What is your book all about?
A romp … I call it a popcorn book … about two disparate characters thrown together to complete a mission … a crosscountry trip to retrieve a pile of cash. Here’s the summary: Tony Boccaccio is after a bag of cash that he believes is his. Max Burke thinks otherwise and has hired two couriers to take the money to California. Mickey Soto is a commercial pilot hauling freight and instructing students from a small, Florida airport. Tony hires Mickey and his airplane to go after the couriers. Mickey thought his days of flying illegal cargo were behind him, but the lure of easy money and his policy of ‘don’t ask/don’t tell’ cause him to add to his history of poor decisions. Tony’s cousin, Gina, jumps in to help, and the three of the end up in a desperate cross-crountry race that leads to a West Coast pier and a fateful decision by Tony that impacts their lives in ways that none of them could have foreseen. The tag line is: If you’re on vacation, fly coach. If you’re on business, fly business. If you’re on a mission, fly with Mickey. What inspired you to write the book? Actually it was a movie, titled, Midnight Run, staring Robert De Niro, Charles Grodin that gave me the concept. I wanted to create a situation for two people who do not get along are forced to work together to achieve their goals. I think it is interesting to see people who do not necessarily like each other overcome their differences and learn to depend on each other. I also love crosscountry quests.
What is your target audience for the book?
Oddly, as an ex-marketer, I didn’t really have one in mind. It’s not that I don’t care about the audience … I just wrote something that I thought would be fun, and I hope maybe some other folks will find it fun too. I like stories about quests … especially when the main characters are unlikely heroes. While super heroes are fun, I think folks sometimes like to read about characters who could be just like them … maybe see themselves in situations and wonder how they would respond.
What do you hope readers could get out from your book?
I hope they will find little escape and have a good time. As I said earlier, I consider Headwind a ‘popcorn’ book … I’m not trying to save the world, just tell a fun story. I certainly hope that they think it was time well spent!
What are your future goals/plans for the book?
I’m not a planner so I have none. I just wrote it and published it. After that, it’s up the Universe. Of course, I do hope that a few folks out there will find it and enjoy the story. If I managed to sell a few along the way, that would be good too. And something more about yourself. I’m a retired automotive marketer. I spent my working life writing copy and videos for clients. It did force me to hone my craft, but, while it could be interesting, it wasn’t really inspiring. So when I retired, I decided to try my hand a writing something that I liked. I published my first book, Northern Cross, around 2005. Headwind followed a few years later. I currently travel the country with my wife … we are full-time RVers. When we are parked somewhere, I spend my time tapping on the keyboard … I am working on a third book … and playing my guitar. You can find out more about at my website: www.northerncrossonline.com.