Broken Pieces

Author Interview – Bob Mayer

Friday, August 9, 2013

Are you reading any interesting books at the moment? I just finished Kate Atkinson’s Life after Life and my head almost exploded.  I’ve begun re-reading it because it’s worth a re-read.

What are some of the best tools available today for writers, especially those just starting out? There’s so much information out there now on the Internet.  It’s certainly different than when I started out.  The big thing is to understand everyone’s situation is different, thus there is no one “right” solution or path.  Everyone is in a different situation.

What contributes to making a writer successful? I know a lot of very successful writers and they share one trait:  they work really, really, hard.  Usually seven days a week, with long days.  We love to write.  In order to write we have to make money.  To make money we have to write.  And so it goes.

Do you have any advice for writers? Trust your subconscious.  The ending of The Green Berets Chasing the Lost was planted subconsciously and it was my wife who came up with the absolutely wicked twist at the very end based on material I’d written earlier.

What do you do to unwind and relax? I take Cool Gus and Sassy Becca, my two yellow labs to the dog park.  Gus will chase a ball until he almost collapses while Becca teases other dogs into chasing her.  Here in our new home, Gus can also jump into the TN River after his ball and he loves swimming.  We’re working on Becca’s swimming abilities.  I also kayak and run in the forest.

What dreams have been realized as a result of your writing? Since getting out of the army, I’ve worked for myself for a long time.  With the advent of digital books and starting my own publishing company, I have all the responsibility and all the freedom that goes with it.  It’s the best time ever to be a writer.

If you could leave your readers with one bit of wisdom, what would you want it to be? Enjoy the ride!

NY Times Bestselling Author, former Green Beret and West Point Graduate, Bob Mayer.

“A pulsing technothriller. A nailbiter in the best tradition of adventure fiction.” Publishers Weekly ref Bob Mayer

Horace Chase arrives on Hilton Head Island to pay his last respects at the Intracoastal Waterway where his late mother’s ashes were spread and to inspect the home his mother left him in her will. He’s been recently forced into retirement, his divorce is officially final, and now he’s standing in the middle of the front yard of his ‘new’ house where a tree has crashed right through the center of it.

What could possibly go wrong?

Within six hours of arriving on Hilton Head, Chase is exchanging gunfire with men who’ve kidnapped a young boy and tried to grab the boy’s mother, Sarah Briggs. Soon he’s waist deep in an extortion plot to funnel a hundred million dollars of Superbowl on-line gambling money into an offshore bank account or else the boy dies.

Dave Riley has long retired from the military and living peacefully on sleepy Dafuskie Island off the coast of South Carolina. Sort of. Actually he’s bored, feeling old, and just a bit cranky running his deceased uncle’s small-time bookie operation.

Horace Chase, meet Dave Riley. Riley-Chase.

Chase and Riley assemble a team of misfits and eccentrics as they take on the powerful Russian mob in the lawless tidal lands of the Low Country to get the boy back.

Meet Erin: Chase’s long-ago summer fling, now a veterinarian and not interested in men any more, at least that way. But her suturing skills and her knowledge of the island bring assets the team needs. Especially after Chase’s first visit with the Russian requires a bit of the former.

Meet Gator: an ex-Ranger, iron-pumping, fire-breathing hulk of a redneck, with a soft spot in his heart for Erin, and steroids burning in his muscles to hurt people. As long as Riley and Chase point him in the right direction, the rest of the populace should be all right.

Meet Kono: a Gullah, descendant of the free slaves who fled to the barrier islands in the 19th century and developed their own culture. He nurses his own pain and secrets, but heeds Chase’s call to renew their childhood friendship. Especially when he learns the target is the Russians.

It adds up to a fiery confrontation to rescue the young boy, and settle some old scores.

But Riley and Chase need to remember a basic tenet from their days in covert operations: Nothing is ever as it appears.

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Genre – Thriller

Rating – PG

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