Jonah Becker

Biography

Author of the Quaid Hudson series. Screenwriter and part motion picture actor. Now based in Cape Town, South Africa; its a lot like LA - sunny all the time, but with different animals.

Smashwords Interview

Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
As a child I moved from the UK, where I was born and started schooling, to South Africa, where I ended up completing my university studies. This was during the dark days of the apartheid struggle, when the country was on the brink of civil war. My memoir, iJuba, covers that period in my life. Once I embarked on a career, I traveled the world on business trips. I have always been drawn to isolated, desolate places at the edge of human civilizations. Deserts, mountains, places off the grid - this is what inspires me. There's very little going on in these places, it's quiet, it's slow, it's all about the people, their lives and their interactions. I find that the urban setting is full of distractions, most of which do not add substance to the human story.
When did you first start writing?
I did some creative writing during my formal education. Then I did a lot of technical and scientific writing, including a couple of research theses, then I had years of business writing. All the time I was reading and watching movies. The action and dialogue content of film is what inspires me when I write. The economy of action and dialogue.
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Books

After the Maya
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Price: Free! Words: 20,730. Language: American English. Published: January 23, 2013. Category: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Action & suspense
A unique, human look, through the eyes of ordinary people, at the build-up to what could turn out, in retrospect, to have been a tipping point in our fragile and probably inconsequential “civilisation.” In an ironic twist of human ignorance, the historic, centuries-old clash between religions, civilisations and hemispheres is brought to a head as the meteorite and its pursuers meet their fate.
Vegas Coyote
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Series: Quaid Hudson, Book 7. Price: Free! Words: 26,390. Language: American English. Published: January 4, 2013. Category: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Crime thriller
“Vegas Coyote” is Book No.7 in the Quaid Hudson series. Each book in the series stands as a separate story. There is no need to read the prequel stories to enjoy “Vegas Coyote”. Quaid sets off on a road trip, during which he picks up a young female hitchhiker. The two are from very different backgrounds, but more alike than either cares to admit. She is running from the law. He is just running.
Day of the Dead
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Series: Quaid Hudson, Book 3. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 27,260. Language: American English. Published: December 1, 2012. Category: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Action & suspense
"Day of the Dead" is set over the days preceding that most important of annual Mexican festivals - All Saints or Day of the Dead. A contemporary topic, the Mexican drug wars, set in a classic setting, out west on the Texas badlands. This is a unique take on a modern problem, that drug evil slithering across the Rio Grande.
Vengeance of the Crossing
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Series: Quaid Hudson, Book 2. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 33,820. Language: English. Published: December 1, 2012. Category: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Action & suspense
A contemporary topic, the Mexican drug wars, in a classic setting, out west on the Texas badlands. A unique take on a modern problem, that evil slithering across the Rio Grande. Once young crack-shot cowboy Quaid messes with the evil Mexican drug cartels, he is in their sights. But then so is an even greater prize, in the form of the desert shaman, Achai. Part of the Quaid Hudson series.
Curandero
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Series: Quaid Hudson, Book 1. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 32,100. Language: English. Published: December 1, 2012. Category: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Action & suspense
Curandero is a unique take on a traditional American genre. The location, the isolated desert ranch lands of the Trans Pecos along the Rio Grande border with Mexico. The drug running tidal wave sweeping up into Texas from Mexico, driven by ruthless cartels, intrudes on the old way of life. A violent confrontation is inevitable.
Iron Shod
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Series: Quaid Hudson, Book 6. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 23,610. Language: American English. Published: November 18, 2012. Category: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Action & suspense
After drifting the back roads of America, young Quaid returns to the ranch to find that his Ma has passed on and outlaws and human predators frequent the ranch house and its surrounding desert wastelands. In Quaid's attempts to return to a simpler, innocent time he is forced to confront the terror of his unresolved past and plays an unwitting part in the fate of others who cross his path.
Silverillion
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Series: Quaid Hudson, Book 5. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 24,520. Language: American English. Published: October 9, 2012. Category: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Action & suspense
Silverillion is a modern Western, set in the desert ranch lands of northwest Texas. Quaid Hudson is living with his fiancé, Brittany, on her Pa’s desolate cattle ranch. While exploring the remote corners of the spread, Quaid encounters the sexy Cocheta, a prominent figure in the local Apache clan. This apparently chance meeting brings intrigue and violence to the peaceful ranch.
Love Triangle at Armorillion
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Series: Quaid Hudson, Book 4. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 23,010. Language: American English. Published: September 7, 2012. Category: Fiction » Erotica » Westerns/Cowboys
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Love Triangle is a very adult read with graphic sexual encounters, romantic interludes and violent confrontations with criminal elements in the hills of Sierra County, New Mexico. The problems that crowd in on the quiet frontier style towns of Chloride and Armorillion are very 2012, but the challenges facing our young hero, Quaid, as well as the strange folk he encounters, are as old as the west.
iJuba A South African Journey
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Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 20,160. Language: English (South African dialect). Published: September 6, 2012. Category: Nonfiction » Biography » Political biography
The author has drawn together his recollection of his youthful experiences on a farm in rural Natal, South Africa during the apartheid years. The narrative is a thought provoking blend of racism, humour, horror, sex, violence and social observation set in a time of social and political upheaval. The final chapter recalls the author's subsequent trip to the SA weather station on Marion Island.

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