Meet The Author, Philip Caine

Enjoy getting to know, PHILIP CAINE:

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Thank you for joining me today. Tell us in three words how you would best describe your writing.  

Fiction : Adventure : Thriller

You’ve written four books: 4 Novels in the JACK CASTLE series

1) PICNIC IN IRAQ

2) TO CATCH A FOX

3) BREAKFAST IN BEIRUT

4) THE HOLLOW PRESIDENT 

Share a passage that you’d like for us to enjoy.

THE PROLOGUE FROM THE HOLLOW PRESIDENT –

East of Kabul, the watery sunlight sparkled on the snow-covered peaks of the Paghman Mountains. At the controls of the C130 aircraft, Captain Mark Waterman spoke into the mic, ‘Hercules-901, Bagram control, request permission to take-off.’

    ‘Bagram control, Hercules-901, you are clear for take-off on Romeo-Two.’

    ‘Thank you, Bagram.’

    The four engines purred as the big cargo plane lumbered onto the end of the runway. Waterman pushed the throttles to maximum and felt the control column shudder as the huge turbines roared into life.  As the aircraft left the tarmac, the captain pulled hard back on the controls and banked to the south in a steady climb over the mountains that surrounded the ancient city.

The small fire had kept the man’s hands warm and fingers nimble. Through powerful binoculars he’d watched the plane move to the runway and climb into the clear morning sky. He’d prepared the weapon and checked it several times while waiting for the Hercules to leave the airbase. He lifted the cumbersome launcher to his shoulder and braced himself as the aircraft headed towards his position. His breath swirled around his head as he exhaled, then his finger gently squeezed the trigger.

    The rocket shot skyward, the vapour trail white in its wake, screaming towards the target.     

    ‘Incoming! Incoming!’ yelled Waterman.

    The co-pilot fired the counter measures but it was too late. The ground-to-air missile struck between the first and second engines and the wing, loaded with fuel, added to the explosion.

    The man eased the heavy launcher from his shoulder and watched as the huge fireball engulfed the doomed aircraft.   

You’ve been presented with the opportunity to be a best-selling author, but can never write again, or write forever, but never have a bestseller. Which scenario sounds more tempting?

Write Forever

If you could live on a college campus and never leave, or live in a small town but be able to travel, which one would you choose?

Small Town

Okay, how about in an amusement park or in an airport?

Amusement Park

Who is your favorite 90’s band (I’m thinking Counting Crows, Blink 182, Hootie & the Blowfish)?      

The Rolling Stones

Are there any good bands out there today that we’ll talk about in 50 years?

The Rolling Stones

And what about your favorite comedy on TV (My favorite is still The Office)?

STEPTOE & SON

Is there anything you’re currently working on?

AMERICAN RONIN

An ex-CIA assassin is recruited by North Korea to release a weapon of mass destruction, but what is the target, Washington, London, or Mecca? Only the killer knows where and when the deadly virus will be released.

MI6 dispatch Jack Castle to track down the rogue agent and prevent the unthinkable from happening.  With thousands of lives at stake, will Jack stop the madman in time?  

A fast moving international thriller that begins in Panama and culminates in Istanbul.

Who is your favorite author and if you could ask him/her one question, what would it be?

ALISTAIR MACLEAN

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Lightning round:

Ocean or mountains?  Mountains

Chocolate or Sour Candy?  Chocolate

Jimmy Fallon or Stephen Colbert? Jimmy Fallon

Happy or sad ending to a novel? Either

Beer or wine?  Neither

Flying or driving?  Driving

Hemingway or Twain?  Hemingway

You’re stranded on a desert island, and you can take two things with you, as well as two people. What and who are you bringing?

Indiana Jones & Marilyn Monroe

Aladdin’s Lamp & HG Welles’s Time Machine

You’re able to sit down with any leader in world history. Who would you choose, what would you talk about, and would you rather have him/her over to your house, or meet at their place of royalty?

Winston Churchill

Redrawing the borders of the Middle East

His place

You can wish for one thing and one thing only (not world peace and no more wishes). What’s it gonna be?  

Real Happiness

PHILIP CAINE: Author of the JACK CASTLE series of adventure novels.

Born in 1950, in Barrow-in- Furness, Philip’s working life began in the hotel business.

His career developed in the oil industry and 30 years were spent in places such as the North Sea, Algeria, Nigeria, Kazakhstan and Russia.

From 2003, he spent 7 years in post war Baghdad, working with the American coalition, and a further 3 years running oil services companies in Dubai.

Philip  retired in 2015 and began writing fiction (inspired by his time in the Middle East)

He is also a PUBLIC SPEAKER who, since retiring, has spoken at over 100 venues.

Meet the Author: PJ Adams

Today, we’re sitting, standing, and even taking a pleasant stroll with the lovely PJ Adams. Lately, I’ve been meeting so many great people from the UK. Polly is no different 🙂 Sit down, take off your slippers (it’s summer time), and enjoy getting to know this talented writer.

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You’re the author of many different romance novels. Share a line/passage with us that the world needs to read.

“I stepped back, found the door, turned, and then I was running back along that corridor, tottering in my Jimmy Choos and intensely aware that I was in this stranger’s vast home, running from him, in very high shoes and no panties.” (from The Object of His Desire)

You’ve been presented with the opportunity to be a best-selling author but can never write again or write forever but never have a bestseller. Which scenario sounds more tempting?

