Interview with Mark Corrigan

What are you working on next?
I published 16 books on my own website hosted by Go Daddy with very limited success. Anyone looking for a good e-book to read or an audio book would only find my website by accident as I was on page 200 of 400+ pages of e-books listed by Google. I am now converting my books into the Smashwords format. I published my first Book "What Price Justice" in August 2016. This is my true life story about Vietnam bribing President Bill Clinton to have me illegally convicted in Federal Court and the 20 year battle to receive Justice from a corrupt District Court Judge in North Carolina. I have just published the Book "Soft Touch." This is the first book of four stories I will be publishing to add color, flavor and insights about the Vietnam era and the Cold War when the United States and Russia were looking at each other eyeball to eyeball with their fingers on the trigger of Nuclear Weapons. The main character Michael Patrick O'Neil's Radio Call Sign was "Soft Touch" when he ran the Sniper Team in Vietnam . He also becomes a "Soft Touch" when he may have sold his soul to the devil for the key to unlock Jayne's self imposed psychological isolation. The devil's price to save the love of his life required O'Neil to kill the Southeast Asian Drug Lord who is providing $20 worth of 98% pure heroin to the American GI's on the streets of South Vietnam for only a dollar. I will be publishing the other three Books The Page of Diamonds, Three Toed Tiger Tales and Blackmoon Rising very soon.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I was born in Milwaukee Wisconsin. Lived in the Town of Granville which no longer exists. Every night during Supper Time my father always told stories about things that happened that day, when he lived on family homestead in central Wisconsin and things that took place in his life. To me he was the best story teller and I always wanted to tell stories like he did. My Mother wrote short stories and poems that were published in the local newspapers and did publish a book of poetry. Sometime we would writer poems together as I had a vivid imagination. My sister also published a Cook Book with Blue Ribbon Recipes from the State Fair. It is also said that the Irish have a gift for telling stories.
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What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
Telling stories about things and events in my life.
How do you approach cover design?
I want to create an image that will draw in the reader's interests about the story and want to find out what is behind the Book's Cover.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
I work part time at a 102 year old real Hardware Store. I love lively discussions with interesting people who are capable of defending their beliefs and opinions with real facts. I enjoy shooting black powder Civil War Pistols and muzzle loading firearms. But most of all I take time to smell the Roses.
What is your writing process?
I have an idea that I would like to share with everyone. Then when I sit down to type the words they flow as if I have already written them before. The more I write the pieces of the story come together from the experience I have had, the places I have been, and the people I have met. While other writers may live through the stories they write, living an interesting life is the greatest resource to make the story real, exciting and believable. Anyone who has ever known me can say that my life has been boring.
Who are your favorite authors?
W.E.B. Griffin, Robert Ludlum, Tom Clancy Dan Brown, James Herriot, Barry Reed, Stephen King, Daniel Bolger, John Grisham, Dean Koontz, Upton Sinclair, Irving Wallace. Richard Adams, April Christofferson, John Jakes, Sidney Sheldon, Michael Crichton, Wilber Smith, and Dana Fuller Ross.
Describe your desk
It is filled with notes, files and reference books dealing with the story I am writing.
How has Smashwords contributed to your success?
I hope so.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
The thought of a new day and things to see, do and experience which will make today better than yesterday
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
Red Badge of Courage by Stephen Crane. It inspired me to study the American Civil War after I found an old musket in a barn and learned how to shoot it. This was the start of my shooting career in which I have won more than 6,000 Competitive Metals built a Civil War reproduction gun company called Harpers Ferry Arms and became an International Businessman. In my studies of the Civil War I learned about all the mistake made by the Commanders of the both the armies and I use that to avoid making my own mistakes when I commanded seven different units in the US Army.
What's the story behind your latest book?
I have used many of my personnel experiences to add realistic events in my books. I felt writing the book Three Toed Tiger Tales would give the reader a better understanding of what really went on during the Vietnam War. Too many people fail to understand what the era of the Cold War with Russia was a battle between Communism and the Free World.
What is you next Book?
