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On May 11, 1995, at 30, Roy A. Teel Jr.'s life was irrevocably changed. After walking into the hospital, he was admitted and later received the worst possible diagnosis – Primary Progressive Multiple Sclerosis. His doctors gave him two years to live, and he left the hospital in a wheelchair. Roy, not one for giving up, and having a, then, three-year-old daughter and an 11-year-old son, went immediately into human subjects research at UCLA and spent 12 years (1995–2007) as a human research subject. His experience gave him a unique look behind the scenes of medicine and the processes that are required to get drugs through the research chain, from the animal research phase to using those drugs in humans in clinical trials, and, if successful, on to the FDA for approval. Roy participated in four major experimental drug trials, and one of those ended up giving him thyroid cancer, which was diagnosed in January 2001.

Life as a Survivor

Roy is a proud cancer survivor and has refused to let MS define his life. His dedication to his work and to human subject research both inspired his writing as well as showed the real human condition when laid bare. As an author, Roy A. Teel Jr. is very diverse, and his works include both fiction and nonfiction. He earned his bachelor’s degree in Ministerial Studies through Berean University of the Assemblies of God then went on to earn doctorates of Divinity and Biblical Studies through ULC Ministries.

Nonfiction

Roy’s first nonfiction book, The Way, The Truth, and The Lies: How the Gospels Mislead Christians about Jesus’ True Message, was published in 2005 and is taught in both religious and secular universities in the U.S. and abroad. Against The Grain: The American Mega-Church and its Culture of Control was published in 2008. This second book reveals the unflattering true faces of the “Goliaths of God” and shows religion and churches for what they really are – businesses – very, very lucrative and influential businesses involved in many facets of American society.

Short Fiction

In 2008, Roy published a collection of short stories titled, Light of Darkness: Dialogues in Death. These collected stories were inspired by both his difficult and troubled childhood as well as his years in clinical trials. He met and knew many people, many whom lost the battle due to natural causes, or in some cases, by their own hand, that he felt compelled to fictionalize and share their stories.

Novel-length Fiction

In 2013, Roy released his first novel, And God Laughed, a neoplatonic dialogue between one man and God. Although now a secular humanist, Roy believes in God but rejects all religions as man’s folly and wrote a fictional narrative about a relationship with God outside of religion.

Current Project

In 2014, Roy began publishing his latest and largest project – a 15-book geographically-centered hard boiled, mystery, suspense, thriller crime series: "The Iron Eagle Series." The main character, a former Marine Corps Black Operative turned rogue FBI agent, hunts serial killers in Los Angeles. Each novel addresses different subjects, and while fiction, all titles deal with real world subject matter. "The Iron Eagle Series" is not about things that can’t hurt you. What happens in these novels can happen to any one of us if we let our guard down and/​or are in the wrong place at the wrong time.

Life as an Author

After battling Multiple Sclerosis for nearly 16 years, Roy began devoting his energies and passions to the full-time art of storytelling. Although he is no longer able to work in a high stress executive environment, his life has taken on a new mission: to inform and entertain. His disability has brought with it an unforeseen blessing. He can finally take medications to alleviate some of the pain from his MS and focus on the pleasures of character creation and the joys of putting words to paper.

Smashwords Interview

How do you approach cover design?
The cover design of my titles is usually in my minds eye at the inception of a new book. I’m a visually driven author, which means that when I start a new book something that I have seen, read, heard, talked about or imagined has started the creative ball rolling. I don’t start writing a book until I have the cover scene in my mind. When the book is written, I then spend countless hours with my book layout and graphic artist putting the picture in my head on to a book cover. I’m very fortunate; I have found a graphic artist and book layout designer who is in sync with my thought process and he almost always takes my written description of a cover and hits it out of the park on the first try.
What do you read for pleasure?
I’m a lover of so many different genres, fiction, nonfiction, historical, biographical, philosophy, as well as poetry. While I write a lot of fiction, believe it or not, I don’t read a lot of fiction. When I’m reading, I’m typically reading news, financial articles, social commentaries and political news. I like to keep up on current events. In a world that is so based on ‘mythical’ ‘reality television’ I find knowing what’s going on in the ‘real’ world is much more important and inspiring.

When I do read fiction, I’m a lover of all things Hemingway. I also enjoy the works of David McCullough, Scott Turow, Michael Crichton, Thomas Harris, Ayn Rand, John Steinbeck, and believe it or not C. S. Lewis, along with others. I enjoy also nonfiction works by Daniel Walker Howe, Jared Diamond, Edmond S. Morgan, Joseph J. Ellis and others.

