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The trilogy with Mark Young, a political consultant as the main character, tells the story of his travails during the course of three political campaigns, and includes elements of deceit, danger, romance, humor, and exotic international and domestic settings, in other words, plenty of action and character development to go around. I don’t believe there has ever been a book or video series with a campaign as the setting with a political consultant as the lead character. In my own experience, I have been fortunate to work at the highest levels of numerous institutions: In the White House I wrote the plans to market the reorganization of the federal government and was directly involved in the successful efforts of Civil Service reform and also to reduce regulations on transportation, communications, banking, energy, and other industries that were put in place by lobbyists to inhibit competition. I traveled the nation speaking to the media on regulatory reform.
In addition, I created the media offices in Sidney, Monte Carlo, and Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida and trained and managed the staffs to oversee the communications of the Men’s professional tennis tour, the ATP Tour. In that role, I gained an understanding of the international media as I oversaw the production of a bi-weekly news magazine and several annual books, as well as the world championship tournament with 400 international reporters. I also wrote the public relations plan for the PGA Tour Golf Hall of Fame in Florida and was involved in the successful effort to organize thoroughbred horse racing into a business (National Thoroughbred Racing Association) as well as a brand that could be successfully marketed.
I have also been involved in marketing and communications in other businesses including a yearlong study looking at a national network to promote education as a for profit business through a 24-hour a day media network. No matter the business, like most people, I have observed common threads of tension, intrigue, trust, despair and elation in human nature as I managed various aspects of those operations, and I have incorporated those experiences into my writing. I continue to be amazed how many segments of our society are inextricably linked by their excess and focus on power. That too figures prominently in my writing.
Through a strong commitment to improving the lives of the less fortunate, I have been involved in several non-profits. After thirty-five years of helping children with cancer through being a counselor for many years as well as on the board of directors of an organization called Camp Sunshine, and also from my time and experience in the Vietnam War where I received the Bronze Star, I have witnessed the saddest and worst part of people, and also the best. In addition, from my close association with people around the world searching for peace, health and freedom through the activities of The Carter Center, which operates in the 80 poorest nations in the world, I have observed the value of continued hope and commitment to difficult but worthwhile causes. I understand that many of these experiences are unusual for most people, and hope they improve my intention and insight in the books.
By writing fiction, I’ve try to expand on my history and the events I have observed. I still have a long way to go in tapping into all of that rich material, particularly since politics and entertainment so often go hand in hand, as I hope I have demonstrated in my work. These will be exciting areas for me to investigate and discuss while I continue to write about them. As I mentioned earlier, the third book in the trilogy concerns the interactions between the campaigns and the time of history of Ross Perot, Bill Clinton, and George Bush, a vast political world for me to plumb. I have stories to tell.