Author Interview – Greg Sandora

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All In: The Race for the Presidency: Jack Canon’s American Destiny
Greg Sandora
Thriller / Suspense Adventure / Romantic

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Folks, let’s give Greg Sandora a loud welcome. Hi, Greg, Thanks for joining us.

Tell us a bit about your family.

Originally we were from the Portland, Maine area. My mom graduated from Westbrook High School and lived in the same small town her entire life. My dad was in the Air Force stationed in Guam; he returned to work in accounting and went back to school to earn a degree in art. My Dad and Mom were artists, my father painted and my mother wrote poetry and loved to garden. Most Saturdays we loaded up the 1970 Chevy Impala to trek to a one-man show somewhere or other. I took a different track graduating with a business degree, owning and operating an Award Winning Franchise Fitness Center. I am currently a professional manager living in Florida with my beautiful wife and children, following my passion.

Why did you feel you had to tell the All In: Race for the Presidency story? I always wanted to tell this story. Jack Canon is the everyman in us that dreams of setting things right. The story has tender moments of deep intimacy and romance, woven throughout a real thriller. The characters are true friends, working for the common goal of winning the Presidency. The story is basically set in Washington and on the campaign trail and has plenty of corruption, billionaires, and beautiful woman to keep the reader entertained. All the following components are featured: Washington Politics, Corruption, Romance, Love, Tenderness, Murder, Love, Suspense, Presidential Politics, Power, Passion, and Thrills. Jack and his friends stop at nothing to make a better America for all citizens.

How do your family and friends feel about the book? My family and friends have been supportive. Funny story – I sat down in the living room in our most comfortable chair and wrote the first paragraph. I liked it even though it didn’t end up making it into the book. Finishing that paragraph I announced to my wife and 24-year-old son that I was writing a book. We still laugh about the eye rolling. The idea came to me all at once – the entire story. I wanted to tell a story of great characters that are the best of friends. There’s tenderness, romance, political corruption at the highest levels, not to leave out murder and revenge.

Do you ever experience writer’s block and how do you overcome it? I don’t try to write every day. I wait until the story comes to me. If your book was made into a movie, who do you picture playing each part? My sister-in-law has already chosen Ben Affleck to play Jack Canon. Funny – I took the first draft to Disney. At first she didn’t have any interest, but my mother-in-law was reading and commenting – enjoying the story. So, my sister-in-law, Terri, picks up the pages mom had finished and turned them quickly – long story short – she ended up loving Jack! She bought a kindle just to read the final version. I figured Katherine Heigl could play Sandy. Sandy is blonde and beautiful and fixes herself up to look like Marilyn Monroe for Jack. Daphne Cole is going to be tough to cast being the most beautiful woman perhaps on the planet.

What is your favorite quality about yourself?

I’m able to stay with something until it’s completed.

What is your main character Jack Canon’s favorite color?

Blonde

What is your favorite food?

My wife makes the best Meatballs this side of heaven.

What’s your favorite place in the entire world?

Believe it or not – my backyard patio. I love it out there.

When and why did you begin writing?

I became truly motivated to write it after my mother’s passing. Partially to help me cope with the loss.

What genre are you most comfortable writing?

I love fiction; I’ve always had a very vivid imagination.

How much of the book is realistic?

Ninety Percent is possible in real life. People may think it’s a thinly veiled look at this Presidential Election. Big Money, Big Oil and Iran are in there.

Have you included many of your life experiences, even friends, in the plot?

Friends who have read it have commented they can see some of my life woven into the plot. Of course my wife and children are represented in the characters voices. I basically write what I know and the things I have seen and done find their way into the story.

How important do you think villains are in a story?

Villains are key to this story, many don’t want Jack to succeed and set up every roadblock imaginable.

What is your favorite drink?

I love Ice Tea, especially with lemonade in it.

Are you reading any interesting books at the moment?

The untethered soul.

What is your least favorite quality about yourself?

I tend towards impatience.

How long did it take to write Jack Canon’s American Destiny?

Writing takes a great deal of time. Jack Canon’s American Destiny took six months to write.

When is your favorite time of day to write?

I love to write early in the morning. Usually after I have dreamt something or had a thought that must be added.

What books have influenced you in the past?

The Course in Miracles, Seat of the Soul. I love books on spirituality.

How can I get a copy?

The book is available in Print and Kindle formats at Amazon and Barnes and Noble.

Thank you, Greg, for joining us. A round of applause everyone for, Author Greg Sandora. Please stay around and visit and be sure to comment.

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All In: The Race for the Presidency: Jack Canon’s American Destiny
Greg Sandora
Thriller / Suspense Adventure / Romantic

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EXCERPT

“Other than you get the Presidency, I don’t give a rat’s ass. Once you’re in the office, we’ll bypass Congress and go directly to the people.”

