John Hindinger – Author Interview

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

Rogue Enforcer. Rogue Enforcer is the sequel to Rogue Avenger and Rogue Trident, a Military Writers Society of America award winner. International arms dealer Pierre Renard and ex-naval officer Jake Slate reunite to stop their most dangerous foe from enforcing his form of apocalyptic justice on America.

It’s a standalone novel, but a little background on the two before it gives a frame of reference.

Rogue Trident: The U.S. Navy makes a big mistake when it thinks it can sacrifice one of its own. Naval officer Jake Slate survives a physical assault from his commanding officer, but when naval officials bury the truth, they lock horns with the wrong guy. Arms broker and French ex-submarine commander Pierre Renard discovers Slate’s situation and recruits him to steal his Trident Missile submarine.

Rogue Avenger: Rogue Avenger is the sequel to Rogue Trident, a Military Writers Society of America award winner. After hijacking a Trident Missile submarine in Rogue Trident, international arms dealer Pierre Renard and ex-naval officer Jake Slate team up for nobler purposes in Rogue Avenger.

Tell us something about yourself.

I was a naval submarine officer, now working in the private sector. I started writing short stories in 1995 and then got to work on Rogue Trident in 1996. It took me ten years to write when it was all said and done.

What inspired you to write this book?

I couldn’t help it. My characters from Rogue Trident and Rogue Avenger still had work to do. Plus the investment of learning how to write Rogue Trident makes me so efficient at writing. I can now draft a novel in 2-3 months of full time work (Avenger took two months, Enforcer was a part time effort).

How did you publish this book?

Rogue Enforcer
is published as an eBook only, available in most formats on Smashwords. The other two books are also available from my Smashwords page, but they are also available on Amazon and B&N as paperback and hardbound. I’ll probably publish Enforcer in hardbound in the near future. Cash constraints and the cost of printing kept me from doing this already.

How did you know you wanted to be a writer? How did you get started?

The stories came to me. I fumbled through writing them down, and then I realized I had to learn how to write to do them justice.

How do you do research for your books?

Internet, cross referencing a couple sites. I also tap a few old navy guys for technical support.

What are you reading now?

Ayn Rand’ s The Fountainhead. Rereading it actually.

What types of books do you like to read? Who are your favorite authors? Why?

Ayn Rand. I like her philosophy.

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

I’m rewriting some of my short stories that had plots I loved but needed a lot of cleaning up on the craft of writing. I’m publishing them one at a time on Smashwords.

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

Get a mentor who has proven himself or herself a competent writer. I used Bill Linn, the author of Missing in Action, which sold over 75,000 copies in the early 1970s. Since writers that good may not be easy to find, the next best thing is taking a lot of writing courses for the type of writing you want to do. For example, I took creative writing course at a local college.

What are you doing to promote your latest book?

Not much. I don’t spend money on advertising as a rule. Just social media sites, interviews like this one, emails to friends, emails to the fans I’ve had onboard since 2006 when I published Rogue Trident.

Where can readers learn more about you and your book?