Today Marc Cameron, author of the new thriller Tom Clancy: Power and Empire joins me to talk about his early desire to be a writer, his dual careers of law enforcement and writing, writing westerns, the origin of his character Jericho Quinn, getting the call to write in the Clancy universe, research for novels, predicting plausible events, the best advice he ever received, and much more.
ABOUT MARC CAMERON:
A native of Texas, Marc Cameron spent twenty-nine years in law enforcement, serving as a uniformed police officer, mounted (horse patrol) officer, SWAT officer, and detective. In early 1991 he accepted a position with the United States Marshals Service where he moved through the ranks to finally retire as Chief of the District of Alaska. Specializing in dignitary protection, his assignments took him from rural Alaska to Manhattan, from Canada to Mexico, and points in between. Cameron is conversant in Japanese, and travels extensively researching his New York Times bestselling Jericho Quinn novels. A second-degree black belt in jujitsu, he often teaches defensive tactics to law enforcement agencies and civilian groups.
ABOUT TOM CLANCY:
Thirty years ago Tom Clancy was a Maryland insurance broker with a passion for naval history. Years before, he had been an English major at Baltimore’s Loyola College and had always dreamed of writing a novel. His first effort, The Hunt for Red October, sold briskly as a result of rave reviews, then catapulted onto the New York Times bestseller list after President Reagan pronounced it “the perfect yarn.” From that day forward, Clancy established himself as an undisputed master at blending exceptional realism and authenticity, intricate plotting, and razor-sharp suspense. He passed away in October 2013.
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