In addition to his career in aviation and writing, he had a non-speaking character role in an AAA Club advertisement, has been an extra in “The Dukes,” and Phoenix film “Recession Road,” and has done voice-over radio commercials. He is a member of the Phoenix Writer’s Club, the Arizona Authors Association, the Desert Sleuths, the Author Social Media Support Group and the International Thriller Writers.
He is currently writing his fourth Jake Roberts novel.
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An Interview with the Author:
When did you first realize that you wanted to be a writer/ a storyteller?
When I was 10 years old and got into trouble, I could tell an awesome story to get out of trouble–great fiction.
What inspires you to write?
It is a sense, some visual input, a sound, or a feeling, a thought too important to let pass.
How did you come up with the idea for your current story?
I’m writing the fourth of my Jake Roberts series––AFTER THE KILL. The story strains Jake’s soul in so many ways.
Is there some stories tucked away in some drawer that was written before and never saw the light of the day?
I have pages of concepts not in a drawer but on my external hard drives, some eventually are deleted, but some wait for their moment in time.
Tell us about your writing process.
I listen with my headphones to background music that I think will capture the mood of the scene. My Mac screen is split between an outline and my manuscript.
Did any of your characters inherit some of your own quirks?
I study people and use their characteristics, but in some way, all of my characters expose a part of me. A writer must do this or the story is barren, and it is the hardest thing for a writer to learn to do––expose oneself.
What is your most interesting writing quirk?
I must be alone. When you are alone, and it’s quiet, you can search your deepest thoughts and emotions.
What is your usual writing routine?
I write everyday, all day long, but not at a keyboard. Wherever I am, I’m writing inside my head. When I get to the keyboard I let it flow onto the page.
Do you read? Who are your favourite authors and how have they influenced your writing style?
I read everything and everybody. I live in Phoenix, Arizona, which is a mecca for writers. All of them pass through here at some time. They all have contributed to my writing in some way.
What is the best piece of advice you have received, as a writer, till date?
Write what you know, of course. And remember what Picasso said, “Good artists copy. Great artists steal.” You see it when you read a variety of great writers––their own views of the same ideas.
What is the best piece of advice you would give to someone that wants to get into writing?
Believe in make-believe. Dedicate yourself to the craft. Everyone wants to write, but not everyone is disciplined to write.
What would be the Dream Cast for you book if it was to be turned into a movie?
I have a picture in my mind of my characters (all A-list) while I write, but the filmmaker’s vision will choose the actor.
If you were to be stranded on the famous deserted island, what three things would you carry?
A volleyball named “Wilson.” A copy of “Survival for Dummies.” A map to find the others who made the island famous.
How do you spend your free time? Do you have a favorite place to go and unwind?
There is a Japanese park here in Phoenix that is a very peaceful place to walk and contemplate.
Can you share with us something off your bucket list?
As an aviator for many years, I was taught that you had two buckets: an empty bucket of experience and a full bucket of luck. It was your job to fill the experience bucket before the luck bucket was empty.
Tell us three fun facts about yourself.
I find everything funny including hospitals and funerals. I talk in a different accent depending on where I am. I pretend to know what animals are thinking and pass it on to humans.
What do you have in store next for your readers?
“AFTER THE KILL – A Jake Roberts Novel” (spring release) Jake will face devastating challenges that will either destroy him, or save him. He has already been through more than his share in the first three books.
Is there anything else you’d like to share with your readers?
Yes, there are so many talented indie writers that are waiting to be discovered. Find them and let them become your favorites.
After the Evil (Jake Roberts #1) by Cary Allen Stone
Lori Powers loved being a flight attendant because life at home was a constant nightmare of physical and mental abuse. But her own trauma paled in comparison to her husband’s sexual abuse of their only child. Emily’s suicide note blamed Lori for failing to protect her. Overwhelmed by guilt, Lori sought justice for her Emily. When she heard the voices, she murdered domineering, abusive men whose misfortune brought them across her path.
The murder of Dr. Thaddeus Abrams, the precinct’s psychiatrist brought FBI profiler Mika Scott back to the precinct she began as a homicide detective and also face to face with her past partner and lover Detective Jake Roberts. Together they search for the killer. Michael Gates, Abrams’ lover, wanted to punish Lori. It cost Chief of Detectives Ed Fairchild his life. Airline captain Nick Parker had an insatiable, deviant sexual appetite. Things went desperately wrong when young flight attendant Megan joined him on a layover. Lori was part of the crew. When she met Parker, she heard Emily cry out from the grave.
Mind Over Murder (Jake Roberts #2) by Cary Allen Stone
Detective Jake Roberts and FBI profiler Mika Scott return in the murder mystery Mind Over Murder––the long awaited sequel to After the Evil. Both await the arrival of the flight that brings the infamous serial killer Lori Powers back to the U.S. to face charges escorted by Interpol agents.
Jared Hamilton is a genius, has earned multiple PhDs, and is twenty-five years old. His father Richard Hamilton is of one of the wealthiest men in the world. His mother Contessa was once an international supermodel. Jared has turned down offers by captains of industry, presidents of Ivy League universities, and Wall Street bankers. What Jared wants most is to be a criminal. He is already a world-class hacker and has committed a variety of felonies. Now he wants to experience the feel of blood on his hands. Jared wants to be a serial killer like Lori Powers and he wants Lori to be his consort. He devises a heinous plot to get Jake to bring Lori to him. When Jake discovers that he is Jarod’s next victim he puts together a plan, albeit illegal, to stop him.
This is not your run-of-the-mill serial killer story. “Mind Over Murder” is the perfect serial killer read!
After the Goode (Jake Roberts # 3) by Cary Allen Stone
Jake Roberts' superiors in Atlanta Homicide gave him a choice––retire, or face criminal prosecution. Jake went beyond the rules to capture serial killer Jared Hamilton. Jake decided to retire and move to Los Angeles with his Hollywood agent girlfriend Caitland where he writes best-selling crime novels. They decide to take a mini-vacation to visit his best friend in Phoenix. Bobby Goode is a superstar comedian. During his opening night in Phoenix, he humiliates a heckler. After the show, the heckler stalks Bobby with a baseball bat. Defending himself, Bobby shoots the man. He panics from the fear that he will lose his fame and fortune if anyone finds out. At the crime scene, Phoenix homicide detectives Wynter Williams and Vince Farina investigate a charred body and torched Cadillac. They invite Jake to consult on the case. Jake later determines that it is Bobby they are looking for. On closing night, inside the comedy club, Jake and Wynter arrive to arrest Bobby––"Shots fired!"