Welcome back, Ace. As an author, I know it takes a lot of people to birth each book. Who were the people involved in the birthing of this book, and what were their contributions?
That is an interesting question. I guess it starts with an editor, telling my editor, Joyce Hart, that she wanted to do novel with an object rather than a person carrying the plot. That is when I came up with the idea for The Yellow Packard. I needed a unique physical trait for a particular clue in that book and we have a friend whose dimples are above her cheeks rather than below them, so Alison played in at that time. When
was looking for a story that could
be told in a serial format, they looked at the lead character in The Yellow Packard, thus it all came
together for the series we called In The President’s Service. Now the fans are
getting involved giving me insights into the direction they want the series to
go. So it really is a team venture. Elk Lake
If you teach or speak. What’s coming up on your calendar?
Right now I am too busy to do much of either. I will be making some appearances in
in May and Las Vegas
in July for an Abingdon release and will continue to so some guest lecture in a
few classes at a local university.
If you had to completely start over in another place, where would you move, and why?
I love the mountains and history, so the
would be a nice place to set
up shop. I also have always had a love affair with Smokey Mountains New
If you could only tell aspiring novelists one thing, what would it be?
The business is changing rapidly; it is nothing like it was thirty years ago. While there will always be a place for storytelling, I think they way it is delivered will change. So look for publishers who seem to be in touch with the times and ready to do things in new ways.
You’ve been asked to be in charge of a celebrity cruise. Who would you ask to take part, and why? (AS in what program, singers, etc. [it doesn’t have to be writing related])
My wife would want me to have an NCIS cruise. She loves both of those shows. I would likely pick an early TV cruise. I would enjoy talking to those who put the industry on the map in the 50s and 60s, especially the writers, and get a feel for what it was like when TV was producing 39 new shows a year. The breakneck pace and the fact the template had not really be set, much have made that time period one of the most creative ever.
Tell us about the featured book,
After an assassin’s bullet stops Helen Meeker dead in tracks, her friends must find the man who fired the shot. From the streets of
Washington D.C. to the stockyards in Chicago, with
a side trip to the heart of Texas,
danger and intrigue dog a secret government team as Helen hovers between life
and death. Will an enemy’s blood offer a second chance at life and the key to
finding out what a mysterious tall man really wants? Old friends unite with new
characters in this exciting episode of In The President’s Service.
Please give us the first page of the book.
Saturday, March 21, 1942
The music blaring from the Packard’s radio speaker so loud Alison didn’t hear the gunshot. Thus, the young woman was completely baffled when her sister suddenly paused just in front of the car and then slowly dropped out of view. Still, the pained and perplexed expression etched on Helen’s face just before she had fallen spoke volumes. Something was horrible wrong.
Bolting upright, Alison pulled up the door’s handle and quickly stepped out of the yellow sedan. Her black pumps barely touched the rubber-ribbed running board as she rushed around the passenger side front fender to spy her sister, awkwardly sprawled on the sidewalk, her right hand still grasping the Packard’s massive bumper as blood stained her jacket and blouse and began to puddle on the sidewalk.
“Helen,” Alison screamed as she fell to her knees and gently placed her palm against her sister’s face. “What happened?”
There was no response.
Looking down to the wound, Alison momentarily froze. After taking a deep breath to steady her nerves and slow her heart, Alison pushed her hand into her sister’s side. She held it there, the rushing blood’s wet warmth causing a chill to race down her spine.
“Oh Helen,” she sighed.
Where can we find you on the Internet?
Twitter is @acecollins and just look for Ace Collins on Facebook.
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