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About the author:
Gary Grossman, author of EXECUTIVE COMMAND, EXECUTIVE ACTIONS and EXECUTIVE TREASON, is a print and television journalist, an Emmy Award-winning network television producer, and a film and TV historian.
His career has included stints producing for NBC News, ABC, CBS NBC, Fox, PBS, and more than 40 cable and broadcast networks.
Grossman partnered with Robb Weller in Weller/Grossman Productions, a prolific documentary and service and information television production company. Together, they produced more than 9,000 programs and earned numerous awards including the prestigious Governor’s Emmy Award for their 1996 USA Network special, “Healing the Hate,” and an Emmy for Best Informational series with the 2002 production of “Wolfgang Puck” for Food Network.
He began his career at 15 as a disc jockey at WHUC, his local radio station in Hudson, New York. He went on to work at Boston television station, WBZ; joined the Boston Globe as a special contributor, and then became a full-time television critic and columnist at the Boston Herald American, before moving to Los Angeles. His articles have also appeared in the New York Times and numerous magazines. He has taught journalism and media classes at Emerson College, Boston University, and USC. Grossman’s two previous acclaimed non-fiction books, Superman: Serial to Cereal and Saturday Morning TV, cover television history.
Grossman earned a Bachelors’ Degree in Communications from Emerson College in Boston and a Master’s Degree in Urban Affairs from Boston University.
Grossman lives in Los Angeles with his wife, writer Helene Seifer, and their children Sasha, Zachary, and Jacob. He serves on the Emerson College Board of Trustees and the Boston University Metropolitan Advisory Board.
About the book:
The Third Political Thriller in the ‘Executive’ Series by Gary Grossman.
The clock is ticking down to an attack on America’s most vulnerable natural resource: Water.
Our nation’s water resources are high on terrorist target lists, but low on America’s consciousness. Water sources are largely unprotected, providing open access to any enemy with chemicals and bio toxins.
So far we’ve been lucky. But that luck won’t last.
This is the all-too-real-and-present danger facing President Morgan Taylor and Secret Service Agent Scott Roarke as they desperately try to prevent hell-bent terrorists from destroying America and its infrastructure city by city, and state by state.
Fact-based in frightening detail, Executive Command is a political thriller that will leave you pondering its strong possibility the next time you pour a glass of water.
Watch the trailer: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qViHfjhv_Ys
Would you call yourself a born writer?
I love to write. My day job is producing and writing television documentaries and service-and-information shows for a variety of networks. At night, I hit the computer again, jumping into fiction – which in fact is like holding up a mirror to tomorrow’s news. Crafting clever sentences, creating dynamic characters and driving an exciting plot forward remains a great thrill for me. Was I born to do it? I’ll put it this way, I was absolutely born into the right family in upstate New York. My mother served a campaign manager for a local mayor and Congressman. And my father was in law enforcement. I suppose that gave me a huge jump start in how many of my opinions were shaped and how both worlds could come together through dramatic story telling.
What was your inspiration for EXECUTIVE COMMAND?
As a novelist in the political realm, I try to “think the unthinkable.” That means I not only devour news on a daily basis, I dig deeper and consider “what if?” The underlying plot in EXECUTIVE COMMAND is a very clear and present danger – the threat to our most valuable and vulnerable natural resource – WATER. It’s timely, relevant and very scary.
What themes do you like to explore in your writing?
I like to call my novels “political reality thrillers.” That means they’re more than political thrillers. I deal with a strong sense of real threats and how people would really interact as they deal with them. The themes have included Russian sleeper cell spies still working in the U.S. (EXECUTIVE ACTIONS), the power of hate radio and a coup attempt drawn from actual history (EXECUTIVE TREASON) and attacks on our nation’s water supplies in the latest book in the series, EXECUTIVE COMMAND.
How long did it take you to complete the novel?
EXECUTIVE COMMAND took a year from initial writing to eBook publication/distribution by Diversion Books.
Are you disciplined? Describe a typical writing day.
My typical drill is 3 pages per day. That’s 90 pages a month, 180 pages after two months. I can complete the first draft in five months if I keep up the pace. Some days it’s more. And then other days I just do research. But the key is to keep going forward and think through the next day’s plot developments just as I go to sleep.
What did you find most challenging about writing this book?
The greatest challenge was getting back into the principal characters’ heads and lives. I had taken a few years off between EXECUTIVE TREASON and EXECUTIVE COMMAND. I needed to re-read my own work in order to recapture the details of my characters. Then, once I started writing, they did the hard work for me. They basically told me what to write. As odd as that sounds, it’s really what happens. Characters take over.
What do you love most about being an author?
Truly the thing I enjoy the most is hearing from readers; especially readers-turned-fans. My ongoing characters become familiar to them. They want to see them grow and take on new adventures. Just the other night a reader told me she thrilled to dive into EXECUTIVE COMMAND on her iPad and get back to Scott Roarke, Katie Kessler, Penny Walker, “Touch” Parsons and Morgan Taylor. She knew them so well, they were like friends. What a tribute.
Did you go with a traditional publisher, small press, or did you self publish? What was the process like and are you happy with your decision?
My publisher is Diversion Books in New York, a dynamic new publishing house founded by agent Scott Waxman. I have a wonderful editorial director, Mary Cummings. Together, Scott, Mary and their team they have fashioned a wonderful route for my books to get real attention domestically and around the globe. We’re also working on opportunities to bring the stories to film and television. Believe me, I constantly think about who would make a great Scott Roarke. I’d certainly love to hear from readers as well.
Where can we find you on the web?
My website is www.garygrossman.com. I invite everyone to check it out and write me. I really try to answer every email that comes through my portal.