Monday, December 8, 2014
welcome author Mike Draper
Baseball goes on strike. There is a great deal of discontent. A chat group is formed, “Friends against the baseball strike.” One member is a terrorist wannabe and he is able to manipulate a gullible man to obey his wishes, strike back against the sport. Baseball used to be the sport of the common man but now with the multimillion-dollar contracts, regular people can’t afford it. It can cost hundreds of dollars for a man and wife to bring their children to a baseball game and get some food. He decides to take action and kill the highest paid player on each team. Each killing will be in a different way and there will be a message to “end the strike.” After the first killing, the FBI becomes involved and the Baseball Commissioner's Office hires a group of private investigators to show they are proactive. This group consists of a young woman and two men who are in training by a retired state trooper. As more ball players are killed, the trio of private investigators decides to challenge the killer using social media. They put a notice on Facebook to see if they can get the killer to go after one of them, who will be armed. The private investigators work with the FBI to find the killer and stop him before he kills again.
And about your work...
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.
And a mini bio:
I graduated from St. Michael’s College in Vermont 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.
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
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