Interview with Marcel St-Amand

Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
Yes, I do. It was a science fiction but I never finished it. It followed the life of a man in the near future after a worldwide pandemic.
What is your writing process?
Creative process is an ongoing affair. Before I go to sleep, I think of plot lines. I write every morning and I stick to a thousand words. In the afternoon, or in between tasks, I do research about locations and characters.
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
When I was young, I was a big fan of “Bob Morane,” a series of adventure novels created by French-speaking Belgian novelist Henri Vernes. I must have read them all. It exposed me to adventure, mystery, and the dark side of humanity. Bob Morane was a hero who had no fear and always strove for justice. In a sense, he was a role model who had the means to travel, to meet people and to fight repression and evil-doing.
What do you read for pleasure?
I don’t do enough reading but when I do I tend to read Clive Cussler or Jean M. Auel, or anything about first account of wars.
Describe your desk
I built my desk. It’s made of maple and it measures about 8 feet by 2 ½ feet. My desk is located in my library. It is set in an alcove with windows all around so that I have an unimpeded view of nature. I have a large pad of paper under my keyboard for quick notes, a phone, a weather station, and stacks of research papers and pictures of my family. On the walls of the alcove that are not occupied with windows, I display boat pictures, a navy clock, a navy bell and a Minecraft calendar.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in Rosemont, Montreal in Canada. This opened my eyes with its eclectic multicultural city. This influenced me in many ways but the thing that struck me most was how different people were, depending on their neighborhood. When Expo 67 came to Montreal, it exposed me to big projects and that we could create anything if we set our hearts to it—my first novel was the biggest literary project I ever undertook. Again, I was exposed to many cultures and that is key for me. I yearn to learn and understand people.
When did you first start writing?
I started my first novel at age 56 and it took me three years to complete.
What are you working on next?
I have several projects on the go. The current one is The Heist at Rikers Island (a gang is planning a heist at a jail where gold is temporarily stored); next is Eleanor Sinclair (the head of a shadow British Secret Service is trying to uncover a mole that passes state secrets to a Chinese spy and she then uncovers a sinister plot); also in the works is Lupus Redemption (a New Yorker escapes the clutches of a powerful investor who will stop at nothing to make money. The New Yorker escapes to Alaska where he learns a new life as a trapper. When the investor shows up in Alaska, the New Yorker must make a decision: run or fight, but he gets caught in his own wolf trap. While caught in his own trap, a wolf watches him. It will change his life.) The last one is 351 Cleveland (two men are after the elusive 351 Cleveland Ford engine for a car-rebuild project. They get more than they bargain for when they reach Detroit) .
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
Most days are dedicated to maintaining Sturgeon Mountain House. It is cyclical work. Fall and winter are busy times with processing stove wood, closing down the cottage and preparing the flower beds for winter. Spring is getting the machinery up to speed while the summer is a time to relax, travel and explore.
What's the story behind your latest book?
My latest book (the one I’m working now) is entitled The Heist at Rikers Island. A gang wants to break into a jail in the middle of the East River and then steal 500 million in gold bars.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
It was part of my bucket list, a list created when I was young. I achieved most of it including having a family, flying aircrafts, riding a motorcycle, exploring waterways with a canoe, etc.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
It gives me solace. It opens my mind. It forces me to learn. It allows me to live the adventures of my creation.
Published 2014-07-26.
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Books by This Author

Lemon Ultra: Making Lemonade
Series: Lemon Ultra, Book 3. Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 67,680. Language: English. Published: July 26, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Adventure » Action
Lady Anne Bentwick, for whom MI5 is just a kid in short pants, will leave no man un‑tortured or dispensed with, to find out where her precious Peter Moon has disappeared to. She will have him back at any cost.
Lemon Ultra: The Road to the Salt Mine
Series: Lemon Ultra, Book 2. Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 83,330. Language: English. Published: July 26, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Adventure » Action
What started out to be a simple matter of getting a delivery from A to B through Pakistan into Afghanistan is turning out to be increasingly dangerous for Peter Moon. They know he’s there and they don't like it. They watch from the hillsides.
Lemon Ultra: A Zesty Proposition
Series: Lemon Ultra, Book 1. Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 79,880. Language: English. Published: July 26, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Adventure » Action
Peter Moon is about to lose the family estate. That is, unless he agrees to take on a dangerous assignment involving illicit arms, 100 million Euros, untrustworthy friends, femmes fatales, and enemies every step of the way.