Welcome to the book tour for The Multima Scheme by Gary D. McGugan. He was kind enough to answer some fun interview questions to let us get to know him better. Please enjoy reading his responses, and then be sure to check out his book. I have a blurb and excerpt for you. And then you can follow the book tour for even more interviews and guest posts, as well as more chances to win the giveaway at the end.
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Can you tell us a little about yourself?
I’m a lucky Canadian who has experienced five separate careers over five decades. That odyssey also led me to five continents where I’ve had an opportunity to experience diverse cultures, wonderful people, and rewarding relationships that continue to influence everything I do.
Is your life anything like it was two years ago?
Yes. Most of the same people who were in my life two years ago are still prominently there, but many people have joined the group! The most significant change was a decision to sell our winter place in Fort Myers, Florida and live temporarily in other parts of the world. This winter, we spent a month living in Uruguay and two months living in Costa Rica. Both were fascinating locations, meeting wonderful people from whom we learned much!
How long have you been writing?
I like to say I’ve been writing almost as long as I’ve been reading. But it’s only during the past decade I’ve been able to focus on writing books – both fiction and non-fiction.
What advice would you give a new writer just starting out?
I’m always careful about offering advice and limit it to subjects in which I consider myself very well–versed. For me writing doesn’t yet fall into that category. In fact, every day I realize how much I have to learn about the art of writing and the skill of selling books.
Tell us something about your newest release that is NOT in the blurb.
Human trafficking is a scourge on societies globally and much of it is controlled by organized crime. The Multima Scheme reveals how easily the same criminal elements who control human trafficking – with its scurrilous impact on women and girls everywhere – can penetrate legitimate businesses and perhaps even some of the world’s best-known corporations.
Can Multima Corporation withstand another attack from organized crime? While billionaire John George Mortimer copes with treatment for cancer, the accomplished CEO must also ward off challenges for control of his sprawling fictional American empire both from within the company and from nefarious powers operating outside the law.
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.
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Read an excerpt:
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.
A successful business leader, speaker, and author, my most recent work is an exciting novel, The Multima Scheme.
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.
One randomly chosen winner via rafflecopter will win a $50 Amazon/BN.com gift card.