Interview with Richard McMahon

When did you first start writing?
In 7th Grade. I was always good in Composition, and was often called on to read my opus to the class. I continued to write during my Army career, almost exclusively military and travel-related articles.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
I enjoy hiking and hiking related travel. My favorite hiking areas are US national parks and monuments, the American southwest, The Alps, the Dolomites, and Nepal. I would love to through-hike the Pacific Crest Trail and the Via Alpina, but those projects are for a much younger me.
What do you read for pleasure?
I enjoy history and historical biographies, especially books that throw a new light on old interpretations. For light reading I enjoy mysteries and historical fiction.
Do you recommend first-time authors self-publish, or try conventional publishers?
An author who has written a good book (as judged by qualified individuals, not family or friends), should exhaust every avenue to conventional publication, including querying every publisher and every agent who deals with the book's genre. Only then, should he or she consider self-publication. There are almost one million books published every year. ONE MILLION! The chances of a self- published book surfacing in this vast ocean of ink are infinitesimal.
Published 2016-07-01.
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Books by This Author

A Promise to Miss Thi: And Other Stories of Betrayal
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 34,300. Language: English. Published: January 1, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Adventure » Action
South Vietnam, the last days of April, 1975, just prior to the North Vietnamese conquest. A US government civilian employee with many years of service in Vietnam meets Miss Thi, a beautiful young Vietnamese woman. As the military situation deteriorates and South Vietnam descends into chaos, these two people must confront their true feelings for each other as their world crumbles around them.
The Court-Martial of Benedict Arnold
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 101,150. Language: English. Published: August 21, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Historical » Colonial America, Fiction » Adventure » Action
Benedict Arnold was the most notorious traitor in American history. Entrusted with the defense of West Point by George Washington during the Revolutionary War, he attempted to surrender it to the British. The conspiracy, had it succeeded, would probably have been the death knell for the American cause. What if Arnold HAD been captured by the Americans and tried by court-martial for treason?
A Web of Evil
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 69,450. Language: English. Published: August 19, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Erotica » Suspense/Mystery, Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Crime thriller
When Michelle Iverson disappears after posting a provocative message on an Internet bulletin board devoted to sadomasochistic practices, her father hires Mason Grant to find her. Mason teams up with the missing woman’s stepsister, Tracy, and the pair delves into the dark side of cyber space and confront a sadistic abductor. Mason’s search results in a shocking revelation.
The Dark Side Of Glory
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 116,160. Language: English. Published: July 10, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Historical, Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Action & suspense
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The biographer of a highly decorated general learns that there is a hidden side to his life, involving a covered-up murder, a secret Japanese mistress, and an abandoned illegitimate daughter. As the story unfolds, it traces the general’s last command and the lives of its men, from its slow buildup to combat readiness, to its achieving fame in the Korean War.