Tell us about yourself. I’m originally from the Portland, Maine area, lived, and worked there for years before moving to Southwest Florida. My Dad and Mom were artists, my father painted and his mother wrote poetry and loved to garden. Most Saturdays our family loaded up the 1970 Chevy Impala to trek to a one-man show somewhere or other. I took a different track graduating with a business degree, owning and operating an Award Winning Franchise Fitness Center. Currently a professional manager I’m living in Florida with My beautiful wife and children, and following my passion. I have a deep faith. I believe God helps us in all things.
What are you working on now? What are some of your other projects? I’m currently working on the sequel to Jack Canon’s American Destiny – which will be titled Jack Canon - Clean Sweep. The sequel will be available in about three months. Some of my other projects include a children’s book called Sammy the Sea Turtle – about an infant sea turtle taken from his nest the night he was to find his way to the sea. Sammy lives with the family until their son – the boy who took him, graduates from high school. On that day Sammy, backpack in tow – begins the long journey home. My second project, in the works, involves angels – a man during a visit to Bar Harbor Maine encounters an angel; quite accidentally, he is told – she was not supposed to make him aware of her existence. Only three others have ever seen the real thing. Naturally he falls hopelessly in love with the beautiful creature.
Tell us a bit about your family. Originally we were from the Portland, Maine area. My mom graduated from Westbrook High School and lived in the same small town her entire life. My dad was in the Air Force stationed in Guam; he returned to work in accounting and went back to school to earn a degree in art. My Dad and Mom were artists, my father painted and my mother wrote poetry and loved to garden. Most Saturdays we loaded up the 1970 Chevy Impala to trek to a one-man show somewhere or other. I took a different track graduating with a business degree, owning and operating an Award Winning Franchise Fitness Center. I am currently a professional manager living in Florida with my beautiful wife and children, following my passion.
Why did you feel you had to tell this story? I always wanted to tell this story. Jack Canon is the everyman in us that dreams of setting things right. The story has tender moments of deep intimacy and romance, woven throughout a real thriller. The characters are true friends, working for the common goal of winning the Presidency. The story is basically set in Washington and on the campaign trail and has plenty of corruption, billionaires, and beautiful woman to keep the reader entertained. All the following components are featured: Washington Politics, Corruption, Romance, Love, Tenderness, Murder, Love, Suspense, Presidential Politics, Power, Passion, and Thrills. Jack and his friends stop at nothing to make a better America for all citizens.
How do your family and friends feel about the book? My family and friends have been supportive. Funny story - I sat down in the living room in our most comfortable chair and wrote the first paragraph. I liked it even though it didn't end up making it into the book. Finishing that paragraph I announced to my wife and 22-year-old son that I was writing a book. We still laugh about the eye rolling. The idea came to me all at once - the entire story. I wanted to tell a story of great characters that are the best of friends. There's tenderness, romance, political corruption at the highest levels, not to leave out murder and revenge.
Do you ever experience writer’s block and how do you overcome it? I don't get writers block because I wait until the story literally explodes onto the page.
If your book was made into a movie, who do you picture playing each part? My sister-in-law has already chosen Ben Affleck to play Jack Canon. Funny - I took the first draft to Disney. At first she didn't have any interest, but my mother-in-law was reading and commenting - enjoying the story. So, my sister-in-law, Terri, picks up the pages mom had finished and turned them quickly - long story short - she ended up loving Jack! She bought a kindle just to read the final version. I figured Katherine Heigl could play Sandy. Sandy is blonde and beautiful and fixes herself up to look like Marilyn Monroe for Jack. Daphne Cole is going to be tough to cast being the most beautiful woman perhaps on the planet.
Have you included many of your life experiences, even friends, in the plot? Friends who have read it have commented they can see some of my life woven into the plot. Of course my wife and children are represented in the characters voices. I basically write what I know and the things I have seen and done find there way into the story.
How long did it take to write Jack Canon’s American Destiny? Writing takes a great deal of time. Jack Canon’s American Destiny took six months to write.
When is your favorite time of day to write? I love to write early in the morning. Usually after I have dreamt something or had a thought that must be added.
What books have influenced you in the past? The Course in Miracles, Seat of the Soul. I love books on spirituality.
Genre - Political Thriller
Rating – PG