My guest today is Chuck Waldron, author of the dystopian thriller, Lion’s Head Deception. In this interview, the author tells us about his inspiration for her latest novel, what it’s like being published for the first time and what kind of projects he has in the works, among other things. Enjoy the interview!
Thanks for being my guest on Blogger News today, Chuck! Can we start off by having you tell us a little about yourself?
Lion’s Head Deception is the result of an active (some have said overactive) imagination, a gift from my parents. My writing is a reflection of a solid Midwestern upbringing and a satisfying career in children’s mental health and non-profit management. Ah, but the real joy is giving in to the creative writing urges that have followed me along that entire path.
Can you tell us about your new book, Lion’s Head Deception, and how you came up with the idea to write it?
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.
Did you come up with the title and then write the book or did you write the book, then came up with the title?
As the story was coming to me I came up with the working title Deception. The Lion’s Head part was added later. I like to have a working title as a motivation.
Can you tell us a little about the characters in your book?
Lion’s Head Deception is about ordinary people who have to make a choice. When they hear the true nature of the evil they face, will they be able to act? That was the inspiration for my protagonist, Matt Tremain.
My novel looks at the motives of a group of men who took it upon themselves to create a matrix, a way of determining those who somehow didn’t fit in. Wouldn’t the city be a better place if the undesirable people were made to ‘disappear?’
It’s a story as old as social engineering, even before we knew to call it that.
If the conspirators could only organize another conference, similar to the real one described above, infiltrate the city with a small army of thugs, causing panic and destruction, people would do anything to feel safe again.
That was the inspiration for evil personified, Charles Claussen.
What’s it like being published for the first time?
Words can’t do justice to the feeling of seeing my first book in print. It’s now up to four and the feeling is still the same. Joy comes close.
Aside from writing, what other talents do you have?
It’s been said I’m a decent public speaker, entertaining and inspiring at times. I can still keep my balance on a two-wheeler. I’m a pretty good poker play, but wouldn’t give up my writing to go on tour. That said I have heard I feign interest, lack perseverance and could use a good talking to.
On a serious note, I’m proud to be a volunteer at Save the Chimps. It’s nearby and happens to be the world’s largest rescue sanctuary for our chimp cousins.
Do you have another book on the works? Would you like to tell readers about your current or future projects?
There’s always more to write about. I’m currently working on a sequel to Lion’s Head Deception and think it will be a trilogy. I’m also working on a sequel to my third novel, Served Cold.
Do you have a website/blog where readers may learn more about you and your work?
Readers and friends are always welcome at www.chuckwaldron.com.