Why do you write fiction?
Actually for years I wrote a lot of non-fiction articles about computers and the digital world, especially the conversion from paper to digital and dreamed about writing fiction. In college I had the opportunity to meet a scholar who was an expert on Hemingway and he got me hooked. I can still see the leopard at the top of Kilimanjaro. But I had to write my own stories.
Please tell us about your book. What ideas or images inspired this novel?
My protagonist, Jonathon Stone, is a veteran CIA agent saddled with a strange assignment. He operates mostly in the US as an undercover agent in an off the books special division of the CIA. This time Stone is after an arms dealer but after his initial investigation, the assignment takes a whole different turn.
The story starts during the Tet New Year’s Festival and Parade in Little Saigon, California. I have experienced that time of the year first hand and it is exciting and filled with tradition. There is still a deep division between the Vietnamese North and South.
Without adding a spoiler, the computer industry plays a role.
Do you have an ideal reader in mind when you write? If so, please describe that reader.
The reader would be someone who likes to follow along with a mystery and try to keep up with the twists and turns. I like to drop hints along the way but keep the reader waiting until the end for the solution.
Please describe your writing routine.
I already have my characters outlined from previous books in the series so I take a story line and start building events. I do a lot of research for each book but I try to keep my locations limited to where I have lived and visited so I know something personal about the site.
Something unique about my routine: I develop an Access database for each book. I have a character table. A storyline table. A detail outline table of each event with location, scene and date attached. I also keep track of uncommon places and items of interest like the city: BELMONT SHORE, CALIFORNIA. At the end of each ebook, I include a Wikipedia shot of the item for the reader to browse rather than going online to look it up.
What advice do you give new writers just starting out?
Study other authors, especially in your genre, and check how they approach the marketing part of the business. Check their website, their blogs, their book blurbs and how they handle social media. You can write the best book in the world and if no one can find it, the book will sit on the shelf.
More about Game of Fire:
An explosion and fire rocks a Southern California mall and it is quickly determined it is arson. The timing of the incident is special because it interrupts the Tet New Year’s Festival and Parade in Little Saigon, an area just east of Long Beach.
Had the old wounds of Vietnam been opened again or was there a different game being played?
Enter veteran CIA Agent Jonathon Stone. Already in pursuit of the gun-running Minh family, he connects with a special FBI task force to assist in the investigation of the explosion and Minh quickly becomes their number one suspect.
Stone teams up with FBI Agent Jodi Shannon to pursue the people behind the arson fire. Jodi is a serious, no nonsense agent who leads the FBI Arson Task Force. While she fights to solve the mystery, she also fights Stone’s advances. As always, he tries to mix business with pleasure.
As the game takes its twists and turns, Stone’s assignment leads to a shootout in Las Vegas and a car chase down the coast of Southern California.
Jonathon Stone battles his love for gambling and drinking and the ladies to help solve the mystery of the Game of Fire.
How to connect with James:
Author’s website: James Moushon – Mystery Writer http://bit.ly/TauYkJ
Email address: firstname.lastname@example.org
Buy Link: http://amzn.to/19YUiX6