A Pure Double Cross – Author Interview- John Knoerle

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a-pure-doublecrossPaperback Writer is pleased to announce the visiting author for today is, John Knoerle. Author of Join John Knoerle, author of the mystery/thriller novel, A Pure Double Cross: Book One of the American Spy Trilogy (Blue Steel Press), on his first virtual book tour with Pump Up Your Book Promotion!

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR:John Knoerle’s first novel, “Crystal Meth Cowboys,” was optioned by Fox for a TV series. His second novel, “The Violin Player,” won the Mayhaven Award for Fiction. His new novel, “A Pure Double Cross,” is Book One of the American Spy Trilogy. John lives with his wife in Chicago. You can learn more about John Knoerle at www.bluesteelpress.com.

ABOUT THE BOOK:Cleveland, Ohio, 1945. Hal Schroeder returns from a two-year stint behind German lines as an undercover agent for the OSS. The horrors of war have left him bitter and cynical. He is recruited by the FBI to infiltrate a local mob that is pulling bank heists. The feds have concocted a sting operation to capture the head of the gang and they want Hal to execute it. He agrees. But Hal Schroeder is no longer interested in being a hero. Hal Schroeder is interested in a fat payday.

Hi John Knoerle,

Welcome to Paperback Writer

PBW: Will you share with us how you came up with the idea for this book, “A Pure Double Cross”?

JK: I read a book about the British intelligence service in World War II titled “The Double Cross System” by Sir John Masterman. It was fascinating, and inspired me explore the world, and the methods, of the double agent.

PBW: Do you plan your stories first with an outline or does it come to you as write it?

JK: Mysteries and thrillers, in my opinion, require an outline because the plot is so important.

PBW: Do you know the end of the story at the beginning?

JK: Yes.

PBW: Do you have a process for developing your characters?

JK: Nothing formulaic, though I might borrow physical characteristics and odd quirks from friends and family members.

PBW: It is said that authors write themselves into their characters. Is there any part of you in your characters and what they would be?

JK: The lead character, Hal Schroeder, is a wiseacre, just like me.

PBW: What is your most favorite part about this book?

JK: That’s like asking a parent which child they like best.

PBW: When in the process of writing your book did you begin to look for a publisher?

JK: I waited until the book was completed.

PBW: What do you want readers to remember and carry with them after reading your novel?

JK: There’s no deep-dish message, just a little rumination on the difference between trust and loyalty. Mostly I want readers to have fun.

PBW: Do you have plans to write another book?

JK: “A Despicable Profession: Book Two of the American Spy Trilogy” is already completed and will be published later this year or early next year. I’m at work on Book Three.

PBW: Where can readers find a copy of your book?

JK: It’s available at bookstores and Amazon.

PBW: Do you have a website for readers to go to?


Thank you, John, for sharing your book and characters with us today. It has been a pleasure and I hope you have had a successful virtual book tour.

A PURE DOUBLE CROSS VIRTUAL BLOG TOUR ’09 officially begin on March 2 and will end on March 27, ’09. You can visit John’s blog stops at www.virtualbooktours.wordpress.com in March to find out more about this talented author!


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