One thing I want to start doing – when I’m not fighting off the Chinese Bot Troll Army of Arcadia – is to start talking about the path my books have taken from initial concept to final production.
So we’ll start off with the recently concluded Jack Del Rio series. The initial idea was generated shortly after the 1996 Presidential election concluded here in the United States. I got to thinking that the next time a vote for this office would be held the winner would be the first President sworn into office in the 21st Century.
The initial idea was generated shortly after the 1996 Presidential election concluded here in the United States. I got to thinking that the next time a vote for this office would be held the winner would be the first President sworn into office in the 21st Century.
Which got me to thinking what would happen if a certain former superpower had tried to influence the outcome and get someone into the Oval Office under their control. Remember, this idea hit me back in 1997, a full 19 years before our recently concluded 2016 election cycle. Talk about my crystal ball being at 100%.
Back to 1997. A new movie production company was just getting started and was looking for scripts. So I put together a script called, Inauguration Day, with a Special Agent of the FBI discovering a plot to overthrow the U.S. Government that was set to be triggered when the next President was sworn into office in just seven days.
I chose the name Jack Del Rio for the main character because there once had been a linebacker who had played for my beloved Dallas COwboys named Jack Del Rio and I thought that would make a cool name for a main character in an action-filled story. Plus, his playing career had ended in 1995 and I doubted too many people would make the connection. How was I to know he’d go on to be an NFL head coach?
The script was shopped around a bit and even got looked at by a big player in Hollywood briefly. But, like many others, the script never made it to the big screen.
Fast forward to 2014. I’m a retired sportswriter looking to get back into fiction writing full-time. So I hit on the idea of converting the script into a novel and making it a multi-book series. But to make the series work, I decided to take the backstory I’d created for Del Rio – very little of which was in the original script – and make it into the first book. The converted script would be the second book and the next two books would continue Del Rio’s battle with the conspiracy.
Reservations, the backstory, was written and published in 2015. Betrayals, the novelized version of Inauguration Day with no changes to the plot at all, came out in 2016.
Due to some behind-the-scenes issues I made the decision to reacquire the rights to the Del Rio series, severed my relationship with my agent and go full Independent in 2017.
This meant combining the planned final two books into just one, Endgames, which is coming out on Oct. 30th (it’s available for pre-order now) and I am liking the fact that I decided to make it a three-book series. The books are quicker reads and fast-paced, especially the final book. Had I split it in two, it would have been filled with a lot of unnecessary fluff and not as enjoyable.
So there it is, the 20-year journey from the initial concept to the release of the final book of the series. For me it has been worth it, even with some of the bumps along the way.
After you’ve read the series, let me know if you agree.
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A print version of the all 3-in-1 edition will be available to order on Oct. 31st. Check out the cover: