Author Interviews: Angus Kennedy and A Trillion Dollar Man

Angus Kennedy, also known as Terry Kennedy, T.D. Kennedy and soon, Lucky Esposito.

The idea was to define the various brands so readers wouldn’t have to wade through a swamp of favourite characters—they could lean back and pursue their author’s new book.Angus Kennedy is the action/adventure pen name for the rip-roaring A Trillion Dollar Man Series. Terry Kennedy is the name for non-fiction, with a McGraw-Hill list, and those that are soon to be published on Amazon—including a definitive book about marketing Kindle Books. T.D. Kennedy is literary fiction for work like the madcap Love, Sex and Romance in Venice Beach is just readying for launch on Amazon. And Lucky Esposito is a lean sax player, a devotee of Sonny Rollins, a rowdy jazz guy, as salacious and bold as Mark Twain. Here’s a taste from his newest novel:

You have become a Buddha of the moment. Things never get better, nor do they get worse; they simply change. More money will only-ever present you with new dimensions of fear and endless tasks that must be tended.  Steal time from the taskmaster; do something really naughty, fly with your shadow side, get laid in public, rock the boat with orgasms.  Jump on a wild stallion, a vision of what you would be like if you were not hanging on so desperately, waiting for, planning to do when your ship comes in, when you retire. You will be pushing up daisies, rotting away as food for worms within a time that goes by quick as the shimmy of a hummingbird―never act coy with life; she loves you, and with her timeless, beloved conjugal partner, death, she is going to take you out.”  – Lucky Esposito

When and why did you start writing?

Storytelling, the art of the raconteur, may actually be the oldest profession. Spinning yarns has always vibrated like crazy in this brain pan. My mom told me that we went to the zoo once when I’d just learned to talk, and we watched the giraffes for a very long time. Back at the kitchen table with a glass of fresh lemonaid, she asked, “So Terry, what were the giraffes doing.” And apparently, I thought a bit: “They were walking, walking, walking, mom.” Ah, to learn to do such fine sentences now, that’s my prayer.

What inspires your writing?

The staggering honour, the always amazing opportunity of being blessed with a human lifetime.

How would you define creativity?

A pure liberation. The great training in an author’s practice is learning to allow one’s real self out of the bag. Being authentic! Whenever we read from the text that gives us gooseflesh, a Louise Erdrich or a Raymond Carver or Molly’s dream at the end of Ulysses: 

. . . shall I wear a red yes and how he kissed
me under the Moorish wall and I thought well as well
him as another and then I asked him with my eyes
to ask again yes and then he asked me would I
yes to say yes my mountain flower and first I put my
arms around him yes and drew him down to me
so he could feel my breasts all perfume yes and his
heart was going like mad and yes I said yes I will yes.

Suddenly we are all a-tingle. We are bearing witness. We are in the midst of what enlightened mind actually is, the voice of our authentic selves. 

Do you have any writing rituals to get you in the mood for writing?

None. It just races through like greased lightning.

If you could, what would you go back and tell yourself as a writer starting out?

Ride more fast horses. Spend more time sneaking off from day jobs so I could go talk sweet nothings with my girlfriend. Never be to artsy-fartsy and demean cash flow.

What do you believe makes for great writing?

Learning to allow yourself to be your authentic self, editing at least 5 times, playing a lot and putting hours and hours and hours into the keyboard.

Which writers have influenced your writing?

Louise Erdrich in Love Medicine.

How do you measure success as a writer?

Feeling the madcap high of putting words through the keyboard, or pen or pencil or whatever.

Have you ever hated something you wrote?

No. By the 5th edit one begins to understand what one is trying to say.

What’s your biggest fear as a writer?

The terror of writer’s block. I countered that gruesome ruffian right at the beginning of writing practice by sketching out ideas with chapter headings, writing and outlines, doing the scratch coat for hundreds of books and stories, enough that I knew I would never have time to finish.

What traits do you feel make a great writer?

The never ending, uncontrived, burning desire to put word to paper or screen or whatever.

Describe your latest book to our readers

The Trillion Dollar Man series is Maid Marian and Robin Hood for the 21st Century. Jenny Warren is the black sheep of a blue blood Connecticut family that goes clear back to the Alexander Hamilton days. She took off to the mountains of China and became a 10th degree Shaolin priestess.

Billy Clayton is a retired Special Ops Marine, and the first person to break the trillion dollar mark together.

The two of them start a “salvage” company taking down horrendous characters from all today’s deeply troubling patterns like the big wigs who buy and sell human chattel into modern day slavery.

A Trillion Dollar Man is the first novel, and the problem Billy & Jenny face is international trade in animal parts. Large mammals will probably be extinct in the wild by 2050: polar bears from global warming; tigers because the Chinese use their penises for traditional medicine; of course we all know the great pachyderms are being eradicated 24/7 by the ivory trade and on and on and on. Even our own black bears are being slaughtered for their gallbladders—again for traditional Chinese medicine.

The average person is outraged, then saddened, the frustrated by feeling powerless. The sustainable community will listen closely, but how does one touch base with the ordinary folk and the right wing.

