Interview with Cary Allen Stone

What are you working on next?
Following on my previous Jake Roberts Novels, I'm writing––"AFTER YOU"RE DEAD – A Jake Roberts Novel" (Book 5). Jake Roberts must decide if he is willing to lose everything, including his life, to save Pablo's wife from a depraved death by the most powerful drug lord in the world.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
My entire universe swirls around writing at its center, so if I'm not working on a new story, or doing research, I'm thinking about writing. There are also the not-so-fun to think about like marketing, contacting reviewers, and maintaining my website and other social media.
What is your writing process?
There is a flow between my books, the Jake Roberts Novels. The previous books feed into the next book. I do a great deal of research then build a worksheet from editing down the research. I put it in the order I will use it in. The characters I already know and they will tell you what they want to happen in the series. I listen to them. When I have the title, first line, general interior, and the last line, I put fingers to keyboard then the fun starts because the original story will be invaded with plot twists, but it always comes back to the main goal.
What book marketing techniques have been most effective for you?
Smashwords does a better distribution for you than any others. They reach sellers you wouldn't be able to reach and its all done on their website. Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Google+ and all the others require your attention after that
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
When a reader states that they have an emotional attachment to your character(s). That's the Grail.
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
While you're promoting on social media, you run across just about everything you'd ever want to read.
What are your five favorite books, and why?
That's an easy question...
After the Evil – A Jake Roberts Novel (Book 1)
Mind Over Murder – A Jake Roberts Novel (Book 2)
After the Goode – A Jake Roberts Novel (Book 3)
After the Kill – A Jake Roberts Novel (Book 4)
After You're Dead – A Jake Roberts Novel (Book 5)
What do your fans mean to you?
Everything in the world, of course.
Who are your favorite authors?
Clive Cussler, Tim Dorsey, and a whole bunch of Indie authors.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
Sunrise, I love when the sun comes up over the Four Peaks here in Phoenix.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up on the streets in South Florida during the 70's and 80's. My best friends were certified criminals, organized crime, drug smugglers, FBI, DEA, FDLE, so I understand the thinking and behaviors. I became an aviator and flew corporate CEOs, so I learned how they think and behave. During my flying days, I met and flew Ridley Scott throughout the Caribbean for a location scout for weeks, so I learned about filmmakers and how they think and behave. I met A-list actors and spent many years in L.A. learning how they think and behave. So it has been a well-rounded education and a great history to draw from.
Published 2016-07-24.
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Books by This Author

SEEDS The Journey Begins, Book 1
Price: $3.99 $3.19 USD. (20% off until Dec. 31!) Words: 46,550. Language: English. Published: October 28, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Space opera, Fiction » Science fiction » High tech
(4.00 from 1 review)
Nuclear war causes the extinction of all life on Earth. USS SEEDS––2025 escaped to build a new world on Titan.
After You're Dead - A Jake Roberts Novel, Book 5
Series: The Jake Roberts Novels. Price: $3.99 $3.19 USD. (20% off until Dec. 31!) Words: 47,400. Language: English. Published: December 30, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Crime thriller
Jake Roberts is in an action-packed fight against all odds to help a friend get his kidnapped wife back from the most powerful narcotrafficker.
After the Kill – A Jake Roberts Novel
Series: The Jake Roberts Novels. Price: $3.99 $3.19 USD. (20% off until Dec. 31!) Words: 49,540. Language: English. Published: November 2, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Psychological thriller
“The Jake Roberts Novels have all the elements readers expect from the best in the genre, but by leaning towards the fallible side of his characters, Stone imbues them with a real world presence, demonstrating diversity in thought and execution that fans of the genre will find enthralling.”
Stealing Atlanta
Price: $3.99 $3.19 USD. (20% off until Dec. 31!) Words: 43,060. Language: American English. Published: February 8, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Crime thriller
It isn’t just a bank job, it’s the bank job of all time! Brandyn Wood and his con artist crew plan to take down Atlanta Federal Reserve Bank Chairman, Portend Ulysses Buford. But who cons who? “I’m going to do what I do best––steal. I’m going to take all the money before Wall Street does. Let’s do this thing!"––Brandyn Wood.
Through a Mother's Eyes
Price: $3.99 $3.19 USD. (20% off until Dec. 31!) Words: 43,320. Language: American English. Published: February 8, 2014. Categories: Nonfiction » True Crime » Family violence, Nonfiction » True Crime » Murder
“A true crime story, this has to be one of the most poignant heart wrenching books I have ever read. A woman so driven to protect her child she takes his life. We often hear about women who murder their children and those of us mothers cannot understand how someone can do that, but the truth of the matter is it is all in this book.”––Pam Thomas Reviews
After the Goode – A Jake Roberts Novel, Book 3
Series: The Jake Roberts Novels. Price: $3.99 $3.19 USD. (20% off until Dec. 31!) Words: 44,450. Language: American English. Published: February 8, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Crime thriller
"Cary Allen Stone makes us care about both good and evil characters to the point that when the revelations began to come out and the plot holes are filled in, you are torn as to how you should feel. This is one story that will not leave me anytime soon. Simply brilliant!"
Mind Over Murder – A Jake Roberts Novel, Book 2
Series: The Jake Roberts Novels. Price: $3.99 $3.19 USD. (20% off until Dec. 31!) Words: 50,180. Language: American English. Published: February 8, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Crime thriller
“Working one's way into the mind of a serial killer is a trying obstacle for many writers, but doing it so well, and doubling the stakes by shaping the plot around a second murderer shows Stone has an impressive gift for constructing complex and intricate detective stories.”
After the Evil – A Jake Roberts Novel, Book 1
Series: The Jake Roberts Novels. Price: $3.99 $3.19 USD. (20% off until Dec. 31!) Words: 48,030. Language: American English. Published: February 8, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Psychological thriller
“The Jake Roberts Novels are a gratifyingly graphic murder mystery series with real depth that judiciously avoids the many trite stereotypes that dominate popular crime thrillers. Cary Allen Stone created Jake Roberts, a detective to rival Alex Cross, and Inspectors Banks, Morse, Rebus and Frost.”