Yo Ho Ho Me Hearties!
We have a steady wind from the North, and with the changing of the seasons we are shifting course and heading for high adventure. It’s time again to cast off for an exciting voyage…this time we will visit exotic lands with renowned author Richard Avery, known for his popular Pink Rottweiller Series, starring the inimitable and cunning spy-guy, Dick Avery.
Avast ye, as we pick his clever brain to learn more about his latest release, ‘Dick Plays in Drug Traffic’.
WHO CAN AMERICA CALL ON TO UPHOLD TRUTH, JUSTICE, AND THE AMERICAN WAY?
DICK AVERY, THE PINK ROTTWEILLER OF COURSE!
"He’s a badly wanted bad boy, a terrorist with a reward on his head and now a drug trafficker in the Golden Triangle…I need your help to capture him.”
“Thanks Denny-here’s what I want to get started: your local investigator for a few weeks, a loaded Smith 60 revolver, a one-time code pad from your safe and a meeting with the Senior DEA Agent here.”
“Oh is that all Dickey?” he shot back.
In Dick Plays in Drug Traffic, retired Special Agent Dick Avery is recalled by the Diplomatic Security Service to track down and kill or capture Kris Amar, the Death Master of Banaras. Either outcome will do and pay a two million dollar price tag on the fugitive's head.
Bad blood doesn't begin to describe the hatred between the two archenemies. Amar escaped justice and Dick while in this native India and now Dick has discovered his whereabouts in the heart of the Golden Triangle. Amar is up to his old tricks by smuggling opium to finance his jihadist brothers fighting the holy war in the Middle East in the name of Allah.
The manhunt is on and only one will survive when they next meet!
Please join Dick Avery as he travels the world for the State Department's Diplomatic Security Service and upholds truth, justice and the American Way!
Okay, we admit Dick's not the most politically correct agent alive, and he sometimes bumbles and reminds us of what happens when you cross a certain French Inspector with a British Legume to produce an American Dick, but you have to admit that he's as cute as a pink Rottweiler when he's on the scent of a good case! Who says you can't teach an ole dog new tricks?
1.How did you come to choose the Golden Triangle as the setting for ‘Dick Plays in Drug Traffic’? Have you lived in any of these regions?
It was an easy choice since I lived in Thailand for two years when assigned to the U.S. embassy in Bangkok in charge of security for the region. I've also returned to northern Thailand (the Triangle) several times in the past several years so I'm familiar with the locale and its long history of drug trafficking. I use some first-hand experiences in the story as well. The Golden Triangle serves as perfect base of operations for the antagonist to make obscene amounts of money to support his jihadist brothers fighting the holy war in the Middle East. Again, several of the snippets I included are true, either as my own experiences or verifiable events. The editor wisely redacted a section on Thai massage parlors since she didn't want the reader to be rubbed the wrong way. Anyway, that stuff was made out of whole cloth, maybe. I can't remember.
2.Protagonist Dick Avery exhibits a lot of keen insight into the psychological makeup of both allies and enemies. How much are you and Dick alike?
Good question, but not sure of an answer. All of my novels contain a certain amount of factual information, some based on my own experiences, some based on my imagination and nothing more. To me, it's all about creating plausibility for a good read. I'm not sure how to separate the wheat and the chaff on this one since they are often intertwined in the writing. However, my multiples seem to work well together without too much internal bitching.
3.In a television miniseries who can you see playing the part of Dick Avery?
I envision Dick Avery as an amalgam of characters, not sure about current actors, but certainly think about the Colombo actor from years ago. I guess I'm showing my age. Pardon my ego, but I do believe the Dick Avery Adventure Stories could be turned into a quirky, fun TV series. My publisher describes him as a cross between Inspector Clouseau and Mr. Bean. I think that's an apt description.
4.There is a lot of humor in this series-which scene in ‘Dick Plays In Drug Traffic’ made you laugh as you were writing it?
