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My name is Mike Pettit, Author,Writer, Novelist, Scribe, whatever. My alter egos, John Locke, Jack Marsh, Damian Wolf, Kimo Kanoa, and their pals live in my head 24/7, non-stop. They are like tracer rounds ricocheting around my brain. I know there are other like me out in the cyber world going though the same thing.

This is the go-to joint for everything suspense and mystery, a stake-out for writers that want to share their thoughts. Come on in, drop anchor, grab a cup of joe (or latte), and let's talk murder...or writing about it.

Sunday, December 26, 2010

THE THRILL OF WRITING THRILLERS

The insanity  required to write about murder and crime on a daily basis takes it's toll on normal people. I, a thriller writer of five novels filled with murder, killing, action sequences that would make Bruce Willis cringe, find it most comforting. At the end of the day, I sleep like a ....dead man? My fifth book, JUNGLE RULES, will hit the Ethernet book stands in about ten days. It's very exciting to see one of my novels on amazon, B&N, and about two hundred other sites....  and people actually buy them....It's a miracle. BUT, I calculated up the hours spent, the frustration level, the act of killing so many people, the editing......gets me way less than minimum wage. I wonder if I could apply somewhere for a Fed hand out?
AND Face Book is driving me nuts. I get caught up in some conversation that's going no where and the next thing I know, Ive missed my word count for the day.
I try and do at least two thousand words per day. What do normal writers do? More? Less? I'm curious.

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Thursday, November 18, 2010

SUSPENSE WRITING IN ACTION CAN BE A REAL THRILLER

I started a new book today and probably shouldn't have. I finished Jungle Rules last week and the characters and storyline are slopping over to the new story. I need to give myself more time between books. The story line and action from Jungle Rules, are still very vivid in my mind, especially the last two chapters that are loaded with a lot of action and dialogue. The voices are still bouncing around inside my cabasa. The problem is that I need to write, I can't seem to stop. I spent time on face book and worked on my blog trying to make since of the marketing and selling side of our chosen field. I swear, I would rather knock out a couple of suspense-filled chapters than play nice on face book and come up with ways to entice readers to visit my website to make that all important sale. Years ago I took a sales course at UCLA. The entire semester could have been summed up with these four steps.
1. Make the appointment.
2.Sell the product.
3. Sell the price.
4 Ask for the order.
BINGO! Deal closed. Now that I think about my writing career, the same marketing principles apply. Just substitute the first step from "Making the appointment " to "Write the Novel", then follow through with the other three steps. Sounds easy, right? NOT! All kinds of factors jump in to keep one from success. In our industry it is supply verses demand. Too many of us after that Holy Grail, a number one best seller. Thank God for all the new electronic publishing and gizmo's coming out. It gives us a fighting chance against the system. Am I thinking about this right? Let me know what you think. Are we just little critters without a chance or are we lumps of coal turning into diamonds.

Sunday, November 14, 2010

JUNGLE RULES

I finally finished Jungle Rules. By far, it has been the toughest book to write in the John Locke Series. Plots, sub-plots, sub-sub-plots, main characters, featured characters, minor walk-ons, and a whole lot of action. Bringing it all together kept me up several nights, tying all the lose ends together. The most interesting part, was the research into voodoo and African Spiritualism, and how it evolved from dozens of tribes, coalesced in Haiti, then spread out to the other Islands, and the American South. The geological research was almost as tough. To find several trillion cubic feet of a gas-oil arousal mix in the Caribbean was quite a feat. In the end , it turned out to be a lot of fun to write. Now, the hard part starts, selling the thing.

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

THE FEW. THE PROUD.

