Today we welcome John Howell to Bad Moon Rising! I’ve read all three books in this action-infused series and highly recommend them to thriller fans – especially those who enjoy an everyday guy kind of hero.
The terrorist leader and financier Matt Jacobs figured out a way to eliminate the President. He is relying on John Cannon’s stature as a hero to help him carry it off. John finds himself walking the fine line of pretending to help Matt while trying to figure out a countermeasure to the plan.
The action begins with John fearing for his life. Clearly, whoever is trying to get him has a mission to accomplish and the elimination of John is at the top of the to-do list. The quest to survive takes John and his love, Stephanie from the beaches of Port Aransas to West Virginia and finally to Matt Jacob’s corporate headquarters at the Embarcadero Center in San Francisco. There John finally understands what he needs to do to protect both he and Stephanie from further mayhem.
The third book in the John J. Cannon Trilogy brings together two strong wills for a showdown. The question to be answered is who will feel the satisfaction that the achievement of justice delivers? John, Matt or neither?
What’s the first story you ever wrote?
The first thing I ever wrote besides those in high school and college was a novel about an enforcer for a worldwide governing body who had gone rogue. The bosses decided he had to go and so the story is about how he manages to survive. The printed manuscript was about 450 pages. It took me about ten years to complete while working full-time. Once I started editing, I realized it was not for public consumption. (Yes it was that bad) It is now useful holding the laundry room door open in a light breeze.
Which fictional character would you most like to meet and have a drink with?
I would most like to meet Kilgore Trout, the reoccurring writer in many of Kurt Vonnegut’s books. He is a fascinating character and is rumored to be the alter ego of Kurt Vonnegut himself. I once entered a contest where the requirement was to write a story in the manner of Kilgore Trout. I was fortunate to win and just trying to write like Kilgore made me respect the character even more. He likes to drink as well.
In the spirit of Halloween, what scares you?
I have to say walking out on the beach after dark gives me the willies. I think ever since I saw The Blair Witch Project I have lost my ability to discern between an imaginary bump in the night and one that’s real. I continue to hear the low growl of a pack of coyotes when I’m near the dune. I try to excuse myself in that now that I am getting older I have become more vulnerable to life’s dangers. Of course, the beach is pitch black, and the surf continues to roll in and the sounds of the night are a little daunting. I should just pack an automatic weapon and forget about it.
Favorite hero and villain in a book/movie?
My favorite hero in a book is Edmond Dantes in the Count of Monte Cristo for never losing faith during the worst years of his life. My favorite villain Auric Goldfinger in the Ian Fleming book Goldfinger (and movie). I thought he was a master at evil.
What do you consider the hardest part of writing?
The most difficult part of writing for me is the editing. I love to sit and let words flow to what I imagine to be goodness and entertainment. I have to come to reality when I discover in the editing process how reality dictates more work.
What are you working on now?
I am currently starting the editing process on my next book which is titled Circumstances of Childhood. It is the story of a successful founder of a mutual fund who faces accusations of stock fraud. His problem only becomes worse when he finds out who was responsible for the missing funds.
John’s main interests are reading and writing. He turned to writing as a full-time occupation after an extensive career in business. John writes fictional short stories and novels as well as a daily blog. His first novel, My GRL is available on Amazon and wherever e-books are sold. His second, His Revenge is available on Amazon and KDP Select.
John lives on a barrier island in the Gulf of Mexico off the coast of South Texas with his wife and spoiled rescue pets.
Where to find John
Blog Fiction Favorites, http://johnwhowell.com/
Amazon Author’s page –https://www.amazon.com/author/johnwhowell
Martin Sisters Publishing –Http://www.martinsisterspublishing.com