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If you could apologize to someone in your past, who would it be?
My first-grade teacher, Mrs. Stanley. She was right. It is important to spell words correctly.
If you could keep a mythical/ paranormal creature as a pet, what would you have?
I think I would forego a paranormal creature and head straight for a personal robot. I like the idea of a pet that can also do useful chores and tidy-up as needed.
How do you keep your writing different from all the others that write in this particular genre?
I have lived my life in multinational corporations. Even when I’m describing a scene that may seem unlikely or improbable, I can usually describe that scene with enough veracity that most readers find it plausible. In The Multima Scheme, beta readers particularly commented about a scene in which CEO John George Mortimer requests his chief financial officer to make a rather unusual payment. While the amount of the payment might cause a reader to raise an eyebrow, and the agency Mortimer wants to send the payment to is unexpected, it all seems reasonable with the CFO’s parting comment. She leaves the resulting expense reduction in someone else’s budget entirely to John George Mortimer to explain, just as most discussions like that end in real companies.
What are the best and worst pieces of writing advice you ever received?
Best: “Write about the things you know.”
Worst: “It’s important to write something every day.” It’s not. It’s important to live one’s life to its fullest and sometimes that gets in the way of writing. And that’s OK.
Are the experiences in this book based on someone you know, or events in your own life?
The experiences in The Multima Scheme come primarily from my fertile imagination, but my thought processes can’t totally avoid thinking about many of the interesting people I’ve met in my career, bits of stories those people told, and some of the things I can imagine them doing in certain circumstances.
The Multima Scheme is a fast-paced account of the lengths to which organized crime can infiltrate large global corporations and seize control of respected businesses to conceal activities that are both illegal and immoral but generate billions. It’s also a story of survival – how individuals and organizations might react under intense pressures and the ease with which people can cross lines between what’s legal and what’s not.
Using his knowledge of how large multinationals operate – accumulated over 40 years working with major corporations around the world – author Gary D. McGugan weaves a tale of intrigue using a writing style that readers will find hard to put down once started.
Howard Knight felt his pulse quicken as he glanced down at his watch. All hell was about to break loose in New York. His secretary would tell the waiting FBI agent something like, “It’s probably just a traffic delay. Mr. Knight is always punctual and will be here soon for your scheduled meeting.” Likely, she’d also offer coffee, and no doubt make small talk while they both waited.
In a few minutes, she’d give up and call Knight’s spouse at home. His wife would repeat the exact lie he told her the day before while his limousine sped towards Page Field in Fort Myers, Florida. She’d tell his secretary Knight wasn’t actually in New York. He was away solving some sort of business crisis in Brazil. Almost certainly, his assistant would become alarmed and immediately contact the pilots of the company’s jet.
It might take her some time to reach them. Both the pilot and co-pilot would be gradually recovering from a period of incapacitation but would eventually tell the secretary what little they could remember. They wouldn’t have much to divulge though, and would remain groggy throughout the rest of the morning.
I'm in love with the same special lady for almost five decades. In turn, we love -- and are incredibly proud of -- our daughter, our son, their spouses, and three remarkable grandchildren.
Family, friends, and hundreds of other wonderful people also populate my life, repeatedly creating rewarding experiences. I’ve had all this good fortune for many years, with reading and writing often playing integral roles.
I’ve loved reading as long as I remember and have enjoyed writing for just as long. For me, writing has taken many forms. Like most, it started with assigned essays as a student and then evolved with my business career. I’ve written letters, speeches, reports, ads, brochures, presentations, proposals, articles, and a blog. My first book was a work of non-fiction – NEEDS Selling Solutions – co-authored with my friend Jeff Allen.
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