Happy Birthday to all Marines.
Mike Pettit, 0341 Forward Observer.
Ist Bn, 3rd Mar
Sempre Fi, Until I die

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

CRAP FICTION

I just finished with Book #4 in the JOHN LOCKE THRILLER series, JUNGLE RULES. The last three chapters were tough to get through just to bring everything together. I did a fast edit on WORD and burned off a copy to read. When I write, I usually don't go back and reread as I go along. I know the main plot, characters, sub plots...etc, but until I read the final, I'm never quite sure if it is as good as I think it is going to be. Am I the only one that works that way? I always work to get the words down as they burn through my imagination, not even worrying about spelling or punctuation at that point...just get the words down on the pages. I know when I'm on a good run when my fingers are running about a mile behind my mind.
What are other techniques that can be used. The speed writing is fun, but cleaning it up afterwords is a chore. The first thing I plan to do when I win the LOTTO is hire an editor in-chief.

Thursday, November 4, 2010

VEGAS ODDS MAKERS TAKING BOOK ON BERNANKI AND FED BLOW OUT

BASIC RULE #1 When you find yourself in a hole. Stop digging.
BASIC RULE #2. You can't borrow money from yourself if you're broke.
BASIC RULE #3 Never spend more than you bring in.

The Vegas Odds Makers are shaking their heads today, wondering what the F*** is the FED doing. Mr. Bernanki announced that he was going to 'Monotize"the debt to the tune of six hundred billion dollars, that's $600,000,000,000.00, In other words, he is going to PRINT 600B to buy U.S. Bonds with that won't be worth the money they are printed on.  Smoke and Mirrors. The Chinese won't buy anymore of our JUNK BONDS, so the Fed ( Think Smoke Filled Back Room) decided they would sell the JUNK BONDS to themselves. The catch is, We The People are the suckers.
As an Author I could not think up a better Wall Street Crime story. The sad part is the ending to this story is going to be tragic for America.
FIGHT BACK, JUST SAY NO, I'M MAD AS HELL AND I'M NOT GOING TO TAKE IT ANYMORE.

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

IT'S OFFICIAL. GOOD NEWS , BAD NEWS

The BAD NEWS first. No matter how I count up the votes, I lost the election. I voted sooo many times I lost track: Absentee, early, write in, cross-districts, cross county, cross state lines....and I still lost. You can count on your fingers and toes the total number of votes I got. Bummer!
The GOOD NEWS? I finished my JUNGLE RULES manuscript last night while watching the national returns. It was easy, every time one of my candidates lost, I would bump off one more mutt. I'll have to re-read the last two chapters to get the body count, but man-o-man what an ending. Now comes the hard part....read the entire manuscript to make sure there are no loose ends, dangling participles, some dame I forgot to kiss goodbye, where I hid the loot, what happened to the drugs...you know, important stuff.
Fellow writers: WRITE, WRITE, WRITE, write your way out of writers block.

Monday, November 1, 2010

THE POLLS ARE IN, THE BALLETS COUNTED

IT'S OFFICIAL.  The ballots have been counted, and the results are shocking. The TOP FIVE Mystery, Suspense, Thriller writers of all time have been selected. The top five, in order of votes cast are:
1. ROBERT CRAIS
2. MICHEAL CONNELLY
3. MICKEY SPILLANE
4. RAYMOND CHANDLER
5. EARL STANLEY GARDNER
The poll was based on MY favorite writers of all times. Over a lifetime of reading of crime, murder, mayhem written by these authors, I was forced to select the order of  1 through 5 by drawing their names from my fedora as THE BEST. I know, I know, it's a dumb poll, BUT it's My Poll, so I guess I can choose anyone I want. I wanted each of these guys to be number one, but I couldn't figure out how to do it with out calling in ACORN, but they're busy this week, what with the national elections and all. Anyway, these are my top picks for the absolute best in crime writing. I was going to send out statues , or plaques, or something, but I figured they have enough award BLING as it is.
Way to go Big Guys.

Mike Pettit
Author
John Locke Suspense Thrillers

Sunday, October 31, 2010

WILLIAM F. BUCKLY SUPPORTS CALIFORNIA MARYJANE PROP.

