I write pulp adventure and mystery mainly, but have made forays into sword and sorcery and horror and recently westerns as well.
What do you do to keep yourself focused?
My son Jack is my greatest Inspiration.
Do you stay with one project or do you work on multiple projects?
I write a one or two paragraph synopsis which generally ends up as the back cover copy and that is the plot I work from. The characters drive it from that point.
Do you consciously use symbolism in your book?
My latest release is a mystery novel titled Decker P.I. Smugglers' Blues.
This is my 19th I believe. I have six Jack Riley books out, 7 Hardluck Hannigan books, 4 Sam Decker books and a collection of short fiction titled Bullets and Blades. I am currently working on a four book mini-series with continuing characters in four different pulp genres titles Two Fisted Adventure as well as the next Hardluck Hannigan novel and the next Decker P.I. novel and a series of childrens stories about a character called Little Mouse who lives in the great big Barn with Daddy Mouse and Papaw Mouse.
My problem? Other than having the worst luck of any man alive because one of my ancestors pissed off a leprechaun? If you want problems just look at the women in my life, they caused most of them.
I'm just a pretty normal guy with a whole lot of bad luck, that's why they call me Hardluck Hannigan after all. I have the hardest luck of anybody you'd care to meet.
Run from conflict? Kid I ain't no coward. Running would mean I had common sense and there was certainly a shortage of that in MY DNA!
I'm just a guy who does what has to be done. No more, no less.
My friends, for reasons unknown to me look to me as a leader. Gregor of all people should know better than that since he's known me the longest. Hell I shipped out of New York with him in 1939 aboard the African Queen!
My enemies view me as a force of nature. They are scared shitless when they find out I'm coming after them!
Bill Craig? Hell he just writes down what I tell him to. I don't much give a damn what he thinks as long as he writes it down and I get paid royalties!
I do what I gotta do, no more no less. I don't like bullies and the Nazis are the worst kind!
My goal is to survive. You don't live like I do and not want to do that!
Do you keep your achievements to yourself?
Do you have any special strengths?
What do you believe?
What do you regret?
Haunts? We all have ghosts. I've got my own.
Hell yeah, but then who hasn't have had someone betray them?
Failed anyone? I don't think that's a question I want to answer. Her view on that and mine would likely differ a lot. For the sake of argument, let's just let that question die!
Nope nothing newsworthy.
What is your most closely guarded secret?
Five items in my pockets? A pack of Lucky Strikes, a battered Ronson lighter, a spare mag for Betsy, some cash and keys and a quick-opening knife.
If you were stranded on a desert island, would you rather be stranded with, a man or a woman?