Interview with Mitch Cleland

When did you first start writing?
In the banking environment, I instructed subjects like Monetary Economics, and Credit Administration, on a college level. I had several featured articles published by a national banking magazine, and had written columns, published in local banking journals.
What's the story behind your latest book?
My lead character, in both Novels, was a blind criminologist, and a former FBI Profiler, famous for his sensory skills, few sighted people have. "Puppets" is about a former CIA operative, who developed a mind altering technology which controlled the actions, and emotions, of targeted people. He wanted to sell his technology to a foreign government adversary of the U.S., and employed domestic terrorism, to demonstrate it's effectiveness. As the number of "Controlled" cops, politicians, and people multiplied, the lead character found himself in the crosshairs.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
Allowing my imagination to flourish, and the challenge, and satisfaction of completing an exciting story.
What are your five favorite books, and why?
I love history: The "Killing' series by Bill O'reilly, "Democracy" by Condi Rice, Texas, by Michener,
What is your e-reading device of choice?
Kindle Fire
What book marketing techniques have been most effective for you?
Developing an action lead character, who is blind, is original. You have to put yourself in his shoes in terms of movements, and interaction with associates, and killers. In "Puppets" there is a scene where he suffers from "24/7", and is confused with day or night. It was also important to reflect his masculinity, physical prowess, and emotions. The use of his self deprecating humor demonstrates his comfort with the affliction, and his public speaking ability. Any chance to discuss, or answer questions, gives the reader something else to ponder, besides a damned good story.
Published 2017-05-26.
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