The problem with dying is that everything you tried to hide from others for all those years comes out. No more secrets, no more hiding , no more falsehoods. You're not there to deny or defend. For example, the photo to the right is of William F.Buckly's home office (Look close, you'll see Bill among the clutter). Who would have ever thought that such an unbelievable mind functioned among all that trash and garbage. I loved Buckley, with his head tilted back, nose in the air, the Haaavad accent, eyes a-flutter....and his writings, The father of Conservatism.
I wonder how many of his following knew of his thoughts on marijuana. Here is a quote from one of his many ramblings,

"Even if one takes every REEFER madness allegation of the Prohibitionists at face value, marijuana prohibition has done far more harm to far more people than marijuana ever could."

  WOW! that's from a side of Bill we never saw or read about.
I write about marijuana in my novels, not so much as REEFER MADNESS, but the money the sales bring in. The problem with legalizing MJ in California is that the law only frees up those over eighteen. The kids will still have to buy it on the street...the Mutts will still be out there making the big bucks, the Mexican Cartels will still be chopping off heads, and kids will still be going to the slam for a nickel or dime flop.
Now , if we had a law that dealers could be shot on sight, or have a hand cut off, or a big assed "D" for dealer tattooed on their foreheads, we might see some  slowing down in the trade.     

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

TARIQ TO SWING

Saddam Hussein's left hand man, Tariq Aziz, was sentenced today to hang by the neck until dead by the Iraqi High Court. Poor Tariq, the guy is taking the fall for just being there, when all those Kurds, and Shiite's were massacred. While sipping forbidden beverages with American diplomats, gas was being sprayed, heads being chopped, women being raped....all on his diplomatic watch. As a Thriller writer, my mind fast forwarded to the actual hanging: around midnight he'll be led up the wooden steps, a too large crowd of henchmen and helpers will be waiting for him, the hangman's knot dangling from a meat hook in the ceiling ( left over from Saddam's parties). Tariq , as a Christian, will cry out, "Allah Akbar, Death to the Infidels, Stay out the Bush's...." anything for a last minute reprieve. It's not to be. He shuffles forward, stubs a barefoot on a plank, looses his balance, free falls down twenty feet, breaking his neck. The Henchmen are enraged. Not to be cheated out of one of  life's great pleasures,they carry his lifeless body back up to the scaffold, put the noose firmly about his neck, signal for all cell phone cameras to be turned on, smile big for CNN, and pull the handle.
So will end the life of another tyrant. I always thought he was a likable guy when being interviewed on American news shows, but what do I know, I'm just a bottom feeder Thriller writer.

Saturday, October 23, 2010

THE THRILL IS GONE

I can't believe it, my writing career is over, two months of writing is flushed. My career as an Action / Suspense writer is over. I'll have to find a new , more tame genre. I learned this morning that the highest courts in Saudi Arabia have outlawed leaving marks or scars on your wife and children when you beat them. What kind of ruling is this? No welts, no cuts, no whip marks. And you just know that because the Saudis have ruled on this it's going to hit us here in the U.S., twice as hard. Not only will women beating be against the law, just writing about it can get you sent to the slam for a nickel. I'll be an old man by the time I get out. I mean, if I can't smack a dame around in my novels, or bruise her up, where's the fun, not to mention my disappointed readers. I don't know, we have got to do something. Anyone have any ideas? Who are we going to take our macho out on?
BUT, that's not even the bad news. In California, legalizing Mary Jane is on November's ballot. WHAT IF IT PASSES? We're screwed. One more plot gone. I have a complete manuscript finished, edited, ready to go, but the subject is hijacked ganja coming into the L.A. Port. What am I supposed to do with twenty tons of high grade Pocolo from Maui? Change it to Food Stamps? Which reminds me, I have to run downtown and pick up my stamps and check....times are all ready hard on writers.  What's going to happen to us.Any Thoughts? Ideas? Solutions?

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

UFO'S SPOTTED OVER THE U.S. . SCI-FI AUTHORS IN ECSTASY

Sci-Fi writers  can be found watching the skies over New York and El Paso, what with all the strange lights hovering over those cities the last few days and nights. Strange coordinated maneuvers witnessed by thousands conjure up images of Han Solo , Chew Baka, and Yoda. Any Science Fiction writer worth her salt will be found laying out gazing at the heavens, hoping to be beamed up. My first experience with Sci Fi was Edgar Rice Burroughs, CAPTAIN CARTER OF MARS.  WOW! Talk about an Action thriller. I can see how a writer can get lost in other worlds, inhabited with Galactic Goo with human-like features, and two-headed damsels in distress.

