Andrew G. Nelson

Biography

Andrew G. Nelson was born and raised in the Richmond Hill section of New York City and graduated from the State University of New York. In 2005 he retired as a sergeant from the NYPD after twenty years of service.

He has traveled extensively throughout the United States and Europe, something that he draws from in his writing. When he is not reading or writing he can be found engaging in his other passion, collecting and researching police and WWII military memorabilia. He is currently researching the history of the cloth insignia of the famed New York City Police Department, Emergency Service Unit.

He and his wife Nancy have four children and they currently reside in central Illinois with their Irish Wolfhound.

His debut novel, Perfect Pawn, book one in the James Maguire series, was released in October 2013. The sequel, Queen's Gambit, is scheduled for release in March 2014. A third book is slated for Fall 2014.

Smashwords Interview

Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
The first 'fiction' story I ever wrote was the treatise for Perfect Pawn. It actually started out as a dare from my wife. Both of us are avid readers. One evening she commented that writing a book must be very hard. Silly me responded that I didn't believe it was. My reason for this position was that I'd just spent the last decade writing investigatory reports on criminal investigations. After the first dozen or so you looked for ways to keep the readers attention. The thesaurus and I became quick friends. You also have to recall a lot of details from the scene. Writing for me is like watching a movie in my mind. I see the scene play out and then I write it.
What is your writing process?
When I first wrote my debut novel it started out with a simple premise: retired NYPD detective learns that his former HS sweetheart is missing from a mysterious one car accident. Then I began to fill in the blanks as I went along. What I learned was that the idea rarely survives the final cut. When I began work on the second book I realized that I needed to have a rough outline of where I wanted to go, but, more importantly, how I planned on getting there. It has helped reduce the time it takes to write the overall story. Generally I do my writing in the evening. It's a nice relaxing time and it is when I get the most done. Of course that's the rule and there are many exceptions, like getting up up in the middle of the night to brainstorm a plot twist.
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