Tell us about yourself.
I am the President and CEO of the Flamemaster Corporation a small publicly traded manufacturer of specialty chemicals for the aerospace industry. I graduated from Cal State Northridge with a B.A. in political science, after serving in the United States Navy, I worked as an insurance underwriter. But my passion was the stock market. I put together an investment company and started investing in public companies.
How did you choose the title?
The title was changed several times during the writing process. I finally chose the title that blended my father’s power and influence in Iraq with my own character’s ambitions.
How did you know you wanted to be a writer?
Do you have any writing rituals?
I was influenced by my father’s stories of Iraq and my desire to write about my own experiences. I found it very therapeutic to set aside an hour or so each evening to be alone to think and write.
How did you come up with the names of the characters?
I used names from newspapers and magazines that came close to the real people and experiences that I write about.
What types of books do you like to read?
Historical novels, political thrillers, authors Herman Wouk, Leon Uris, Dan Brown
What is the best advice you could give writers?
The best advice is to stick to it, be persistent, set a certain period of time aside strictly for writing and write about what you know best.
Who is the perfect reader for your book?
Stock market buffs, business people, lawyers, brokers, teachers and the entertainment industry.
How can readers learn more about you and your book?
They can read the article in the LA Business Journal on people dated November 14 2011, article title Novel CEO, Amazon.com The Dream Master, Baghdad is another source, and Authorhouse.com The Dream Master.