Me? I'll stick to Action Thrillers, popping the bad guys with my "Nine", chasing Dames, drinking black coffee all night on a stake out, peeing in an empty coke can, waiting for the perp to show up.

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

WHAT EVERY MYSTERY AND THRILLER AUTHOR NEEDS TO KNOW ABOUT FORENSICS

The moment of truth. The CSI guys are bent over the torso, the heads in the bathtub, hands in the kitchen sink, feet inside his shoes neatly placed by the door. "What do you think?" asked the seasoned investigator. The young woman bends in for a closer look, "I'm not sure, Loo, but my gut tells me we have a sick mutt on our hands." DUH!
How many times have you found yourself in this situation, where you've written yourself into a corner and don't know , or understand, the procedural or what to say, or do next. All of us have, and when in doubt, we punt. just like the young CSI agent above. There is nothing wrong with punting, as long as your reader goes along with it. It's a critical moment where Mr. Reader might say, "What a bunch of crap" and toss your book in the pile next to his recliner.  When you are not sure of what to say, make stuff up that sounds technical or, informed. I had a character in my novel, THE BODY BROKER, I needed one of her kidneys for a high paying customer. I wasn't sure how to extract the kidney while she was kicking and screaming, so I invented a drug I named Hextametephine, a powerful hypnotic that did the trick, she went under immediately, after I shot her up with five cc's of the stuff. A half hour later, I had her in a bathtub filled with crushed ice, called 911, and walked out of her apartment with her kidney, locking the door behind me.
I may be wrong about telling people to make believable stuff up, but so far it's worked for me. I would be interested in how some of you others handle situations like this.
Shoot me a reply, let's communicate. If you share with me, I'll tell you how I got a sample of Uday Husain's DNA before the Iraq war =o)

Friday, October 8, 2010

AMERICAN HEROES

Meet Sgt Alvin York, United States Army, Hero.
In France, during World War One, Sgt York and seven of his men were surrounded and outnumbered by the Germans in a small patch of woods. The Platoon Commander had been killed, and Sgt York took command. Low on ammunition, no help on the horizon, several critically wounded troopers. What's a Lad to do? Sgt York did what hundreds of other American Military heroes have done through countless wars and skirmishes', He attacked. Single handed, he killed twenty-eight German soldiers, and captured one hundred and thirty two others. It was reported that the Germans were so terrified of this one man's murderous rage that they threw down their weapons and surrendered. Sgt York, Soldier, Patriot.
Today's young heroes are still doing the same thing today around the globe. When in doubt, attack. Meanwhile, our citizens are at the Mall, watching Dancing with the Stars, and worried about their next Latte, being fed mind numbing BS about how it's America's fault for all the troubles in the world.
At some point, we will have burned up all of our Sgt York's, and then what?
Our enemies are at the gate, America, and they don't fight fair.
Rally to the Flag, Patriots.

Thursday, October 7, 2010

CHICKEN FINGERS, ANYONE? BUFFALO WINGS PERHAPS?

 
 The next time you're hungry for chicken strips or nuggets, check the country of origin. Today, over eighty percent of all frozen or processed food comes from China. There are NO laws that control how food is handled or prepared. Conditions are so bad that even the workers get sick from the disgusting process. The day starts with guys on mooter cycles go around the local villages buying dead chickens from the local farmers for one RMB per piece ( About 12 cents). Then they are taken to the  Processing facility  where they are boiled in a filthy bathtub in filthy water to help with the de-feathering, then they are gutted and separated into recognizable parts. It gets worse with the dying of the meat to make it look healthy, the culling of the "Seconds" that are shipped to third world countries. The primo stuff comes to the U.S. and Canada. The bar coding is misleading and often says things like made in china, processed in Canada. The real proof is to watch for any bar code that starts with 690, 691, 692, 693, 694, and 695. These indicate made in China. Food processed from Vietnam, Hong Kong, and Thailand  is just as bad.
Almost all restaurant chains and  large food chains buy their seafood and chicken from these countries. Read the labels. Buy American , we know the FDA does a good job here, ( I think?)
Bon Apetite, Mi ami

