What did you do first
write your book or seek out an agent or a publisher?
I started writing my
first book, "Contract for Deceit" and when I was into
it a good way, I began to do some research as to what step to
do next. Everything I read specified that when writing fiction
you have to have the book finished before seeking out a publisher
or agent, so armed with that information, I buckled down and
finished the first draft of the book before I even looked at
When I read CONTRACT
FOR DECEIT for review I was really caught up in the story. Is
this tale based in fact or is it the product of your fertile
Well, obviously, Duprel
Oil and Gas is fictional. (although, just between you and I,
I worked on a couple of National Sales Meetings of some of the
larger Oil Companies and I used what I saw and heard there for
a lot of in-depth information) The stories of the Avro Arrow
and the Orenda Iroquois engine are all fact. The Avro Arrows
CF-201 through CF-206 were test aircraft that were being put
through their paces based on fulfilling a contract for an all-weather
interceptor requested by the Canadian Military. The contract
got pulled and the aircraft and all work on it was ordered destroyed
even though the performance specifications were far ahead of
anything that anyone had hoped for. The mystery remains to this
day as to WHY. Many of the details about what happened to the
craft and the engine are verified facts, including the details
about the brains of Canada being taken aboard by NASA. According
to many, the moon landing would NEVER have happened without AVRO's
Canadians being at NASA.
Can you tell me how you
came to decide to write in mystery thriller genre?
To answer this question,
all you have to do is take a look at the books that I have laying
around the house. My favourite authors include Dean Koontz, Tom
Clancy, Robert Ludlum and Clive Cussler. Just to name a few that
I feel have been most influential to my writing. I have always
been a fan of conspiracies and have a great interest in things
that nobody can offer a brick-solid explanation for. To this
end, I like to take something that has basis in fact and then
simply say..."What if?" To me, there is nothing that
is more fun than knowing that somewhere, someone is reading simply
because they have to find out what happens next.
Is there a reason why
you chose not to use a pen-name?
To be perfectly honest,
I never even considered using a pen name. I suspect that vanity
plays a little in my decision because I like to take credit for
things that I have worked on.
I find that I particularly
enjoy writing series because when one book is finished I don't
have to say goodbye to the characters I know as friends, rather
I follow them as they enter their next adventure. I believe you
have just had a book accepted for publication by electricbooks.
Is this your second book featuring some of your Contract for
Deceit characters? Would you tell us a bit about that book.
have not accepted "Common Foe" for publication yet
but I'm keeping My fingers crossed that they will like it enough
to publish it and most definitely we see Jean-Val Fincoeur, Patrice
Fincham and even Phil Shaddock again. "Common Foe"
is the second book and I'm currently working on the third book
in the Jean-Val/Patrice series; "No Return," with creative
concepts already begun for 3 more that as of yet have no titles.
The best way to describe "Common Foe" is with this:
Your vacation has been cancelled.
That is what Jean-Val Fincoeur finds out when he and his Canadian
friends come across some information while attending the celebrations
of the supposed crash of a UFO near Roswell, New Mexico. The
information sends Jean-Val on a daredevil run for the Canadian
border with the most powerful intelligence agency in the world
doing everything they can to prevent him from getting home with
the evidence he is carrying. Being in business is a gamble, but
gambling with your life is a dangerous business. Ex-American
and new Canadian citizen, Patrice Fincham, learns that lesson
the hard way when she begins investigating the history of a bank
account owned by a Royal Canadian Air Force pilot that died more
than fifty years ago. Canada's Intelligence agency, CSIS, will
do whatever it takes to prevent Patrice from discovering how
and where that pilot died. Although they don't know it, Jean-Val
and Patrice have come across two secrets that are so incredibly
interwoven that it might be assumed they were working together.
Thank you David for a
most interesting interview. Lots of luck with your future work,
I look forward to reading more of Jean-Val, Patrice and even
that scoundrel Shaddock.
At 42 years of age, David
D. Furlotte resides in Markham, Ontario with his wife and 3 children,
but spent most of his formative years in St. John's, Newfoundland
and Montreal, Quebec. Two years after finishing a course in business
communications with Seneca College he started a business that
was instrumental in getting him to see the world for the next
15 years until 1996 when he sold the business. David has traveled
throughout the world in his career as a Multimedia Project Manager,
staging business events worldwide. He admits that this experience
has given him great insight and help in writing, from the main
character to his attention to detail. David has been directly
involved in marketing and communications areas with some of the
largest corporations in Canada and has acted as advisor and consultant
in addition to doing the same type of work portrayed by the main
character in his books. He has taught business marketing skills
to students at Humber College and has taught multimedia presentation
courses to students at his old alma mater, Seneca College. He
can also be heard every Saturday evening on CFRB 1010 doing his
weekly piece for the "Strange Days ... Indeed" talk
To learn more about David Furlotte
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