Three years after his own stunning World Cup win, American soccer hero MacLeod is in Panama celebrating another team win in a World Cup qualifier. MacLeod’s never been the kind of guy to speak up or take wild risks, but when he’s kidnapped from a nightclub and dragged into a forced march through the Colombian jungle, his silence could get him killed.
Whether an innocent man or one guilty of a far-reaching crime, MacLeod finds himself trapped in a dark world he never knew existed. Entangled in a game of blame and blood, he has only his wits—and the lessons learned from playing world-class soccer—to keep him alive. Can he find the truth and make his escape before his captors discover his own secret? MacLeod has played in tough games before. This time, he’s playing for his life.
Hello book lovers! Today is a day where I will be writing another author spotlight for a well-accomplished author whose work I have loved. As you know book lovers I love learning about authors and the inspiration behind their work, it fascinates me and adds to the depth of the book because the reader will be able to better understand it. That is how the author spotlights were created because I soon discovered that you lovely readers ALSO love learning about author’s, so I am excited to tell you a little bit more about author Justin Edison whose book Tempest Road thrilled me from beginning to end. I personally would recommend this book to all of those that love mystery and suspense but really the book can be read by anybody as it is flawlessly written and highly enjoyable. With today’s author spotlight for Justin Edison, a biography of the author and an interview between me and Justin Edison will be shared, and I hope that you book lovers enjoy reading it! To kick this off here is an author bio about the wonderful Justin Edison!
When Justin Edison isn’t bumbling his way through this or that adventure (fatherhood, cooking, soccer, hiking, marriage, websites) he’s busy dreaming up or drafting a story. His interests usually put characters into bizarre situations, from being a kidnapper (anti-hero) to a female sharpshooter caught up in a war (on various planets) to an innocent man running for his life through the Colombian jungle. Certainly, love or ‘normal’ things must be on the horizon. Then again…
Justin’s been writing for close to 30 years, but he’d only count the last 15 as far as producing ‘real work’ that someone might actually want to read. His novels include “Watching the World Fall,” “The Churning,” “Endgame (Woman At War #1),” and “Tempest Road.” Check out www.justinedisonnovels.com for more information.
Comedic musings, short stories (some not-so-bad) and poetry (okay, definitely bad) can be found at www.jedisonwriting.com.
Now, how wonderful does Justin Edison sound?! Justin Edison is a truly exceptional writer and I hope that you lovely readers have a read of Justin Edison’s work because you will not regret it! Please see below an interview between me and Justin Edison, I hope that you enjoy Justin Edison’s answers to my questions, they are incredible and provide some great advice too!
Thank you for joining us today at Red Headed Book Lover! Please tell us more about yourself
I’m a full-time dad of two athletic, progressive kids, so many of the adventures (and misadventures) I experience are about guiding them through childhood. Yes, I make many mistakes. We live in suburban Seattle with a vocal cat. I work in website design, content and editing, so a lot of my work is figuring out how to deliver what a client wants. Otherwise, I drink a lot of coffee, coach and play soccer (poorly), cook, do charitable work and listen to everything from jazz to klezmer to hard rock.
Could you please tell us readers about your book and what inspired you to write your book?
The main goal for writing ‘Tempest Road’ was to tell a gripping adventure/survival story about an innocent man. He’s perceived as a soccer hero, and he faces consequences for past success. How much worse can things get than being marched at gunpoint through the wild Colombian jungle? MacLeod has always lived this rather submissive straight-and-narrow life, and now he’s in a place where he’d better speak up before he perishes.
What would your advice be for aspiring writers?
This job is a bizarre combination of brainstorming, focusing on what you want, and perseverance. TR took three years from initial concept to publication. My first book took a decade, because I had to commit so many mistakes in the process. And, of course, DON’T throw away any ideas. A detail or odor that doesn’t fit your current book can be a gem for the next story.
In your opinion, what is the most important thing about a book?
Getting lost/engrossed in a story. I love to be PUT THERE in the action, in the dusty alley or the raging river, and I want to be there because I care about the hero/heroine.
What is your writing process like?
My writing process is a mess. A lot of early mornings and brainstorming sessions at odd times. I find it easy to work in busy cafes, but have trouble concentrating when my kids are home as opposed to school. Yes, may great ideas happen when I’m driving or somewhere doing something aside from writing, so I have to find a way to record those thoughts. As far as structure, I’m definitely a plotster. I’ve made too many mistakes, and wasted too much time, trying to ‘wing it’ when it comes to plot.
What kind of research do you do, and how long do you spend researching before beginning a book?
The amount of research I do depends on what I’m writing, honestly. Plenty of nonfiction books were crucial for ‘Tempest Road.’ For an upcoming book about a mechanical engineer, I’ll have to read a ton, because I don’t honestly know much about the profession.
Do you have a set schedule for writing, or do you only write when you feel inspired?
In the past, I’ve gone with a set schedule of early mornings, afternoons and weekends. Sometimes that fails, so I just write whenever I’m inspired (and can set other things aside for 20 minutes).
Do you read much and if so who are your favorite authors?
I would always like to read more. I definitely like to bounce around, for different perspectives and styles. Recently, I’ve read ‘Persepolis pt. 2,’ ‘Of Mice and Men,’ ‘Salvage the Bones’ and ”American Pastoral.’ I suppose these are four disparate versions of chasing the American Dream, or surviving, but they all have rich characters with their own prejudices and perspectives. I’m also a sucker for well-written nonfiction, Bowden and Krakauer and Junger. And, of course, Tom Reiss’ ‘The Black Count’ is one of the most amazing stories ever told (and I believe every word of it).
Lastly, when can we readers expect to read more wonderful books from you?
Next month, I’ll publish the sequel to ‘Endgame,’ titled ‘Destruction.’ Heroine June Vereeth is in all kinds of trouble as the war churns up around her. Following that, I’m working on a love-spy story set in Wyoming. I like jumping around.
Its official book lovers, I am obsessed with Justin Edison! If you have liked what you have read about Justin Edison and are interested in learning more about Justin Edison and reading Justin Edison’s work, then please do have a browse of the links below and be sure to have a read of the preview too! You will not regret it.
Goodbye for now book lovers,