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1) Who is your favorite author?
Without a doubt, it is Sir Conan Doyle. I have read every Sherlock Holmes mystery he ever wrote. “Watson, the game is afoot.” As soon as you read those words, you knew. The story was headed into the depths of an improbable investigation with twists and turns designed to boggle the mind. Doyle was a master at the understated, subliminal hints and clues that Holmes always understood and left Watson in a muddle.
2) How did you come up with your idea for your Tracker novels?
I like the concept of a group of people that provides continuity from novel to novel. I created a new FBI Unit: Trackers. They are the elite of the elite, and only agents with unusual abilities are offered a position.
3) Are the Tracker novels a series? How many have you written?
No. Each novel is a standalone with a different agent taking center stage. Three novels have been published. Sentinels of the Night was the debut novel, followed by Going Gone! and the latest, A u 7 9.
4) How do you come up with the characters?
Some are pure imagination. Others are based on personal experience. Early in my law enforcement career, I crossed paths with a serial killer. He was convicted of fourteen counts of homicide and suspected in many others, but they couldn’t be proven. I have never forgot the dead look in his eyes. There was no feeling or emotion. That memory was used to create the serial killer in Sentinels of the Night.
5) How much of yourself is reflected in this book?
OMG—A whole lot. I have twenty-seven years of experience as a cop, twenty-two with the Dallas Police Department. I was a patrol officer, undercover narcotics officer, advanced accident investigator and was on the Dallas SWAT team. I was a unit sniper as well as on the entry team. Since I write about crime, it would be impossible to keep me out of the book.
The opening scene in Sentinels of the Night has FBI Tracker Cat Morgan and her partner chasing a killer in the middle of the night in a railroad yard. This happened, though, I wasn’t chasing a killer. A guy jumped out of a stolen car and decided the railroad yard was a good place to ditch the cops that were chasing him. I know how it felt to dodge around railroad cars and hop over tracks. There are many such examples in all three of the Tracker novels.
6) What or who inspired you to start writing?
After retiring from the Dallas Police Department, I started an accident reconstruction business. I became involved with a project that dealt with the death of a key witness to the Kennedy assassination in an automobile accident in 1966. Many conspiracy theorists over the years have claimed Lee Bowers, Jr. was killed because of what he saw the day Kennedy was shot.
The project led to a reconstruction of the accident. My book, JFK Assassination Eyewitness: Rush to Conspiracy, details the results of my investigation. The book was a springboard to a new career: Author and Publisher. I found that I enjoyed writing more than accident reconstruction and closed the business. I started Mystic Circle Books & Designs, LLC.
7) What is the best and worst advice you ever received? (regarding writing or publishing)
The whole business about doing an outline was the worst. While this might work for some authors, for me it didn’t. I became so engrossed in trying to stay on track with the outline that I lost track of the storyline.
Probably the best dealt with my dialogue. My writing style is very structured, a necessity when dealing with legal documents. I needed to relax my dialogue, use more contractions. This is still a work in progress.
8) If you could turn your book into a movie, who would be your dream team? (e.g. directors, actors, locations, etc.—dead, alive or mythical)
Getting a TV or movie contract is probably every author’s dream come true. It certainly is mine. What is interesting is that several reviews have expressed the opinion they could see the book as a movie or TV series. My first pick would be Benedict Cumberbatch as Scott Fleming. Fleming is the mysterious power in charge of the Tracker Unit. Oh, yeah, it wouldn’t get any better than that.