Let's all give a big welcome to Chuck Waldron, author of Lion's Head Deception. I'm excited to be part of his blog tour by Pump Up Your Book! We've got a Q&A with Chuck, an amazing book trailer to watch, and a huge GIVEAWAY!
With the release of Lion’s Head Deception Chuck Waldron introduces his newest protagonist, Matthew Tremain. Matt Tremain is a shy, private person who discovers a passion for writing blogs—a mission that propels him into investigative reporting. A tipster warns him of a diabolical scheme Matt simply can’t ignore. After the tipster is killed, Matt honors his memory by going forward to investigate the truth behind the conspiracy. He meets a television reporter and a cameraman also investigating the intrigue. Are they potential partners or rivals? A detective offers his assistance, but Matt is unsure of his true motivation. He is equally unsure of the allegiance of those in the top administration of police services. Matt Tremain and his friends are forced to go on the run, evading the newly-formed security teams. They must expose the truth before they are discovered, arrested and perhaps exterminated themselves…
When a text message warns Matt of impending arrest he has to go on the run. As he learns more about the conspiracy and the person behind it, a television journalist is investigating the same treachery. Will they be able to join forces? What are the true motives of the detective he meets? Will he be friend or foe?
At a private, guarded retreat the scheme’s architect unveils the complete details of his plan and gets the backing of his three co-conspirators. The location of the retreat is near Lion’s Head in Canada’s Bruce Peninsula.
In an action-packed run to the finish line, will Matt and his partners be able to face the challenges it will take to expose the lies and treachery behind Operation CleanSweep?
Interview with Author, Chuck Waldron
Tricia: Hi, Chuck. Welcome to Authors to Watch. Can you tell us a little about yourself?
Chuck: I grew up listening to my grandfather, an Ozark Mountain story teller, spinning tales of the caves on his farm, describing them as hiding places once used by the Jesse & Frank James’ gang. It didn’t matter if the stories were true or not. Those legends set fire to my imagination, creating images that emerged slowly over the years, finally igniting as my short stories and novels.
Now, thirty-plus short stories and three novels later, ideas keep coming, with more novels under development. Do they share anything in common? Each has its own unique voice and tale to tell, yet, at their heart, my stories tell about the human condition – the good, the bad and the ugly.
Stored images that echo in my writing include train whistles in the night, Norman Rockwell childhood scenes, U.S. Army memories, blue collar jobs, university, a professional career, and finally retirement. Many of my images are drawn from this pool of memories: places visited, sights seen, and people met. The rest I fill in with my imagination: dreams of places yet to be visited, sights yet to be seen, and people yet to meet.
My literary roots were planted in the American Midwest and thrived when transplanted to the rich, cultural soil of Ontario and now warmed by the sun on Florida’s Treasure Coast.
Tricia: When did you begin writing?
Chuck: For me creative writing began twenty-four years. Before that it was the obligatory papers in college, followed by the demands of writing during my professional career. I always tried to approach that writing to make it interesting, but nothing beats the fun of turning my imagination loose in a short story or novel.
Tricia: Describe your writing process. Do you plot or write by the seat of your pants? When and where do you write?
Chuck: Lion’s Head Deception, like my other novels, started as an idea with a plot. The idea for a story nibbles at my consciousness until I can’t ignore it. There is usually an overarching outline in my mind. When I know the story I begin thinking about characters, good and evil, looking for the one best to tell it. I can spend weeks giving shape to that character.
I begin telling the character what to do and say, but I have learned that there are parts of the story where the character(s) tell me what to write. Sometimes they try to nudge the plot off course and I have to write by the seat of my pants.
I have a writing area and my best time is morning and afternoon. When the ideas are flowing, however, I keep writing, regardless the time. Like many of my writer friends I’m thinking about writing even when I’m not. I can be taking a walk, riding my bike or driving. The story is never far away.
Tricia: Can you tell us about your most recent release?
Chuck: Lion’s Head Deception is an exciting, dystopian novel that takes on issues like privacy, freedom and our need to feel secure. Privacy and freedom are two of the cornerstones of our democracy.
In the United States our individual right to privacy is held to be sacrosanct, free from searches without a warrant and free from arrest without cause. Since the event of 9/11 there has been a sharp increase in the fear that our expectation of privacy is being eroded. That fear is both imagined and, judging by some of today’s news, real.
The theme of Lion’s Head Deception taps into our contemporary conversation as we try to balance our post 9/11 desire for safety with excessive surveillance and social regulation.
Tricia: How did you get the idea for the book?
Chuck: Reading and viewing stories that raised the issue of how much of our lives are under surveillance, either active or passive, planted the seed for the story. I hear people wonder if phone calls and email communications are free from scrutiny. Not only are questions being raised about the government role in surveillance, but the same by private corporations and places of business.
I was influenced by stories about the rioting during a G-20 Global Summit that exposed the interface between demonstrators and an overwhelming police and security presence.
What better way to write about something like those issues than a dystopian novel?
Tricia: Of all your characters, which one is your favorite? Why?
Chuck: You may expect me to say my main character. After all, he’s the one who really tells the story. But my favorite is a homeless, street lady, named Mattie.
Tricia: What was the most challenging aspect of writing your book?
Chuck: It’s trying to stay ahead of similar issues in the daily news, often eclipsing parts of my novel.
Tricia: Which authors have inspired your writing?
Chuck: That’s easy! David Cornwell, writing as John le Carre, is my all-time favorite. I also enjoy reading Elmore Leonard and the late Robert Parker.
Tricia: What projects are you currently working on?
Chuck: I’m currently working on a sequel to two of my novels, Lion’s Head Deception and Served Cold
Tricia: What advice would you offer to new or aspiring authors?
Chuck: Write something every day. It’s easy to write when the ideas jump out at us, but the discipline of writing when the writing is hard is what keeps a writer going. There’s an old saying, “stormy seas a sailor makes.” I think that somehow applies to writing.
About the Author:
Chuck Waldron’s latest novel, Lion's Head Deception, is a dystopian story about an investigative blogger who uncovers more than he ever imagines...and has no idea what to do with his discovery.
An investigative blogger uncovers a sinister conspiracy, a billionaire's plan backed by select government officials, designed to exterminate citizens who do not live up to a predetermined screening matrix; under the guise of rioting and a destabilized city, the plan is implemented and the blogger fights not only to discover and reveal the truth, but to survive.
"I grew up," Chuck said, "listening to my grandfather, an Ozark Mountain story teller, spinning tales of the caves on his farm, describing them as hiding places once used by the Jesse & Frank James' gang. It didn't matter if the stories were true or not. Those legends set fire to my imagination, creating images that emerged slowly over the years, finally igniting as my short stories and novels."
Now, thirty-plus short stories and three novels later, ideas keep coming, with more novels under development. Do they share anything in common? Each has its own unique voice and tale to tell, yet, at their heart, his stories tell about the human condition - the good, the bad and the ugly.
As Chuck tells it, "stored images that echo in my writing include train whistles in the night, Norman Rockwell childhood scenes, U.S. Army memories, blue collar jobs, university, a professional career, and finally retirement. Many of my images are drawn from this pool of memories: places visited, sights seen, and people met. The rest I fill in with my imagination: dreams of places yet to be visited, sights yet to be seen, and people yet to meet."
His literary roots were planted in the American Midwest and thrived when transplanted to the rich, cultural soil of Ontario. He and his wife, Suzanne, are now warmed by the sun on Florida’sTreasure Coast.
His latest book is Lion’s Head Deception
Visit his website at www.WriteByMeBooks.com.
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