Complementing my daily blog interviews, today’s Author Spotlight, the one hundred and sixteenth, is of thriller novelist and short story author Ethan Jones.
Ethan Jones is a lawyer by trade and the author of Arctic Wargame, a spy thriller available on Amazon as an e-book and paperback. He has also published two short stories: Carved in Memory, a prequel to Arctic Wargame, and The Last Confession, both available on Amazon as e-books. His second spy thriller, Tripoli’s Target, will be released in fall 2012. Ethan lives in Canada with his wife and his son.
And now from the author himself:
I have always liked to read and I tried my hand at writing when I was 13-14. I would read a story or watch a movie and then go to write how I wanted the story or the movie to continue. Then life happened. After finishing law school, I also continued my graduate studies and got a Master of Laws degree. As a part of my degree, I had to write a 150-page thesis. The process of research, writing, rewriting and editing inspired me to return to my childhood passion. I was blessed with time and I learned things as I wrote.
Arctic Wargame is the first book in Justin Hall series. Justin has been demoted because of a botched rescue operation in Libya, which was not his fault. Now he’s a desk jockey. Eager to return to field work, he volunteers for a reconnaissance mission, when two foreign icebreakers appear in Canadian Arctic waters. His team discovers a weapons stash, along with a plan that threatens Canada’s security. At the same time, the team falls under attack by one of their own and is stranded helpless in the Arctic. It is now a race against time for Justin and his team to save themselves and their country.
I wrote Arctic Wargame in 2008-2009. When I started, it was just before the global crisis, when the oil prices were skyrocketing. There was a lot of talk about discovering new resources, mainly in the Arctic, since that’s the last unexplored frontier. Newspapers were buzzing with plans of the Arctic powers to militarize the region and to claim these riches for themselves. I set up my story against this background, imagining a scenario when one of these Arctic powers would go beyond tough rhetoric and actually begin armed actions on the ground.
You can find more about Ethan and his writing via…
Arctic Wargame http://www.amazon.com/dp/B0084FH6M8
Carved in Memory http://www.amazon.com/dp/B0084R0196
The Last Confession http://www.amazon.com/dp/B0084R021S
Ethan would love your feedback – you can get in touch with him via e-mail (firstname.lastname@example.org) – he promises to write back to each and every one.
His blog – http://ethanjones.blog.com – is the place to learn about his future works, to enjoy exclusive book reviews and author interviews.
He’s also on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/pages/Ethan-Jones/329693267050697 and you can follow him on Twitter: @EthanJonesBooks.
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