Article 15 Blog Tour Interview

October 23, 2019

What was the inspiration for your latest book (i.e. the one you are currently promoting)?

The lustful terror I always feel watching Kathleen Turner, Linda Fiorentino and Sharon Stone in the movies Body Heat, The Last Seduction, and Basic Instinct, respectively. Wonderfully wicked characters, all—characters I could only wish I had created. That’s where the opening line of the novel comes from: “She was one in a million and the day I met her I should have bought a lottery ticket instead.”

How much of yourself is reflected in this book (for example, professional expertise, personality, or other), and how?

I’m a Commercial Pilot and Certified Flight Instructor. When I lived in Denver, Colorado, flying out of Arapaho County Airport, many of my trips west took me up around Laramie and through the central Wyoming Basin. I have to admit that some of the empty cross-country hours through the Cowboy State were filled with idle fantasies of having a ranch with a private airstrip…like Griff.

The first thing that draws me to a book is its cover. Can you tell us about your cover – why you chose that concept and who the artist is.

When I first started publishing my novels, I wanted a visual motif for my covers that would not only readily identify my work, but be easily readable in thumbnail size on-line. I studied the covers of my favorite authors: Joseph Heller, Kurt Vonnegut and Carl Haaisen. I liked that they all had cartoonish artwork, so I came up with the three-panel format (Click Here to See). The cover for Article 15 combines Helena’s iconic Ray-Ban Jackie Ohh sunglasses and Griff’s Navy SEAL Sig SAUER P226 pistol.

Can you tell us something quirky about this book , its story and characters? (for example, were the characters named after something or someone in particular)

I couldn’t resist the opportunity to pay homage to another of my favorite writers in the form of Griff’s Hillbilly lawyer. The scenes in Kentucky are a celebration of the man who created the whole Justified world, Elmore J. Leonard. It does give one pause…

Who would you recommend this book to and what should readers be aware of (any warnings or disclaimers)?

This is definitely ‘R’ Rated. See my previous answer above about lustful terror.

If you could / wished to turn this book/series into a movie, who would be your dream team? (e.g. director, actors, locations, etc. – dead, alive or mythical!)

Hitchcock—absolutely, positively—and any one of his cool blonde femme fatales for Helena—though I certainly would not turn up my nose to Kathleen Turner or Sharon Stone in their prime. A young Lou Diamond Philips (Standing Bear from Longmire) would work for Griff.

What do you like to write about? Do you stick to a particular genre or do you like to explore different ones? Is this / Are these the genre(s) that you also like to read about?

I am always interested in interesting people. For me, characters are what capture my attention as a writer. So, whether as a reader or writer, I’m pretty much a genre gigalo. I read and write murder mysteries, police procedurals, romances, young adult, black humor, espionage/suspense and science fiction. I’d take Ritalin for it, but who wants to go through literature medicated?

What is your writing process?

Up at five in the morning, grab a cup of coffee and start piling up the words. Lather, Rinse, Repeat.

What is in store next? (please tell us about your future plans; if book is part of a series, can you give us any hints on future developments)

Griff and Lance will definintely be making a reappearance in a sequel called Outside the Wire. But first I have a couple of other stories in the queue to finish up: Jungleland, a sequel to my first book, My Brother’s Keeper; and Motherless Children, the fourth installment of my Murder by Munchausen future crime series.

And as a final quirky thing, to get to know you a little bit better… do you have a pet or something that is special to you (this could be absolutely anything!)? Could you please provide us with a picture of you with them / it?

Meet our Labrador Cat-triever, Frank, who is half feline and half canine. He often serves as my adult supervision.