Interview with Wayne McLaughlin

How do you approach cover design?
My wife has two grandsons who are graphic artists.
What are your five favorite books, and why?
1. Anything Michener, my favorite being, “The Source” with the setting an archeological dig in modern day Israel. As with all his books, he weaves the story into present day meaning and where in the world is there a larger story about human development. I have traveled the world reading Michener and if history were taught Michener style, we would not be repeating so many mistakes.
2, “A Team of Rivals” by Doris Kearns Goodwin is a look at the Civil War from inside Lincoln’s cabinet, highlighting his extraordinary leadership talents. She spent 10 years researching and writing this book and has a knack of making the minutest detail alive and exciting. Other works by this author are of similar quality.
3. “Where God Was Born”, by Bruce Feiler brings alive the travails of the Israelites from the Babylonian Exile forward. Feiler’s “Abraham” and “Moses in America” were equally stimulating.
4. “Fields of Blood” by Karen Armstrong is a cogent argument against the idea that religion causes war. Having left the cloister as a 19 year old nun, Karen Armstrong has traveled the world learning and writing about all the world’s major religions.
5. “What’s Right With Islam is What’s Right With America”, by New York City Imam, Ibn Rauf, is a positive outlook on the future of Muslims in America.
What do you read for pleasure?
All my reading gives me pleasure. My curiosity about everything makes a cat’s curiosity look like indifference which impels me toward non-fiction. I use Grisham for occasional brain candy.
What book marketing techniques have been most effective for you?
I’m still learning. If you bought my book, please let me know how you found it.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
Born in St. Louis, raised in Quincy, IL and graduated from high school in Keokuk, IA, I am a Mississippi River rat. After college in Ames, IA, I decided that I had seen enough cornfields to last a lifetime and went to work in Chicago where I live today. There are many stops too numerous to mention but I have seen enough of this beautiful country to sit by and let a few knuckleheads trash it without screaming at the top of my voice.
What's the story behind your latest book?
I have followed current events closely for 55 years and things are trending in a really bad direction at an accelerating pace. 1984 had a haunting resonance to what’s happening today.
What are you working on next?
“Climatology and Rocket Science”, about the politics and players in the arcane world of environmental science.
Who are your favorite authors?
James Michener, Doris Kearns Goodwin, Karen Armstrong, Bruce Feiler, John Grisham
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
Bodily functions
What is your writing process?
I think about the message for a long time and then start listing major points in the argument. After I finally get the lead paragraph put together, it flows from there.
Published 2015-07-24.
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Books by This Author

Adrift - A Journey to George Orwell's 1984
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 13,870. Language: English. Published: June 9, 2015. Categories: Nonfiction » Politics and Current Affairs » Current affairs
Adrift describes a long term culture shift that is accelerating toward a society imagined by George Orwell in his book, 1984. Corrosive effects of a transition by the main stream media from watch dog to lap dog, diminished religious influence, politically correct speech and more, are some of the mile markers along the way.