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

CIA - FACT OR FICTION, TRUTH OR LIES

 
 What if all the fictional characters we read about in Action Thrillers were true? The Super Secret Covert Agent that deals only with the CIA Director, and the President, or the Computer Geek in the CIA basement that knows the "Backdoor" to every mainframe in the world, Or, how about the maverick agent that knows too much, and management wants to use extreme prejudice against him. 
What if they were true. As an author, I hope they are true. I hope the CIA is filled with secret cover shoot first, talk later agents, guys that are expert in close in Black Work, tough dudes with a cyanide capsule in  his molar, ready to crunch it when the opposition go for the gonads with battery cables.

The sad part is, I don't think we have these types. I think the majority are nine to five ho-hum civil servants that put in their twenty, and then double dip working nights for the U.S. Postal Service sorting mail. What a shame. The reality is that politics have the real doers and shakers shackled: No water boarding, no battery cables, no dirty names. My hero is the guy that thought up putting caterpillars in the solitary cell with that terrorist mutt that plotted the World Trade Center killings. That man should have received a medal, instead I'll bet he's sitting behind a cash register at a 7 Eleven somewhere.

Just imagine how things would be different if there really was a 007, or the Man From U.N.C.L.E., Or Bill Cosby in I Spy....Hell even Max in Get Smart, or Inspector Cluesoe 
Maybe we should out-source our spy business, get it out of the hands of the wonks and wussies, put it in the hands that are motivated by profit and watch the body count climb.
Meanwhile, I'll keep my guy, John Locke, out of D.C. and working bottom feeder cases, where the action is up close and personal, and the winner is the last man standing.

If some one at the CIA has a different slant on this, let me know. No Wimps though, no Rock-Paper-Scissor types, please.

Monday, October 4, 2010

BULL DOG COURAGE



I remember watching old Western movies on Saturday's at the movies. The Good Guy always wore the white hat, and the bad guy the black hat. The good guy always was fastest on the draw, got the girl, and moved the herd on up to Kansas City. The bad guy was left laying in the dust. In today's Thriller Genre, the good guy can't always be spotted right off. In fact, even the term "Good Guy" doesn't apply. In my John Locke Thrillers, I want my hero to be mean, gritty, tough, able to take a bullet to the body, and keep on going. Today's Lead Men have to be tough, they don't have to be on the right side of the law, they just have to be the last man standing when  the cordite smoke clears. One of the best movies made in recent years is No Country For Old Men.WOW! What a flick. I have tried to determine who the Hero was in the movie, and I still can't tell you.
I like to leave my readers the same way, WOW! Who won? Where's the money? Dame, What Dame?

PLOT? WHAT PLOT?

I try to write at least twenty-five hundred words a day on each novel, but with so many words going down, I sometimes wander off from the main plot. To get around this, I usually do several sub plots, or what's known in the publishing world as "Braiding". This allows me to wander around, and still stay on message. The trick is to fold all the sub-plots together into the Big Boy before I write that last chapter. Sub-plotting also allows you to introduce secondary characters and tidbits of information not known by the main character. These are what I call my Supporting Actors, and they help move the story along. In my series of John Locke Thrillers, I have developed a few Supporting Actors who have become Co-Stars: Uncle Fat, Gunny Reed, Hop Fung, Ralph Yee to name a few. John Locke is Da Man, but these other guys are ready to go the distance , if need be.
Try adding a couple of new unique characters to your story and see where it goes. Remember, its the Plot, always the plot.

