Thursday, September 12, 2013

Interview with Chuck Waldron, author of 'Lion's Head Deception'


Chuck Waldron’s latest novel, Lion's Head Deception, is a dystopian story about an investigative blogger who uncovers more than he ever imagines...and has no idea what to do with his discovery.

An investigative blogger uncovers a sinister conspiracy, a billionaire's plan backed by select government officials, designed to exterminate citizens who do not live up to a predetermined screening matrix; under the guise of rioting and a destabilized city, the plan is implemented and the blogger fights not only to discover and reveal the truth, but to survive.

"I grew up," Chuck said, "listening to my grandfather, an Ozark Mountain story teller, spinning tales of the caves on his farm, describing them as hiding places once used by the Jesse & Frank James' gang. It didn't matter if the stories were true or not. Those legends set fire to my imagination, creating images that emerged slowly over the years, finally igniting as my short stories and novels."

Now, thirty-plus short stories and three novels later, ideas keep coming, with more novels under development. Do they share anything in common? Each has its own unique voice and tale to tell, yet, at their heart, his stories tell about the human condition - the good, the bad and the ugly.

As Chuck tells it, "stored images that echo in my writing include train whistles in the night, Norman Rockwell childhood scenes, U.S. Army memories, blue collar jobs, university, a professional career, and finally retirement. Many of my images are drawn from this pool of memories: places visited, sights seen, and people met. The rest I fill in with my imagination: dreams of places yet to be visited, sights yet to be seen, and people yet to meet."

His literary roots were planted in the American Midwest and thrived when transplanted to the rich, cultural soil of Ontario. He and his wife, Suzanne, are now warmed by the sun on Florida’s Treasure Coast.

His latest book is Lion’s Head Deception.

Visit his website at www.WriteByMeBooks.com.  

1.     Could you please tell us a little about your book?
Lion’s Head Deception is the story about an investigative blogger who uncovers a sinister conspiracy, a billionaire’s plan backed by select government officials, designed to exterminate citizens who do not live up to a predetermined screening matrix; under the guise of rioting and a destabilized city, the plan is implemented and the blogger fights not only to discover and reveal the truth, but to survive.

2.     Who or what is the inspiration behind this book?
·        Emergency police force of over 10,000 uniformed officers from surrounding police.
·        Add 1,000 security officers and several military units.
·        Drawing lines on a map to outline an area with checkpoints to monitor who enters and leaves. People would be issued identity cards to determine who belonged.
·        More than a billion dollars would be spent to head off rioting and trouble makers
·        Police wearing black tape over their shields to prevent identification.
That couldn’t happen, you say, only to learn that the news story above described actual events that occurred in a major North American city? The G-20 Economic Conference place in a Canadian city in 2010 but might it happen in any city?
The seed for the story line of Lion’s Head Deception was planted as I read about the planning, the riots, and the follow-up of that event.

3.     Do you have any rituals you follow when finishing a piece of work?
It started with my first novel and continues with this fourth. I step back from the keyboard, sigh and ask my wife of 44 years out to dinner and a bottle of expensive wine.
4.     Who has influenced you throughout your career as a writer?
My first creative writing teacher set me on the path to the joy of writing stories. The memory of the late Henrietta Blake still is my influence, along with writing colleagues Lorne, Georges, John and many more. I have to add Brian Henry to the list, a great writing coach/teacher from Toronto.
5.     What are you currently working on?
I’ve started the sequel to Lion’s Head Deception and well on the way with the sequel to my third novel, Served Cold.
6.     Is there an author that inspired you to write?
That’s an easy question to answer, John Le Carre.
7.     What do you feel is your biggest strength?
Some say I lack perseverance and feign interest. In truth I am most interested in what happens around me and I have all the perseverance needed when it comes to writing.
8.     What do you feel sets this book apart from others in the same genre?
I think it’s the people, the characters. Matt Tremain isn’t a super hero. He’s like most of us, someone who has to look inside for the strength needed to do the right thing. His opposite is an evil man, but made more evil by his appearance. He is evil hiding behind a mask of normal.

Thanks for having me for this interview. I invite readers to check out my website at www.chuckwaldron.com and to engage in some shameless self-promotion invite you all to buy my book at the usual online sources

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