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Talking Superpowers, Drumming and More with Bestselling Author E. Alan Fleischauer

Alan Fleischauer’s book ‘Just Die’ is a thrilling adventure that has readers and reviewers raving about it. In the past Fleischauer was best known for his epic award-winning westerns, but recently he turned his attention to a new genre that fans are grateful for. Recently, Fleischauer’s new book ‘Just Die’ soared to the top of the bestseller list. ‘Just Die’ is clearly a “must read” this season, sweeping readers into an enthralling story, loaded with intriguing characters and taking them deep into a story that will keep them guessing from beginning to end.

Here’s a teaser to give you a taste of what the excitement is all about. “Shortly after Jake Silver, a successful young financial advisor sells his business, he suffers a mild stroke and ends up in the hospital. Thanks to some clot-busting drugs, he recovers rapidly, only to find he’s not the man he used to be. When he discovers that he can point his finger at anything — red squirrels, marauding coyotes, drug lords, dictators — and make it die on the spot, Jake has to decide whether to use his powers for the good of the country.”

This book will have you on the edge of your seat, and leave you wanting to read more of E. Alan Fleischauer’s books. Recently he took some time out of his hectic schedule to talk to us about writing successful books, his process, and of course what’s coming next.

Do you try more to be original or to deliver to readers what they want?

Original for sure. I write for myself and my enjoyment of the process. I think it would be impossible for me to guess what the readers want. There are too many genres to address and so little time.

Did you ever envision ‘Just Die’ would be turned into a featured film and if so who in your opinion would you like to play the lead characters in the film?

Oh, yes. I would say half the people that read the book commented on how it would be a great movie. My wife thinks Matt Damon would be perfect for the part. I wonder if he is available? LOL.

How do you select the names of your characters?

That is an excellent question. The question could be expanded to names for cities, saloons, etc. In ‘Just Die’ it was easy as I just used real cities. As to names, I must confess I used my dogs’ name, Jake, for my protagonist. He was a big lovable golden retriever, may he rest in peace. The others were sometimes selected by the roles they played, a detective would not be named Geronimo, but a native American, yes. I pulled some names from my friends that wanted to be in the book, also I used names of some people I’m not fond of as antagonists. I did however change the last name! I also write Westerns and I’m always looking for interesting saloon names. The Swine Trough is one of my favorites.

‘Just Die’ is different from your books, did you find it difficult to write in a different genre of book?

No, not at all. I have done a collection of short stories, Just ‘Another Morning’, that covers many genres. From a detective novella called’ Sherlock and the Tiger’ to a story on 9-11. I’ve also written an illustrated children’s book called ‘Charlie Lou Goes to the Rodeo’.

And of course my many Westerns – ‘Rescued’, (First Place in the Laramie Award contest.) Then ‘Hunted’, ‘Kidnapped’ and ‘Tommies’, all in the JT Thomas series.

When you are not writing what do you enjoy doing for fun?

Writing is part-time. My day job is being a financial advisor and I’ve been in the industry for well over 35 years. I have about one hundred clients and I managed nearly ninety million dollars for them. My financial website is Reconfigurement.com and it focuses on reconfiguring one’s life after the age of fifty. Also, I’m a singer and drummer in a classic rock band.

All of E. Alan Fleischauer’s novels are available on his website.

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