Today, I’m excited to introduce you to MTW_2017 participant, Jordon Greene. Writing novels from his home in Concord, NC, near Charlotte, his newest conspiracy/political thriller is titled, They'll Call It Treason, and it’s available in Kindle and paperback format.
Let’s take a peek at the plot:
A journalist's body is found abandoned in a Washington alleyway.
A state representative is brutally murdered in Raleigh.
A Virginia Congressman's life is threatened by a radical militia group.
When one crucial moment turns FBI Agent Ethan Shaw into a fugitive, he finds himself on the run, fighting back against the country he swore to protect. Framed for a crime he did not commit, Ethan will risk everything to prove his innocence and protect the ones he loves - but the truth he will uncover poses a far deeper threat.
They took everything from him: his career, his partner, his freedom. How far will Shaw go to get it all back?
Tell us something(s) about the book that the blurb doesn’t reveal:
The protagonist in the story, Ethan Shaw, is a former Marine Recon sniper and the book takes place largely along the Blue Ridge Parkway.
What was your favorite or most surprising comment about the book?
"This is a scary story presenting scary possibilities. The characters are realistic and likable, the plot twists and turns take you on a journey that we can only hope is fictional. This book might give me nightmares. Great read."
I never took the story as scary, but after this reviewer left this five-star review for the book on Amazon, I sat back and though about it some. If the events of this book were to take place, then it really is scary to think about.
If given a chance, which author (living or dead) would you like to meet (have met)?
That's a hard one. I am a big James Rollins fan, but my first favorite author was and probably will always be Michael Crichton. Whether the story is about dinosaurs like in Jurassic Park and The Lost World, controversial medical procedures like in A Case of Need or about some cool new technological possibility like in Prey, Crichton was always able to enthrall me in the story and keep me begging for me. I'll never get to meet him, but I wish I could have.
If your book was made into a movie, who would you cast as which characters?
Well, technically I wrote the story with Sam Worthington in mind for my main character Ethan Sean, so I guess that's the first one. I also had Michelle Monaghan in mind slightly for the role of Ethan's fiance, Kate Conner. My family tells me that Dan Stevens should play the antagonist's character of Sean Abrams and that Adam Arkin could be a good Richard Hunt, an older Executive Director in the FBI in the story.
What other jobs have you held (even what you’re doing currently):
I currently work as a Full Stack Web Developer at SHOE SHOW, Inc., which basically means I design websites from the ground up with my hand in every aspect of the site's development. Before I moved into my current job I did some freelance development work as well as part-time positions in the photo lab at Walmart.
What gave you the idea to write this book?
As I've told people before, there really was no one thing that gave me the idea for They'll Call It Treason. It's more a series of little things. With my background in political science and involvement in the political arena from 2006 to 2015 I worked closely with several state-level elected representatives. Through that I got a little closer look at how politics moves and runs, and as most would probably assume, it's not always so above board, sensible or fair. The first character you meet in the story actually is a North Carolina State Representative who is, in reality, a mix of characteristics from some real representatives I worked with during that time.
What are you working on next and when do you expect it to be on the shelves?
My next story, To Watch You Bleed, came out recently. It's a dark psychological horror thriller based in a rural North Carolina town that tells the story of one family's not so festive Halloween night. It was released on Kindle, paperback and hardback on January 10, 2017.
Who are your favorite writers and why?
I've already mentioned Michael Crichton, but he's definitely among my top three favorite authors. The way he blends some astonishing technological advancement with a harrowing story of survival, like Jurassic Park and Prey, just resonates with me a lot.
My other two would have to be James Rollins and Marie Lu. They are in completely different corners of the writing scene but I'll read anything they write. James Rollins is most famous for his Sigma Force series which he started with what was originally a standalone from my understanding, Sandstorm. I love how he blends some neat technological or scientific discovery with some historical event that has a loose end and takes that string and weaves the coolest thrillers, what he called "scientist with guns" stories.
Marie Lu is a young adult author who first came to fame with her amazing Legend Trilogy, starting with the book Legend (naturally). With my background in politics and my particular political bent, I love dystopian stories. Marie Lu combines my love of the dystopian story with a dual first person story that makes you fall for the characters, even if they're bad guys like her latest trilogy, The Young Elites.
If you were going to dabble in a different genre, what would it be and why?
This is one I've thought about a bit lately. I'd really like to dabble in some science fiction, but I don't think I want to go full Star Trek or Star Wars type of deal, though I do love some Star Trek. If I do eventually tackle science fiction it will likely be along with an amalgam of psychological thriller, horror and some dystopian elements, focusing more on the psychological and horror elements. Otherwise, I think at some point, maybe some young adult, but I really like the thriller, especially horror now that I've dabbled in it.
Where can Readers Find You?
Readers can always find me at my website at www.JordonGreene.com