Character Spotlight 1: Mike Johnson

When  you think of an intelligence agent, a lot of people think of James Bond, that savvy, ladies man who drinks vodka martini’s and gets the bad guy every time. In fact most field intelligent agents are not that. Many of them come from a wide variety of backgrounds. Some went to college and earned degrees, while others served in military and special forces where a majority of their jobs was collecting intelligence. Mike Johnson is one of those agents. An Army veteran who served in Special forces before being wounded in combat. After recovering he was recruit and train for the CIA. After completing several assignments, his current assignment is to try and gather intelligence on a Middle Eastern countries attempt to acquire nuclear weapons.

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Putting it all together

In my previous post, I talked about how I developed my characters, researched my plot and how I wanted a story that you can grasp too. So when you have all this you have to put the story together and begin to write it. In any story you have your main plots, but you could also see mini or sub-plot stories going on. That is what I wanted to include as well in my book. I wanted you the reader to see that, but you have to tie it all together with the larger plot of the story and keep the story moving. Now once I included everything together, the words started to flow out of fingers and onto the screen or paper if you like it old school. As you go along you may find yourself going back to make changes, or edits as you work on this. This is natural. Once you reach the ending you feel a sense of satisfaction, but the work is not done. You have to edit, and look it over once more. But for you as a writer when you get through that editing process, it is a great feeling knowing you have finished that project you were working on. I wish you happy writing in your quest for you to finish your books.

Developing my characters

I got asked by a coworker who bought my book, along with my better half asking questions about my characters that I have chosen, along with their traits. Well I can tell you this in the respect on how I developed my characters. I started first with a character outline of what I wanted my characters traits and background to be like. Such as hero character in my book. I made him former army special forces with a background in languages and intelligence gathering. From there I gave him a background and worked out a name. Took a few times before I found a name that fit. Same thing with the heroine in my story. I developed her background, and traits, along with her name but added a small twist to it. I wanted to add some romance between the hero and the heroine.  My villains aka bad guys, I did the same thing as them, but as I developed them, I wanted to give them a story to kind of tell the readers why they are like this. In spy novels, its always someone trying to take over the world or the money supply, or destroy something. In military books, its always the enemy or the terrorist. But for me what if it was something much different, and it had nothing to with political ideologies or personnel beliefs. What if it was just plain anger from something that happen to them.

Now for the story’s supporting characters. The development was not as intense in their development but they each have their own traits and flaws if you can pick them up. I wanted not only my readers to find a character they can root for, but maybe find that supporting character they can relate too. So developing characters for a story is a process, but if you do it right, you find your characters take on a life of their own. Thank you.

How I researched my plot

When I decided to write my book, I wanted to try and least add some authenticity to it. So like anybody preparing to write, I decided to do some research on it. My plot line I researched news stories that related to my topic and current policies and politics that dealt with part of my story. Then with locations like places in the Middle East, I wanted to find countries that would serve alcohol but mainly to foreigners that did business deals. It took some research but I found my answer. As my plot and story took shape, I continuously researched more and more to try and make my story as accurate as possible with locations, but also added some spin to it to make it entertaining. Such as my characters on the run from the law, and trying to reach their final destination to the save the day. As my story drew closer to the ending, I continued to do research, such as location for my finale, but as a author I am allowed to take some artistic license especially when it came to bringing my plot to a end and how I wanted to leave off my characters. So my advice to writers of fiction, take time to do the research it will help your story. Thank you.

My Characters

When I started to gather idea’s for my book, I thought of all the books I read that kind of the same concept of mine, along with a few inspirations from the great writers like Larry Bond, Harold Coyle, Tom Clancy and so forth. So when I developed my characters whom I thought would appeal to most people. My two heroes both served in the military; one was army special forces, while the other was in counter intelligence. My opponents to my heroes I developed on what I feel that people may find most appealing as a villain. My supporting characters I all developed based on my real life experiences and travels as part of the Marine Corps. Character development in my story was crucial because each supporting character no matter how big or small played a crucial role with in the story. As you read the story, you may find your self drawn to anyone of the characters, and finding yourself rooting for or against this character for them to succeed or fail. This is my goal as a writer and for the book. Happy Reading.

A Story that grasp hold of you

When writing this story, I wanted it to be a story that would grasp you from the very beginning, and make you say I want to keep reading it and find out what happens next. So in order to do so, I picked a plot that could possibly keep the readers entertain. A pair of American spies who are accused of murder and must prove their innocent, while a government official sets a plan in motion to detonate a atomic bomb in a major US city with the help of Iranian dissidents. Once I had my plot line figured out I had to develop characters you can root for as well as root against. I wanted to add a little bit of suspense, romance, and mystery into the story as well. For me, I wanted all that combine with as realistic locales. By the time you reach the end, and you are loving the story and hooked by it, I have accomplished my task. For me that is the greatest accomplishment I could get as a author.

My Book and my coworkers who read it

The people that I work with that bought my book have given me some of the greatest reviews. They said they have enjoyed it and asked me questions about it. One person wondered at the end, I kind of left a bit of a cliff hanger. I meant it like that because I left the door open to a sequel which I want to do for my book. Another question that was asked was when one of the characters who visited a cemetery who they were visiting there. I explained it a bit, but the answer would be revealed in the squeal to the story. I was asked questions, but my simple answer is for some of the answers will have to wait until the squeal to my book comes out. I thank all those that have supported me in the process and since the book has been released. You are my inspiration to write and to succeed. Thank you.

The picture below is me signing a book for a coworker.


Promoting your book

As a new author, I am finding out how basically on the fly how to promote my book. Needless to say it is a lot to take in. Besides trying to reach potential readers through different methods, you also have to try different media and sources. Such as newspapers, social media, word of mouth, twitter, and other such means. It is truly a learning experience. I want my book to do well, and I want to be successful as a author. So my advice to those wishing to get into the world as a author, develop a great plan, and if you can afford it, maybe have somebody to help you do it. I would like to recommend Angela Statton Hunt, because she has been very good with working with me, and helping me develop a plan to help me succeed. Her link to her business is on the page.

Just remember it takes time to become a success; hard work and dedication to do it. So don’t get discourage, and also don’t get frustrated. Just remain calm and develop a great plan.