Sunday, February 6, 2011

with Lyle Way

Welcome to the Book Loft, Lyle.
What started your writing journey?

While driving for Citibus, I loved driving the oldest bus in the fleet. When she became obsolete and of no further use to the company it was like loosing a close friend. The HR director suggested I write a poem about how I felt, which I did, entitled “1007” which was published in the company newsletter and can be found on my website. This was the beginning of actually writing something for others to read.

What distracts you from writing the easiest?
Our little Shih Tzu, Tiffany. She will not tolerate the closed door to my “Chamber” and demands to be let in and petted. She often wants to be held while I type.

What kind of books do you enjoy reading?
I like history nonfiction, and action/adventure non-fiction. I particularly enjoy Clive Cussler and Jack Higgins.

What character in your new release most interested you while you wrote?
Detective Doug Pretraius. He is brilliant and holds a degree in Criminology, and has one of the highest arrest records in the Sacramento Police Department. He hates drug dealers with a passion, and works undercover to fit in with the pushers; often looking like a homeless man who sleeps in dumpsters. Doug is not a respecter of the privileged or persons holding high rank in the department or in the community, and he has a wonderful sense of humor. He always plays the “bad” cop while interviewing suspects with his partner.

If you were a style of music, what style would you be?
Contemporary Jazz.

What is the quirkiest thing you have ever done? What is your strangest habit?
I once got conned into digging for buried Spanish treasure on the beach on the Oregon coast. We found nothing, and the con artist made off with lots of money from investors; not me, I invested time and work.

My Strangest habit is shouting “FEDEX” when a Federal Express truck goes by on the freeway. It drives my wife crazy. I don’t know why I do it; I just can’t resist the urge.

Are there things you put off doing because you dread them?
I dread television interviews in which I talk about my books. They are, indeed, dreadful!

What’s your favorite meal with family and friends?
It has to be fried chicken with mashed potatoes and lots of brown gravy, with a bowl of tomatoes and okra.

Are there spiritual themes you like to write about?
I like to write about how the Lord Jesus is involved in our personal lives, often on a daily basis. I always portray him as being a smiling, friendly man working with individuals who need him the most, in a quiet way. He never forces himself on people, but works with them to see their need of God.

Share a verse or Scripture passage with us that is special to you and why its special.
My life verse is Joshua 1:9, “Have I not commanded you, be strong and of a good courage. Neither be thou dismayed, for the Lord thy God is with you whether so ever thou goest.” Sorry, I learned it in the King James and that’s how I use it. I like it because the Lord “commands” us to be strong and have courage. He doesn’t want us to be Christian wimps. I have used this verse countless times when in law enforcement and later, whenever I was afraid of a situation. It never fails to inspire me into action.

When is your next book due out and can you tell us about it?
My newest novel, “Wake of The Golden Gryphon” is due out this fall. It is the story of a tough, often vicious captain of an old freighter in the South China Seas. He is a smart and canny smuggler, involved in moving a secret cargo to North Korea. The CIA and the United States Navy are trying to find his ship, as is a local pirate, who thinks he can capture the Gryphon, steal her valuable secret cargo and kill everyone on board. There is lots of excitement in this sea race to get to North Korea before being captured or killed. Russia and Iran make appearances in the novel as well.

You can purchase Murder in Shades of Gray from Amazon.

Lyle is giving away a copy of Murder in Shades of Gray. To be entered in the book giveaway, leave a comment. You can enter the book giveaway twice--once on each spotlight post.


Joanne Sher said...

Sounds good! Enter me please :)

Maureen said...

Funny as I try to type this my chair is being shared with my 2 Rat Terriers! So I know what your talking about!!


Cindy W. said...

Would love to be entered to win a copy of Murder in Shades of Gray. Thank you for the chance.

Cindy W.


Charlotte Kay said...

Thanks for this great giveaway!
Blessings and Smiles,
Charlotte Kay
charlovesmark at gmail dot com

Charity said...

Please enter me in this giveaway! Thanks so much!


windycindy said...

This genre is one of my favorites!
How wonderful that Mr. Way could write after losing his job!
Please enter my name in this
book drawing...
Many thanks, Cindi

Meredith said...

Our chihuahua has the same "open door" policy as the author's shih tzu! She also likes to be held as I type, but she's not a tea cup, so sometimes that's difficult!

meredithfl at gmail dot com

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