Interview with Connie Malcolm, co-author of 'White Rogue'

CONNIE MALCOLM is a recovering journalist who worked on The Globe and Mail in Toronto. She has worked previously on ten books of nonfiction authored by her husband, Andrew. She lives in the Los Angeles area with her husband and the youngest of their three sons.

About the Book:

Cold War era biological experiments are resurrected and after Boston experiences a seemingly inexplicable bio-terrorist attack, the Center for Disease Control’s Dr. Davie Richards and Federal Bureau of Investigation Special Agent Paula Mushari once again join forces to uncover who is behind it. An obscure reference to a Dresden project found amid crash site evidence marks them both for execution. Paula and Dave are forced to leave Boston in the middle of the night and head to Washington, D.C.,where they soon find that anyone they contact also becomes the target of assassins. When the daughter of the CDC’s director is taken hostage, Dave and Paula come face to face with an evil that forces them to question the very nature of duty and service to country. With the help of one man, they learn the true meaning of dark operatives while they desperately try to stop another bio-attack from happening.

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Q: Welcome to The Writer's Life!  Now that your book has been published, we’d love to find out more about the process.  Can we begin by having you take us at the beginning?  Where did you come up with the idea to write your book?

(These answers have been prepared by one of White Rogue’s authors Connie Malcolm.)

White Rogue by Dr. David R. Fett, Stephen Langford and Connie Malcolm has its roots in a Cold War era biological experiment called Operation Osprey. While much has changed since many in our country feared covert invasions from communist countries, we once again are living in a society concerned with threats against our way of life. Since 9/11, it has been the threat of terrorism from Islamic extremists.   

Q: How hard was it to write a book like this and do you has any tips that you could pass on which would make the journey easier for other writers?

White Rogue was an unusual challenge because there were three of us involved in producing the book. In a way that partnership made the process a bit more fun at times with two others to help work out the kinks. As for advice, I would say develop a good outline. An outline doesn’t limit you, you can stray from it, but it helps to organize the linear progression of the story.  

Q: Who is your publisher and how did you find them or did you self-publish?

We chose to self-publish with Amazon’s Create Space. 

Q: Is there anything that surprised you about getting your first book published?

This was not the first book for any one of us. David and Stephen wrote the first book in the series, White Sleeper, and I worked on ten books of nonfiction authored by my husband, Andrew H. Malcolm, a former New York Times and Los Angeles Times correspondent.

Q: Can you describe the feeling when you saw your published book for the first time?

I think it safe to say that we all felt a sense of relief that it was finally finished and out in the public domain. 

 Q: What other books (if any) are you working on and when will they be published?

We are just in the beginning stages of the third installment of the series. No title yet – stay tuned.

Q: Fun question: How does your book contribute to making this world a better place?

David Fett once told me that he was amazed how easily some people blindly put trust in others or sometimes institutions of government. I know we all hope that White Rogue is entertaining but we want people to think a little more deeply about the world we live in.

Q: Finally, what message (if any) are you trying to get across with your book?

Trust but verify. No, just joking. We just want people to enjoy it.

Q: Thank you again for this interview!  Do you have any final words?

Read White Rogue.


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