Interview with P X Duke

What's the story behind your latest book?
I'm currently working on a couple of shorts to add to the Jim Nash chronicles. One of them will be out in time for Halloween, and will involve a character that has previously been introduced in "Greetings from Key West." The other short is standard Jim Nash and Allie Sands fare. It will be issued shortly.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
I published a couple of shorts on my personal web site back in the late '90s. They weren't downloadable. All were text-based, sans covers. Readers had to peruse them live on the web. When self-publishing took off, I rewrote and re-edited several and published them for downloading. The fact that I could get what I thought were great covers from independent artists only enhanced my personal experience in self-publishing.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in a single-industry small town in the wilds of Canada. The closest city and its bookstores were well over two hundred miles distant. Fortunately, the local library was well-stocked, and I was able to peruse its shelves and bring home any books I chose. Need I say reading was encouraged in my family?

When by chance I happened to encounter Kerouac's "On the Road," I became sold on escaping the confines of the town. A summer working in the local plant only hastened thoughts of getting away into the world beyond. I already knew there was a whole world out there, just waiting to be experienced. I wrote about some of my experiences, and made up others just for fun. I still do.
When did you first start writing?
I began in high school with a page of words crammed onto the entire page. No one ever told me that margins and double spacing were a prerequisite for editing - not even the English teacher who encouraged me. As with many in high school, other things began to take precedence. Girls, cars, parties, and dances quickly overtook a desire to write, and it was put on a back burner. I let it fester for quite a few years before finally picking it up again.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
It's the sound of fingers connecting with keys to produce the letters that form the words that scroll across the screen. By any other name, it's probably known as production. Thanks to specialized software for writers, I'm able to see the volume of words grow day-by-day until the final period is entered. Thankfully, at age twelve, I taught myself to type.
What do your fans mean to you?
I'm ever grateful for the readers that download paid and free novels and short stories from Smashwords and a variety of other e-book sites on the web. I'm thankful that fans are noticing my efforts and downloading my words to read at their leisure.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
Anticipating the sunrise that appears about an hour after I rise for the day.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
I like to listen to a lot of old time radio. The crime fighter and detective radio shows from the forties and fifties fascinate me. I also like noir movies, both past and those more modern. For decades I've ridden a motorcycle around a lot of North America and Mexico, which has allowed me to gather material for future consideration.
Who are your favorite authors?
Hemingway. Kerouac. Shute. Heller.
What do you read for pleasure?
Right now I'm reading some of Dean Wesley Smith's science fiction short stories.
How has Smashwords contributed to your success?
Smashwords, even in its earliest incarnation, has been a boon to my self-publishing career. Its Meatgrinder is a real pussycat, as far as I'm concerned. I had a couple of hiccups years ago, all of which were my own fault. Once I determined that it was multiple extraneous bookmarks inserted by Word, I used a macro to strip out the extra bookmarks. I've not had an error since.

I get the bulk of my downloads from Smashwords, followed by two distributors in the Channel Manager. Personally, I couldn't be happier with Smashwords and its Channel Manager distribution system. If there's a distributor you don't want to use via Smashwords, it's a mere check box to turn off distribution.
Published 2014-09-17.
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Books by This Author

2017 - The Last President
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 52,320. Language: English. Published: April 27, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Utopias & dystopias, Fiction » Science fiction » Apocalyptic
Russell finally accepts that he has escaped the purging of humanity from the city He hunkers down in an abandoned house in a suburb far from the city’s center. In the mess left behind, managing for his day-to-day needs occupies every waking hour. When he accidentally encounters someone else doing the same, he sets out to discover who it is that is trapped in a situation not dissimilar to his own.
Last Stop to Nowhere
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 74,050. Language: English. Published: December 12, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Contemporary, Fiction » Mystery & detective » General
Jim is back, and this time he’s bent on revenge for his murdered wife. With a drowned hitch-hiker in tow who manages to convince him that he should drop everything and help her find her missing brother, Jim is drawn into the woman’s world of crooked friends, sicarios, and her innocent parents. Before he can say no, he finds her in his bed, in his life, and in no mood for him to say no to anything.
Twisted Sisters
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 28,720. Language: English. Published: December 1, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Short stories, Fiction » Adventure » General
Marina Mystery, Twisted Sisters, and Sleeping with a .45 have previously been published as standalone short stories. Detective Jim Nash encounters a plethora of dead bodies, women, and complications in his personal life. He chooses to retire from the force in order that he can concentrate all of his time on the solving the case of the dead woman found in his bed.
