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I’m always in the wrong place at the wrong time, but it gives me things to write about.

I’ve spent most of my life living, working, and traveling in foreign countries. For some reason, wherever I am a war breaks out, or there’s a revolution or a military takeover. People suspect that I have something to do with these events, but I swear I don’t. I just happen to be on the spot, and most of the time I don’t know what’s happening.

I’ve been writing all my life, and about three years ago I started publishing my novels. Since then I have published six novels: No Way to Peace, The Admiral’s Daughter, All the Flowers, Infamy, A Shower of Roses, and Sara's Laughter, which was published on December 1, 2011. They are suspense novels, and readers tell me they can't put them down.

I write novels not only to entertain but to bring a deeper understanding of how the major events of our time challenge our values. In their pursuit of lofty goals, my protagonists encounter situations that expose their inner conflicts and test their commitments.

My books appeal to educated readers of serious fiction and are popular with reading groups. They all have book discussion guides that include an introduction, a conversation with the author, and questions for discussion.

My first career was in journalism with the Wall Street Journal, after which I served in the army during the Vietnam War. Then I joined a large international bank and worked overseas, initially as an economic and political analyst, applying skills I learned in journalism and the military. My years of living, working, or traveling in foreign countries have given me settings for my novels (Buenos Aires, Madrid, London, Santo Domingo, and other places).

Interview with Tom Milton

What's more scary: being in a country that's recently broken out into war, or trying to get a book published?

In my career I was often in countries when war broke out, or a revolution began, or a government cracked down on the opposition, and as scary as those situations were, they were not as scary as trying to get a book published. Your chances of getting out of those situations alive are much greater than your chances of getting published. Luckily, publishers turned down my earlier novels, which now I’m glad were not published, and the ones I think are really good are being published.

If you could be any character in fiction, who would you be?

I’d like to be Philip Marlowe in Raymond Chandler’s detective series. It would be fun to make the kind of wise cracks that Marlowe makes to the bad guys he encounters. Of course, I’m nothing like Marlowe, and I never think of a wise crack until it’s too late.

Which deceased author would you most like to take out to dinner?

Graham Greene, one of my favorite writers who died on my birthday and I hope bequeathed some of his talent to me. I’ve read all of his books and both of his autobiographies, and he’s still a mystery. There are so many questions I’d like to ask him, starting with “Who are you?”
 
Did you ever read a book and then wish you had all that time back?

Yes, it happened recently. The book was Freedom by Jonathan Franzen, and for all the hype I thought it was a total dud - no characters, no plot, no point.

If you had a book club, what would it be reading and why?

Of course the club would be reading my novels, which are very popular with book clubs. The club would also be reading books by Isabel Allende - her latest, El Cuaderno de Maya, is wonderful - and by Lily Tuck, Ann Patchett, and Anne Tyler.

What is the greatest challenge you have had to overcome in your writing career?

Making a living. My father told me I would never make a living as a writer, and I ignored him for a while, pursuing a career as a journalist (which paid the rent) and then a career as an international banker (which got me into all kinds of situations), always writing. My father was right in that very few people make a living by writing fiction, and I must confess that after having six novels published, I still have my day job, being a college professor (which I love).

What is the best writing advice you've ever been given?

A wise man (a very famous writer, whose name I’ll withhold in confidence) told me: Write about what hurts. And that’s what I’m doing.

Do you ever base characters on real people you have known?

Oh, yes. But they always get transformed in the process of developing them. Even my mother didn’t recognize herself in a book in which a character was based on her. And there are real people who have so many elements that I can base many characters on them, all of them different.

What is a favorite novel of yours that nobody else seems to have heard of?

An Act of Love by Eileen Lanahan. It’s for young adults, and I wouldn’t have read it if my publisher hadn’t given it to me. I liked it very much.

Name a book that you'd be embarrassed to be seen reading.

I wouldn’t be embarrassed to be seen readying anything. I’d be embarrassed to be seen not reading.



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The Golden Door ePub download by Tom Milton
The Golden Door
Tom Milton
Tom Milton, August 2012
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Tom Milton, August 2012
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The Golden Door
Tom Milton
Nepperhan Press, LLC, August 2012
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Sara's Laughter
Tom Milton
Nepperhan Press, LLC, August 2012
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A Shower of Roses
Tom Milton
Nepperhan Press, LLC, October 2011
ISBN: 9780982990414
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The Admiral's Daughter
Tom Milton
Nepperhan Press, LLC, October 2011
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No Way to Peace
Tom Milton
Nepperhan Press, LLC, October 2011
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All the Flowers
Tom Milton
Nepperhan Press, LLC, September 2011
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Infamy
Tom Milton
Nepperhan Press, LLC, June 2011
ISBN: 9780979457951
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