- What is the one book you want us to read (title, genre, and availability).
The Mists of Adriana – a romance/thriller set in Maine. On Amazon.com in paperback and Kindle editions.
- Give us a one sentence synopsis.
He’s a Vietnam vet in his late forties who meets an enchanting woman with a mysterious past and learns that often when things seem too good to be true, they often are.
- Who are the main characters and who would you like to see portray them in a movie?
The book is purely first person narration. He is a man in his late forties who is a former army officer in Vietnam. He is in good shape, but I have NO idea who might portray him on film. SHE is a woman in her early thirties with experience that speaks of advanced “training” on many levels and exotic experience that is not at first revealed. I have NO idea who might portray her. Frankly, I haven’t thought much about it as I am busy writing the second novel in the series.
- Tell us about the story, but please don't reveal too much.
The narrator tells of his background; of the death of his young wife at the end of his first tour of duty in Vietnam and of his retreating to the Maine coast following the conclusion of his ten odd years in the army. He speaks of his interest in his car (Porsche 928) and his meeting on the roadside one chilly morning another Porsche owner who he helps with her flat tire. She insists that he allow her to buy him lunch in Portland, 150 miles away and he reluctantly agrees. She then introduces him to a part of her life no other man has seen, and from then on, this semi-mysterious Adriana Barrows shows him that her life is all that she says, and probably more. He learns more but actually learns less as he descends into “The Mists of Adriana”.
- What inspired you to write this book and how long did it take?
I actually began this book as a monthly serial I started to write as editor to the now defunct 928 Journal, an internet publication of the 928 Owners Club (www.928.org). I thought the idea of meeting a captivating woman possessed of a certain element of mystery would be attractive to readers, which it was. But the monthly journal failed for various reasons and the two episodes lay dormant until I decided to revitalize it in novel form about a year ago. After re-writing the first parts, the novel took on its own life and direction. Now the first book is completed and published and I am working on the second. It will be very different from the first in that the characters will spend more time being developed in the second book, and will concentrate on perils more readily accessible and close to home. The second volume, as yet un-named will be ready for “prime time” by June.
- What other books have you written?
I have written “Slave to Saint: The Amazing Life of St. Vincent de Paul”, also in paperback and Kindle editions on Amazon.com. This book was researched and written under a contract to a producer in Australia who wanted to write story that would be inspirational to his young children in their pursuit of religious education and also be of benefit to “The Sisters of Charity”, a charitable organization in Australia. This is a sort of “novella/biography” suitable for young male audiences of all ages, and could well be read as an adventure story for “youth of all ages”. It was written as a biographical story of St. Vincent, but written so as to combat video games and other diversions that beset our youth. I had no idea it was going to be published, nor less idea that the producer who paid for my work would attribute the writing to me. I am very, very grateful for this demonstration that honor is not yet dead in commerce.
- Which authors inspired you, your style?
My most favorite authors are Ernest Hemmingway and Robert Ruark. From them I have learned over and over that fewer words properly chosen are of more value than mere words assembled correctly, and that beautiful descriptions worded well are as valuable as mere photographs.
- Where can we learn more about you and your books?
I guess this is pretty hard. I am on Twitter (@rogermwoodbury) and Facebook (RMWoodbury). I have a blog at https://www.umenow.com/frontpage/blog/236 but to be truthful, I am not really dedicated to my blog at this moment. I am trying to write more than chat although I know that I must “market” through all of the social media outlets and the blogosphere.
- How can we follow you? Twitter, Facebook, Google+, etc.
You can follow me on Twitter (@rogermwoodbury) and on Facebook (http://www.facebook.com/roger.woodbury.3#!/), and I am on LinkedIn, too.
- Is there anything else you would like us to know?
This is the first time I have taken time out in my life to just write. I have pieces published in publications from The Maine Writers Project, and the Goose River Anthology-2012 among others. I have been writing for sixty years and now since NASA won’t accept my application for astronaut training and there are limited opportunities of mercenaries who are approaching their seventieth birthday, I am just now fully engaged as a writer. I intent to write the stories I have stockpiled in my mind over the years now, some fact and some fiction. I write about real people having real experiences. Sometimes their experiences are way beyond what they expect and they must rely on their training, instinct and perhaps their overall sense of honor and integrity to survive or succeed in the face of the challenge presented. I do not like “magic thinking” or make-believe that makes people “super” in one way or another. My goal is to have the reader see the person and say, “Yeah. I think I KNOW someone who is like that.” Or perhaps, “Yeah, I believe I COULD know someone like that.” Or even, “Yeah, if I was there, that’s what I would try to do.” I believe that real people make the best predators and the best prey.