Hi Shane. It's a pleasure to have you over today on NOR. I hear that your book "The Asset" deals with the TSA. Please tell us more about the book.
Fourteen years ago, the final words Kennedy ever spoke to his sister were in anger. That day was September 11th 2001, and Belle died when her plane hit the north tower of the World Trade Center.
Since then, Kennedy has dedicated his life to airline security. He knows more about planes than the airport authority, a fact which doesn’t go unnoticed by the CIA. After kidnapping him, Kennedy is inducted by the Agency into a counterterrorism operation called Red Carpet.
Now Kennedy is a civilian asset, an ordinary man working with extraordinary people to stop the world collapsing around him, just as it did for his sister so many years before.
What should readers expect from you titles?
They should expect to be fully entertained from cover to cover. My books are about enjoying a good, fast read that jumps you like a mugger and gives you a few lumps that stick with you. Expect sex, drugs, violence, rock no roll, and a lot of soul. And you may end up laughing a fair bit as well.
What's next for you as an author?
I am working on a ton of projects right now. I am outlining a dark Cormac McCarthy style revenge thriller set in the Colorado wilderness called The Hunting Party. I am also working on a top secret sci fi project. I am finishing a proposal for a grief memoire called The Weight of Ashes. I have dealt with death a lot in my life. My 2 sisters and father died young at different parts of my life and grief is a big part of who I am as a person and as an artist. And I am busting my ass to develop a TV show - a half hour dirty comedy in the vein of Californication and Peep Show. No rest for the wicked!
If you could travel to another time, would you choose past or future or would you stick where you are at? And Why?
I would go back in time to London in 1967 - the year before Jimmy Page met Robert Plant - and I would ask Jimmy to start a rock band with me called Led Zeppelin.
What's a writing day like for you?
My writing day starts at 10pm, so I am a Night Owl too! I work all day at my day job, hang with the fam from around 6pm 10pm, then head to my office where I write from 10pm - 1am or 2am every night. It's great because it's quiet, no one is emailing me or asking me to run to the grocery store. I am very productive during what I like to call are my "vampire hours."
Do you feel music has inspired your writing?
Thought you'd never ask. I love to write. I live it, breathe it, and eat it every day. But music is my greatest passion. I never knew I could sing until I was in my 30's because my family wanted me to be the next Joe Namath or Roger Clemens. But when I started singing in rock bands, the earth shattered and my mind was completely blown. I've been doing that for years now (currently fronting a funk band) and music has helped me to add "dynamics" to my work. Great dynamics, which is best explained as the perfect mix of highs and lows, or peaks and valleys, are also very effective in story. Additionally, music helps me feel the tempo of a scene and keep it consistent. Finally, music taught me how important it is to begin and end something in a way that maximizes impact.
What's your day job like?
I have a fun day job. It's very challenging, but cool in a lot of ways. My official title is "Vice President, Creative Services." Yes I am a fat cat and yes I smoke cigars. I studied film production in grad school so I love working in the medium any way I can. Our company does big corporate events with huge video installations so I am constantly producing and directing video and motion graphic content to be projected in an installation I helped design. It's like making epic motion pictures for a movie theater. And I get to travel to cool places as a result - like NYC, LA, Seattle, Chi, Miami, Nashville, Austin, London, Paris, Mexico City, Costa Rica, and Bali to name a few. The great thing is that my corporate clients are so much cooler than people in the movie business. They really encourage creativity and are very supportive when I want to try new things. And they have great taste in food and hooch, so that's cool as well.
Thanks so much for spending some time with us.
Thank you very much for having me!