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Gordon Campbell is a Winnipeg born Canadian who’s spent most of his life in Japan. He’s worked as an English teacher, a market entry consultant with a focus on the medical and sporting goods industries, and as a sales director for a corporation with multiple product lines.

He’s presently working on the second novel of a series initiated with The Courier, and its protagonist, Gregg Westwood.

Gordon leans on his experiences built around decades working and traveling in Asia. He’s trained at several karate dojos, run full marathons, and skied black diamond hills in the Japanese Alps.

He played American football at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver and started in the Canadian championship game known as the Vanier Cup. Gordon is a member of Psi Upsilon Fraternity, Sinim Masonic Lodge, and the Tokyo Valley of the AASR.

When he’s not writing, working, attending one of his daughter’s vocal concerts, pumping iron, or at a lodge meeting, you’ll find him dining with his wife Mako at their favorite local bistro.

WEBSITE & SOCIAL LINKS

Website → https://www.gordonjcampbell.com/

Facebook → https://www.facebook.com/gordonjcampbellauthor/

Twitter → https://twitter.com/GcampbellGordon

BOOK BLURB:

An expatriate businessman, Gregg Westwood, leaves the Officers’ Club at an American Air Base in Japan unaware about the impression he’s made on two intelligence agents. They sized him up as someone with potential for strategic deployment, and more importantly, he’s under the radar.

Gregg’s exploits start with what he thinks is a one-off assignment as a courier, and the straightforward task spirals out of control. He’s forced to rise to the occasion and use every resource available to survive. Even his family is jeopardized which forces him to return to Japan to settle scores.

The Courier is one man’s struggle to fight for survival in a world that he’s not been trained for and where violence and retribution are the names of the game.

 

Praise:

 

“The Bottom Line: One of the year’s best thrillers.”

–BestThrillers.com  ​

“With such fine attention to detail in creating some amazing scenes, I give The Courier 4 out of 4 stars. Campbell creates an amazing and well-edited adventure that could even someday work on the big screen. Readers that enjoy action adventures or thrillers will likely enjoy this one as well.”

–Official review by Kendra M Parker, OnlineBookClub.org

“The Courier is an exciting ride from start to finish. I couldn’t put it down and wanted more when it finished.”

–Gyle Graham, entrepreneur and longtime Tokyo expatriate

“The Courier would transform well from a thriller novel to an action movie.”

–Michael Harrison, marketing expert and martial artist

ORDER YOUR COPY

Amazon → https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B07W89JND1?

 Goodreadshttps://www.goodreads.com/book/show/47808197-the-courier

Interview:

Would you call yourself a born writer?

Shall we answer with a qualified “yes.”

Thousands of hours of my life were spent behind the keyboard developing marketing material, short stories for Japanese English Radio, and my blogs.

These exercises kept the artistic flame burning until focused time and energy was committed to writing The Courier.

What was your inspiration for The Courier?

The people met, and places visited while working over two decades in Japan inspired The Courier.

I asked myself what would happen if a salesman without military training entered into a dangerous situation unfamiliar to anything in his world. Could he stand up, persevere, and protect his family and friends?

How long did it take you to complete the novel?

The novel’s drafts were written and rewritten for three years. My editor pushed me to “kill my darlings” and create “new darlings.” I’m hoping some of the characters cut from The Courier will be resurrected as the “Gregg Westwood” series develops.

Are you disciplined? Describe a typical writing day.

I wake up early and brush Oliver, my cat. This rewarding task is followed by a cup of coffee, and at least one hour of writing before the family wakes up. More time is spent writing on weekends when the day job doesn’t impede my creative time.

What did you find most challenging about writing this book?

Most people love to learn but hate to be taught. There were honest and sometimes brutal critical evaluations received during the developmental phases of The Courier. I learned to take the hits and bounce back with improved work.

What do you love most about being an author?

There’s something magical about being genuinely into a story. The characters seem to act on their own accord, and the dialog will sometimes surprise you.

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?

The Courier was submitted to some first novel competitions and received encouraging professional evaluations. I sent early drafts of The Courier to agents who replied with well written and mostly kind rejection letters.

It’s easy to contract developmental editors and copy editors. My collaboration with editors resulted in the final version of The Courier. It’s currently available on Amazon as a Kindle e-book, paperback, and an audiobook performed by Kevin Stillwell.

Self-publishing through Amazon expedited the book launch and made The Courier immediately accessible to the American military and expatriate communities in Asia. The results have been encouraging and we are enjoying the journey.

Thank you for your consideration of The Courier.

 

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