Friday, October 23, 2015

Monster Mash Book Blitz Countdown Event Day 11 -- Checkmate by Jonathan Patrick

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 Julie Folk, Jewels to her friends, has a problem. As a newly hired computer systems analyst at a brand new government agency, she and her team have little or no support in their efforts to determine who is attacking America's missile defense systems. In a race against time to determine whether it's the Iranians out for some payback or the Chinese making a power play, Jewels must convince America's powerful national intelligence leadership that the threat against America is both real...and imminent.

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Jonathan Patrick is a retired U.S. Air Force veteran (21 years) who lives with his wife and two children in the Carolinas. His military career took him to many countries around the world and exposed him to the inner workings of several key intelligence agencies and programs. During his career he had the privilege of working with the U.S. Navy as well as the U.S. Army Special Operations Command.
He has recently begun work on his second novel "Archers Paradox" a sequel to his debut novel "Checkmate."

Ready for some great interview questions?
 1- When did you know you wanted to write books?  
The question always seems to come up, “When did I know I wanted to write books?”
    For me, however, it’s not a simple answer. I have always loved reading books and knew, like most people, that I probably had a book “in me,” that given the proper motivation would emerge.
    My “motivation,” for lack of a better word, showed up just over two years ago when I saw that my kids seemed to be tentative on breaking out from their comfort zones. Being a lead-by-example dad, I announced, “I’m writing a book.”
    I decided I liked writing books the first day into the process when my own pulse accelerated as I wrote the story.  This feeling was amplified tenfold when my kids loved what I was writing and kept asking, “What’s next?”

2- What does your writing process look like?
I would say my writing process closely resembles how a forensic pathologist reconstructs a face by using just a recovered skull. I have a picture in my mind of what the final form should look like and begin slowly adding layers. As the process progresses, I will perhaps tweak the cheekbones or the jaw line to fit my changing perspective of the story or of one or more characters.

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TEN Favorite Things:

1. Family
2. Everything about big dogs!
3. I love to grow orchids (visit my FB page)
4. Reading! (When I’m not actually writing myself)
5. Fixing things
4. Volunteering at schools
7. Sharing movies of my generation, like Top Gun and Big, with my kids and their friends.
8. Grilling almost anything
9. Antique shopping
10. Rock-N-Roll music from the 80’s and 90’s
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