Take it away John.
During the Battle of the Nile on 1 August 1798, the fire on board the French line-of-battle ship l’Orient put the Bellerophon (1786) in danger; all the other officers on the quarterdeck on the Bellerophon were killed or wounded, so 13-year-old Midshipman John Hindmarsh gathered some of the crew, cut the anchor cables, and raised a spritsail to get the ship moving. Captain John HIndmarsh became the first governor of South Australia some years later.
You realize I write fiction? The above is all true – except I’m a different John Hindmarsh.
Okay – the serious side. I’m Australian. I’m 82. I have a serious health problem (Acute Myeloid Leukemia). I was raised to be a farmer, wanted to be a commercial pilot—writing was not a sensible career in those days—and ended up a CPA. I segued into IT thirty years ago and worked on contracts in a number of countries (UK, USA, Netherlands, Turkey, Singapore, Thailand) with short terms assignments in probably another ten, from Russia to South Africa. I’ve written and self-published 14 books over the last 10 years. A month ago, I commenced a six-book SF (Space Opera) series, and I’m half-way through writing the first book. I now live in Southern California with my ever-patient and caring wife, Cathy.
Q: Tell us a little about your story in Make Them Pay!?
A: It’s a double-edged approach with three blades. I wanted to use multiple POVs, which in a short is difficult. I think I succeeded. I wanted to place the story in the same world as my Midway series. I have been intrigued by the super identifier ability and wanted to write it into a story sometime and did so with Super Something. Of course, the story contains murders, assassinations, Russians, and other mayhem.
Q: What was the inspiration for your story?
Reading about super identifiers in the UK, who identify criminal protesters using a minimal part of an image. I thought – that’s a good idea for a thriller or two.
Q: When did you start writing and/or publishing?
A: I started writing when I was 12 (I’m now 82). I wrote a serious SF novel about 40 years ago and did nothing with it. I took it out of its sarcophagus 9 years ago, worked it over, got it breathing again, self-published it, and it reached the top 100 on Amazon.
Q: Why thrillers?
A: Well, technothrillers – borderline SF. My two thriller series have a techno or SF edge (one is genetic engineering, the other is artificial intelligence).
Q: Who are your favorite thriller authors to read?
A: I started on Charteris (Saint stories), Edgar Wallace (he died in 1932, still popular when I was growing up), Agatha Christie, Doyle (Sherlock Holmes), Ambler, Chandler, and now Lee Child. With lots in between.
Q: Were your friends or family members nervous hanging around you once they read one of your books?
A: Yes, my wife was scared out of her wits after reading one of my SF short stories. It was night-time and she didn’t realize I’d gone to a writing group meetup. The empty house after reading the story freaked her out. The rest of our families just think I’m weird.
Q: What’s your favorite non-reading, non-writing activity?
A: Surviving. Walking. (I have Acute Myeloid Leukemia and 4 years ago was given 18 months to live.)
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