Edward (Ed) Lackey is a former Naval Aviator and retired corporate pilot who flew Gulfstream aircraft around the world. An avid reader, Lackey decided to try his hand at writing using his military and civilian aviation and travel experiences as a basis for his novels. He is currently working on the continuing adventures of Townsend and Benfield in his second novel. Lackey lives in the Dallas-Fort Worth area.
How did you first get interested in writing?
I've enjoyed reading all my life. I suppose I inherited that trait from my mother who was an avid reader of Agatha Christy mysteries. I got hooked on those well described and intricately planned crimes and branched out to other British and American mystery writers. When reading novels with complicated plots I found that I was able to anticipate the next steps or sometimes create alternative routes to an even more satisfying conclusion. After my retirement from flying and with idle time on my hands, I found myself taking long walks with my dog and developing story lines with intricate details and descriptions. My wife encouraged me to put these ideas down on paper and I found that I enjoyed the process as much or even more than reading.
Who are your favorite authors and how have they helped you in your writing?
I have a rather extensive personal library of old fashioned hardback novels. The shelves are filled with some of the very best that popular fiction has to offer: Tom Clancy, Stephen Coonts, Dale Brown, Clive Cussler, Dick Francis and many others. In my approach to writing I employ a technique suggested by one of my first and best flight instructors in the Navy. He said that when flying with another pilot, take the good things that you see to enhance your flying skills and forget the not so good things. The more exposures the better. I've tried to use the same principle in my writing by reading as many of the excellent adventure authors as possible to help me build my own technique in character development and story lines.
A rash of car bombs and attacks threaten to put critical Mid-East Peace Talks in jeopardy. An El Al B-777 disappears from ATC radar without a trace ala MH370 earlier in the year. David and Irina Townsend are on their honeymoon in Jordan when they are caught up in the intrigue of who is to blame for these acts. With their team, they search for the ones behind these attacks and the missing B-777.
Human trafficking, diamond smuggling, murder; the New York based Russian Mob has been busy. When Irina Marisovna tries to help her aunt find a missing daughter, she is caught up in this ruthless business. When David Townsend learns of his lover's abduction, he and his team pull out all the stops to get her out of this dangerous affair and exact the justice that the victims deserve.
David Townsend's world falls apart when his lover's roommate shows up with devastating news. The roommate became involved with a major drug dealer in Miami and was caught with her hand in the cookie jar. The decision to punish the woman was botched and the roommate was killed by mistake. Townsend and his best friend and fellow Naval Aviator Billy Ray Benfield decide to exact Pay Back.
After foiling a kidnapping in London's Hyde Park, David Townsend finds that the intended victim is linked to an intricate plot to transport a Russian tactical nuclear weapon to the U.S. The victim and her father join forces with Townsend and his NSA analyst friend Billy Ray Benfield and their FBI contact Stacy Foster to track down the group responsible and find the weapon before detonation.
A contract killer is going around the country through airports with a string of unsolved cases in his wake. Who is the killer and how is he passing through security with impunity with his weapon? The head of a FBI task force is working with NYPD detectives in the latest case to ID this elusive killer. She brings in two men who have proven useful in the past to solve a very complicated case.