I will have the Books the Page of Diamonds and Blackmoon Rising published before the end of April. The text and the book covers are being worked on now. This will be the end of the stories on the Legend of Captain Michael Patrick O'Neil.
I am now working on the Book, Quiet Miracles. It is about a little blind girl from West Virginia who fixes or cures unselfish good people. It gives the reader an understanding about what Miracles really are and how they are establish.
Published 2017-04-04.
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Books by This Author

O'Neil's Legacy & The Legend of The Sacred Sword
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 148,790. Language: English. Published: August 2, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Historical » USA
There would not be a Legend of Captain O'Neil if the men he taught how to become expert Snipers did not pass on what they learned from O'Neil to others. It was not only how to kill their enemy on the first shot but how to survive on the battlefield to kill their enemy countless times. This story deals with one of O'Neil's 1st students called "Good Off" in 1st class of 8th Army AMU in South Korea
Mind Games
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 135,530. Language: English. Published: June 2, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Historical » USA
This story deals with Extrasensory Perception and the unlocking of the other 90% of the unused powers of the human minds to help eliminate Nuclear Weapons from Space during the Cold War. When 2 exceptional ESP Students from U of Wisconsin-Milwaukee become targets of the USSR the US needs to protect them as they are critical to Nation's objective to eliminate all the Nuclear Weapons from Space
The Soul Pole
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 195,980. Language: English. Published: November 15, 2017. Categories: Fiction » African American fiction » Historical
This is an Epic thirty-five hundred year journey that was brought to light during the African Slave Trade to the New Word and its is the story of those who carried the Soul Pole from the time of Moses in 1440 BC until 1795 when John Hanson the son of a freed African Black Man returned the Soul Pole to the land of his ancestors during the discovery of the source of the Nile River.
Back to Granville
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 180,810. Language: English. Published: October 25, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Adult, Nonfiction » Law » Trial Practice
Dick Kelly and Granville Junction deals with reclaiming lost opportunities. After illegally and unjustly spending 8 years in Federal Prison, Dick is coming home to rebuild his destroyed life while Granville has been waiting for Dick's return. A chance meeting with Susan Cortney on a deserted country road blossoms into romance and their relationship becomes a second change to rebuild their lives.
The Visitants
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 129,870. Language: English. Published: October 10, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Historical » USA
After the American Civil War, Rusty Rivers leads a rag tagged group of war weary Confederate soldiers to Beckley West Virginia in the hope of trading their labor for a new life. When Rusty accidentally killed the town's near-do-well Roy Bloomfield he feels obligated to help Bloomfield's family. Rusty had no way of knowing that helping Roy's son would lead to his own death.
I Will Fight No More
Series: The American Civil War. Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 138,670. Language: English. Published: September 17, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Historical » USA
"I will fight no more" are General Lee's when he realizes he must surrender. Confederate Colonel O'Neil as a Spy in Lincoln's White House continues to try to help the South through insurmountable odds to win its Independence from the Union. When O'Neil realizes that he can no longer help the South by remaining in the White House, he stages Stockton's death to take a Command in the Confederate Army
Come Hell or High Water
Series: The American Civil War. Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 90,690. Language: English. Published: September 14, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Historical » USA
Come Hell or High Water in the third book in this American Civil War series. After General Lee's Victory at Chancellorsville he makes his second invasion of the North until he is stopped at Gettysburg. O'Neil is using Stockton's money to buy Blockade Runners to deliver Military Supplies to the South and to invest in the South's economy. O'Neil also helps Allen Pinkerton catch Lincoln's Assassins
Advancing the Cause
Series: The American Civil War. Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 117,290. Language: English. Published: September 8, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Historical » USA
In Book two, Advancing the Cause General Lee is taking the War, North and by using O"Neil's detailed information on the Union Army's plans, could help the South Win their freedom from the Union. O'Neil is in a dangerous game with Lincoln's Intelligence Officer, Allen Pinkerton who want to catch him as the Confederate Spy in the White House.