Gun Crazy 3
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 62,270. Language: English. Published: October 18, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Adventure » General, Fiction » Romance » Short stories
Gun Crazy 3 continues in the vein of the previous Gun Crazy collections. Jim Nash and company and their antics continue to befuddle and amuse. Includes Vendetta #9, A Girl's Best Friend #10, Dead End #11, No Harbor #12, Dog Days #13, and Startup blues #14. Thanks to all who continue to purchase and read.
Startup Blues
Series: Jim Nash Adventures, #14. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 10,870. Language: English. Published: August 22, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Action/adventure, Fiction » Mystery & detective » General
The position of chief of police isn't everything it's cracked up to be. Bored with desk duty, Jim takes a short leave to use his P.I. license to help two sisters in their time of need. Persons unknown are harassing and threatening their startup business. To find out who, his quest leads him to gator country in the Florida Everglades, where he must separate business from pleasure.
Dog Days
Series: Jim Nash Adventures, #13. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 11,700. Language: English. Published: May 2, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Contemporary, Fiction » Mystery & detective » General
Jim Nash is as content as he’s ever been—that is, until he manages to get himself arrested thanks to the new girl that has come into his life. While being held on trumped-up charges of murder, all the women in his life come together to post bond. With the local PD’s enthusiasm to pin the crime on him, he is forced into honoring payback in a form he will find very familiar.
No Harbor
Series: Jim Nash Adventures, #12. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 11,750. Language: English. Published: April 22, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Short stories, Fiction » Mystery & detective » General
Jim Nash is well on his way to a complete recovery. He's in his second marriage and very happy. His job at the resort is secure. Then a blast from his past re-emerges and threatens to throw a wrench into his plans for the future. Will his bond with the new woman in his life be endangered? Jim is forced to making choices that could forever affect the new life he has chosen for himself.
Gun Crazy 2
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 30,020. Language: English. Published: March 19, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Action/adventure, Fiction » Romance » Contemporary
Following in the footsteps of Gun Crazy #1, this edition is a collection of more Jim Nash Adventure stories: Lost Paradise #4, No Angels #5, Mexico Gamble #6, and No Picnic #7. Jim Nash ends up skirting the law, unskirting women, and generally following in the footsteps of mayhem and destruction as it chases him around the Caribbean.
Dead End
Series: Jim Nash Adventures, #11. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 12,010. Language: English. Published: March 5, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Contemporary, Fiction » Romance » Short stories
A missing teenager draws Jim back to the scene of the crime in Mexico where Kara, his pregnant wife, was killed in an explosion aboard their sloop. He’s needed the intervening two years to get over the life-changing event, but now he’s ready to take another look. He crosses the border and lands an exceptional deal on a rental car. Now all he has to do is find two missing girls.
Rescue Me
Price: $6.99 USD. Words: 110,580. Language: English. Published: February 23, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Adventure » Action, Fiction » Romance » Action/adventure
In Harry and Mike's most recent foray, Lie Cheat Steal, the duo is forced one more time into taking on the monumental task of tracking down the women they love and returning them to the fold - turnout jackets and bikinis be damned.
A Girl's Best Friend
Series: Jim Nash Adventures, #10. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 11,300. Language: English. Published: January 2, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Short Stories, Fiction » Romance » Short stories
Jim has a brand new Private Investigator’s license, but he can’t use it in Nassau. After a briefing in the Big Apple on the diamond market, he heads off to the sunny paradise to try and dissuade a friend from flashing a blue diamond at one of his infamous parties. Minus a guest list for the forty partiers, they’re all suspects in the investigation.
No Way Out
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 61,900. Language: English. Published: December 27, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Contemporary, Fiction » Romance » Action/adventure
No Way Out is a collection of four previously-published short stories: Dreams Die Fast, Dreams Die Hard, and Dreams Never Die are the three parts of the series.
Vendetta
Series: Jim Nash Adventures, #9. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 8,880. Language: English. Published: November 8, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Adventure » General, Fiction » Mystery & detective » Hard-Boiled
Nash turns himself into an insurance investigator tasked with discovering whether the death of a former drug dealer is cause for concern regarding a life insurance payout. The policy can’t be paid until Nash has finished his investigation into the old man’s life. Along the way, Jim somehow manages to fall in love with the personable beneficiary. Secrets and lies conspire against Jim until the end.