Sunday, October 3, 2010

LOOKING FOR A CLUE

Are there any honest people in the world anymore? The only news from all sources around the globe is nothing more than a run down on who stole what, who got caught, who's sorry they got caught. How much? what currency? Everything is in play: Body parts, blood diamonds, funny money, sex, murder, drugs, more sex, more murder. It makes my head spin. Being an author of Thrillers , I never run out of plots and sub plots. It seems that the Perps are getting meaner and nastier too. They don't just slap a Vic around anymore, no, they have to cut them up, hurt them bad, leave them maimed, like the girl that had acid splashed in her face by another girl ,because she was prettier...and they were sixth graders. My oh My, times are getting mean out there on the street. So, my caution to you is to be alert, be watchful, know who and what's around you at all times. Look for clues to trouble...It's right outside your door, waiting.

Monday, September 27, 2010

GANGS

I was just on line doing research for an upcoming novel in the John Locke Thriller Series and came across one of the BEST websites I have found on gangs. The address is http://www.knowgangs.com/  and it is hot. Any questions related to gangs, they have the answers.
One of the most violent gangs in the U.S. today is the M.S. - 13 Gang, Mara Salvatrucha The gang originated in El Salvador following the civil war there in the '80's. Now they are everywhere, ruthless, deadly, and growing. Locke and load troops, one more threat to America.

John Locke
website http://www.johnlockethrillers.com/
you tube site http://youtube.com/user/Mikedpettit

TRADE SECRET

I shouldn't give away my trade secret to writing fast, hard hitting dialogue, but hey, I'm not stingy, and I like to read dialogue and narrative that hits you in the stomach, making you scream for more. The secret is music. Before I start writing a chapter or paragraph, or even a sentence, I'll think of what it is I want to accomplish with the words. Is it a chase sequence, a shoot out or fight scene, maybe a tender moment. Music does the trick, it sets the mental mood.
I want to share the music that helps my characters say and do their best. Go to my YouTube channel,
http://youtube.com/user/Mikedpettit  If these particular videos / songs don't do it for you, then create your own channel. It's fun, and i guarantee the words will flow.
While your on my channel, leave me a message or subscribe. Let me know you stopped by. Spread the word about the site, and I'll do the same on yours

John Locke, aka Mike Pettit
Bottom Feeder Lawyer & Private Investigator, Mutt Target

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

WANTED: MARCUS STRAKE, aka THE BODY BROKER

COMPOSITE  ONLY
MARCUS STRAKE, aka THE ORGAN PLAYER, aka THE BODY BROKER.
Last seen Macao, China.
Considered highly dangerous.
CHARGES: Murder, Kidnapping, Black Market Human Organ Selling, Human Trafficking, Crimes against Humanity,
Learn more about Marcus Strake in John Locke's latest Thriller,
THE BODY BROKER

AUTHOR
MIKE PETTIT
www,johnlockethriller.com
johnlockethriller.blogspot.com


Monday, September 13, 2010

JOHN LOCKE, PRIVATE INVESTIGATOR , coming out shooting

There's a new gun in town and he's coming out shooting. All you slick tough guy wannabes look out, John Locke is the new tough guy you don't want on your tail. He will catch you, and when he does, look out. He's been sober five years and works the holding cells and court hallways scrapping up clients. When he's not bottom feeding as a lawyer, he moonlights as an investigator for clients who want to cruise under the radar. Don't expect having your rights read to you, it ain't going to happen. Locke makes up the law as he goes along, good and bad bleed together, innocent and guilt depends on who's holding the gun.
Locke lives in a three room dump over Uncle Fats Chinese Take-Out on Hawthorne Boulevard in L.A.. He minds his own business, pays his bills and makes his rent. When he witnessed a murder in the alley behind his apartment , his world rocketed into a nightmare of drug cartels, Chinese Triads, Gang bangers. When the smoke cleared and the cordite stink blew out with the Santa Ana winds, John was shot up, the bad guys were scratching their heads, and the loot had disappeared.
John's methods of getting the job  done caught the attention of the Chinese Triad Leader, Ralph Yee during the running gun battle through L.A.'s underbelly. The relationship that developed from that initial case, told  in John's first thriller novel, Honorable Revenge, has lead to some of the most breath taking action and suspense adventure to come along in  the Thriller Genre in years.
By the way, I'm Mike Pettit and I write of John's near-death antics and the characters that come in and out of his life like a tsunami of murder and crime across the globe.