Yeah! The Harry Seaburn Thriller Series debuted in January 2015 with The Feathered Virgin, the first of seven books telling the wild and mordantly comic story of a thief who is tough, brash, running on empty and wants a good woman, anybody’s good woman, but he tends to kill people and what good woman would want him? A new novel follows every month until Harry’s final caper, The Cracker Kingdom, in July 2015.
It’s hard to know where to begin in telling the story of the stories about Harry. Except to say Harry is a hard-nosed thief and hopeless romantic who has no money despite the millions he manages to steal, no woman to call his own and half the criminal world wants to kill him, for good reason.
He operates around the edges of two great criminal syndicates that would happily crush him as irritating competition. He makes money out of crazy, taking on gigs no other crook would dare. He believes there is no real life outside of his personal thief’s paradise in a circus town between the Gulf of Mexico and the Everglades. And he couldn’t manage to stay alive or survive his mismatched loves without the help of his stripper landlady and a hippie throwback swamp woman. And a guy named Bitter Bob (you’ll find out) and a mega supergeek who hates all humans but Harry.
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The Joy of Crime(writing)
by Harry Seaburn
I’ve been told that in the pages of some of the better magazines I have been accused of encouraging criminality by my thrillers making it all seem like great fun. Yeah, well, it is. Great fun, I mean.
Also hard, hard work. I’m like most crooks – a happy, lazy man. I don’t like work, hard or any other kind. I prefer the quiet life with a beautiful, intelligent woman – your woman, perhaps? – than to be out grubbing around for a living. If you call rough work like rescuing maidens from burning yachts and stealing million-dollar paintings from museums floating in shark-infested seas fun (that’s in The Feathered Virgin), well, you need a shrink more than I.
On the other hand, and at the risk of offending my readers’ well-known sensibilities – of course, if you had any of those you wouldn’t be reading my life story, you’d be wallowing in tea cozy mysteries or over-educated police procedurals. Whoa, back to the point: people read about me because crooks are attractive. We are fun. We let our emotions run away. We feel a compulsion and we compulse.
Most of all, we don’t care about consequences. If I want to throw a man down the stairs in a restaurant, I do. Then I sit down to lunch. If I want to make a pass at the prettiest girl within seven leagues when her husband turns away, I do, and take the slapping or the punching if I’m not fast enough to run for it.
People like me do what we want. What can be more appealing than that? We have so much fun being bad you just can’t resist us. Go ahead, read The Feathered Virgin and just try to resist me. Ha!
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What Comes Next in Thrillers?
Once Harry’s comic crime caper series is done, I plan to concentrate on continuing two other projects. First, The Dirty Wars Novels that began with The Runaway Man and are hard core thrillers featuring men and women who find themselves where they never wanted to be and must fight their way out. The next book in the series is called Soldiers of Misfortune, and that tells a lot about the story. Second, the sequel (not yet named) to Running in Heels telling the second, and tougher, half of the story of woman sucked into a bizarre crime who has to fight her way deeper into crime to fight her way out.
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What’s Next in War Novels?
After the first three novels in The Vietnam War Collection – Ghost Soldiers, War Lover and Saigon Blues – comes War and the Newby about how young soldiers become Soldier and Poisoned Hearts about the harsh aftermath of a harsh war. With luck, I’ll have both of these ready by the end of 2015 just in time for your Christmas gift-giving, if you really want to give your giftees something that bites and won’t let go.
For more war stories, check out my blog Forgotten War Stories by clicking this image:
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What’s Next in Other Writing?
Plenty. In fact, too much. I’ve been writing all my life, mostly for others but as often as I could for myself, until I discovered indie publishing.
Oh, I had a novel published in hardback in the traditional way, and published again in paperback a few years later. Magazines bought some of my short stories. But mostly I piled up manuscripts that I thought one day would allow me to break into traditional publishing.
Then I discovered ebooks. Once I realized I could publish ebooks on my own and find and build an audience without interference and at better royalties, I quit my day job and indie writing and indie publishing are what I do full time.
The downside is it’s all so much fun and I have so much freedom to do whatever writing I want that I’m piling up projects faster than I can complete them.
So what comes next for my other kinds of writing? A “pre-post apocalytic” noir thriller set in the moment of change from one world to another. A war novel that tells the story of the most colossal mini-battle in the Vietnam war. An Arthurian romance told in a bizarre new way. Some more comic space opera. And a spin-off thriller trilogy based on a character in the Harry Seaburn series. Also a children’s comedy about a winged dog.
All this, if I survive my current project list, is set for 2016.
Cheers and thanks for asking!