Jim Magwood – Author Interview

What is your most recent book? Tell us a bit about it.

Sanction is an international mystery novel about a world under attack by a powerful group of men trying to take over control of that world. A small group of people find out about the threat and work to stop it, but are they too late? Can they take back what the people have given away?

It’s a story based in large part on events we read in our papers every day right now but usually don’t know the behind-the-scenes of. It’s not a sequel, but somewhat of a follow-on from Ayn Rand’s powerful novel, Atlas Shrugged.

Tell us something about yourself.

I was born in Vancouver, Canada and was dragged down to the states when I was too young to protest. I spent time in the military and then forty years in the business world, much of it traveling the world and seeing first-hand what was going on. I’m now retired and living at my small ranch in the mountains outside Bakersfield, California, where my “career” has become writing.

It took me about ten years to write SANCTION because I did it in bits and pieces, but there are two more novels immediately in the works and several more being contemplated.

What inspired you to write this book?

Ayn Rand’s book, Atlas Shrugged, ended with the heroes returning to a ravaged world to begin rebuilding it. I’ve read it over and over for the last fifty years and finally realized that our world today is in the same place that the world she wrote in was. A story just began to flow.

What do you believe is the hardest part of writing?

I believe we all probably have a story in us, but it’s extremely difficult gathering the courage to start putting our thoughts on paper. There are so many who ridicule us or point out how we will never succeed. It takes a major commitment to overcome our fears and lay the story out. However, we will really have succeeded when we can finally say, simply, “I did it.”

How do you do research for your books?

As my books are in the nature of international suspense and intrigue, I readily pick the brains of old and new friends in different branches of military and political service, as well as people who see into our human emotions and actions. Plus, I research through the Internet extensively.

Did you learn anything from writing this book? What?

I learned our world really is in BIG trouble.

What are you reading now?

At the moment, The Apostle by Sholem Asch and Thriving On Chaos by Tom Peters.

Are you working on your next book? What can you tell us about it?

My next book is THE LESSER EVIL and it’s looking for a publisher at this time. It’s the story of a world being overwhelmed by evil, and a major secretive vigilante group working to remove that evil. However, when the regular people of the world start trying to copy them and take back their own lives, they start creating more problems than they stop. The major premise is are we too late, and can we take back our lives without becoming just like the evil we are working against?

A third book, COP, is almost finished and is about the life a police detective in Washington, DC, who is trying to live the job as well as trying to live a regular life.

What is the best advice you could give other writers about writing or publishing?

Other than learn everything you can about the industry and what you will need to do to succeed, it would be to not let anyone tell you that you can’t do it. There are many naysayers out there, often close to you, and you must simply close your eyes to them, gather your courage, pay the price and just DO IT. WRITE IT. Never give up the dream.

Where can readers learn more about you and your book?

You can visit me at the Website, http://www.JimMagwood.com. You can get a free e-copy of SANCTION there, plus my mini-book, So You’ve Written A Book. Now What? that is full of advice from my experiences of ten years of writing, publishing and marketing my own book.