Monday, May 2, 2016

Interview with L.D. Beyer, author of An Eye For An Eye

An Eye for an Eye

Inside the Book:

An Eye for and Eye
Title: An Eye for an Eye 
Author: L.D. Beyer 
Release Date: January 15, 2016 
Publisher: Old Stone Mill Publishing 
Genre: Military 
Format: Ebook/Paperback
   

A powerful drug lord threatens to bring America to its knees. Only one man can stop him.

Two years ago, Secret Service Agent Matthew Richter faced the most difficult decision of his life, knowing that by saving the former, the latter would die. In the aftermath, he fled Washington and the agency that failed him. With wounds he’s certain will never heal, he seeks refuge behind a gun as the commander of an FBI SWAT team in New York. After a raid turns sour and Richter is sidelined, possibly for good, he is reluctantly drawn back to Washington by the man he once saved.

When drug cartels threaten to topple the Mexican government and the violence begins to spill across the border, Richter tells President David Kendall it’s time to take off the gloves. One by one, cartel warehouses and tunnels are raided and their drug caches destroyed. One by one, their sprawling compounds and bank accounts are seized. One by one, drug lords are targeted and killed. One by one—all except, that is, for Pablo Guerrero, the ruthless head of the Sangre Negras cartel, who has only grown stronger as others have fallen.

When the hunt for Guerrero finally draws first blood, he unleashes a war no one is prepared for. Now Richter must stop him before it’s too late.

An Eye For An Eye is the action-packed sequel to In Sheep’s Clothing, L.D. Beyer’s gripping debut novel.

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THE INTERVIEW


When did you realize you wanted to be a writer?
When I was 12 or 13, I remember seeing an ad that said something like, “Get Paid to Write Children’s Books.”  I was intrigued and actually wrote a few things but I never did submit them.  A few years later, I wrote a short story for a high school English assignment. My story was well received and was published in a school anthology.  In college, I wrote another short story, again for a literature class, and it too was well received and published in a school anthology.
But after graduating, I guess I did the expected thing and followed a more traditional career path.  I met my wife a few years later and we got married.  A few years after that, we started a family.  Frankly, between career and family, I forgot all about writing for a while.
It wasn't until several years ago that I finally muscled up enough courage to make a drastic change in my life: to give up my corporate career, to spend more time with my family and to pursue my dream of being a writer.
There's something cathartic about writing.  Writing is a journey and the journey has its own rewards.  It’s really cool to start with a blank page and watch as the story unfolds, sometimes taking twists and turns I never expected. I know that sounds like I'm not in control when I write but after giving them a nudge, the characters and the plot tend to evolve on their own and go in directions I never envisioned when I first began typing. 
As a writer, I'm finally getting a chance to be creative, something I was not really able to do during my more traditional life.
You know, I wish I could find some of my early writings!  That would be really cool!

How long did it take you to write the book?
I began my first book the year before my daughter was born. She’s twenty-one now. However, I didn’t spend over twenty years writing and rewriting and rewriting again. Life got in the way and I put my unfinished novel on the back burner. During the intervening years, my focus was on my family and my career. Due to my job, we moved frequently and it wasn’t until a few years ago that an opportunity arose to start writing again. In a nutshell, I left the corporate world, launched a new business with several partners, and because my schedule was flexible, I began writing again. Once I began, I was able to complete the first draft within 6 months.

What is your work schedule like when you are writing?

Because I have a start-up business, each day varies. The good thing is that my partners and I have figured out how we can each operate from our own homes—for now at least. That provides flexibility and I’m able to fit my writing into my schedule. When I do write, I try to complete one scene or roughly 1000 words. However, on some days, I’m swamped with my business and I don’t get a chance to write at all. In a perfect world, I would write in the mornings and focus on my business in the afternoon and evenings. But, when is the world ever perfect?


What would you say is your interesting writing quirk?
If you asked my wife or my kids, I’m sure they would give you a long list, but it probably wouldn’t be related to writing. But since you asked me instead, here’s my take:
I’m not sure if this is a quirk, but when I write, it is a blend of free form—letting the story and characters go in whatever direction they choose—and outlining. The outlining helps to rein the story in. I don’t outline the whole story, but I periodically go back and look at what I’ve already written, put it into some semblance of order, and then I jot down a half dozen ideas for possible follow scenes. I’ll admit though, that what I jot down on scrap paper may look very different by the time it winds up in the finished book. But this process helps to keep me from wandering too far off track.