Okay, this is embarrassing since I laugh at all the silly stuff I write. I think in this story, the piece about the classified documents being sold as scrap paper to a local fishmonger was funny as well as being true! Only in the State Department are such things possible. There's a lot of grist for stories even though they may sound unbelievable.
5.What kind of research do you do for your novels?
Actually, not a great deal. Yes, I certainly do my due diligence diligently, but don't overdue it. These are simply works of fiction so I don't have to be held accountable for facts per se. It's all about crafting a plausible story and nothing more as I see it. Here's my shtick: I mix fact and fiction together as a tease so the reader's not quite sure what's real and what's not.
6. How has your illustrious professional career and background helped or hindered with your writing?
It's most definitely helped rather than hindered in writing the novels. My experience and imagination give me an almost endless platform for writing this stuff set in foreign locales. I get to weave in almost anything and let it take me to a conclusion and story that I hope the reader will enjoy.
7. Do you have an difficulty writing female characters?
Is this a loaded question, perhaps suggesting Dick Avery is a misogynist? God forbid in this politically correct world. He is, however, a throwback to an earlier time when men were men and women were glad of it! Okay, here's what's coming up in forthcoming novels: two books have strong female characters who partner with Dick to solve the cases. I'm not going to say they work under him because that would be sexist and untrue. Is it hero or heroine in this instance? Frankly, I think many readers are tired of the politically correct pap.
8.What future works can we look forward to, and in what genres?
I have five more Dick Avery novels to be released over time: Dick Fades the Albino set in Liberia, Dick Cases the Bank set in Romania, Dick Hounds the Afghans set in Afghanistan, Dick Slays the Dragons set in the U,S. and Dick Rousts the Russki set in Moscow and Africa as well as the Middle East. Also my short story titled Mr. Rumples was included in the horror anthology Secret Santa and Other Tales. Mine's a other tale. Somebody's son got top billing.
Alas, as the candles in the Captain’s chambers burn down low, we must bid a fond farewell to our seaworthy and fascinating Author, Guest Richard Avery. We look forward with great eagerness to having him join us on the high seas in the future for the next exciting installment of the adventures of Dick Avery: The Pink Rottweiler!
Always at your service, bringing up the finest in Literary treasure from the briny deep,
Patricia Mattern, Mistress of Madness, The Whimsical Herald
11/5/2017 11:23:03 am
Thank you Ms. Mattern for featuring Dick Plays in Drug Traffic in your Whimsical Herald blog.
11/5/2017 11:55:22 am
You are welcome! This is an amazing series that would be wonderful on big screen or as a miniseries!
11/5/2017 12:04:32 pm
This was a great interview ❤️ Thank you P.Mattern for giving such an informant interview.
11/5/2017 12:32:00 pm
Hi Amy. My publisher determines the order of the releases, but I hope it will be Dick Rousts the Russki. It's an action packed thriller with all the Dick Avery nit-witticisms.
11/5/2017 12:09:18 pm
Great interview. Loved the comparison to Columbo. My husband still watches that every weekend. As always P. Mattern, you make every book interview interesting and the books a must read.
11/5/2017 12:35:07 pm
Thanks Lynne. Columbo is/was a bumbling detective who invariably solved the tough cases--much like Dick Avery. Although Dick is fond of leisure suits rather than trench coats.
11/5/2017 12:48:31 pm
Great interview momma. Sounds interesting. Awesome video
11/5/2017 01:17:15 pm
Such an amazing interview!! Great answers to great questions!!
11/5/2017 03:38:28 pm
Many thanks Monica!
11/5/2017 02:55:20 pm
Loved the interview! Can’t wait to read his books since I anticipate his novels are as unique, quirky, and factual (sometimes) as his interview responses. The 2017 Columbo?
11/5/2017 03:39:33 pm
Thank you for your comment.
11/6/2017 05:52:39 am
11/6/2017 02:00:30 pm
Hi Christina. Please go to dickavery.net for much more info on the series.
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