About the Author
Tell us a little bit about you.
I’m a retired air traffic controller who loved reading as a kid but hated what the school system made me write. I really didn’t enjoy writing until I had the chance to put down on paper what I was interested in – and that was thrillers and mysteries. I’m a father of four girls and living with a houseful of women has been wonderful and challenging all at the same time. I wouldn’t have it any other way.
I love writing and wish that I had not put it off for so long in this life. I have so many stories waiting to make their way to the page, I hope I’ll be able to get them all down before it’s all over.
What do you feel is your greatest accomplishment as a writer?
To have found that one person who has never read a book beyond what they were forced to read in school, grab them, and pull them into a story and have it hold them until the last word. And then have them tell me that because of me, they’ve found a whole new world of wonders in books. Pretty awesome.
Who is your favorite author(s) and why?
I’m a huge Stephen King fan. I’ll read just about anything he writes. I grew up frightened and huddled in my bed loving his imagination and how it made me feel. I wanted to be able to do that. Make a world come alive in someones head. I try my best, but he is the master and always will be in my eyes.
I’m also a huge fan of Lee Child, Harlan Coben, and James Patterson. Lately, I’ve been thoroughly enjoying Russell Blake, Barry Eisler, and Blake Crouch.
Do you have any suggestions for writers just starting out?
This sounds so cliche, but here goes: Write the next book. In this new age, if you want folks to keep coming back, you have to stay in their vision. Create a series and write in it like a mad man (or mad woman). Putting out one novel a year just doesn’t work anymore. Unless you’re Stephen King.
If you could exchange lives with any of your characters for a day which character would you choose and why?
I’d love to spend the day as Jaxon Jennings. He doesn’t take any bullshit from anyone and lays it out there like it is. Being honest is hard sometimes and he makes it seem easy.
If your book was made into a movie which actor/actress would play which character(s)?
Jaxon Jennings – Nick Nolte
Ray Maningham – Chris Pratt
Victoria Jennings – Catherine Zeta Jones
Laurelyn Hawks – Jennifer Lawrence
If the book being featured is part of a series, tell us more about it.
The Jaxon Jennings series follows the story of a homicide detective and private eye whose life fell apart after the death of his son. Though he has dealt with the guilt of losing his son to a crazed killer, he always seems to find innocent victims to help. Under all his toughness and cantankerous personality is a man who needs to save those who cannot help themselves. It’s his purpose and his curse.
What does writing mean to you?
Writing is a release for me. I love the feeling I get when the story unveils itself to me in the throes of actually writing it. It’s the closest thing to magic in this world that I know. I am still truly amazed at what my subconscious reveals to me when I’m in “the zone.” Pretty awesome.
Let’s get personal. Tell us 5 random things about you the person, not the author.
- I love sweets. Any kind.
- My father and my wife are my heroes.
- I love airplanes
- I write music and play several instruments
- My grandkids are the new love of my life. So much fun
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About the author’s latest release & inspiration
Release Date: February 21, 2017
Tell us about your book.
All private eye Jaxon Jennings wanted was a vacation— just a few days to lie under the warm Caribbean sun with a cold beer. A much-deserved break from tailing cheating spouses, ex-cons, and insurance scammers.
But Jaxon’s hopes for time off are upended when his friend Max’s strange behavior lands the poor guy in the middle of an island murder investigation.
Jaxon works hard, and fast, to clear his friend’s name but makes a startling discovery: Max is a man with a dark past.
Unfortunately, someone from that dark past wants Max in prison or dead or both—along with anyone who tries to protect him.
Desperate for answers, Jaxon races to save Max from a killer—and a murder rap.
Can Jaxon exonerate his friend in time, or will the killer find him first? Is Jaxon next on the hit list?
From the first page of his latest Jaxon Jennings thriller, Eye Strain, author Richard C Hale mashes the gas and refuses to let up. A pulse-pounding manhunt that hooks you in and refuses to let go, Eye Strain will keep you guessing to the very end.
What inspired you to write this book?
I love the idea that peoples’ past are mysterious places where secrets are held close to the vest and their lives are not what they appear to be. Everybody has secrets. What are yours?
What do you hope readers will get out of your book?
A few “What the heck?” moments they didn’t see coming. I love the twist.
What can readers expect when they open your book?
A ride that starts off fast and doesn’t let up until the shocking ending. And maybe, the beginning of a new character. Who knows?