Sunday, March 10, 2013

Covert Dreams by Michael Meyers: Interview and Excerpt


Hello Michael!  It's great to have you return to my blog.  I'm looking forward to asking a few questions while I have you here and finding out a little more about you and your work. 

What is your favorite quote, by whom, and why? My wife told me that one of the first things that made her fall in love with me was the quote on a plaque I have: “Sing as if nobody else is listening.” I love the philosophy behind this quote. It exemplifies the way I feel about myself. I must add that I also really like “Live and let live.” I believe wholeheartedly in this. Not all people share my values or lifestyle, and they have the human right to live the way they see best. It is their life, not mine. I will live mine the way I see best.

What are you most proud of accomplishing so far in your life? I am most proud of having fallen madly in love once again after the tragic death of my first wife. I am proud of the fact that I love two women, although one of them is no longer alive. For several years after her death, I doubted such a thing was possible.

What is your favorite color? I am very partial to green, but I have no idea why. Possibly it is because my mother’s maiden name was Harrington, and the Irish is coming out in me.

What’s your favorite place in the entire world? I love Europe. I try to go there at least once a year. I love the historic old towns, the rivers surrounded by castles, the snow-peaked Alps. I love the old buildings, and the cobble-stone streets, and I simply adore the great food, wine, and beer found in the Old World.

What is one thing that no one would usually know about you?   I am a very sensitive guy.  I can cry easily, but always behind closed doors, and only in front of my wife or a close relative. My sister-in-law told my wife that I am a real man’s man, and she meant it as a real compliment, and I probably am, but I also have a soft side that really comes out in private when I am emotionally sad about something. A movie, for instance, can sometimes bring tears to my eyes.

What do you do to unwind and relax?  I am an avid world traveller. I have lived in Finland, Germany, Thailand, Saudi Arabia, and the U.S. Virgin Islands. I have travelled extensively, many times, throughout the Caribbean, Asia, the Middle East, and both Western and Eastern Europe. I love being a part of different cultures, learning things that I would never have known if I had stayed only in my native California. My wife and I travel internationally at least once a year.

When and why did you begin writing? I have written my entire life. My teachers all told me that I had a real flair for writing. Upon my retirement in 2010 from a 40-year career as an English professor, I began devoting lots of my time to working on the unfinished manuscripts that had been taking up so much room in my study. I now have the luxury of time to devote to my writing, and I love every minute of it.

How long have you been writing? I have been writing my entire life. I plan to continue doing so until the day I die.

When did you first know you could be a writer? After hearing so many of my teachers and classmates tell me how good of a writer I was, I realized that just maybe they were on to something.

What inspires you to write and why? I love language. I love to plot stories that will hook the reader. I love to thrill people. I love to fill them with dread and suspense. I love to have them bite their fingernails as they read my work. I also love to make them laugh—and to cry—when appropriate.

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Genre – Suspense / Thriller 
Rating – PG13

THIS INTERNATIONALLY ACCLAIMED SUSPENSE THRILLER by Michael Meyer has been compared to Robert Ludlum's Bourne series, and the writing style has been compared to that of Dean Koontz. #2 on Recommended Thriller/Suspense list at Goodreads

Imagine waking up remembering intimate details about a country in which you have never traveled and fluently speaking a language that you have never spoken. B.J. is living the ideal life. He has a great wife, a wonderful job. And yet he is experiencing life-like vivid dreams of Munich, a city he has never visited.

Stan Halsey is a professor in Saudi Arabia, who sends for his wife to join him. She arrives, and, in the blink of an eye, she vanishes, leaving no trace of ever being alive in either the United States or in Saudi Arabia.

COVERT DREAMS is a fast-paced international suspense thriller that moves from Munich to the burning sands of Saudi Arabia. What is real, and who is responsible for the terrifying nightmare?

The Munich all around her was bustling with activity. She could hear it from all directions. Munich was a wonderful city, a fun-loving place, the live and let live ebullience of the city emanating from its every nook and cranny. She had had a lovely stay here. All of it had been so adventurous, so new, so unlike life back home in Arizona. She could vividly recall the first time she had ventured into a Munich beer garden, where the liter mugs had been so huge that she had had to lift hers with both hands, and the giggles, from him, until he too had had to use both hands.

The fumbling noises he had been making came to an abrupt halt. He began stroking her cheek again. Gus looked so happy, so young, so full of life. It was so hard to imagine that he could be so heavily involved in all this horror.

Gus smiled at her once more. His eyes were soft, so gentle, so caring, so loving.

Maybe this was some kind of huge mistake. Maybe he wasn't going to kill her after all. Maybe everything would turn out happily ever after. Maybe. Maybe. Maybe.

But then suddenly she saw it clearly. It was no fairy tale. There would be no maybe. This was real, as real as the mixture of sadness and fear that now flooded her brain.

And then she died, with her eyes wide open, challenging, piercing his to the end.

INTERNATIONAL BEST-SELLING AUTHOR writes mysteries, thrillers, and humorous fiction

I have resided in and have visited many places in the world, all of which have contributed in some way to my own published writing. I have literally traveled throughout the world, on numerous occasions. I have lived in Finland, Germany, Thailand, Saudi Arabia (where COVERT DREAMS is set), and the U.S. Virgin Islands (where DEADLY EYES is set). I gained the wanderlust to see the world, to experience other cultures, at an early age, and this desire has never left me. If anything, it has only gained in intensity as I have aged. I try to travel internationally at least once a year. In the interim, I spend lots of time traveling around both my home state of California and other nearby states.

I spent my early years in the small town of Lone Pine, California, the home of almost every western movie, in addition to a wide variety of other genres, made in the 30's, 40's, 50's, and 60's. In fact, Hollywood still films parts of big-time movies there today. My dad, the town's lifeguard at the time, personally knew John Wayne, Lloyd Bridges, and Lee Marvin, all of whom came to the town's pool, the Memorial Plunge, at times to cool off after a hectic day of working in the sun. I was even an extra in a movie filmed there in 1957, MONOLITH MONSTERS, a B-cult favorite even today. I was ten years old at the time. Even though I resided in a small town hours from the big city, I was exposed to the excitement of action and heroes at a formative age, and, thus, my interest in writing novels of suspense such as COVERT DREAMS and DEADLY EYES was born.

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Next Few Stops
11th March – Guest Post & Book Review at Brainy Book Reads
12th March –  Author Interview & Book Review at Quality Reads UK
13th March - Twitter View with OB Book Tours
14th March – Twitter Blast with OB Book Tours
15th March – Guest Post & Book Feature at Delphina Reads Too Much

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