Michael grew up in a small town but always had his eye on something big. He wasn’t sure what to do with his life until he joined the Navy and found his place in the world.
Professionally, he falls in with Navy intelligence. He infiltrates China for secret information and leads a successful mission to Vietnam. He uncovers fraud within the officer ranks and exposes black market thieving of government property.
Personally, Michael struggles for years before finding true love. He travels extensively through Japan, Korea, Taiwan, Hong Kong, and the Philippines. He lives a life of passion and excitement but always remembers the small town boy he once was. Michael is a man with dreams and the passion to follow them, even into the path of danger.
The book seems to have three distinct parts: Michael grew up in a small town; Michael falls in with Navy intelligence; Michael struggles for years to find true love. What is the most important theme in your book?
I have rewritten the story regarding Navy intelligence as The Spy from Nowhere. The memoir will be treated differently.
How much of this book is true but disguised as a memoir?
Much of the book is true, but not all. In my new book, The Spy from Nowhere, I took out the memoir part, the first two chapters. The Spy is the first of a series; the second is Grace Under Fire.
What is your elevator speech? What do you tell someone who asks what your book is about?
The book is the story of a young man from a small town who escapes to the real world.
What is your background?
In 1959, I started in business: sales and marketing. My experiences in sales and marketing carry over to selling books. There are four kinds of people:
Early Adopters—they copy innovators: 20%;
Mainstream—the average Joe: 60%; and
Zombies—they have trouble, just getting up in the morning: 10%.
I market to the first 30%.
What’s your writing background?
I am an experienced nonfiction writer with 14 books published over the past 30 years. This is my first venture into fiction. I read everything I can about fiction writing and then pick up what makes sense for me. I’ve got a lot to learn.