Monday, May 1, 2017

Interview with author dhtreichler

Author dhtreichler helps me kick off a new week and new month by chatting with me about his new historical love story, Rik’s.

dhtreichler toured the global garden spots as a defense contractor executive for fifteen years. His assignments covered intelligence, training and battlefield systems, integrating state of the art technology to keep Americans safe. During this time, he authored multiple novels exploring the role of increasingly sophisticated technology in transforming our lives, and how men and women establish relationships in a mediated world.

Welcome! Please tell us about your current release.
It’s September 2001. Rik Bogart has built the ‘In’ club in lower Manhattan with his separation check from the CIA and the anguish of a lost true love. At least that was in his mind.

Ingrid Johanssen, an international news correspondent living in Baghdad, did not show up at the airport to accompany Rik when Saddam Hussein instructed him to leave years earlier, in 1991, just before Desert Storm.

Rik consequently spent nineteen months in prison after going back in a failed attempt to get Ingrid out safely.

But on a September evening 10 years later, she walks into his club seeking his help. Understanding he cannot resurrect the love that has haunted him, Rik refuses, but comes face-to-face with his continuing love for her.

He must overcome that decade of emptiness, and feelings of betrayal, to react when he realizes she is in the New York World Trade Towers on the morning of the terrorist attack. Then, that night, he finally learns what happened back in Baghdad and why.

In a hair-raising finish to the book, he decides to undertake a dangerous mission that will not bring her back to him, but, as a consequence, will make their reunion impossible. Rik draws on relationships and talents unused for more than a decade to tackle his task, knowing that, even if he’s successful, he must let her go.

What inspired you to write this book?
I was fascinated by the movie Casablanca and the novel Dr. Zhivago. Both told the story of how far someone would go for their one true love, even when they knew it was not going to end with them being together.

What exciting story are you working on next?
World Without Work will be available on Amazon later this month. It is the story of a world where half of the people can’t get a job because of automation. It traces the story of a young woman who has a job, but loses it. She must overcome impossible odds and a corporate predator who does not want to see her succeed, to triumph in the new reality with a little help from her friends and family.

When did you first consider yourself a writer?
In elementary school when I was named the editor of the school newspaper.

Do you write full-time? If so, what's your work day like? If not, what do you do other than write and how do you find time to write?
I am a corporate executive who develops strategies and works technology integration for a major corporation. I used to travel globally much of the time. Many of my novels were written in airplanes and in hotel rooms. I now find the time on weekends and evenings, often writing from sunup to sundown when the story begins to flow.

What would you say is your interesting writing quirk?
After writing from airplane seats for many years, I now write at a standup desk.

As a child, what did you want to be when you grew up?
An astronaut or fighter pilot.

Anything additional you want to share with the readers?
I hope you have as much fun reading my novels as I had writing them.


Thanks for being here today! All the best with your writing.

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