"Piety and Murder" -- Thriller/Mystery
Tell us a little about Piety and Murder.
The book is set in pre-Katrina New Orleans.
The protagonist, Mack Brinson, while trying to stop a smarmy televangelist's legal robbery from his family is first threatened, then ambushed in a running shootout on the Lake Ponchartrain Causeway. When the unseen evil that underlies the preacher's organization kidnaps his wife's mother, he enlists the aid of his old war buddies from the Special Forces for a hostage rescue. Along the way, two beautiful women enter his life. Pattie becomes his lover. She also proves to be a good ad hoc sniper in the raid. The other, Rita is the nominal wife of the preacher himself.
Who is your favorite character in your novel, and why?
Mack Brinson, the protagonist. We share similar backgrounds.
What is your ideal creative environment?
Quiet room, maybe music.
More than one author: John D. McDonald, Robert B. Parker, James Lee Burke are all favorites.
Who is your literary idol?
Probably, in fiction, John D. McDonald. Author of the Travis McGee series.
What book, series, or author is your guilty pleasure read you turn to for sheer entertainment value?
Not particularly guilty, but I get a kick out of Lee Child's Jack Reacher series.
Is writing your main creative outlet, or do you have other talents and creative pursuits?
A bit of landscape photography.
Name one fun/weird/frightening fact about you that we don't already know:
Most of you probably don't know that I am a former Green Beret soldier. I was with the storied MACV-SOG organization. As one man put it, I was in the company of heroes.
What are you working on now?
A prequel to "Piety and Murder." I have about 30, 000 words so far.
What's the most personally challenging aspect of writing?
Being consistent in time management. Treating my writing as a job.
What was your first reaction when Lazy Day Publishing offered you a contract?
Delight. Bought a bottle of champagne to celebrate.