Nothing. It comes natural to me.
2. Synopsis of my two stories:
A female alien anthropologist is sent to Earth incognito, tasked with determining whether or not warring Earthlings should be eradicated and the planet put to better use. Her name is Tak. She is supposed to land in Kansas, incognito, in the middle of an English speaking country as she learned the English language, to study typical humans. But do to a SCUD missile test over White Sands, New Mexico, she is detected when gliding into Earth’s atmosphere in a small shuttle craft, and so she goes on over to the next continent, Europe, landing in Poland, to avoid capture. By chance, there she meets the Baron Von Limbach, an international arms merchant with powerful friends, and with a vibrant lifestyle.
A weak-minded heir in the US to a vast fortune becomes a follower of the Dalai Lama, and befriends a beautiful East Indian woman, also a follower. They put to use his money and are referred to the Baron in Taiwan to see if the Dalai Lama can be reinstated back into his beloved Tibet. He knows of an ex USSR biowarfare scientist, still in Kazakhstan, who developed in secret a way to modify Ebola so it only attacks a given race. If he can scare the Han Chinese communists out of Tibet, he can get the Dalai Lama back. The Baron discovers her alien race, and hosts her about the planet as her guide in his creating the race-specific Ebola. How to make it is actually detailed in the story.
The US Department of Homeland Security knows of Tak’s entry over the US since she was detected over White Sands, and one of its investigators chases leads to find Tak all over the planet, suspecting she may be an alien. In the meantime, the Baron, living in a world of rarified air, hosts her in lavish style and they become lovers.
Ernie and the Evils of Insurance
Ernie is a logger in the Pacific Northwest, and not a man of letters. Losing his logging job to a spotted owl, he is offered a 90 day job in LA as an insurance adjustor due to a mistake in credentials, in that, following a huge storm in LA, many trees were blown down, and it was thought that Ernie was experienced in fallen trees, as opposed to felling trees. He comes to LA, where he had never been, on his motorcycle with chainsaw in saddlebag. He is taught by a large insurance company how to cheat policy holders. An honest man, he declines and goes out to each claim on his motorcycle and settles the claims in the most unusual ways. There is a gubernatorial race with a candidate running on insurance reform legislation. The insurance company president that hired Ernie knows if the candidate wins, his systematic cheating will be over. An Indian chief wants a big loan from the insurance company to build a hotel/casino. A new type of Mafia in Las Vegas wants to manage the new hotel/casino for the Indian Chief. But the Chief will only get the loan from the insurance company if the gubernatorial candidate loses the election. The casino would be like old Cuba before Castro for the mafia, with no US government controls on the Indian nation. The Mafia decides to make sure the candidate loses the election by killing him. Ernie prevents that, and then Ernie ends up becoming a target of the Mafia.
3. How many hours writing:
I spend many, and a lot before dawn as I only sleep three or four hours. But at the moment, I am taking a break to see how these two stories are accepted.
4. I don’t really have favorite books. I enjoy reading many things, even Mahatma Gandhi. I loved the idea behind The Da Vinci Code. A favorite is The Wind and the Lion, by John Milius, but the movie was better than the book. I love the simplicity of the hero’s name: “I am Mulay Ahmed Muhamed El Raisuli the Magnificent, Lord of the Rif, Sultan to the Riffian Berbers, True Defender of the Faithful, the Blood of the Prophet runs through my veins, and I am but His Humble Servant.”
5. I am working on one called Faint Chance. That is the name of an exotic, half-German, half Laotian, young woman in Laos that has a very special secret in her tiny hope chest. I was inspired to write it when I visited my sister-in-law there, Wendy Chamberlin, then the US Ambassador to Laos.
Title: The Visitor
Genre: Science Fiction
Tasked by the Federation of Planets to determine if Earthlings present a threat as they venture into space, Tak, an alien anthropologist, leaves her starship orbiting Earth and takes a shuttle to Kansas. Intending to study humans in the United States—as she has learned no Earth language but English—she is detected while descending through the atmosphere and only evades capture by fleeing to Europe, where she lands in Poland. There, she meets an international arms merchant, Baron Von Limbach, who becomes her guide. She studies “typical” human behavior by accompanying the baron as he fulfills his latest assignment—to get the Dalai Lama back into Tibet. His method of halting the communist takeover of Tibet is to create a race-specific Ebola that will only attack Han Chinese, giving Tak a prime example of how barbaric humans can be. However, the CIA and US military are aware of Tak’s presence on Earth and are determined to capture her. And if she is unable to complete her mission and return to her starship—her captain will destroy every living thing on Earth.
Genre: Mystery, Thriller
Ernie, an experienced logger from rural Washington State, loses his job when the logging operation he works for is shut down due to the spotted owl. When he goes in to apply for unemployment, Ernie is persuaded to take a job out of state as a temporary insurance adjuster in Los Angeles. While he knows that Los Angeles will be a lot different than Sedro Woolley, Washington, and insurance adjusting a lot different than logging, really, how hard can it be? And there are lots of downed trees in Southern California after the recent earthquake and storms they had there. So packing up his trusty chainsaw in his saddlebags, Ernie hops on his motorcycle and heads south. But to his dismay, Ernie discovers that LA is a lot farther from Washington in more than just miles. Unprepared for the corruption and callousness rampant in the insurance industry, Ernie soon finds himself not only in trouble with his job, but on the top of an assassin’s hit list. Still, although Ernie might be a hick from the sticks, he’s far from stupid. Blessed with an innate intelligence, an abundance of common sense, and a redneck sense of humor, Ernie will give his enemies a hilarious run for their money…if he can just survive long enough.
Brent Ayscough or Ace, as he is known to friends, retired from the practice of law and lives in a house overlooking the sea in Southern California. He has always loved machines, from airplanes to motorcycles, structural design, and other interests. He has enjoyed the acquaintance of diverse and interesting people, and is widely traveled. Bits and pieces of characters he has known, places he has been, seasoned with the spice of his imagination, help him create unusual stories and characters. Extensive collaboration with experts and sources, hopefully, make his stories credible and interesting.
The Visitor on Amazon (Kindle)
The Visitor on Amazon (Paperback)
The Visitor on Goodreads
Ernie and the Evils of Insurance on Amazon (Kindle)
Ernie and the Evils of Insurance on Amazon (Paperback)
Ernie and the Evils of Insurance on Goodreads