Dreams Never Die
Series: Dreams Die, #3. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 11,260. Language: English. Published: October 23, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Adventure » General, Fiction » Romance » Contemporary
Frank Ross has had his fill of the big city and bright lights. On his way to the Colorado, he catches sight of a diner in a small high-desert town he’s passing through. His decision to stop in for pie is rewarded when the friendly waitress tells him about the job posting next door. He fills out an application for a part-time job in the old-school bike shop, and his life is forever changed.
Fallen Angels
Series: Jim Nash Adventures, #8. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 45,630. Language: American English. Published: September 14, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Adventure » General, Fiction » Thriller & suspense » General
Jim Nash never learned to swim, but that doesn’t stop him from continuing to be caught up in one misguided scheme after another south of the border. Water, boats, and women in bikinis continue to figure prominently in his endless quest for some semblance of normality in his life. A drug cartel and a female assassin conspire to prevent Jim from finding a future with the woman he loves.
No Picnic
Series: Jim Nash Adventures, #7. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 7,720. Language: English. Published: January 2, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Hard-Boiled, Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Action & suspense
Jim is back in Mexico to come to the aid of a former flame that just happens to be handy with a knife. This time, he’s starting out with a boatload of trouble already on board. Two women who won’t allow him to say no to their demands insist on coming along for the ride. It’s a foregone conclusion that this trip will definitely not be going well for Jim. Jim Nash Adventure #7.
Mexico Gamble
Series: Jim Nash Adventures, #6. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 7,360. Language: English. Published: December 11, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Adventure » General, Fiction » Mystery & detective » Short Stories
A beautiful woman. A knife-throwing sister. An unpaid debt. Jim Nash is long on memory and short on forgiveness in this Mexican adventure featuring boats, women, good times, and bad fortune for at least one of his girlfriend Allie’s former employees.
Gun Crazy
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 28,660. Language: English. Published: October 19, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Hard-Boiled, Fiction » Adventure » Action
This first Jim Nash collection includes three short stories: Pirate Cay, Thrill Kill Jill, and Greetings from Key West.
No Angels
Series: Jim Nash Adventures, #5. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 8,340. Language: English. Published: October 18, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Short Stories, Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Crime thriller
Jim is tasked by an old friend for assistance in cleaning up part of a gunrunning operation created by government mismanagement. He dives full throttle into Mexican waters, only to encounter the mysterious yacht Captain and crew that will transport him to his rendezvous with trouble and death.
Lost Paradise
Series: Jim Nash Adventures, #4. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 8,810. Language: English. Published: October 6, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Hard-Boiled, Fiction » Romance » Short stories
Jim and Allie end up investigating a double homicide while vacationing on an island resort paradise owned by a venture capitalist Jim once cleared of a murder charge. Fourth in the Jim Nash adventure series.
Trick or Treat
Price: Free! Words: 5,920. Language: American English. Published: October 2, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Adventure » General, Fiction » Children’s books » Action & Adventure / Pirates
Here’s one of Jim Nash’s favorite Halloween short reads. Don’t be put off by the scary-looking image. It’s suitable to read to the little ones over a couple of nights as Halloween approaches. On All Hallows’ Eve, Lily hears an old ghost story about Captain Kidd and his merry band of buccaneers burying booty on Pirate Cay. With childish steadfastness, she is determined to go treasure hunting with
Greetings from Key West
Series: Jim Nash Adventures, #3. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 9,490. Language: English. Published: September 4, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Hard-Boiled, Fiction » Mystery & detective » General
Allie manages to talk Jim into a vacation in the Keys, where trouble finds them once again when they cross paths with a woman and her little girl being harassed by the locals. It’s not long before Zelda’s tracking abilities are called upon to restore things as they should be. Third in the Jim Nash adventure series.
Thrill Kill Jill
Series: Jim Nash Adventures, #2. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 9,450. Language: English. Published: July 21, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Hard-Boiled
Retired detective Jim Nash is headed for a much-needed vacation with the two favorite women in his life. When he pulls off the highway into a rest stop, his girlfriend disappears without leaving a trace. Left to his own devices when the local PD refuses to let him file a missing persons report, Nash pulls out all the stops in his attempt to find the missing woman all by himself. Jim Nash #2.
Bad Girls
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 19,730. Language: English. Published: April 6, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Adventure » Action, Fiction » Romance » Contemporary
Frank’s phone rarely rings. When it does, he usually lets whoever is on the other end go to voice mail. This time is different, and after hanging up, he is forced to ride three hundred miles out of his way in the dark of night to get to a stranger asking for his help. After a trip through a truck stop populated by lot lizards, Frank learns the truth about the lost soul he is searching for.
