My first novel Say Goodbye was just published. It is an Action/Adventure Thriller about an Air Force pararescuman named John Paxton. Pararescue Jumpers (PJs) are the Special Forces operators that go pretty much anywhere in the world to rescue people. Their primary mission is to rescue downed airmen behind enemy lines, but they do much more than that. They are also on standby for all the manned space missions ready to rescue the astronauts should something go wrong. They are also involved in civilian rescues both on land and at sea.
John Paxton is a man who understands duty—both to his family and to his country. As a highly decorated pararescueman in the Air Force, he’s risked his own life numerous times to save the lives of others. He was the epitome of the pararescue motto: These Things We Do That Others May Live. But now that he’s married with two small children, he’s content as an instructor at Lackland Air Force Base.
Then Paxton is commanded to lead a team on a dangerous mission—supposedly to rescue the pilot of a stealth fighter shot down over Serbia. Yet, nothing is as it seems. As the mission goes from bad to worse, Paxton uncovers a deadly plot that threatens National Security. But to fight an enemy with ties to one of the most dangerous organizations on the planet, he risks not only his own life, but also the lives of his wife and children in the States.
SAY GOODBYE is available in both paperback and eBook formats at Amazon, Barnes&Noble, Apple iBooks, Books A Million, Sony eBookstore, Kobo, Diesel eBooks, and Smashwords. Or ask your favorite local book seller.
Tell us something about yourself.
I was born in Chicago but I grew up in Florida. I am a decorated veteran of the United States Air Force. I teach high school English and Reading. I have four wonderful sons and two beautiful grandsons.
What inspired you to write this book?
The pararescumen inspired me. They do an amazing job of saving lives and most people have never heard of them. I felt it was about time they start to get the recognition they deserve. I hope my novel, small contribution that it may be, helps in that regard.
How did you know you wanted to be a writer? How did you get started?
I’ve enjoyed writing ever since elementary school. I loved it when the teacher had us journal because instead of writing about my feelings or what happened to me that day, I’d concoct some wild story. It would always be a continuing saga about young boys and their adventures. Then when I got to middle school, my Language Arts teacher took a liking to my fiction and she encouraged me to be a writer. That was the first time I ever saw myself as a writer.
I continued writing throughout high school. I continued writing until this day when I’m finally able to fulfill my dreams.
How do you come up with the names for your characters?
Naming characters is always an arduous task for me. My protagonist, John Paxton, is named after my nephew Paxton. I’ve borrowed names from my kids as well as friends, relatives and students.
If you were doing it all over again, what would you do differently?
I would spend more time writing and less time worrying about what I wrote.
What types of books do you like to read? Who are your favorite authors?
I love reading action/adventure books, comedies, and detective novels. I also like to read history and science. I have lots of favorite authors. When I was growing up I read a lot of Alistair MacLean, John D. McDonald, Robert Ludlum, and now I enjoy James Patterson, David Baldocci, Michele Bardsley,Vince Flynn, Tom Clancy, Matt Bracken and Matt D. Williams.
Are you working on your next book? What can you tell us about it?
Yes. The next book is titled THE LONG ROAD HOME and it picks up the story, quite literally, where SAY GOODBYE leaves off.
What is the best advice you could give other writers about writing or publishing?
Save everything you write. You never know how you might need to use it down the road. Also, keep writing. Don’t let anyone stop you from writing…not even yourself.
Who is the perfect reader for your book?
Anyone who likes an adventure chock full of heroes and villans.
Where can readers learn more about you and your book?
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