It’s that time of the week/month/year again. Time for another author interview! This time I’m interviewing author Greg Sandora, the brain behind “Jack Canon’s American Destiny”, a political thriller about an idealist willing to change the world. My questions are bolded.
1) Are you a plotter or a pantser?
2) Where did you get the inspiration for Jack Canon’s American Destiny?
This is a story I’ve always wanted to see myself. I love to read and have always wanted to write a novel, but was afraid I’d start and never finish. My mom was very ill and I needed an outlet. She wrote poetry and loved her books. I wish she got the chance to read mine. They must have a library in heaven though, so I know she’s read it.
3) Is this part of a series or a standalone?
Jack Canon’s American Destiny is the first book in a series. The sequel titled Jack Canon’s Women of the House is at the publisher now being edited for a November 2013 release. There’s plenty of action and suspense, tenderness and romance to carry forward the saga. The girls are hot and Jack must deal with some of the most dangerous criminals on the planet.
4) What is your daily page or word count record?
I don’t write especially fast, probably the most would be ten pages or around 2500 words, maybe a bit more. Typically, I’ll write a couple pages a day.
5) Please tell us a little about Jack Canon’s American Destiny!
Jack Canon is going to be President of the United States–no matter what!
It all starts when Jack is ten years old, on a missionary trip to Africa. He is forever marked by the inhumanity he sees there. As he comes of age he realizes politics is the only way to make meaningful change happen and help those less fortunate. We meet Jack again during the campaign of 2016 in Washington, D.C. and follow him and his loyal friends through to the Democratic National Convention and beyond. We find a long and painful recession has left ordinary Americans suffering, spawning the hottest Presidential Contest in history.
Desperate and corrupt, the leader of the free world orders a hit to slow him down. The plan backfires–the wrong people are dead–a manhunt points to the unthinkable–
Rewind one year, Jack’s focus on redistribution of wealth and energy has made him powerful enemies. Once his friends, Rogue Billionaires, Oil Sheiks, the Mob, all want him gone. A Universal Raw Nerve of wealth vs. poverty is exposed becoming a thrill ride as deep machinations of espionage, geo-politics and deception, even murder play out. Jack is kind and charismatic, and just naughty enough to have you falling for him like one of his loving circle of loyal friends.
Of course he’s flawed, a dedicated family man, faithful to one woman, but in love with two. Is it his fault his best friend, Sandy, is impossibly jaw dropping beautiful? We see Jack through his friends and the lengths he will go to help someone in need. Thinks crime and passion meets tender romance and innocence. All leading to a heart thumping climax so shocking you’ll pull the covers and draw the shades!
6) What is your favorite story of all time?
My favorite story is the Wizard of Oz, I love the leaving and realizing, ‘there’s no place like home.’
7) What are you working on right now?
I am writing a book about an angel. A widower, Bo, with two small children meets, Gabby, in Bar Harbor, Maine. Quite by accident, she wasn’t supposed to reveal herself, but in his relaxed semi-slumber state, he catches a brief glimpse. She is not the most powerful of angels, reserved for guarding the outer edges of the earth, but as guardian and messenger, she is sent to do errands for God. After saving someone from a brutal attack – Bo and Gabby embark on a two week motorcycle adventure across America – saving innocents and coming to the aid of those less fortunate people Gabby is instructed to assist. As the two spend time together, Bo not only falls hopelessly in love, but begins to change. He succumbs to temptation just as Gabby must leave the earth. She can no longer protect him. Will his life ever be the same? Anymore and I would spoil the twist.
Jack Canon’s American Destiny
Author: Greg Sandora
Genre: Political Thriller
It’s the steamy summer of 2016 in Washington, D.C. just days before the Democratic National Convention. A long and painful recession has left ordinary Americans suffering, spawning the hottest Presidential Contest in history. Jack Canon, a man born into privilege, a witness to great social injustice is going to be President of the United States–no matter what! Desperate and corrupt, the leader of the free world orders a hit to slow him down. The plan backfires–the wrong people are dead–a manhunt points to the unthinkable–The President of the United States.
Rewind one year, Jack’s focus on redistribution of wealth and energy has made him powerful enemies. Once his friends, Rogue Billionaires, Oil Sheiks, the Mob, all want him gone. The current President wants him alive–thinking he can win against an unabridged liberal. A Universal Raw Nerve of wealth vs. poverty is exposed becoming a thrill ride as deep machinations of espionage, geo-politics and deception, even murder play out. Kind and charismatic, Jack’s just naughty enough to have you falling for him like one of his loving circle of loyal friends. Of course he’s flawed, a dedicated family man, faithful to one woman, but in love with two. Is it his fault his best friend is impossibly jaw dropping beautiful? Think the crime and passion of the Godfather meets the romance and innocence of Camelot. A story that could spark a movement, a book that can seed a revolution. A heart thumping climax so shocking you’ll pull the covers and draw the shades! One things for sure, through all the drama and suspense, you’ll be pulling for Jack!
I’m originally from the Portland, Maine area and lived and worked there for years before moving to Southwest Florida. I am currently working on the sequel to Jack Canon’s American Destiny – which will be titled Jack Canon Clean Sweep. The sequel will be available in about three months.
My Dad and Mom were artists, my father painted and my mother wrote poetry and loved to garden. Most Saturdays we loaded up the 1970 Chevy Impala to trek to a one man show somewhere or other. I took a different track graduating with a business degree; owning and operating an Award Winning Franchise Fitness Center. Currently a professional manager I am living in Florida with my beautiful wife and children, and following my passion.
Some of my other projects include a children’s book called Sammy the Sea Turtle – about an infant sea turtle taken from his nest the night he was to find his way to the sea. Sammy lives with the family until their son – the boy who took him, graduates from high school. On that day Sammy, backpack in tow – begins the long journey home.
My second project in the works involves angels – a man during a visit to Bar Harbor Maine encounters an angel; quite accidentally, he is told – she was not supposed to make him aware of her existence. Only three others have ever seen the real thing. Naturally he falls hopelessly in love with the beautiful creature.
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