Interview with Doctor Jac

What are your five favorite books, and why?
Movable Feast; I'm a romantic at heart.
The Agony and the Ecstasy; I love the struggle
All P.G. Wodehouse books (stories; great language, period piece and humor
What do you read for pleasure?
Mostly biographies and true adventures
What is your e-reading device of choice?
Don't have an e-reader
What book marketing techniques have been most effective for you?
Personal distribution and followup
Describe your desk
Moved recently and went from a wonderful office set up to a temporary shared office mess
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
Northern Illinois; mid-western values and attitudes. Have lived in California since 1959 so I've become a bit more libeal and open-minded, but still respect my upbringing.
My main character in The Spy from Nowhere is a mid-westerner.
When did you first start writing?
High school newspaper sports editor; have since published 13 nonfiction books and 400 journal articles; plus on novel.
What's the story behind your latest book?
The Spy from Nowhere is the life story of a naval intelligence officer, Michael Stone, and his Chinese wife, Liu Chan-juan (Grace). They meet in Hawaii during Michael's assignment to the Fleet Air Detachment there. They fall in love, but she's married and he's transferred two weeks later. Ten years later they meet at the United Nations where she is now employed and he's assigned to recruit spies from the Russian and Chinese delegations. Both have been widowed in the meantime.
In the sequel, Grace under Fire, Michael and Grace become an intelligence team and carry out covert ops in the US, Hawaii and China before being assigned to the US Embassy in London. There they meet Mike's distance cousin from his Luxembourg family who makes him a very interesting offer.
What are you working on next?
Next book in the Spies in Love series.
Published 2015-03-07.
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