What other jobs have you had in your life? My business career, prior to writing, was all about investments, finance and commercial real estate. In fact, my longest career stint with a Wall Street firm brought all of that together when I ran their securitization group in Dallas and interacted with people in New York City to create and sell commercial mortgage-backed securities. It was complicated, challenging and fun.
If you could study any subject at university, what would you pick? I would pick exactly what I DIDN’T want to study when I was in college – history. I don’t know why I didn’t understand back then how fascinating our world’s history is, not to mention how it impacts our lives today. But each book I write allows me to fold in some historical research, and I’m really enjoying it.
If you could live anywhere in the world, where would it be? As much as I’ve traveled the world, you’d think I would be drawn to some amazing place in Europe or a little-known village somewhere. But the truth is that nothing is better than the United States. I know we Americans complain about our country, but it really is the best thing going, and anyone who doesn’t realize it needs to wake up and smell the coffee. That being said, I wouldn’t mind having an apartment in Paris, London, Florence or Berlin to escape to from time to time. I just wouldn’t want it to be my primary residence.
How do you write – laptop, pen, paper, in bed, at a desk? I always use a computer. In fact, I’m a serious technophile, and using the latest and greatest computer tools frees me up to think and create. I have a Dell laptop on which I can write anywhere, and I certainly do when I’m traveling. But at home, I connect it to a docking station that runs a four-monitor set-up at my desk where I can trade stocks and segregate everything else into its own environment. People come into my study at home and think it’s mission control.
How much sleep do you need to be your best? Usually I need just six hours of sleep. In fact, if I’m asleep by ten, I often find myself awake and ready to rock at four o’clock. But I can’t do that night after night, so sometimes I sleep straight through for eight or nine hours.
The Jack Lazar Series has it all from mystery and suspense to action, humor and romance
Jack heads to Egypt to investigate a crash-landed World War II fighter plane that was recently discovered in the middle of the Sahara. But something remarkable was left onboard, and people will stop at nothing to possess it.
An Egyptian Girl with Blue Eyes? Just Stunning.
But Jack soon finds himself in the middle of a hornet’s nest as he becomes enthralled with Dalia, an exquisite woman of Egyptian and English descent whose father is the Egyptian Head Consul to the UK, not to mention a formidable ex-agent with the Mukhabarat. The man’s skills and weapons come in handy as he and Jack join forces to battle a faction that has plans to kill millions of innocent people and subject the world to their twisted ideologies.
A Race Against Time
The trail leads to Northern Europe as all hell breaks loose. And before long, it’s up to Jack and Jack alone to cheat death as he struggles to save Dalia, her father, and scores of unsuspecting people from the plot of a deranged madman.
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Genre – Action, Mystery, Suspense
Rating – R