Today I’m very happy to welcome Edwin Dasso, Author of ‘In the Line of Ire’ to Morphys’ Book Blog for an interview.
Tell us a little about yourself…
Though some who know me might argue, I think I’m a pretty laid back person who has a broad set of diverse interests. I like to be creative but, at the same time, I enjoy the more objective aspects of science and technology that allows me to help patients. My wife and kids are my best friends.
How did you get into writing?
For me, it’s more like getting back into writing. As a kid I would draw pictures and write short sci-fi stories for entertainment. Though my career had me more focused on non-fiction writing, I’d kept a journal for many years of fiction ideas. After hearing me say one time too many, “Gee, I oughta write a book,” my kids finally said, “Stop talking about it and do it.” So I did and found I really enjoy writing, much as I did in my younger days.
What inspired you to write In the Line of Ire?
Actually, this was a new and fun experience for me. I wrote the book at the request of readers of my 1st couple of books. They told me they wanted to know the main characters better and get a glimpse into how Lori and Jack’s relationship developed. It was quite interesting to me how many readers made that similar type of request.
If made into a film what would be your dream cast?
Maybe Daniel Craig or Hugh Jackman as Jack. Nicole Kidman for Lori.
Who was your favorite character to write and why?
Lori w/ Jack a close second. I really enjoyed writing ITLoI since it was on a request from readers who wanted to get to know the main characters better. That made me want to write Lori as someone unique, different and complex. I wanted to give insight into how she had arrived where she was in career and life but still make her a believable character. That’s why she’s a compassionate, tough nurse who advocates for her patients but is also adept w/ a pistol.
What are you working on now?
The 4th book in the Jack Bass Black Cloud Chronicles, tentatively titled, “Don’t Worry, I’ll Protect You.” I took a bit of a different plot approach on this one, again based on reader feedback. I think the ending may hold a real surprise for readers of the series!
What is your poison of choice when writing?
For my current project, Mint Mocha, last book was white chocolate-raspberry mocha. I like to change up the drink and coffeehouse w/ each project to give each a “unique flavor.” (pun intended, although, the change in scenery and drink really does help me creatively – I really can’t sit at a desk and write)
What advice would you give to aspiring writers?
I feel like I’m an aspiring writer! Advice I might give, though, would be to not underestimate the effort necessary to write, publish and sell a novel. I think if one doesn’t have a passion for it, they’re likely to be frustrated.
What genres do you prefer to read?
I was a sci-fi fanatic as a kid (have you ever heard of the “Tom Swift” series?) and still read it a lot. As an adult, adventure and political thrillers have also become a favorite.
Who is your favourite author and/or book?
Most recently, V Flynn (RIP). I really like his Mitch Rapp character. Sadly, I guess I’ll have to find another, now.
What do you like to do when you’re not writing?
Professionally, I’m working w/ some brilliant people to define new ways to intervene and prevent people from transitioning from health to chronic illness and have published some scientific articles recently related to that. For hobbies I enjoy woodworking, metal-working and auto racing (maybe more of a vice than a hobby). Also, most any outdoor activity in the air, on the water or in the yard.
If you had to describe yourself in three words what would they be?
Introverted, kind, curious
If you could have one superpower what would it be and why?
Turn weapons that are used by a human against another human into nonfunctional clumps of inert material. Knife blades would turn to rubber, clubs would turn to sponge whiffle bats, guns wouldn’t shoot, etc. I grew tired many years ago of seeing what humans can do to each other at times of their worst behavior. I know it wouldn’t be this simple, that someone could always create a “what if” scenario where a weapon might be of use, but if there were no weapons that could be used, one human against another, perhaps it would force us to learn how to communicate and negotiate better.
Thank you so much for joining us Ed, it was lovely having you!
About the book
Title: In the Line of Ire
Series: Jack Bass Black Cloud Chronicles, book 1
Author: Edwin Dasso
Publication Date: February 3, 2014
Buy Links: Amazon UK | Amazon US
The Prequel to Past Aghast…
Captain Jack Bass becomes the target of hatred and malicious jealousy from his commanding officer. Blaming Jack for his own failings, he sets his sights on Jack as a scapegoat. Fighting for his life, and new found love with Lori Darden, the pair learn how dangerous it can be to raise the ire of a psychopathic boss.
When the chain of command breaks down, Jack Bass fights back and attempts to prevent his world from turning to ash right before his very eyes.
Jack Bass is…
In the Line of Ire.
About the Author
Ed Dasso’s works of fiction leverage many of his “stranger than fiction” experiences from years of practice at major medical centers and community hospitals. Fiction writing is reviving a lost love from earlier periods in his life. In addition to a number of years as a practicing anesthesiologist and critical care specialist, he has published articles in national healthcare journals, written many “Ask the Doctor” columns and has spoken frequently at national healthcare forums. He has also been instrumental in designing and deploying population health programs to help people deal with depression.
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