I’d write forever, and hope for at least a steady audience if I can’t manage bestsellerdom. It’s hard to imagine stopping writing: I’ve been published by big multinational companies, sold stories to the movies, but also been dumped from publishing lists and been badly treated by publishers and agents. Writing is an incredibly up and down business for most of us! One key thing I’ve learned is that I always keep on writing, regardless of whether I’m on an up or heading back down.

 Great advice 🙂

If you could live on a college campus and never leave or in a small town but be able to travel, which one would you choose?

Small town, definitely. I’m more of a small town kinda girl, anyway. I love visiting the big cities, and I love the time I’ve spent at campuses, but I prefer the sense of scale of the small town. And I’d hate not being able to travel.

Okay, how about Scotland or Iceland?

I’ve never been to Iceland, but would love to visit, but if forced to choose I’d go for Scotland – one of my favorite places in the world. The scenery is stunning, the people lovely, and I’m particularly partial to haggis and Speyside single malts.

Who is your favorite 90’s band (I’m thinking Counting Crows, Blink 182, Hootie & the Blowfish)?

The 90s were great for bands over here in the UK: the running battles between Oasis and Blur for attention, Sleeper, Echobelly, and earlier, the Stone Roses. Forced to choose, I’d probably go for Pulp if only for one standout TV performance where rather than lots of camera angles that the other bands had gone for, for the whole of ‘Common People’ there was a single camera trained on Jarvis Cocker, zooming in, pulling away, swinging around him; he completely commanded that performance. Brilliant.

And what about your favorite comedy on TV (I love The Office and Seinfeld)?

Cheers is hard to beat, for me, for its performances and for the funny, tight scripts.

Is there anything you’re currently working on?

I’ve just started a new serial called The Winner Takes It All, which opens in a storm when a stranger turns up at a bar in a drenched tuxedo, with a roll of fifty dollar bills in his pocket and that’s all he has in the world.

Most recently finished is The Object of His Desire, my romantic suspense novel which was published on 1st July. It’s the story of a young American woman who gets involved in murder and scandal centered around an aristocratic English family. I think it’s one of the best things I’ve written, and I was delighted when it was picked up for the Insatiable Reads summer promotion, along with top romance authors including Sara Fawkes and Julia Kent.

Who is your favorite author and if you could ask him/her one question, what would it be?

I love all kinds of fiction, from crime and horror through romance, chick lit and thriller, but I always come back to Charles Dickens. I love the layers of story in everything he wrote. If I could ask him something I’d probably be starstruck and ask something dumb like “Are you really Charles Dickens?” and then I’d realize I’d used up my one question…

Lightning round:

Ocean or mountains? Ocean (from the shore – I get seasick).

Peaches or plums? Plums.

Skittles or M & M’s? M&Ms; although here in the UK I’d go for Smarties.

Happy or sad ending to a novel? Happy, but with the possibility of either held open for as long as possible.

Beer or wine? Wine. A nice big glass of Pinot Noir, thank you.

Flying or driving? Flying. And a window seat, please.

Mystery or fantasy novel? Mystery.

You’re stranded on a desert island and you can take two things with you as well as two people. What and who are you bringing?

Assuming I’m not allowed a cruiser as one of my things and two crew-members as my people, I’d go for: a well-stocked Kindle (with an endless power supply!) and a chaise longue so I can sit or lie in comfort; for the people, I’d bring my husband, and as long as neither of them would get jealous, Gerard Butler.

You’re able to sit down with any president in United States history. Who would you choose, what would you talk about, and would you rather have him over to your house or meet at the White House?

Nixon would be fascinating, but I’d have to go for Kennedy in the hope that I could test out his charm and pry out some inside stories from him. My place, I think; get him away from his normal environment and he might just relax and drop his guard a little.

You can wish for one thing and one thing only (not world peace and no more wishes)! What’s it gonna be?

Avoiding all the world-peace-like alternatives (an end to disease, poverty, etc), and the obvious materialistic ones (a big lottery win), I think I’d go for the option of living my life how I’d want to: writing, traveling, seeing my friends and family. As I said at the start, a writer’s life is full of ups and downs, and I’d really like the current up to last!

Thank you Polly for your honest and insightful answers. Connect with Polly below and find out more about her recent release.

Writing under other names, PJ Adams is a successful novelist, with several novels published by major publishing houses and optioned for movies. As PJ Adams, she writes in the genre closest to her heart, erotic romance – love stories with that added heat, including The Object of His Desire and Four Temptations.

The Object of His Desire by PJ Adams

When Trudy goes to her estranged brother’s wedding, the last thing she expects is one of those moments: a handsome stranger, their eyes meeting across a crowded room… a tempting, but dangerous stranger. Determined to find out more, she discovers that dark secrets bind him to her brother; she also learns that he’s the kind of man who gets what he wants, and what he wants right now is Trudy.

Introducing her to the world of the super-wealthy, he showers her with designer clothes, shoes, and diamonds, whisking her off to dinner dates by private jet… what more could a girl want?

But as she finds out more about him, Trudy begins to wonder if she can ever love a man she can never fully trust. A man involved in murder and blackmail, who may just be using her as an alibi. Should she run or let herself fall for him? And will he give her a choice?

A passionate erotic romance, where scandals buried away in the past lead to murderous intrigue in the present, in the intensely steamy world of the super-wealthy and powerful.

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