Trojan Faces
Series: The American Civil War. Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 138,710. Language: English. Published: August 25, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Historical » USA
In Trojan Faces the O'Neil's from New York moved to Virginia to manage a Plantation. Their reactions to the historical and political events places them on the side of the South. Confederate Captain O'Neil killed Union Colonel James Stockton who could have been O'Neil twin brother and O'Neil takes Stockton's place in President Lincoln's White House as a Confederate Spy to help the South win the War
A Major Mom
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 119,980. Language: English. Published: July 30, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Contemporary, Fiction » Romance » Adult
A fairy tale romance blooms into marriage and their heaven on earth until her joy of being pregnant was blown into a million pieces when she learn she is dying of cancer. Kitty loves her husband too much to tell him that she returns to England and her fate. When Mike learns Kitty was a Princes and he has a daughter he finds himself dealing with a death threat against his wife's great uncle.
A Fast 50
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 120,960. Language: English. Published: July 9, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Supernatural
Anyone past the age of 50 will tell you how fast 50 years can fly by. Those years fly even faster when the Devil and his disciples are chasing you. When Captain O'Neil was touched by the Devil at Fort Texas he learned how to defeat Devil. How when O'Neil attends his High School Class Reunion he needs to use everything he learned about the Devil to defeat the him and the devil's followers again.
Dick's Island
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 107,720. Language: English. Published: July 4, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Adventure » Action
Have you ever thought about living on a Tropical Island? Dick not only owns his Island it is the smallest Nation in the UN. After Dick kills a prehistoric shark that should have been extent 350 million years ago it leads him to find a Russian Spaceship that crashed off his Island 10 years ago and it pulls his tiny Nation into a International Confrontation that could start World War III.
Quiet Miracles
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 143,630. Language: American English. Published: June 5, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Supernatural
Quiet Miracles deals with a little blind girl who thought the goodness of God can see into peoples hearts and know why they should be helped. An Investigative Reporter is follow Sarah's string of Miracles, looking for the Story of a Lifetime. The closer this Reporter gets to finding Sarah the greater danger is to her life. This is a classic story of the battle between Good and Evil.
Blackmoon Rising
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 160,150. Language: English. Published: May 14, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Historical » USA
Charlie Blackmoon is a full-blooded Lakota Sioux Indian who carried the knowledge and experiences of his people into Vietnam Battlefield to become a legend in his own right. He was one of the first Snipers trained by Captain O'Neil and now O'Neil needs his help to stop an assassin who is trying to kill the Soviet Leader Yuri Andropov in the Book the Page of Diamonds.
Page of Diamonds
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 178,050. Language: English. Published: April 28, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Historical » USA
O'Neil's old boss Colonel Rodman steps back into his life, as a three star General and a Special Advisor to President Reagan. The President needs O'Neil's help to stop a man he trained in long range shooting who is on a personal Mission to kill the Soviet Union. Yuri Andropov. There are other men and group seeking the own revenge on Andropov. Who achieve that revenge on Andropov is the question.
Three Toed Tiger Tales
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 206,130. Language: English. Published: April 3, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Historical » USA
This story creates the Legend of Captain Michael O'Neil as the creator of the Sniper Team Concept in Vietnam. When the NVA comes after Captain O'Neil because of his Sniper Team's success and they kill his wife, this war becomes personal for him. This book gives you insights in the Vietnam War you will not find anywhere else.
Soft Touch
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 132,900. Language: English. Published: February 12, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Historical » USA
"Soft Touch" was O'Neil's Radio Call Sign when he ran the Sniper Team in Vietnam. O'Neil becomes a Soft Touch when he may have sold his soul to the devil for the key to unlock Jayne's self imposed psychological isolation. The devil requires O'Neil to kill the Southeast Asian Drug Lord who is providing $20 worth of heroin to the American GI's on the streets of South Vietnam for only a dollar.
What Price Justice
Price: Free! Words: 365,640. Language: English. Published: August 18, 2016. Categories: Nonfiction » History » American
What Price Justice is my true life story and how a bribed politician at the highest levels of our Government used a Federal Court to illegally convict me to stop me from helping Cambodia become a modern Nation. I am in a 19 year court battle to expose this Fraud on the Court and I need your help.to restore the integrity of our Federal Courts.