That was the challenge. No sweat getting the Sierra Club’s attention, but how could I get the majority of human’s to listen. Then it struck me—a series of action/adventure books like The Bourne Identity, only Jason and Marie morph into Billy and Jenny and fight the really disgusting private sector people on the planet rather than the CIA.

We are just putting this book up and testing it with giveaways, etc. In order to test it for the new book on marketing Amazon books.

What would you like readers to take away from your writing?

What a treasure to have a life on this gorgeous little blue planet, and how crucial this time on earth is for Homo sapiens. There is a hefty chance that we will destroy ourselves with our disgusting stewardship.

The directive is not: save the planet; mother earth does not care. She will belch us right off like the dinosaurs. It’s a matter of Save Homo sapiens, by paying attention to our fragile toehold on the earth.

Do you have any tips for aspiring writers?

Fall madly in love with the way it feels when your mind is all a-jitter, and your fingers are wearing the paint right off the keyboard.

Can you give our audience a writing prompt to help get them writing?

Ernest Hemingway is purported to have always stopped at a very exciting place when he finished for the day, so he would be drawn right in and ripping to go for the next round.

What’s next for you?

Ready to jump into a whacky, cross country chase book that is very cinematic.

 


Trillion Dollar ManTrillion Dollar Man

By Angus Kennedy

YOUR BEST FRIEND IS DEAD ON HIS LIVING ROOM FLOOR

Suddenly you’re jerked into a scene right out an intense action thriller book. You’d planned a transpacific adventure with him and other close friends on your huge, historical sailboat. Without mercy, you’re locked into a nightmare like an FBI thriller, a CIA black ops story and a detective crime book all rolled into one.

WHAT IF YOU WERE THE FIRST PERSON TO BREAK THE TRILLIONAIRE BARRIERYou’ve seen clearly that billionaires are as tedious as any other financial stratum. Bored with making money and the

You’ve seen clearly that billionaires are as tedious as any other financial stratum. Bored with making money and the lammo conversation of the rich and famous; you have retreated to your Texas ranch and re-channeled your energy into raising outstanding quarter horses.

YOU ARE A FORCE RECON MARINE, RETIREDYou are a lethal engine designed not just for combat, but intense mental reconnaissance while fighting.

You are a lethal engine designed not just for combat, but intense mental reconnaissance while fighting.

A BRAND NEW ACTION-ADVENTURE SERIES COMES ON LIKE A THERMONUCLEAR REACTION

With huge thrust the Trillion Dollar man books begin and explode right off the page. Don’t kill anyone’s best friend and for sure, not a Force Reconnaissance Marine’s.

YOUR BEST FRIEND’S STATELY HOME LOOKS LIKE A WARZONEYour heavy duty, Marine Corps, battle damage assessment drills, remote sensors location exercises and your initial terminal guidance training all kick in at once.

Your heavy duty, Marine Corps, battle damage assessment drills, remote sensors location exercises and your initial terminal guidance training all kick in at once.

A disgusting detective crime scene right out of an gritty, suspense laden mystery book is in your face. But at the same time, it’s more much bigger, like huge action adventure books; it’s instantly obvious that something more sinister than ordinary cops stuff, than mystery crime stories is going on, something big and weird right out of a series of huge, black op action thrillers is at play.

The destruction is like one sees in war novels, like American Sniper―like the weapons one finds in Special Forces fiction. Some big, sinister group is on your back, something like the government conspiracy against Jason in The Bourne Identity, like heavy government surveillance novels, like CIA fiction, like all of it: FBI thriller, CIA black ops, and a detective crime book in the same instant.

YOU KNOW INSTANTLY THAT YOU WILL FIND THE UNFRIENDLIESBecause of your training for deadly force encounters, you engage instantly. “The United States Marine Corps Force Reconnaissance detachments, or FORECON, operate in deep reconnaissance, direct action, and the control of supporting arms; to convey military intelligence beyond the means of a commander’s area of influence in the battlefield . . . .”

Because of your training for deadly force encounters, you engage instantly. “The United States Marine Corps Force Reconnaissance detachments, or FORECON, operate in deep reconnaissance, direct action, and the control of supporting arms; to convey military intelligence beyond the means of a commander’s area of influence in the battlefield . . . .”
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YOU ARE A VERY HEALTHY VET LIKE CHRIS KYLE IN CLINT EASTWOOD’S MOVIE, AMERICAN SNIPERWhen you retired from the Marines, you never stopped long enough for Post-Traumatic Stress Syndrome to rule your world. On returning to civilian life you saw clearly―from combat shocking you into an eyes-wide-open view of life―that the Uber-Rich own everything. That you needed money to have a wife and kids and put your training straight to work in the money markets.

When you retired from the Marines, you never stopped long enough for Post-Traumatic Stress Syndrome to rule your world. On returning to the civilian life you saw clearly―from combat shocking you into an eyes-wide-open view of life―that the Uber-Rich own everything. That you needed money to have a wife and kids and put your training straight to work in the money markets.

 

About the Author

Scott Mullins is a freelance writer and digital content manager. When he’s not finding ways to distract himself from writing his novel he writes killer copy for companies all over the world. Connect with Scott on Twitter @ScottMullins86 or LinkedIn. He’s always looking to connect with other writers.