Friday, December 14, 2012

Beach Chat with Bob Doerr

It’s no big secret I’m a 29-year military spouse so when the opportunity came along to chat with an Air Force veteran who writes mysteries/thrillers, well, suffice it to say it’s a thrill to have Award winning author stop by for a beach chat today!   

Today we’re chatting with:   Bob Doerr

Recommend a Beach Read:  This is actually a tough question because there are so many good books from which to pick.  Since I’ve joined Sisters-in-Crime, I’ve tried to read more books by SINC authors -- the group has a lot of talent.  Most would be good beach reads, and while I think any of my own books would be perfect to read on a beach, I’ll hold off on the self promotion for now. I just finished No Bells, by Marilyn Meredith and would recommend it to anyone sipping a Mai-Tai on the beach right now.

Most cherished beach memory:
I’ve had the good fortune to do a lot of traveling in my life and have spent many days on beaches all over the world. However, the time I spent in Spain and on its beaches with my wife and children are my most cherished.

One author, living or dead, with whom you’d like to sip Mai Tais with on Waikiki Beach:  Another very tough question, but I guess I would have to go with Agatha Christie.

Worst non-writing job you ever had:  Probably my paper route as a kid.  Any job that makes you wake up before five in the morning should be outlawed.

Favorite quote or saying:  Theodore Roosevelt’s “The Man in the Arena.”  It’s a fairly long quote, but worth reading:  "It is not the critic who counts: not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles or where the doer of deeds could have done better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood, who strives valiantly, who errs and comes up short again and again, because there is no effort without error or shortcoming, but who knows the great enthusiasms, the great devotions, who spends himself for a worthy cause; who, at the best, knows, in the end, the triumph of high achievement, and who, at the worst, if he fails, at least he fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who knew neither victory nor defeat."

"Song that you dance to (when no one is watching): How can you not dance to “Groovin” by the Young Rascals?  Of course that may date me a little.  <<Hark!  Is that the sound of a harmonica?  It is!  So grab your go-go boots and dance along to this classic!>> 

Three of your favorite things: If we’re talking things non-human, then in no particular order, I would have to go with my old book collection, taking my grand kids to the movies, and traveling.

Two secret vices:  Unfortunately they’re not so secret: One, eating anything one might find at a bakery, and second, procrastinating things a little longer than I should, or maybe a little longer than that.

One pet peeve: People who want to tell me their politics. Obviously a big irritant lately as we end this election cycle.  

BIO:  Award winning author Bob Doerr grew up in a military family, graduated from the Air Force Academy, and had a career of his own in the Air Force.  Bob specialized in criminal investigations and counterintelligence gaining significant insight to the worlds of crime, espionage and terrorism. His work brought him into close coordination with the security agencies of many different countries and filled his mind with the fascinating plots and characters found in his books today. His education credits include a Masters in International Relations from Creighton University.  A full time author, he has published five mystery/thrillers, the latest, No One Else to Kill, was released in November 2012. Two of his books were selected as finalists for the Eric Hoffer Award, and Loose Ends Kill was awarded the 2011 Silver medal for Fiction/mystery by the Military Writers Society of America. Another Colorado Kill received the same Silver medal in 2012.   Bob lives in Garden Ridge, Texas, with Leigh, his wife of 39 years.
Bob’s published works include five mystery/thrillers: Dead Men Can Kill, Cold Winter’s Kill, Loose Ends Kill, Another Colorado Kill, and No One Else to Kill.
Bob can be reached via his website,, or directly by email at  He also has an author page on Facebook.

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