Updated: May 21
Interview with Stephen Ross
A tense thriller in which the elimination of a notorious drug lord responsible for the deaths of hundreds of thousands of people is the number one priority for the incredible team of two recently retired SEALs. Will Operation Wolf Hunt be a success?
You’ll find out when you read Stephen Ross' new book.
Today I'm meeting with Stephen Ross, with whom I recently worked on the cover of his military thriller novel, Operation Wolf Hunt.
Stephen Ross practiced law until retiring in 2017.
His first novella, Memoir From Hell received the 2019 Reader Views Reviewers Choice Award and the 2019 Independent Author Network Book of the Year Finalist Award. It was praised by Reader Views as "realistic and genuine ... the ending is dramatic and haunting," and by author Anthony Avina as "an emotionally charged novel that needs to be read." Stephen's other work includes, Power Lust, a legal and political thriller set in California, and a supernatural thriller, The Visitor, which you can download for FREE from stephenrossauthor.com - I will share a little secret with you. I already did it!
Born in Iowa and raised in Nebraska, Stephen now lives in San Diego, California. When he's not writing, he enjoys reading, hiking, camping, and movies.
Talking to Steve was a real pleasure, as well as working together. Do you want to know more about Stephen Ross? Keep reading ...
Who is Stephen Ross?
A 72-year old man with more questions than answers. Just the reverse of how I thought it would be when I was 18.
What made you start writing?
I’ve always felt the need for a creative outlet. I believe most people do in some form, whether it’s dance, acting, music, painting, beading, gardening, or fly-tying. I’ve been a musician and an actor in the past, and have always been fascinated with the way words can paint pictures, scare you, make you laugh, and let you escape into worlds reality forbids.
What did you discover about yourself in the writing process?
That I enjoy writing a lot more than practicing law.
What was the most difficult part of it?
Keeping my derrière glued to the chair.
Ha-ha-ha! You're funny!
I wonder what books you read as a genre, a topic?
My taste in literature is very eclectic. I read everything, from poetry to horror novels. I’d get bored reading the same thing over and over. Like much else in life, variety brings the spice.
Do you have any favorite authors that you can claim have shaped you as a writer?
They’ve all helped me as a writer. The great ones, the good ones, and the not so good ones. A writer can learn from all other writers, whether it’s something to incorporate into their work or something to avoid.
How did the idea for your new novel come about?
Where do ideas come from? That’s a good one. I don’t really know. With Operation Wolf Hunt, like my other books, I was just sitting around trying to come up with a new story, and the idea of taking out a drug lord popped into my head. Beyond that, I have no clue.
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About Operation Wolf Hunt
Luke Garrett is the world's best sniper, with 181 confirmed kills. Chuck Reagan is his spotter. Both men recently retired SEALs and are living peaceful lives far away from the savagery of war in the Middle East.
Carlos "El Lobo" Quintana is a vile and notorious drug lord responsible for the death of hundreds of thousands of people and the suffering of millions more. The CIA wants to stop him, and they want Luke and Chuck to do it.
Will they accept the challenge for the greater good? If they do, will they succeed?
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Are you intrigued? Me, for sure. You can read an excerpt from Operation Wolf Hunt on Amazon, as well as purchase it, if you wish, in Kindle or paperback formats.
And a little personal question. Do you think that the writer recreates parts of himself in his novels?
Oh, sure. I don’t believe there is any way around it. All we have to work with is our life experience and how that has shaped us. It may be something that is actually a part of the writer’s life, like a wheelchair-bound writer creating a wheelchair-bound character. Or it may come from the writer’s fantasy world, like creating a superhero character. Or it may come from the writer’s subconscious, and who knows what might be lurking there?
This is your fourth book to hit the market. What are you working on right now, if it's not a secret?
Funny that you should ask. Just this morning, I was drinking coffee and watching the sun start to make an appearance. Something about the colors in the sky triggered a thought from a character I’d not met before. I set my coffee down, turned on the computer, and voilà, the first page of what may be my next book. Don’t ask me any more about it because I don’t know where it’s going. I’ll just keep putting down sentences and see what happens.
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