Interview with mystery author Samuel Jay

Today’s
special guest is mystery author Samuel Jay. We’re chatting about his new suspense novel, Deception.
During
his virtual book tour, Samuel Jay will be awarding a signed copy of Deception to a randomly drawn winner. To
be entered for a chance to win, use the
form below.
To increase your chances of winning, feel free to visit his other tour stops and enter there,
too.
Bio:
The author and his wife,
Joan, live in Hunterdon County, NJ. As a public relations professional he and
his firm successfully handled major public issue campaigns, including raising
$68 million to build Liberty Science Center, now the nation’s fourth largest
hands-on science museum. He is also president of a family-owned water utility. Deception is his third novel.
About Deception:
Lieutenant
Jack Morro has just days to go before being sent home from the war in Vietnam.
But after inadvertently learning of evidence of a conspiracy involving his
captain, he is hit by the captain’s ‘friendly fire’ in the midst of battle. He
is left for dead but is only wounded, captured by the Viet Cong, and
imprisoned. When Jack is reported killed in action, his fiancé, Diane – a
rising New York journalist – plunges into alcoholism. A media giant named Vidal
helps her recover, and Diane falls in love with him. But Vidal has secrets –
including a connection to Jack’s supposed ‘death.’

However,
Jack is alive, and after a year of imprisonment, he manages to escape. But he
comes home to find Diane married to Vidal and his life still in peril from the
information he learned in Vietnam.

Vidal,
Jack, and Diane find themselves wrapped in a web of romance, deceit, and danger
– and none of them will escape unscathed.

What inspired you to write this
book?

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My desire
to create a hero out of torture in the Vietnam War although I was never in the
military.
Excerpt from Deception:
Manhattan, November
1971
Standing in the men’s department at Macy’s, Diane Gannon
smiled as she enthusiastically fingered her way through layers of folded
sweaters to find one for her fiancé, Jack, who’d soon be coming home from the
war in Vietnam. Alongside her was future mother-in-law, Grace Morro, also
smiling as she held a shopping bag in both hands. Out in the center aisle,
heel-clicking women shoppers marched along on their way to Ladies’, some of
them peeling off near Diane and Grace into other rows and racks of men’s
clothes. Brightening the scene, broad paths of sunlight flowed through the
large windows on Seventh Avenue, revealing rows of appealing merchandise as
saleswomen stood behind glass counters, chatting with customers or placing
clothes in gift boxes.
Diane stood in low heels, wearing a brown suede jacket over
a white sweater and black slacks, her dark, reddish hair pulled back in a
ponytail, her sculptured face of fair skin and striking eyes heightened by a
cleft in her chin. Holding up a light blue sweater by its shoulders, she looked
over at Grace and said, “What do you think, Mom? Wouldn’t this look great on
Jack?”
Wearing a gray overcoat open down the middle, Grace nodded.
“Yes, it would. It really would, but I can’t stop feeling nervous about him.
Him still over there. Won’t stop ’til he’s home. Two years of worrying. Sorry,
hon.”
Diane lowered the sweater and arched her eyebrows at Grace.
“Thirty-five more days and all our worries will be gone! He’ll be home just
before Christmas!”
Grace nodded.
“Meantime, he’s still over there, in the fighting.”
What’s the next writing project?
I have just
started my next novel, and will complete it after I am through promoting this
book.
When did you first consider yourself
a writer?
I
considered myself a writer based on a master's in journalism from Columbia
University followed by success as a public relations pro, handling major public
issues (raised$68 million to build Liberty Science Center -- now the nation's
fourth largest hands-on science museum) after which I took over as president of
a water utility my father owned when he passed on early in life.  I sold the PR business after which I had the
time to write.  That's when I became an
author.  I still handle the water utility.
Anything additional you want to
share with the readers today?

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I encourage others who have writing skill to
find a comfortable genre and go to it!

Links:
Website
| Facebook | Amazon (the book will be free during his
virtual book tour).

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