I have no excuse for not writing something interesting, entertaining, or whatever, but I do have plenty of reasons.
Most of my "creative" juices were drained working in the next addition to my Best-Kept Secrets Collection. The title is Hell is Other People. I have started early this year, but still might not finish until Christmas. This will make a perfect gift to not give people.
I wrote the first draft one weekend in July 1998 and completed a rough copy during a trip to Japan. I have revisited this manuscript (almost) countless times since then. Instead of perfecting the novel, I often fear that I am revising it to death.
This was the first novel I ever wrote from beginning to end, so I feel a certain commitment. One does not set children into the world without raising them properly...or at least raising them.
_ What good is a blog, if one cannot be self-serving?
I had a thought: perhaps there are people reading this blog, who avoid the boring/never-changing homepage (until recently) and arrive directly each day at this wonderful, enlightening, and entertaining page. These unfortunate souls will not know of a recent literary event—the arrival of my newest novel, Flying’s Easy. It joins my collection of the Best-Kept Secrets of American Literature. The cover art reveals to sharp-eyed individuals the double meaning in the title (which is also evident to anyone cognizant of how much I lie in this blog).
For those too cheap to buy my book (cheap in ebook form and available in all reader types) or too lazy to read, you should know that you are missing an epic (another lie) tale. It takes place in Vietnam, Laos, Thailand, Cambodia, Hong Kong, and Switzerland at the time of the Vietnam War. There’s an insignificant bit in the US, but that’s only a bridge between more important scenes. As you can see, just listing the itinerary is an epic task.
Before anyone knowing my past can ask, I want to state that this is not autobiographical. Anyone wasting their time to read the story will quickly recognize that the main character is very different. Yes, I have flown a helicopter in Vietnam. I have visited each of the countries (except Laos and Cambodia, both of which I have passed over in an airplane, but that does not count). I have not been to every location in the book, but have taken a peek at Google Earth, which is much the same (without odors, border inspections, or jet lag). I have certainly done none of the described deeds, although I have had one or two similar thoughts. Like all good fiction, the story is basically a bunch of lies.
Buy my new book at: http://www.smashwords.com/books/view/115105
Now, I have written a novel with my take on religion, one with my take on politics, one with my take on destiny, and one with my take on morality. I’m not sure what the fifth one means, but I like the story. Someday, I will run a quiz and test peoples’ understanding of my crooked mind.
Prior to writing novels, the author enjoyed a multifaceted career: from decorated combat aviator to advertising professional to global communications director of a major consumer brand. He has traveled the world and met sports, film and television stars, political leaders, and royalty. He graduated from Middlebury College, is married, lives in Germany, and has two grown children.