In your opinion, what does it take to get a book published?
Perseverance. As with anything in life, if you quit at the first sign of failure—or even after the 100th—you’ll never succeed. This is an industry that is more likely to reject you than it is to accept you. But if you have faith in yourself, if you’re willing to learn and continue to improve your writing over time, if you’re willing to receive feedback and criticism, then you have a shot at succeeding. 

Where do you get your information or ideas for your books?
I write what I like to read.  I love thriller and suspense novels—medical thrillers, legal thrillers, historical thrillers, political thrillers—particularly ones that are full of intrigue, are fast-paced, and have lots of action & adventure.  My taste in movies is the same.  Intrigue, suspense and action & adventure—I’ll take that any day!  When I read or watch movies, I want to escape and I want to live vicariously through the characters, even if only for a short while.  I want to root for the good guy and hate the bad guy.  For me, trying to bring this type of experience to readers is a huge thrill.  I can only hope readers are able to experience this with my books!

When did you write your first book and how old were you?
My first book was published after I reached the half century mark. It was years in the making, primarily because my family and my job took priority. Over the course of my career, we moved every few years and I traveled fairly frequently. But throughout it all, the itch to write was always there. Then one day, I sat back and thought about all of the things I had missed over the years—school events, sporting events, things that were important to my wife and kids. My oldest was a junior in high school then and I realized that the time was passing by too quickly and that I might not get another chance. I decided then to make a lifestyle change, to give up my corporate career and to begin a second career working from home. And I decided to begin writing again. It’s been a blessing. I’ve been able to be there for my family and I’ve been able to pursue a dream at the same time.

What do you like to do when you are not writing?
I enjoy working out and I exercise 6 or 7 times a week. I also enjoy cooking. I enjoy traveling. And I always seem to be fixing something around the house. I also enjoy spending time with my wife and my kids. My two oldest are in college now, both within 90 minutes from home. I’ve had the opportunity to go to football games and the theater with them and, once or twice, I’ve been able to call one or the other up and said, “Hey, what are you doing for dinner?” That’s been really cool.

What are you currently working on?
I launched my first book, In Sheep’s Clothing, last September, and my second, An Eye For An Eye, in January. These political thrillers are part of the Matthew Richter Series. I do have one more Matthew Richter novel coming out this year. That book is tentatively titled The Deadliest of Sins, and is scheduled to be released in November.
In the meantime, over the summer, I am releasing a historic fiction set in Ireland during the War for Independence (1919-1921).  Branded a terrorist by the government and a traitor by his friends, Frank Kelleher is forced into hiding until he can figure out how to right the wrongs of his past. The story is based on family legend for my grandfather, who served in the Irish Republican Army during the war. The legend I grew up with held that he was forced to flee Ireland below a false passport because of a price on his head by both the British and by the IRA. Like most legends, I think the truth is somewhat less exciting, but it does make for a great story line! This book is titled The Devil’s Due and is scheduled to be released on June 15th.

Meet the Author:

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L.D. Beyer spent over twenty-five years in the corporate world, climbing the proverbial corporate ladder. This meant a lot of time away from his family, extensive travel, a half dozen relocations, and the opportunity to live and work in Mexico for several years. In 2011 he decided it was time for a change—he was tired of moving every few years, he wanted to spend more time with his family and he wanted to chase his dream of being a writer. LD Beyer is an avid reader and although he primarily reads Thrillers, his reading list is somewhat eclectic. He believes a few hours with a good book beats a few hours in front of the TV any day. LD Beyer lives in Michigan with his wife, three children and a dog named Tope (pronounced Toe-Pay), which he adopted in Mexico. He enjoys cooking, hiking, biking, working out and fixing just about anything that breaks in the house. With 3 kids, a dog and an aging house, he always seems to be fixing something!

For More Information

Visit L.D.s website.
Connect with L.D. on Twitter and Facebook 

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