Article 15 Blog Tour Interview
November 7, 2019
How did you come up with the title of your book or series?
I was actually researching a completely different book called Jungleland, which takes place in the civil war years of Congo in the early 1960s. The government was so corrupt that people referred to a mythical section of the country’s constitution, Article 15, which basically gave everybody permission to “get it while you can.” Plus it fit in perfectly with the Article 15 hearings of the military justice system.
Tell us a little bit about your cover art. Who designed it? Why did you go with that particular image/artwork?
There are basically two ways to go with book covers. One is to make sure your book looks exactly like every other book in your genre. You know, like how every romance book has a shot of some guy’s six-pack abs on it. The other is to come up with a visual theme that is unique for your books which helps to brand you as an author. I studied my favorite writers, like Kurt Vonnegut, Carl Hiaasen, and Joseph Heller. You look at their covers and know exactly who wrote the book. So, I came up with a tri-panel cover design to #1) mark my territory; and #2) make the titles very easy to read as tiny icons on Amazon.
Who is your favorite character from your book and why?
In this story, Griff’s lawyer, Johnny aka E.J. Leonard—as in Elmore John Leonard. He is basically a tribute to the creator of Justified, one of my all time favorite stories. It does give me pause…
Give us an interesting fun fact or a few about your book or series:
You’ll find most all of Griff’s flying sequences scattered about in my pilot log book.
What other books are similar to your own? What makes them alike?
I joke that if John Grisham, E.L. James and Vince Flynn got together and collaborated on a novel, it would be Article 15. But the truth is that the story hearkens back to a series of movies in the eighties and nineties that featured strong, sensual and willful women with an evil bent: Body Heat, The Last Seduction and Basic Instinct. I still get chills at the arousal of fear, lust and loathing Kathleen Turner, Linda Fiorentino and Sharon Stone stir up in the dark corners of my soul.
Do you have any unique talents or hobbies?
Some how, some way I seem to have a talent, above all else, for getting things done.
How can we contact you or find out more about your books?
Book Listing on Website
Retail Author Pages
What can we expect from you in the future?
I’m about a third of the way into my next story, Jungleland, which is a sequel to my very first book, My Brother’s Keeper, and finds Hawk in Congo flying against Simba rebels during their civil war in the early Sixties. I also have ideas for the fourth installment in my Murder by Munchausen series and the next Griffith Crowe story.