Sunday, October 07, 2012

THE YELLOW PACKARD - Ace Collins - One Free Book

Why do you write the kind of books you do?
The fact I write so many different kinds of books might prove to some I have a short attention span. Really, what it amounts to is I have a wide range of interests and don’t want to limit myself to one genre. Thus whenever I get an idea, even if it for a style I have never tried, I jot it down. This book is a classic example of that.

Besides when you came to know the Lord, what is the happiest day in your life?
I kind of hope I haven’t had it yet. I tend to be such an upbeat, happy person that each day seems to offer something new to make me smile or laugh. I guess if I had to pin it down it was the day I knew deep down inside I was in love with Kathy. That happened on a night in college and we have been married for thirty-seven years.

How has being published changed your life?
When I landed my first book almost thirty years ago, I quit the real world and gave up the security of having a weekly paycheck. Thus it first changed me by tossing loads of insecurity my way. How it really changed me over the years was by giving me a vehicle to get all those crazy ideas out of my head and onto paper. Finally being published allowed me to get to know a wide-ranging group of people from editors to readers I would have never met. Those people have pushed me to grow.

What are you reading right now?
I just finished a biography of the actress Hattie McDaniel, the first woman of color to win an Oscar. I plan on reading Clive Cussler’s new book next.

What is your current work in progress?
I am working on a devotional book and finishing up final edits on two novels dealing with modern social issues such as abortion, alcoholism, suicide, and cosmetic surgery.

What would be your dream vacation?
New England in the fall. I love that area of the world but have never been there during autumn. I would also like to take a train trip across Canada.

How do you choose your settings for each book?
They are set in places I know well. As I write I have to “see” the town, smell the local smells, and sense the local accents. Thus I choose places I have been.

If you could spend an evening with one person who is currently alive, who would it be and why?
I am guessing you mean someone I don’t know who is alive. My first impulse is to choose a former president, but that seems like such a cop out. Today, if I had that choice, Dr. Billy Graham. All of us go through times of doubts, I would love to have Dr. Graham share his times of doubt with me and give me tools to address those times in my life.

What are your hobbies, besides writing and reading?
I run or jog in the Arkansas hills, I work with our collie dogs, I love classic movies, and listen to radio programs from the 30s and 40s. I also have two true classic cars I play with — a 1934 Auburn 652Y sedan and a 1936 Cord 810 Westchester sedan, as well as a 1965 Mustang Fastback. And I love college sports.

What is your most difficult writing obstacle, and how do you overcome it?
Mine is always starting a project once I get a contract. Ideas come easily, but those first few chapters are tough. Once I work my way through those the rhythm is set and the remainder of the book comes easily.

What advice would you give to a beginning author?
Writers need to understand that a book is a team project. They must have faith in their editors. I worked with Traci Dupree on this book and she found the holes I missed. I think too many young authors look at an editor as a roadblock rather than the needed element to take their book to the next level.

That is so true. Tell us about the featured book.
The Yellow Packard was one of the most unique projects I’d ever tackled. The only character that goes through the whole book is a 1936 Packard. The car drives the story that includes a murder and a kidnapping. The various people who own and drive the car give a human dimension to the plot. This was therefore a very interesting challenge. I really enjoyed writing a book that was set in the last years or the Depression and ran up into the early years of World War II.

Please give us the first page of the book.
Chapter 1
As she lay in the floor struggling for breath she knew her time on earth was numbered in minutes. Accepting that fact was much easier than Abigale Watling had imagined. Death, after a life well lived, was not something to fear. So there were no tears in her blue eyes nor was there a frown drawn on her thin lips. She was ready to see what was next. If it was anything like her adventures on earth, it was going to be wild ride. Yet as her mind began to cloud and her body started to shut down, the irony of dying in the same room with her beloved books was not lost on her. Those volumes that gave her so much enjoyment in life—that took her to so many places and introduced her to so many people—were now watching over the last chapter in her life. And that chapter would never be finished to her satisfaction.

