Author Guest Post
Top 10 Things You Want Us To Know
About Your Writing Career
By: Jack Patterson
10. My first journal entry consisted of me writing about the soccer game I had just played during recess -- a nice foreshadowing of my career as a sports journalist.
9. My first published article was three paragraphs long and came about as a result of me begging our local newspaper to let me write up my school’s junior high basketball games and have them printed as I wrote them. I was 13.
8. Many of the “breaks” in my writing career came as a result of nobody wanting to do the job. The first happened my junior year in high school when no seniors wanted to be the editor of our school paper.
7. Not long after taking the role as editor of my school newspaper, my local daily newspaper asked me if I would help them by answering phones on Friday nights during football season.
6. At age 16, my sports editor at our local paper asked me to write a sports column on Major League Baseball players from our coverage area.
5. My first published column included my predictions for the 1991 Major League Baseball season. I predicted the Atlanta Braves, which were the worst team in baseball in 1990, would make it to the World Series and lose. I was mocked and ridiculed -- until the Braves actually made it to the World Series. To be fair, I also predicted that the Braves’ actual World Series opponent, the Minnesota Twins, would finish last in their division.
4. I attended the University of Georgia to pursue a journalism degree, which was also home to my favorite columnist, Lewis Grizzard.
3. One of my other big breaks in in my writing career occurred when I was 22 and working at a daily newspaper in South Georgia. Everyone on the sports staff quit just before summer and I was the lone employee. Once the newspaper exhausted all of their interviews and offered the job to someone else, he turned it down and they gave it to me. Being No. 2 never felt so good.
2. My first (and only) major national writing award came at the expense of my alma mater, when I tracked the story of NCAA sanctions against Georgia’s football program. I owe my success to hunting down all the major sources in my piece to an insurance salesman named Don and the team’s backup quarterback who was rooming with me for the summer.
1. I have written for The New York Times, the Atlanta Constitution, the Palm Beach Post, the San Diego Tribune, the Fort Worth Star-Telegram, the San Jose Mercury-News, The Sporting News and many other newspapers and magazines -- and none of it compares to finishing a novel, something I never dreamed I would be able to do.
About The Author
After graduating from one of the best journalism schools in the country, I took a job as a sports editor in South Georgia and learned firsthand about the passion of high school sports in rural America. I thought I knew before, but I didn’t. This was another world.
I also had the opportunity to cover major sporting events like the Olympic Games, the World Series, the Super Bowl, and the Final Four. It was a thrill!
But nothing was as thrilling to me as uncovering the truth in investigative assignments. I once broke a story about a prominent southern football team’s NCAA violation -- and found out the violating coach had committed suicide only a few months earlier. The story won a national writing award and stoked my desire to write about these issues. It made me realize that the sports world was just another fantastic backdrop for drama.
After writing non-fiction books with athletes, for athletes, and ghost writing for many others, I decided to enter the world of fiction writing. It had been something I wanted to do but never found the time. So, I made the time--and am now having a blast. I hope you enjoy reading my novels as much as I enjoy writing them!
Cross The Line by Jack Patterson ~ Virtual Book Tour Page: Partners In Crime Virtual Book Tours
Book 2: A Cal Murphy Thriller Series
Publisher: Hangman Books
Publication Date: November 25, 2012 (1st ed.) / March 12, 2013 (2nd ed.)
Format: Paperback - 256 pages / Kindle - 481 KB / Nook - 2 MB
Genre: Suspense / Thriller
BUY THE BOOK: Cross The Line
BARNES & NOBLE
BUY THE SERIES: A Cal Murphy Thriller
Book 1: Cross Hairs
Book 2: Cross The Line
BARNES & NOBLE
Disclaimer: I received a copy of the book from the author / publisher in exchange for my honest review and participation in a virtual book tour event hosted by Partners In Crime Virtual Book Tours.
When veteran NFL quarterback Noah Larson finally guides his team to the Super Bowl, his dreams -- and life -- are dashed when his six-year-old son is kidnapped for a unique ransom: lose the game or his son dies. Seattle sportswriter Cal Murphy and photographer Kelly Mendoza get pulled into an FBI sting to help rescue Noah's son in Mexico. But when everything falls apart, Cal and Kelly are left to save themselves, save Noah's son, and save the Super Bowl.
My Book Review:
Veteran NFL Seattle Seahawks Quarterback Noah Larson is finally getting a chance to play in the Super Bowl against the Miami Dolphins after ten years in the league. After the Superbowl, Noah will be retiring to spend time with his wife Ellen and six year old son Jake, he hopes to retire as a Super Bowl champion quarterback. But his hopes are dashed when he receives a call that Jake has been kidnapped on his way to the school bus stop, and is being held by a drug cartel in Mexico. The ransom demand is steep: throw the biggest game of his career or Jake will be killed.
The Seattle Times sportswriter Cal Murphy has covered the Seattle Seahawks for years. While watching the team practice for the Super Bowl, he notices that Quarterback Noah Larson isn't prepping for the game like he usually does ... something is wrong and he's going to find out. When Cal learns about the abduction, he and photographer friend Kelly Mendoza go undercover in Mexico for the FBI, to help rescue Jake and save the Super Bowl, only to have their plans go awry and suddenly they find themselves in the middle of a dangerous situation and in need of being rescued too!
In the second book of the Cal Murphy Thriller series, author Jack Patterson weaves an intriguing tale of suspense with a football twist that keeps the reader sitting on the edge of their seat guessing what will happen next. This fast-paced action packed thriller is written in the third person narrative featuring the adventures of the dynamic duo of Seattle sportswriter Cal Murphy and photographer Kelly Mendoza, as they attempt to help rescue an NFL quarterback's son from a dangerous Mexican drug cartel. With the Seahawks favored to win over the Dolphins in the Super Bowl, a father's dream of retiring as a champion quarterback is dashed when the ransom demand is for him to throw the biggest game of his ten year career. This riveting story takes the reader on an adrenaline rush of an adventure as they get drawn into the dangerous situation that awaits Cal and Kelly. With short chapters that engages the reader to continue reading; the drama, suspense, twists and turns will satisfy diehard thriller fans as the story unfolds. And if that isn't enough, adding the Super Bowl element to the storyline is a bonus that any football fan will enjoy!
Even though this is the second book in a series, it can be read as a stand alone story. But if you enjoy this one so much, go back and read the first book, Cross Hairs, for the introduction to the crazy adventures that beckons Cal Murphy and Kelly Mendoza!
With a quirky cast of characters, witty dialogue and interactions, a richly detailed and descriptive plot and settings, Cross The Line has enough drama and suspense to make this one hell of a thrilling read!
RATING: 4 STARS ****