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What begins as a search for missing D.E.A agents, turns into a race against time, through the Sonoran Desert. Jimmy Dalton & Jamie Duggan uncover a plot
to unleash a terrible Biological weapon. Suicide bombers loaded with viral death are on their way to unleash hell, only Dalton & Jamie stand in their
This is the explosive sequel to Homecoming Blues, hard hitting and action packed.
TR: Hey Andy…good morning. It’s great to have you here…
AS: Hi, Thomas, thanks for giving me time on your page.
TR: So, let’s here a little bit about you. How old were you when you wrote your first piece?
AS: I was about 12 years old when I wrote my first short story, it was for a competition. The winner would appear in the school magazine.
TR: Another early starter – I’m jealous What was it, and in what genre?
AS: It was a supernatural tale, I forget the title now. The story was about a man who is murdered and his ghost torments his killer to death. Imagine my surprise when the film Ghost came out with the similar storyline. Maybe I should do them for plagiarism ha, ha.
TR: You might have a case, at that. How did you do in the competition?
AS: Actually, I ended up winning.
TR: Hah! Outstanding…and what have you written since then?
AS: After a conversation with my English Teacher in High School, the content basically being writing was a waste of time and I should get a ‘real job’ I kind of did not bother anymore. I drifted back into it about two years ago, as a hobby, posting my work on Authonomy, Writers Cafe, and other such sites. I received good feedback and made a couple of great friends.
Around March this year I saw a call to submission for an Anthology based around the pulp books of the 70s and 80s. This was being put together by Matt Hilton, author of the Joe Hunter series of books. I sent in a short, titled, Eastern Fury, and set in the old west; kind of Kung Fu on steroids, Matt accepted it and it appears next to big names like Stephen Leather, Matt, Zoe Sharp, and Adrian Magson as well as other great up and coming writers. I had the bug now, and with encouragement from my fiancée Lisa I wrote Homecoming Blues followed by Border Town Blues.
TR: Very cool. I recognize some of those names – pretty heady company. So tell me, what was the inspiration for Border Town Blues?
AS: Homecoming Blues was basically a tale of revenge set against the backdrop of gangland London, and at the end my protagonist Jimmy Dalton and a girl he befriends go on the run ending up in America. I wanted to set it in the south of the country, I was reading about the drug cartels crossing the border with illegals and narcotics. I got to thinking how easy it would be to smuggle terrorists across the border. This area seems a weak link in their security so that ended up being the back drop for my sequel Border Town Blues.
TR: Makes sense to me. Pray, tell us a little more.
AS: Basically Jimmy and Jamie are press-ganged into searching for a group of missing DEA agents, they uncover a plot to smuggle Al Qaeda suicide bombers, who have been injected with a lethal Biological Weapon, across the border into America. The kicker is, if one of them spills even one drop of blood the weapon is released. There is no antidote and it has the capability to wipe out the entire world. A chase through the Sonoran Desert leads to a deadly showdown in Yuma.
TR: Whew. That sounds pretty tense…I love it. Now, is there a particular place or setting where you get your writing ideas?
AS: No not really, inspiration comes from everywhere.
TR: Okay. Here’s a tougher one. What made you choose either traditional or independent publishing?
AS: I had no real thoughts on actually publishing, after all my writing was just a hobby, a friend told me about Amazons KDP platform, and the rest is history as they say. I still consider myself as an author in training and this is my University. Maybe after I have done my time I will consider the Trad route.
TR: Sounds like a plan. If you had to choose the most important element in an author’s platform, what would it be?
AS: First and foremost I think is the ability to spin a good yarn, and engage the readers, without this the rest is useless.
TR: True enough. All the rest is pretty much a waste, if you can’t write a decent story, eh? Here’s my favorite question. What mistakes have you made in regards to publishing and marketing your work, and what will you do differently in the future?
AS: When I first put up my work, I knew nothing about formatting or the choice of a good cover. I made quite a few mistakes; it is a learning curve after all. I would say to anyone who is going to go down this route, fully check out everything involved. Talk to those who have gone before, then when you are ready to publish, do it once, do it right, do it first time. In the future, hopefully I will not make the mistakes of the past.
TR: Some very good advice. So, what’s coming up for you?
AS: Coming next will be a third book featuring Jimmy Dalton, much bigger in scope than the previous two books. The idea is, there are thirteen families who have controlled events throughout history; they control the Banks, and the big Pharmaceutical companies, as well as the vast military machine of the Western World. All this from in the shadows, wars are fought and they sell weapons to both sides.
Dalton is working for a black budget agency whose hidden agenda is to hunt down these families by order of the US President who knows these families want total control of the world, reducing the population to a billion people in the process. The President is assassinated and Dalton has to go off the grid to finally destroy these families before they destroy him. It is a work in progress and not fully formed as yet. Thank you for having me on your blog.
For more info on me and my books check out my website here http://goo.gl/ibzNZ
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TR: Andy, it was a pleasure, buddy. Maybe we can have you back for your next book as well.
AS: Sure, I’d like that.
Folks, that’s a wrap. Hope you enjoyed it.
Border Town Blues is out there, just for you. What are you waiting for?