Ashcroft, Eh?
Article 15 Blog Tour Interview
November 12, 2019

Tell us about your novel. Is it part of a series? If so, please tell us about the series too.

Article 15 did not start out being a series. I had an uber rich, sexy femme fatale going up against an ex-Navy SEAL, Griff. Once I was on the downhill side of the plot line, though, it struck me that the whole situation with Griff working as a “fixer” for his lawyer buddy, Lance, could have some legs with another story. I actually do have an idea for his next…adventure. And I’ve got a title, too: Outside the Wire. It just kind of works out that way sometimes.

Where did the idea for the mystery that is central to the story come from?

I’m really in debt to Kathleen Turner’s role as Matty Walker in Body Heat. She was pretty darn scary in a lust inducing way. Strong female characters like that are alluring to me as a writer and I knew at some point that I would have to go down that dark path myself. I just wanted a more worthy challenge for Helena than Ned Racine, and I think Griff matches up pretty well with her.

Is there a theme or subject that underlies the story? If so, what prompted you to write about it?

I’m not a big social media guy. It’s kind of a necessity. But as a writer, the whole idea of censorship of any kind really, really bugs me and Facebook, YouTube, and Twitter, all out there deciding what people should and should not post and see over the past few years, just rubbed me the wrong way. Then, when you look into it, there is some nefarious history behind the scenes between government and Big Tech. After all, Al Gore invented the Internet, right? Any way it all made for a good dramatic backdrop for Helena and Griff.

How do you create your characters? Do you have favourite ones? If so, why are you partial to them?

I don’t feel like I “create” my characters. They kind of all appear complete and I just fill in some of the details about them as I go along. A lot of times my favorites are the ones that are not really center stage, like T-Rex or Hannah or Ben. They serve their particular roles in the stories, but I look at them and think, “Hmmm, there’s really more there than meets the eye.” But the story has to move along.

How do you bring to life the place you are writing about?

I’m not a really big detail guy. And with TV, most scenes—like courtrooms, business offices, police stations, malls, and restaurants—are pretty familiar to readers. So, I try to find those few details critical to the characters and the action that I can spotlight, like Johnny’s (Griff’s lawyer) wall of celebrity 8x10s in his office.

What research do you do to provide background information to help you write the novel?

Everything. Books, magazine articles, podcasts, YouTube videos, Google Earth, and, of course, the Interweb. Back in the antiquities, I spent a lot of time in the library. Now, it’s all right there, just a screen shot away. For every minute I scribble, I’ll bet I spend five or ten minutes doing research.

Is there anything else you’d like to tell readers about the book?

I just hope you enjoy my stories. Thanks for checking them out.