giovedì 9 aprile 2015

Author Spotlight: Twin Powers by David Pereda



Twin Powers
By- David Pereda
Genre- Mystery/Suspense/Romance
Expected Publication Date- Feb 28th, 2015
Published By- Second Wind Publishing


While vacationing with her mother in Havana, a 10-year old American girl is taken by members of a child sex ring intent on selling her into forced prostitution. The abductors, believed to be Arabs, leave a note for the baffled mother stating that Stephanie’s kidnapping is an act of revenge. When the human traffickers avoid capture and manage to flee the island, the father of the girl, surgeon Raymond Peters, decides to take matters into his own hands and initiates a worldwide investigation. To support his efforts, the Cuban government, angered by their inability to apprehend the kidnappers, assigns Marcela, a lethal professional assassin, to help Raymond track down the culprits. The search for Stephanie takes the unlikely pair – a man who has sworn an oath to save lives and a woman who kills for a living -- to the Middle East in the hunt for the mysterious mastermind, Mohamed. As Raymond and Marcela overcome one life-threatening obstacle after another in their quest to find and rescue Stephanie, they uncover an incredible worldwide conspiracy undermining the highest political levels of the government of the United States. Working against the clock, Raymond and Marcela must pull out all stops to save Stephanie, flee Dubai, and expose the complot before Mohamed and his gang of thugs kill them.



About the Author-
I am an author and college instructor living in Asheville NC. My latest novel, Twin Powers, published by Second Wind Publishing, is the third installment of my popular Havana Series of thrillers featuring the handsome and peripatetic Doctor Raymond Peters and the beautiful and lethal Cuban assassin Marcela. This is what acclaimed author P.M. Terrell had to say about the book: “Pereda expertly weaves a web that becomes more intricate and mesmerizing with each suspenseful step, keeping the reader on the edge of their seat. The twists and turns are enough to keep you guessing and yet everything comes together seamlessly in a series of heart-pounding climaxes.”
My last romantic suspense novel, However Long the Night, published in 2012, won three awards. My previous novels include the thrillers, Killing Castro, also a winner of three awards, published in 2010, and Top Secret, published in 2009. Together with my daughter Sophia, I am now hard at work on a Young Adult novel titled Freaking Fast, with estimated publication in 2016.
A member of MENSA, I am the ex-regional director of Florida Writers Association’s Western North Carolina division and the founder of AWE (Asheville Writing Enthusiasts). I love sports and have competed for years in track and show-jumping equestrian events. Currently, I teach math and English at the Asheville-Buncombe Technical Community College.

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If you could be the butler to a famous person in history, who would it be…and why?
I would never be a butler to anyone. I’m too arrogant for that. But I would love to pal around with Genghis Khan, a man I admire for all the things he accomplished in his life. Persecuted as a child by a minor chieftain who killed his father and wanted to kill him too, he managed to escape, grow into a man, unite all the fragmented and quarreling Mongols into a nation, and leave an empire that lasted 600 years and was only divided again because of the greed of his descendants.
Do you know that no one, ever, defeated Genghis Khan and that many of the innovations he developed and implemented during  his lifetime are still used today adapted to our times, including a code of law, war tactics, communication concepts, etcetera?

What author(s) have influenced your writing style?
So many authors have influenced my style that I don’t know where to begin. Hemingway, Conrad, Shakespeare, all the Russian writers, especially Dostoyevsky and Chekov, were great influences in my life. When I was a kid I read everything written by Max Brand and Zane Grey. During recent years, the greatest influence on my writing has probably been Harlan Coben. Someone once wrote a review of one of my books and called me the Latino Harlan Coben. I was very proud of the comparison to Harlan Coben whom I consider the best thriller writer today, but the latino reference left me a little cold. Do you know the definition of a Latin Lover? I won’t answer that here because your readers might object, so let’s move on to something else.

I know you are a college instructor, so which is more fun, writing or teaching others how to write?
Writing is my passion, so it is – or should be – more fun.  I say should be because often it is a painful process for me, getting that right word, that right sentence, that right paragraph, that right chapter, that right novel. The reward in writing comes at the end, when the book is finished and you know is good.

On a daily basis, teaching is more rewarding. I love to see my students triumph. It gives me a sense of accomplishment and makes me feel proud that I could help them take one step closer toward achieving their goals in life.

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