Friday, August 17, 2018

FEATURED AUTHOR: CHUCK WALDRON



ABOUT THE BOOK



In this sequel to The CleanSweep Conspiracy, Matt Tremain is back, facing an even deadlier threat. Deceit and intrigue lie hidden behind the collapse of Operation CleanSweep. It’s time for revenge.



Instrumental in exposing the evil behind Operation CleanSweep—a diabolical “cultural cleansing” plot masterminded by Toronto billionaire Charles Claussen—investigative blogger Tremain now faces the madman’s desire for vengeance. Claussen intends to settle the score personally by luring Matt into a deadly trap. 



But the clock is ticking for Claussen, too. Fraternit√© des Aigles, The Brotherhood of Eagles—a shadowy group that secretly financed Claussen’s Operation CleanSweep—wants answers and their money back. Consumed with rage, Claussen risks everything to get to Matt before the Brotherhood gets to him. 



Tremain is once again partnering with a police detective, Carling. Knowing they are being lured into a possible trap, they decide to face their nemesis, Charles Claussen.


Across four continents, Claussen sets traps, pursues Tremain, and continues to execute his signature brand of global chaos.

When his fianc√©’s life is on the line, can Tremain stop Claussen’s madness and still avoid getting killed?    


BOOK DETAILS:


Title: The Cleansweep Counterstrike 


Author: Chuck Waldron

Genre: Technothriller

Series: The Matt Tremain Technothriller series, book 2

Publisher: Bublish, Inc (April 21, 2018)

Print length: 293 pages
On tour with: iRead Book Tours







INTERVIEW WITH CHUCK WALDRON


Q: Chuck, tell us about your series. Is this book a standalone, or do readers need to read the series in order?
A: Writing the Cleansweep Counterstrike as a sequel presented quite a challenge. I wanted to write it as a standalone, yet continue with elements of book one, The Cleansweep Conspiracy. I hope someone reading the Cleansweep Counterstrike first will be inspired to read book one.

Q: Where’s home for you?
A: Port St Lucie, on the Florida Treasure Coast.

Q: Where did you grow up?
A: Iowa–Cedar Rapids to be precise.

Q: What’s your favorite memory?
A: There are two. The most important memory is the day I married. That’s followed by graduation day at the University of Iowa, a first in my family. I have the GI Bill to thank for that degree.


Q: Have you been in any natural disasters?

A: One tornado and three hurricanes are more than enough for me.

Q: What is the most daring thing you've done?
A: Stepping up to the dais in front of 1,300 people and national TV coverage
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Q: What choices in life would you like to have a redo on?
A: We all have some things we would like to redo, but I try to live by the rule of “no regerts” or spelled correctly, no regrets.

Q: How did you meet your spouse?
A: The first class of the first day at graduate school.

Q: What are your most cherished mementoes?
A: A framed recipe in my mother’s handwriting. Old, cherished family photographs, a 1937 manual Remington typewriter, a pocket angel.

Q: If you could only save one thing from your house, what would it be?
A: My wife, Suzanne.

Q: What’s one of your favorite quotes?
A: I know it’s corny, but "Life should NOT be a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in an attractive and well-preserved body, but rather to skid in sideways, chocolate in one hand, martini in the other, body thoroughly used up, totally worn out and screaming "WOO HOO what a ride!"

Q: If you could live anywhere in the world, where in the world would it be?
A: Iceland. Yes, I think I would like that.

Q: What’s your favorite line from a book? 

A: “God what an outfield,' he says. 'What a left field.' He looks up at me, and I look down at him. 'This must be heaven,' he says.
No. It's Iowa,' I reply automatically.
From Shoeless Joe, by W. P. Kinsella



Q: Who are your favorite authors?
A: John Le Carre (David Cornwell), William Manchester, James Lee Burke, Winston Churchill, and Ernest Hemingway.

Q: What book are you currently reading and in what format?
A: Babylon Berlin, by Volker Kutscher in e-book. In hardcover, I’m reading Bonhoeffer: Pastor, Martyr, Prophet, Spy by Eric Metaxas.

Q: Do you have a routine for writing?
A: I tried my best to develop a routine of writing daily, but it kept getting interrupted by life. When the writing gets tough, I keep plodding on, but when the words are electric I block everything out and write.

Q: Where and when do you prefer to do your writing?
A: I write mostly at my desk, mornings are best. I can write on the beach with a notebook. When I’m not writing, I’m usually thinking about writing.

Q: What’s the best compliment you’ve ever received about your writing?

A: A reader telling me she loves my character, Matt Tremain. She wanted more stories featuring him.

Q: Where is your favorite library, and what do you love about it?
A: My favorite library is the Toronto, Ontario reference library. I also am registered as a professional researcher at the Biblioteca National De Cube Jose Marti, in Havana, Cuba.

Q: Why did you decide to self-publish? 

A: Standing on a golf course in the middle of a thunderstorm, holding up a nine iron, has a good chance of attracting lightening. Alas, new writers don’t have as much luck attracting agents and publishers. I decided to research the industry and learn how to become an indie author with a look that stand out on crowded bookshelves.

Q: Are you happy with your decision to self-publish?
A: I’m happy. I started out making the usual rookie mistakes, a poor cover, and lots of interior mistakes (spelling and grammatical errors). I’ve learned to pay as much as my budget allows for cover design and editorial services.

Q: What steps to publication did you personally do, and what did you hire someone to do?

A:
I started out trying to do everything myself. Bad idea. I now turn to Bublish. That is my go to service connecting me with cover art, I also have an affordable copy editor I found on Upwork.com.

Q: What are you working on now?
A: An alternative history novel with the working title, The Assassination of E. Hemingway.



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ABOUT THE AUTHOR


Chuck Waldron is the author of four riveting mystery, thriller, and suspense novels and more than fifty short stories. Inspired by his grandfather’s tales of the Ozark Mountains and local caves rumored to be havens for notorious gangsters, Waldron was destined to write about crime and the human condition. With literary roots planted in the American Midwest and South, and enriched by the fertile culture of metropolitan Ontario, Waldron now resides on Florida’s fabled Treasure Coast with his wife, Suzanne.

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