Author Speak


Next Economic Battleground

What led me to write my latest book, Halfway to MMXX The Year 2020: It Begins?

I'm always looking for that story that needs telling. I began reading articles about Russian Arctic expansion which seldom receives the news coverage it deserves. I believe the Russians are, and have been, positioning themselves to take a dominant role from the effects of global warming in the Arctic. It is my belief that this region of the world will become the next great economic battleground.

For centuries, the Arctic has kept its secrets hidden under vast sheets of ice and snow. Today, those layers of solid freeze are yielding to the influences of man. Global temperatures continue to rise from overuse of fossil fuels and burning forests changing the landscape forever. The peeling of those layers now exposes the surface underneath making easy the plunder of Arctic riches.

Read the articles:

Extract: "As the ice continues to melt, countries are licking their chops at what lies underneath the surface. According to estimates from the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS), the Arctic holds approximately 22 percent of the world's undiscovered energy resources including 13 percent of the world's undiscovered oil (90 billion barrels) and 30 percent of its undiscovered gas (50 trillion cubic meters of natural gas and 44 billion barrels of natural gas liquids). The vast majority of these resources, roughly 84 percent, are believed to lie offshore under the Arctic Ocean."

My book of fiction is meant to stir our conscience in the direction of exploration gone bad and its potential environmental impact. This work is fortunate to have been accorded the LiFE (Literature for Environment) Award.

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I'll also bet you didn't know reading fiction can help you become more open-minded and stir your creative juices.

It's also believed that people who read books live longer. Perhaps that's because you're happier. And, successful people generally tend to be readers.

I purposely wrote my books to be read in five to six hours, with chapters that tend to be short ... beach books if you will.

I write fiction, mostly in the thriller genre. Although fiction gives an author license to lie with a flair, I do extensive research ensuring my stories are peppered with real foundations. So, I invite you to take a look. More importantly, meet me halfway by beginning the journey and enjoy.

Write or Wrong

Once, I was asked the following question at an author meeting: "Why don't you write serial books?" My answer was that I prefer to write books about different subjects and that stand alone with a beginning, middle, and end. That way I am able to explore using a variety of characters. I very much dislike reading a book when the ending is incomplete and leads into the next book. What if it never came?

The group's consensus was that most successful authors write serials because people want to follow the same character which generally affects their purchasing decisions. Mind you, I'm not opposed to writing serials but, so far, have been resistant to it. I would feel as though I wasted my time if the characters and settings of a serial were not well received. I researched the history of other successful authors and most have done some experimentation with books other than serials. So, I don't feel my resistance is totally without precedence.

I think at this point of my writing career, I'm still in the testing stage. More to the point, although I feel most comfortable writing thriller/suspense stories, I'm still exploring authoring other genres. Regardless, I hope at least one of my endeavors pleases readers.