Interview with Pringle McCloy

When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
I am a freelance technical writer. I also have published humorous articles in Toronto and Vancouver newspapers. I like to read and garden.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
My family. They usually need me for something. Coffee and writing follow before my day job begins. In the evening I may or may not get the chance to write. All of the above inspire me to get out of bed each day.
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
Sometimes through my sisters who are avid readers and sometimes through Kindle search. I love to re-read old mysteries as well, my favorite author is Raymond Chandler.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
Yes. It was a short story about my family. My sister had been curling with my dad and they came home fighting. It was a funny story as those who read my work would know.
What is your writing process?
I won't say that I've never written an outline because I have. I just haven't followed one. In THE JACK series, my detective, Charlie Hampton, usually tells me where he wants to go and what he'll do when he gets there. The chick lit novels have been inspired by real life situations, however have a life of their own.
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
It was a Mickey Spillane paperback novel although I don't remember which one. Spillane was my dad's favorite author so there was plenty for me to read. I remember thinking about Mike Hammer and wondering if I could invent a similar tough-guy detective one day down the road. Although it took a while I eventually did.
How do you approach cover design?
I have an amazing cover designer who has designed all my novels. She is Tatiana Vila from Vila Designs. Tatiana works with me to get the crux of the story so the covers will depict what is to come. I highly recommend Tatiana.
What do you read for pleasure?
Mainly mysteries. Mainstream suspense as well written by lawyers like John Grisham and Scott Turow.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
What book marketing techniques have been most effective for you?
With seven novels now posted I'm just starting the marketing process. I have readers willing to give testimonials so I'll start with that.
Describe your desk
Neat and tidy. I can't write in a mess. I'm confused enough as it is.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up on a farm which gave me great opportunity to explore. As a child I rode stick horses through woodland trails with my imaginary friends. I guess it started then.
When did you first start writing?
I wrote a poem in grade three. I was not my grandmother's favorite so I wrote an unkind poem about her. I read it at the dinner table to an audience of twelve and it got a lot of laughs. I guess that's why I'm a humorous writer.
Published 2018-08-03.
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Books by This Author

Jack and Tommy
Price: Free! Words: 40,540. Language: English. Published: September 27, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » General
PI Charlie Hampton and sidekick, Willy Chan, are off to Colombia in search of Tommy, Jack’s grandson, a millennial who knows everything and nothing. Tommy has disappeared again but that’s not the only problem. Crooked Jack and entourage arrive to help out but only get in the way. Tommy’s dad, the infamous drug lord, Richard Chang, also arrives with his own deadly enemies not far behind.
The Taming of Samantha Roe
Price: Free! Words: 43,660. Language: English. Published: August 16, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Women's fiction » Chick lit
Samantha Roe has it all – beauty, brains and a bad attitude. A natural cynic she uses her intellect to condescend to others, even her boss. But this all changes after her nephew comes to live with her and the two bond. The problem? Her globe-trotting sister returns to place her son in boarding school, much to his dismay. Will feisty Sam fight for a boy’s happiness? Yep. Stay tuned for war.
A Month in the Colonies
Price: Free! Words: 51,500. Language: English. Published: June 20, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Women's fiction » Chick lit
‘British Heiress Sophie is a Shrew’ the London tabloids scream when her husband runs back to his mistress. “Who could blame him’? Humiliated, Sophie escapes to Canada on a house exchange adventure only to share a haunted mansion with a Mafia princess, a rude house boy, and myriad ghosts. Yes, she has been conned but is not above becoming a con-artist herself. Can Sophie’s quick wit save her?
Jack the Keeper
Price: Free! Words: 42,100. Language: English. Published: May 10, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Hard-Boiled
Earthquake? PI Charlie Hampton and sidekick, Willy Chan, are on the trail again after three rival Triad gangs unite to eliminate a fourth. As bodies pile up like cordwood, crooked Jack becomes the keeper of a hostage, a crime boss who happens to be a vicious old lady known for kicking and biting. It’s an earthquake, alright, just not the geological kind.
Possibly Jack Again
Price: Free! Words: 38,760. Language: English. Published: March 22, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Hard-Boiled
Mayhem and madness continue as PI Charlie Hampton travels to Santa Ana looking for a boy who may have gone off in search of his biological dad, a drug lord. Again embroiled in the Triad wars, Charlie uncovers a human trafficking ring and more. And what about those bodies in the well? Has ‘shady’ Jack disappeared again too? Damn Jack. It isn’t always about him. Or is it?
Return of the Jack
Price: Free! Words: 49,060. Language: English. Published: December 19, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » General
PI Charlie Hampton is off to Beijing but not on vacation. His mission is to rescue his client, Jack, who has a tendency to get himself kidnapped. Again embroiled in the Triad wars, Charlie must decide if Jack is worth all the trouble and, of course, he isn’t. But is drug lord, Richard ‘the Cleaver’ Chang, worth more? Murder, mayhem and madness continues along with a lot of fun.
Woman Coming Soon
Price: Free! Words: 57,810. Language: English. Published: November 21, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Women's fiction » Chick lit
‘Doesn’t matter how you cook up revenge, just don’t burn it.’ Someone should have told Sophie that before she lit a match under her husband and best friend, who ran off together. So, maybe heiress Sophie made a mistake by enticing the pair back into her mansion and enlisting a gorgeous actor to lure the friend away. It worked for a while. Until the house blew up.
The Jack in a Box
Price: Free! Words: 77,810. Language: English. Published: June 19, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » General
PI Charlie Hampton dodges bullets trying to clear his client, Jack, of a murder rap. But might shady Jack be in jail for just cause? Enter the Triad bosses, intent on tracking down a lost heroin shipment, also the thief that nabbed it and murdered their man. Jack is going down and will Charlie go down with him? Not if he can help it. It's murder, madness and mayhem but also a lot of fun.