Interview with writer Charles Denyer

Writer Charles Denyer joins me today. We’re
chatting about his political history non-fiction book, Number One Observatory Circle, the Home of the Vice President of the
United States
Denyer is a federal cybersecurity and national security expert, and a noted
vice-presidential historian. He received his undergraduate degree from the
University of Texas at Austin, along with a Master of Information Systems from
The Johns Hopkins University, and a Master of Nuclear Engineering from the
University of Tennessee at Knoxville. He lives in Atlanta with his wife, three
children, and their happy crew of dogs.
Charles specializes in a wide variety of security and compliance initiatives,
such as FISMA, DFARS, 10 CFR Part 810 National Nuclear Security Administration
(NNSA) compliance, FIPS, FERC, NERC, U.S. National Security Critical Infrastructure
Protection (CIP), CMSR | SSP, GLBA, FFIEC, NIST SP 800, HIPAA, ISO 27000
series, payments industry, and more.
He is also
actively involved in numerous professional associations and organizations for a
wide range of industries and business sectors, such as the American Nuclear
Society (ANS), ISACA, and the Cloud Security Alliance (CSA), just to name a
few. Expertise includes information security, cyber security, national security
and homeland defense, and conducts independent research projects on specific
subject matter for various entities.
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Welcome, Charles. Please tell us about
your current release.
It’s the
first ever publication written on the home of the Vice President of the United
States of America.

Built in 1893, the handsome and stately Queen Anne-style
home is surrounded by a forest-like setting, complete with lush greenery,
wildlife, and the serene sounds of nature, yet sits just footsteps away from
the bustling traffic on Massachusetts Avenue.

From never-before-seen photos to candid
conversations with former Vice Presidents, family members, political power
players of their time and others – Charles Denyer brings to life untold stories
and memorable moments of the three-story, green-shuttered mansion covered in
layers of off-white paint and the people who were privileged to call it home.

What inspired you to write this book?
I was just
outside of the Pentagon on 9/11 and as I walked back to my apartment, I passed
by this beautiful home and was adamant I learn all I could. When no book was
present, I decided to author one.
Excerpt from Number One Observatory Circle, the Home of the Vice President of the
United States:
Former Vice
President Walter F. Mondale chuckled as he spoke about kids foolishly
attempting to jump the fence onto the grounds of the residence, only to find
themselves spread-eagled on the ground by a cadre of Secret Service agents. “It
didn’t work out for them, and I’ll bet you they didn’t know what hit them . . .
it was not what they planned on,” laughed Mondale in reference to a party
William had thrown one evening.
What exciting story are you working on
A book
on Camp David.
When did you first consider yourself a
In high
Do you write full-time? If so, what’s
your work day like? If not, what do you do other than write and how do you find
time to write?
No, just
part-time, as I work in national security and cybersecurity.
What would you say is your interesting
writing quirk?
I only
write 250 words at a time!
As a child, what did you want to be when
you grew up?

I appreciate your time today, thanks for
stopping by!

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