an old story of boy vs. girl told with dark humor and street action suspense. It’s also a Chinese Fire Drill.
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