Pirate Cay
Series: Jim Nash Adventures, #1. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 11,020. Language: English. Published: February 1, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Hard-Boiled, Fiction » Mystery & detective » General
Retired Detective Jim Nash is headed for a long-awaited vacation in the Florida Keys when he checks his messages and discovers that an old flame needs his help. After a brief consult with Zelda, the new woman in his life, Jim heads west to Panama Cay where he becomes embroiled in the rough seas and rocky shores of drugs, guns and money. First in the Jim Nash adventure series.
Helping Santa
Price: Free! Words: 9,020. Language: English. Published: November 6, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Adventure » General, Fiction » Romance » Clean & wholesome
In this short story, Santa, Jim Nash, his partner Allie, and faithful companion Zelda put a modern spin on the age-old question of what to give for Christmas as they help a grief-stricken family overcome obstacles in their pursuit of home ownership against a bank set on destroying every last vestige of the family’s pride.
Bank Robber Dames
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 7,870. Language: English. Published: July 27, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Adventure » General
Updated and re-issued, this collection of short stories hits all the high spots-or the low spots, depending on one’s point of view. There’s a visit to a strip club off the 15 in Montana; an encounter with a hitch-hiker on the 10 in New Mexico; romancing a truck-driving sweetheart in a sleeper at a California truck stop; a smile from a reformed addict in North Dakota.
Fast Food Slow Waitress
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 12,700. Language: English. Published: July 25, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Adventure » General
Five short stories that range over subjects as diverse as road rules for riding, going home again, the horror of realizing that you know a grave robber, and murder in the desert. Some content has been previously published.
Out of the Past
Series: Dead Reckoning, #3. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 33,680. Language: English. Published: July 1, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Adventure » Action, Fiction » Adventure » General
Harry must put his new life on hold to return to the Dark Continent one last time in an attempt to discover why someone he thinks long dead is still alive and asking for his help. Third short novel in a series. Retitled. Previously published as "Payback".
Dreams Die Hard
Series: Dreams Die, #2. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 29,810. Language: English. Published: November 26, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Adventure » General, Fiction » Adventure » Action
Frank Ross is back on the road with a reformed junkie on the run from a cartel hit squad riding bitch on the back of his motorcycle. When the duo end up working at a strip club, the seedy edge of the city finally catches up, forcing Frank to dig deep within to triumph over drugs, greed, arson and murder. Some adult content.
Long Way Home
Series: Dead Reckoning, #2. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 32,490. Language: English. Published: November 17, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Adventure » General, Fiction » Adventure » Action
When Harry’s ex-wife, Sasha, and their daughter accompany her oil-company boyfriend on a working vacation to Africa, the trio goes missing. They get out a call for help that will lead Harry on an air and ground chase across the Horn of Africa to rescue his family before kidnappers can move them to their den on the Indian Ocean.
Dead Reckoning
Series: Dead Reckoning, #1. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 30,420. Language: English. Published: June 25, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Adventure » Action
During Harry’s well-deserved R&R on mainland Mexico, he picks up something he doesn’t own that forces him to flee across the Sea of Cortez to the Baja. While hiding out on an isolated beach, two mysterious gringas show up to complicate Harry’s life by attempting to implicate him in their own scheme, resulting in a mad dash up the Baja to escape the consequences of their actions.
Dead Man's Hand
Price: Free! Words: 2,670. Language: English. Published: October 2, 2011. Categories: Fiction » Plays & Screenplays » American
One man's intricate ring becomes another's folly in this short strange tale of a dead man who was unable to rest in peace.
Midnight at the Oasis
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 7,550. Language: English. Published: January 30, 2011. Categories: Fiction » Plays & Screenplays » American
Frank Ross is headed down Mexico way, but first he must escape the high desert and the clutches of a sweet-talking, nimble little thing that has spun her web and led him down the road to good intentions gone bad. Following a trial by fire, Frank manages to get back on the road, but not before narrowly escaping a damsel in much distress when he refuses to take her along for the ride. Adult Content.
Dreams Die Fast
Series: Dreams Die, #1. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 16,680. Language: English. Published: January 11, 2011. Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » General, Fiction » Adventure » General
Frank Ross is headed home after spending a long winter on the Baja. When his motorcycle breaks down, he’s trapped in an old ghost town on the west side of the Salton Sea. A woman takes pity on Frank and invites him over for a home-cooked meal. Before he knows it, Frank is knee-deep in cartel drugs with a woman itching to pull the trigger on the gun she’s pointing at his back.