After college, I went into law enforcement with the US Treasury Department as a special agent. My duties required substantial travel, New York, Washington, Florida, and a stint as deputy US marshal flying to several overseas locations-Europe and the Middle East. I later joined the Temple, Texas, police department for a few years before the travel bug bit me again. This time, a few years living in Berlin, Germany. When I returned to the USA, I went back to the Temple PD and made detective.
Law school and the bar exam became my next challenge. After a 13-year career as a trial attorney, I worked for the state of Texas until retirement. Bored with retirement, I went into writing crime fiction books.
Now, what made you decide to take up writing? Who or what was your inspiration?
As a police officer and attorney, writing was a necessity - reports, briefs, and trial motions. Coupled with a love of reading, and my wife’s encouragement, I tried my hand at writing crime fiction. Other than my wife, my inspiration came from reading novels by Tom Clancy and Michael Connelly.
I have to ask, having so much experience and information to fall back on, do you ever find yourself, unintentionally writing about a past case or events and having to correct this?
Oh yes. Several cases, both from my police days and my attorney time have in modified form appeared in my novels.
I see you are a member of International Thriller Writers Association, the International Association of Crime Writers - North American Branch and the Writers League of Texas. Would you recommend that other authors join writing groups or associations which are applicable to their particular genre? What sort of help and support do these organisations give?
I definitely encourage writers to join national and regional writing associations that are germane to their genre. The International Thriller Writers, for example, promoted my novels, and invited me into an ITW week-long group session dealing with a writing topic. Through my membership in ITW, I’ve met via email and gotten advice from prominent authors. Two of them, Michael McGarrity and James Hayman, took the time to read and endorse one of my novels - Cornered.
Well, with that sort of support I can see why joining them is a good idea Alan.
I have just listened to and reviewed the audiobook of Price of Justice, what made you decide to publish in audiobook format?
The truth be known, my wife pushed for it. And it made sense to have the book done in audio format. My younger brother, for example, preferred to listen to Price of Justice instead of reading it.
How easy or difficult did you find getting a publisher?
At first, it was very difficult convincing a good publisher to contract with me. Now that I signed with Black Opal Books, several small presses have inquired about publishing future novels of mine.
What qualities were you especially looking for in your narrator, and what made you decide to pick Bob Dunsworth?
I wanted someone with plenty of experience, a good voice and a proven track record. Bob Dunsworth fit the bill totally.
Do you think you will be putting your other book, released this year ‘Cornered’ into audiobook format?
Absolutely. In fact, it’s under contract to Bob Dunsworth.
That’s great news, I hope we’ll get to review that too.
Now it’s sneak peeks time, are you at the moment writing, or thinking of writing another novel? If so, can you give us a tasty snippet or is it too hush hush .
Right now, I’m in first draft status with a novel titled Gone Wrong. It’s about a young assistant district attorney who crosses the line to solve a mystery. I’m also working on a sequel to Cornered. Detective Matt Brady will be facing his toughest challenge ever.
On a personal note, I can see that you are well travelled, do you have a favorite place in the world, and if so, where is it?
I have a couple favorite places: When I lived in Germany, I visited a Bavarian town called Garmisch-Partenkirchen very close to the Austrian border. It’s a beautiful picturesque town at the foot of the Alps. It’s featured in my book Price of Justice. If I ever go back to Europe, that town will definitely be on my agenda.
My second and equally loved location is Alaska. My wife and I went on a cruise there. It has to be one of the most beautiful places on the Earth.