My guest author today is Mike Draper, a former retirement plan specialist whose main clients were state and municipal police departments. During his forty year career, he heard a lot of police stories…
Where did the idea come from for Three Strikes and You’re Dead?
With certain baseball teams buying the highest priced players and usually dominating the sport, I wondered what would happen if someone wanted to help the little guy, the low budget teams. I also thought that with baseball being
’s number one sport, what if
terrorists struck against baseball? America
What genre does your book fall under?
Mystery & thrillers.
Are you character driven or plot driven?
I would say it’s plot driven but with a strong emphasis on the characters. The plot was the first idea but fitting the characters to that plot was an interesting challenge. If I had a murderer, I studied on the traits of a person who could become someone who would murder innocent people and feel a thrill about it. I also wanted this person to be gullible and could be manipulated by a cunning person who was the force behind the murders.
Is your book self-published or represented by an agency?
It is self-published, because I have lung cancer. I didn’t want to go the agent rejection process. My first novel – Splattered Blood – took over eight years before I decided to self-publish.
Who or what inspired you to write this book?
I was the family storyteller in a family with nine siblings and over forty nephews and nieces. I also was an English major in college and always had a keen interest in reading and gradually developed the goal to write my own novel. When I was diagnosed with stage four lung cancer, I found writing was a positive step that kept me motivated.
What advice do you have for your fellow writers/authors about self-promotion and its importance?
Look into many publishers and realize that you get what you pay for so if you aren’t good at marketing, you’d want that in your publishing package. I would also advise a person to do a Google search to see if there are any complaints about a publisher before choosing.
What kind of books do you read when taking a break from your writing?
Mystery and suspense.
What is especially near and dear to you?
My wife, Diana, the love of my life for 48 years. She is a wonderful caregiver and companion. Diana keeps me motivated and shares in my joy of publishing and discussing books. She is currently in two book clubs.
I graduated from St. Michael’s College in
and have a Master’s
degree in teaching. I was in ROTC and spent four years in the Air Force,
leaving as a captain.
Thereafter I was a financial planner for over forty
years, selling retirement plans to state and municipal employees. Many of the
scenes in my books come from my experience with the law enforcement friends. I
would also ask their advice to be sure a scene was realistic. Vermont
Selling retirement plans to state police officers enabled me to hear many interesting things that a police officer might experience. I am also an Amazon book reviewer so understand how to analyze character development and plotting. The third thing is that I know how to tell a story that would be interesting and captivating.
Three Strikes and You’re Dead is available at Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and Xlibris where copies can be obtained by calling 1-888-795-4274 ext. 7879. My web site is www.michaeladraper.com