I’ve been interviewed in some depth over at PodSyndicate.com. Please head on over and comment! Here’s an excerpt:
The first book in the series, Predestination, deals with rigged poker games. Do you play? What did you learn from personal experiences that played a key role in creating scenarios in your book?
Iâ€™m actually pretty rusty, but at the time I wrote the first draft I played a lot, and had been playing for years. I got started when I was about ten, when an uncle of mine who was a low-level diplomat explained the nature of his job to me by saying â€œIf you know how to play poker, and you know how to play chess, then you have the basic skills it takes to do diplomacy.â€ I was the kind of kid that viewed that sort of statement as a challenge, so within about two months I had a regular poker game going in my garage with my siblings and other neighborhood kids – we played for M&Ms or other types of kid-gold because we werenâ€™t allowed to play for money. I kept on playing right through college on a daily-to-monthly basis, but since college itâ€™s been hard to find people willing to play for stakes I can afford.