I read a lot of works in the classics as well. Authors like, Leo Tolstoy, Fyodor Dostoyevsky, Charles Dickens, Edgar Alan Poe and others. I have been most impacted in my logic skills by the works of Plato, his two great works Symposium and Republic, as well as Homer, and the works of Aristotle, Socrates, and more recent philosophers such as Arthur Koestler, Friedrich Nietzsche, Jean-Paul Sartre and Bertrand Russell
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Rampage
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Series: The Iron Eagle. Pre-release—available April 25, 2016. Price: $9.99 USD. Words: 71,140. Language: English. Published by Narroway Press. Category: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Hard-Boiled
High school is hard, but for four seniors who have been bullied all of their lives, enough has now become more than enough. For years, they endured public and private ridicule with social media attacks from every direction. All that is about to change as they’ve been pushed to the edge and then over, setting the stage for a mass murder plot of horrific proportions.
Cleansing
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Series: The Iron Eagle. Pre-release—available March 5, 2016. Price: $9.99 USD. Words: 65,370. Language: English. Published by Narroway Press. Category: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Hard-Boiled
In a remote outcropping in the Santa Monica Mountains, four-month-old Emily Swan is found murdered. FBI Special Agent John Swenson and LA County Sheriff Jim O’Brian have been called to investigate her murder. As their work continues, they discover that a small religious sect, founded decades earlier by an infamous serial killer, seems to have reappeared and are kidnapping and killing children.
Death's Valley
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Series: The Iron Eagle. Pre-release—available December 5, 2015. Price: $9.99 USD. Words: 69,390. Language: English. Published by Narroway Press. Category: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Hard-Boiled
“We have a killer, gentlemen, and that killer has just declared war on the LAPD.” The head of Internal Affairs for the LAPD is found brutally and publicly murdered. The suspected killer, a fired LAPD officer is in jail but the killings continue. A list of high ranking LAPD commanders are targeted for execution for corruption, no one can be trusted.The Iron Eagle steps in to take down a killer.
Devil's Chair
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Series: The Iron Eagle. Pre-release—available September 5, 2015. Price: $9.99 USD. Words: 60,550. Language: English. Published by Narroway Press. Category: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Hard-Boiled
Lately, bodies have been found in a remote area known as Devil’s Chair. The nude victims appear uninjured and died due to “exposure,” not foul play. Los Angeles County Sheriff Jim O’Brian and FBI Profilers Special Agent Steve Hoffman and John Swenson aren’t buying it, and their search to discover why young, healthy adults are winding up dead in the hills reveals an unimaginable horror.
A Model for Murder
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Series: The Iron Eagle, Book 5. Pre-release—available June 5, 2015. Price: $9.99 USD. Words: 56,720. Language: English. Published by Narroway Press. Category: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Hard-Boiled
A low-profile serial killer has enjoyed relative anonymity and killed without consequence in the Hollywood Hills and the Hollywood Lake area of Los Angeles. The predator prayed on transients and prostitutes working the hard streets of tinsel town, his victims now include high profile modeling talent. Once again, Jim O’Brian and John Swenson must unravel the mystery before more young woman die.
Operation Red Alert
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Series: The Iron Eagle, Book 4. Price: $9.99 USD. Words: 66,360. Language: English. Published: March 3, 2015 by Narroway Press. Category: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Hard-Boiled
Despite the partial success of ‘Operation Rome Is Burning,’ the City of Los Angeles is in danger. ‘Operation Red Alert’—the secret code name for a mission to take out the 9/11 terrorists but scrubbed by the government has been retooled and re-hatched as a plot to kill the President of the United States. The Iron Eagle and his men know the plot but can they move fast enough to stop it?
Rome Is Burning
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Series: The Iron Eagle, Book 3. Price: $9.99 USD. Words: 73,670. Language: English. Published: November 21, 2014 by Narroway Press. Category: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Hard-Boiled
FBI Special Agent John Swenson, aka The Iron Eagle, and Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Homicide Detective Jim O’Brian are in search of what appears to be a serial killer. The killer leaves poetry at the scene of each killing in an effort to lure The Iron Eagle out. As the men investigate the killings, they learn that the killings are merely a distraction from a larger, more sinister terrorist plot.
Evil and the Details
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Series: The Iron Eagle, Book 2. Price: $9.99 USD. Words: 85,120. Language: English. Published: August 22, 2014 by Narroway Press. Category: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Hard-Boiled
There’s a scourge on the streets of Los Angeles. A serial killer is stalking, capturing, torturing, and killing young teenage boys. FBI Profilers Special Agent Steve Hoffman and Special Agent John Swenson are working with Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Detective Jim O’Brian to catch this elusive killer. The deeper they delve into the killings the darker the soul and source of the depravity becomes.
Rise of The Iron Eagle
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Series: The Iron Eagle, Book 1. Price: $9.99 USD. Words: 107,780. Language: English. Published: May 30, 2014 by Narroway Press. Category: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Crime thriller
Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Homicide Detective Jim O’Brian and FBI Profiler Special Agent Steve Hoffman are hunting for a brutal serial killer; however, this case defies the profiling rules both men have been trained to detect. “The Iron Eagle” appears to only hunt and capture serial killers. Time is of the essence as with each passing day “The Eagle” gets more brazen.
The Light of Darkness: Dialogues in Death
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Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 36,490. Language: English. Published: April 9, 2013 by Narroway Press. Category: Fiction » Anthologies » Short stories - single author
"Of the wonders I yet have heard, / it seems to me most strange that men should fear; / seeing that death, a necessary end, / will come when it will come." William Shakespeare, Julius Caesar, Act II, Scene II.
Against The Grain: The American Mega-Church and Its Culture of Control
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Price: $6.99 USD. Words: 26,150. Language: English. Published: April 9, 2013 by Narroway Press. Category: Nonfiction » Religion and Spirituality » Christian Church / Administration
How can something meant for such good go so bad? Against the Grain takes you inside the mega-church machine, dissects the structure of these monolithic temples (claimed to be dedicated to God), and shows them for what they really are: huge mega-businesses that survive by using fear, guilt and psychological terror to control their followers.
And God Laughed
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Price: $6.99 USD. Words: 58,950. Language: English. Published: April 9, 2013 by Narroway Press. Category: Fiction » Inspirational
Imagine that you had the opportunity to speak to God and ask Him any questions that you want. What would you ask?
The Way, The Truth, and The Lies: How the Gospels Mislead Christians about Jesus' True Message
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Price: $6.99 USD. Words: 33,220. Language: American English. Published: April 6, 2013 by Narroway Press. Category: Nonfiction » Religion and Spirituality » Biblical Commentary / New Testament
“I am the Way, the Truth and the Life; no one comes to the Father except through me.”--John 14:6 With those simple words Jesus of Nazareth set into motion a religion that has won converts and conquered nations for over 2000 years. But did Jesus actually say those words?


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