            As she quietly waited for the inevitable, she considered all she’d done in her almost eight decades of life. She’d seen the world. She’s been all over Europe and Asia many times and even trekked to Africa once. How many people could say they heard Big Ben chime, climbed up the Leaning Tower of Pisa, and jumped on a pachyderm named Sally all in the same trip? She’d met three presidents, including the one currently in the White House and even flown once with Amelia Earhart as her pilot. She’d see Babe Ruth hit a homerun in Yankee Stadium and watched Red Grange roam the gridiron in Champaign. And while she’d never had children, she had been the guardian angel of more kids that she could count. And of course she’d become like a mother to her niece, and what a wonderful experience that had been. So there were really very few regrets—very few at all!

            Even the way she was dying was something she could fully embrace. While most of her deceased friends had gone with a heart attack or cancer she was greeting the grim reaper through very unnatural circumstances. The man digging through her desk drawers at this very moment had seen to that. And she had to admit he’d been clever, much more clever than she would have predicted. So there was a very good chance no one would ever know he’d been responsible for her untimely exit. Yet, by the same token, she doubted he’d find what he so badly wanted to find. Thus he would likely spend the rest of days frustrated knowing he’d murdered someone for nothing. So all things considered there was a bit of justice in it.

Very intriguing. I can’t wait to read it. How can readers find you on the Internet?
Folks can join me on Facebook or take a trip over to my website at

Thank you, Ace, for the wonderful interview.

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The Yellow Packard: A Novel - paperback
The Yellow Packard: A Novel - Kindle

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Eldra said...

Wow, The Yellow Packard looks like a fascinating read! I can't believe no one's entered yet.

Eldra from BC

Ace Collins said...

Anyone who has read the book, please let me know what you think. I learn a great deal from readers and treasure their insights.

Jo said...

Sounds interesting! I would love to read.

Jo from Southern Arizona

Pam K. said...

What a unique first page! I saw the trailer for this book on The Book Club Network site and after watching it, knew I wanted to read The Yellow Packard .
Thanks for having the interview and giveaway.


Susan H said...

This book sounds great! Look forward to reading it!

I'm from Fort Worth, TX!

Lourdes said...

Sounds like a book I will really enjoy reading.

Lourdes Dix Hills Long Island

Mary Preston said...

THE YELLOW PACKARD is a book I know that both my husband and myself will thoroughly enjoy.

Fabulous thank you.

Mary P


Tammie Edington Shaw said...

Sounds like very interesting read, Ace. Love to win it.


rubynreba said...

I'd love to read this.
Beth from IA

Lyndie Blevins said...

Thanks for the opportunity to get this book.
Lyndie Blevins
Duncanville, Tx

Carol N Wong said...

This sounds like a fascinating book. I love reading books set in the Great Depression. My father used to say that one of his aunts had an electric car back then. Now I wish that I had more information.

I haven't read this nook yet but if I win it, I will definitely post my review at several sites.

Thank you for this giveaway.


Sarah said...

Looks and sounds interesting, Enter me!!

Sharon Moore said...

Ace - Another intriguing introduction. Love your books, I think my favorite is "I Saw Him in Your Eyes". Very uplifting. Hope I win a copy of your new book!
Sharon from Eagan, MN

misskallie2000 said...

Wow, I have really got to read The Yellow Packard. This sounds like a great book and am putting on my wish list. Ace is new author for me. Thanks for the opportunity to enter giveaway.

Brenda from Georgia

misskallie2000 at yahoo dot com

apple blossom said...

thanks for the chance to win

ABreading4fun [at] gmail [dot] com

Ace Collins said...

Thanks for all the comments, I hope you all enjoy your ride in The Yellow Packard. As an author, I had a blast getting to see where the car and the characters took me.

Sharon Richmond said...

Enter me!!
Sharon Richmond

Katie G. said...

This sounds very interesting! Please enter me. I'm from NC.

Anonymous said...

I think I would have trouble putting this book down!Really intriguing.

Katie N.

Diana Gardner said...

Please enter me in the drawing. Thanks! Portsmouth, VA

Angela Carpenter said...

Wow!this is for sure my kind of book...would love to win a copy....Angela/Ohio

Janet Kerr said...

I like your story about following a Yellow Packard. Sounds interesting.
Jan from BC Canada

Veronica Sternberg said...

This is a great story idea! I'm always looking for an original story to read. I'm in MN.

Melissa M. said...

This sounds interesting!

-Melissa from TX