“Bud, we gotta be prepared to debate this guy. He’s a slippery bastard.”

“You’re right about that! Hey, can I change the subject for a minute? I want to ask you something.”

“Sure, what’s going’ on?”

“Well, last night I went to Barney’s, right? You know, the tavern near my house?”

“Yeah, your hangout, you’ve mentioned it once or twice.”

“Well, since my divorce, I’ve been stopping there. I hate to go home to an empty house.”

“Bud, you’ve been divorced for seven years.”

“Well, I guess I’ve been stopping by a lot. They know me pretty well over there, but that’s not what I wanted to tell you. It’s about this woman I met last night.”

“This is new. Did you pick someone up?”

“No, she just comes out of nowhere and plunks down on the barstool next to me. She says, ‘Hey, aren’t you Bud Singer?’ This kinda stuff never happens to me.”

“Was she pretty, Bud? Did you like her?”

“Oh my God, she was stunning. Strawberry blonde hair, green eyes, nice curves, sultry voice, the whole package. Here’s the rub, though.”

“What could possibly be wrong with that?”

“She’s a reporter for the Washington Post.”

“Did she have long hair?”

“Did you hear me, Jack, the Washington Fuckin’ Post? Now I’m sitting there with this beautiful woman thinking she’s probably coming on to me for a story.”

“So what, you’re so tight-lipped she’d never get anything. What did you do?”

“Well, she was so nice I just stayed around talking to her. It was fun. Believe me, I liked the attention; it’s been a while. Next thing I know it’s after midnight and we’ve been sitting there for like three hours. That’s not what I wanted to ask you, though.”

“You met a nice woman, you had fun, she’s a reporter so…”

“She bit me, right on the cheek, when we went to say goodbye. What does that even mean? I’ve been out of the dating scene for a while, but what’s that about.”

I bit my tongue and reached down to push the intercom button for Sandy.

“Do you need me, Jack?”

Bud groaned, “Oh no, don’t get her involved.”

“Sandy, could you step in here a minute? We need a woman’s opinion.”

“Of course, be right in.”

“Thanks, this is going to be embarrassing!”

“We need her help. I don’t know whether the lady was hungry and wanted to eat you or…”
Sandy walked in completing my sentence, “Who wanted to eat you? If people only knew what you guys talk about in here.”

“A woman bit Bud,” I let myself burst out laughing.

“Bit him? Where?”

“On the cheek, Bud asked me what that means. It was too good not to call you in.”

“I hope you got her number,” Sandy laughed.

“Well, we exchanged business cards earlier in the evening. No, really Sandy, you’ve heard it now. What’s it mean when a woman a guy barely knows bites him on the cheek?”

“Honey, you’ve been out of the game too long. She likes you, Bud! Is that so hard to believe? ”

“Oh well, that explains it.”

“There’s more?”

“Yeah, when we went to say good night she gave me a hug and an ass grab. Then she pushed herself into me really tight to feel my reaction.”

“Who is this woman?” Sandy’s curiosity was piqued.

“Her name is Jacqueline O’Neill.”

“You’re kidding. I’ve read her stuff in the Post; she’s well- known. Bud, I’m impressed.”

“I know, Sandy, but do you think she likes me or just trying to get close enough to get a story?”

“I think she likes you, Casanova. She wouldn’t have bit you if she didn’t. She might have sought you out for a story, but then she realized you’re a serious, responsible guy and somebody she’s interested in. The fact you’re going to be Chief of Staff helps, believe me. She probably figured she’d spell it out for you. I’d call her.”

“What do you think, Jack?”

“Are you kidding? I can’t wait to meet her.”

Bud’s phone was buzzing. He said, excusing himself, “It’s about the fundraiser in New York. I gotta take this.”

“Go get em, talk to you later.” Bud nodded yes and left the room.

“Do you want me to stick around for a while?”

“No, you’ve got things to do. How ‘bout that Bud? Wild stuff, huh?”

“I didn’t want to burst his bubble, but I think she probably wants a story, or she’s trying to get to you, or both.”

“Thanks for holdin’ that in; you would have crushed the guy.”

“I’m just saying, you watch.”

“Bud can take care of himself. Let’s talk later.”

Sandy gave me a look and started for the door, “Okay, you know where to find me.”
I continued where I left off typing. Barker made a serious misstep with Iran. I’ll harp on that point.
The public is far less forgiving when times are bad. They would’ve run Clinton out of town in this economy. Hillary ended up doing good, though. Somebody’s gotta tell America the stimulus can’t work if we buy everything overseas and borrow to do it.

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