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Thursday, January 19, 2017

Interview with Author, Professor and Middle East Scholar Jack Winnick


Devil in False Colors

1.      What inspired you to write your book?  Current events were the inspiration for Devil in False Colors. Today, the entire civilized world lies under the threat of radical terrorists. The focus of the current terror is the Middle East, but the stated goals of the perpetrators of the vicious crimes we are witnessing are nothing less than world domination. The threat is complicated by the fact that more than one entity is responsible. This complication is not generally recognized, especially in the United States.

2.      What is it about? One of the terrorist groups, masquerading as an arm of the other, carries out heinous acts in the Los Angeles area. A team composed of a female FBI agent and a male Israeli Mossad assassin are sent on a dangerous mission to terminate the threat. This is a team that has worked together twice before and have established a romantic relationship. The issue is obscured by the deliberate actions of several foreign governments aimed at bringing chaos to the United States. This is a fast-paced novel whose premise is based on real current events.

3.      What do you hope will be the everlasting thoughts for readers who finish your book? The world is a complicated place—more than one foreign government is bent on our destruction. Allies and enemies are often difficult to identify, yet such recognition is essential to our security. Actions taken by our government may have long-lasting effects on our freedom and way of life.

4.      What advice do you have for writers? Make sure you are ready to devote a huge amount of time and energy to the project. Have a story well thought out before even beginning. Try your best to find an agent; self-publishing is a difficult business. Make sure to have someone else to hear your ideas and proofread your manuscript. Sloppy work is sure to discourage your readers, no matter how good your story may be.

5.      Where do you think the book publishing industry is heading? Online books are going to be the most attractive product. Cost and shelf-space are becoming inhibitive for traditional publications. Books will follow newspapers and periodicals to the trash bin of history. The move away from serious writing towards the frivolous is gaining momentum, as the general audience seems to be more interested in casual fiction than thought-provoking literature. Trivial "romance" novels are abundant.

6.      What challenges did you have in writing your book?  Searching for an agent or publisher is incredibly time consuming and also daunting. Much more time is spent on details instead of the serious work of plot and character development. Editing becomes paramount.

7.      If people can only buy one book this month, why should it be yours? My book was written for the person who is genuinely interested in the dangerous situation in the world today. But I have tried to permeate the narrative with humor and personal relationships. If you are interested in some thoughtful political concepts, in addition to a highly-charged action novel, you should enjoy Devil in False Colors.

Jack Winnick received his M.S. and PhD. in Chemical Engineering from the University of Oklahoma and has held several prestigious positions in the field, including working as an expert consultant at the NASA Johnson Space Center and as a Professor of Chemical Engineering at several universities. He has also been a Middle East scholar for over forty years, traveling to the area for the State Department for the purpose of technology transfer to the Arab nations, and cooperation between Israel and Egypt. A strong advocate for the State of Israel, Winnick holds memberships in AIPAC, Zionists of America and American Friends of Magen David Adom.   For more information, please visit www.jackwinnick.com and connect with Winnick through Facebook.  Devil in False Colors is available on Amazon and Barnes & Noble.


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