I was born in Austria and my family immigrated to the U.S. I loved living here as a child and considered the U.S. my home. My family returned to Austria and of course I had to tag along. I missed the friendly faces and the cultivation of the free spirit which America symbolizes. In Austria I completed my education but always wanted to return, so here I am.
I traveled the world and lived in many exciting cities such as Paris, Munich and London. I currently work as an accountant for a large pizza company in Seattle by day and passionately pursue a career as a writer in my spare time.
My new book, K-9 Cop, is adapted from my multi-national award winning screenplay. The book has won several awards including first place in the 2009 National Good Read Competition sponsored by awomenswrite.com.
Please visit my web site at http://www.k9cop-woofwoof.com for more reviews and other info.
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About the Book:
No one thought as highly of Lieutenant Spencer Watley as he did himself. This selfish cop met 14 year-old Justin Andrews during an important stakeout. Determined to nab a group of cyber killers, he wasn’t going to let anything get in his way, especially a smart mouthed teenager like Justin.
After Spencer bids him good riddance, he is killed by the hackers and stands before the gates of heaven. But – what’s this? After a life of putting dangerous criminals behind bars, he’s locked out?
He yells at the angel blocking his entrance, only to find out he needs to go through the J.R.P. program before he can enter. That’s the Jerk Redemption program, otherwise known as sensitivity training boot camp, which to his horror consists of non-stop Oprah and Dr. Phil reruns. Or he can go back to earth and help Justin’s dysfunctional family. Spencer opts for the lesser of two evils, to help Justin.
But the Angel pulls a fast one on Spencer. He can only go back to earth in the body of his K9-Partner. Spencer refuses, but like it or not, Spencer becomes a dog. He falls back to earth and is slowly morphed into a dog that closely resembles a mop.
And if being a dog wasn’t bad enough, Spencer also swallowed an important microchip his killers need to hack into PC’s and steal millions. Now the criminals are hot on his trail for the only existing microchip that’s logged in his belly.
Justin and Spencer butt heads constantly; both are stubborn and willful, neither one wanting to give an inch. Spencer needs to find out what the killers are up to, so he swallows his pride and forms a bond with the boy. Spencer relays to Justin his past and together with the help of Justin’s girlfriend, Shahla; they discover the hacker’s plans. Spencer has broken down Justin’s reserve and he finally learns the meaning of unselfish love.
But it’s too late, the hackers have captured them.
Can Spencer maul the shins (and other choice areas) of his kidnappers and stop them from their evil plan?
Can a selfish man find a heart?
You bet. He just has to become a dog first.
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- K-9 Cop is available at Amazon.
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- Discuss this book at PUYB Virtual Book Club at Goodreads.
Thank you for this interview! I’d like to know more about you as a person first. What do you do when you’re not writing?
I work at a great Pizza Company in Seattle in Accounting. When I’m not writing I love to read history books and biographies.
If you could go anywhere in the world to start writing your next book, where would that be and why?
Hawaii. I’d just sit under the palm trees with my IPad and stare at the ridiculous beauty of nature.
What do you find fascinating about the Young Adult genre?
I love the fun and adventure and the growing up into Adulthood. I haven’t gotten there yet and I’m a senior citizen. I’ve reconciled myself to the fact that I’m going to stay a kid forever.
When was the adrenalin rush – writing that first chapter or the last and why?
It was the last chapter but the rush came when I finished editing. Editing takes the most time. In fact, writing is mostly rewriting.
What is the most important thing about your book that we as a reader should know?
K-9 Cop started out as an original screenplay which received 1st place at the Huston International Film Festival and the Hollywood Scriptwriting Institute among others. But as a first time writer it’s difficult to find a production company that will back your screenplay. An agent suggested I adapt my screenplay into a book to gain recognition. I took the advice and found the novel process more enjoyable and rewarding. It was a great writing experience since the story is so humorous and uplifting. After adaptation my novel won 1st place in The Good Read Novel Competition at awomenswrite.com.
Your best friend is an aspiring author and his book really sucks. What would you say to him or her?
I would advise my friend to hire an editor. And I hope my friend would also be honest enough to tell me the truth about my writing. How do you expect to improve without critique? Of course that critique has to be given in a constructive tone.
You’re sitting at a dinner party and seated next to NY bestselling authors. They are intimidating indeed and one of them remarks that your book sucks. What would you say to him or her?
I would ask why and try to get as much information out of them as possible. Good editors cost a fortune and I would cherish the opportunity for free professional advice.
You catch someone sitting on a park bench reading your book whether on an e-reader or the real McCoy and you walk over to him or her and what do you say?
I would kindly ask them if they would like me to autograph their book. If it’s an e-reader I would ask them if they enjoy reading my book, and if so, thank them that they made my day.
You’ve just been offered the Pulitzer Prize. Who do you thank?
I would thank God. And for those who don’t believe in God, I would thank the Big Bang.
Any final words?
I just wanted to stress the importance of imagination. Albert Einstein hit the nail on the head when he said “I am enough of an artist to draw freely upon my imagination. Imagination is more important than knowledge. Knowledge is limited. Imagination encircles the world.” Wow, that gives me goose bumps and makes my knees wobble.