Death is Never Pretty! (Author Interview)

‘Death is Never Pretty!’ looks like a great 2nd book in your Ted Troutman Adventure Series.  How many books do you have planned?
Thanks, ‘Death Is Never Pretty!’ is the second of four planned books in the Rick O’Neil - Ted Troutman Action - Adventure Series. These books are about two men, Rick, and Ted. Ted is the sheriff in Carroll County, New Hampshire and Rick is his part-time deputy. The men met in the military years ago and formed a strong bond of friendship. The third book ‘Night Whisperers!’ was released on Amazon September 2019. I am also working on a western about an aging Texas Ranger.

How did you come up with the story in ‘Death is Never Pretty!’?  
I am always looking for ideas for stories, and when I read about Human Trafficking, especially the abduction of children, I thought it would make a great story. New Hampshire shares a border with Canada and the idea of smuggling abducted children across the border just seemed like a natural.        

What will readers get out of your book?
I hope that readers will enjoy the book, and become aware of the great tragedy that is Human Trafficking.

What inspired you when writing ‘Death is Never Pretty!’?   
I was inspired after learning more about Human Trafficking and in particular about the abduction and selling of Inuit Children. The Inuit are a Native American Tribe living in Canada. The children, unfortunately, are in demand as sex slaves and laborers. Learning about this inspired me to add their plight to my storyline.

I am a Vietnam Veteran and I contribute a portion of the profits from my book to various veteran charities, so the more books I write the more I can donate.

When did you decide to become a writer?
I always wanted to write, but it wasn’t until I retired in 2012 that I finally wrote my first book ‘Da Nang Damned!’ This was the first book in the Rick O’Neil - Ted Troutman Series and deals with their experience in Vietnam and a secret that they kept hidden for forty years. A friend’s suicide forces them to reveal the secret, exposing a rich and powerful crime boss.

When writing ‘Death is Never Pretty!’ did anything stand out as particularly challenging?  
Well, writing is always challenging. I think the biggest challenge is creating likable, interesting characters, characters that readers will enjoy getting to know. In addition, I try to weave two or three sub-stories into the book and make it appear to be seamless and a natural part of the story.

What do you like to do when not writing?
Being retired allows me the time to pursue things that interest me. One of my hobbies is woodcarving and for the last seven years, I have been a volunteer at a local senior center teaching woodcarving. I also have been researching my family’s history and have found many fascinating things about my ancestors.
When I turned seventy, I finally fulfilled one of my dreams and bought a Jaguar S-Type, which I enjoy taking on road trips with my wife. I also enjoy fishing in the local lakes and ponds. I believe the secret to a long and happy life is to stay active, be socially engaged and intellectually stimulated.

Where can readers find out more about your work?
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