Michael Scheffel lives near Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri. He travels the United States extensively. Storm On The Horizon is his first novel.
How do you approach cover design?
Since I am a writer and not a graphic designer, I hired a cover designer, Deranged Doctor Design. Their company name is a bit strange, but I browsed through their portfolio and was impressed with the work. So, I took a chance and requested a draft. I told them upfront that I did not have a concept in mind, again I am not a graphic designer. In my humble opinion, they hit it out of the park. I accepted the first draft without revision.
What are your five favorite books, and why?
Red Storm Rising (Tom Clancy) He was, RIP, the godfather of the technothriller. The story blew me away with its authenticity and rapid pace. The way he developed the scenario was original and believable. Team Yankee and Sword Point (Harold Coyle) Coyle has the ability to put you right there in the middle of the action. Reading these books, I felt as though I was actually on the frontline. Day of the Jackal (Frederick Forsyth) It is the original mad chase across Europe assassin thriller. It is a compelling fast-paced story. Cathedral (Nelson DeMille) The characterization and action were superb. The assault to retake the cathedral was a knock down drag out; and, DeMille added a very interesting twist at the end. These books are in my personal five star category, and I have reread each several times over the years.
MYSTERY & MAYHEM AWARDS 2015 FIRST PLACE WINNER!!
When a brutally murdered corpse is found along the Mississippi, Herbert Falken is called upon, once again, to hunt down another black-hearted monster. However, Falken's quest for the truth is confounded by a relentless all-powerful adversary--his own tortured soul.
A coup d’état, unbridled greed and oil spark a desperate struggle, with consequences for all of humanity. In Beijing and Buenos Aires, powerful men, driven by insatiable lust for power, plot and maneuver to dominate the world. From London to the windswept seemingly insignificant Falkland Islands, brave men and women must battle enemies from without and within.
Dancing with Mortality
on May 01, 2015
Mystery, intrigue, and betrayal are deftly woven into a first-class story.
In 1981, the Irish Republican Army and British Government were locked in a struggle that trampled innocents on both sides.
Harry Ellis is an any-man studying at university and looking forward to what life has to offer. Then a British Intelligence officer offers him a part-time position as an Irish translator. Harry’s decision to accept the offer shatters his life.
Twenty years later, still struggling to pick up the pieces, Harry is given a chance for vengeance. He must lie and manipulate to attain his goal. In doing so, he turns his life upside down and inside out all over again. Along the way, he discovers the truth about the past and himself.
This is a well-written story with a plausible main plot. The author provides plenty of tension and conflict for a small cast of characters, which drives the story. Something is happening on every page, even during the “dull” moments.