We never knew book signings could be so enjoyable. It is at these events where we meet so many interesting readers. No matter where we are, the question most asked is where did we get the idea for The Iris Covenant? The answer to this question is not easy. We never know what is going to spark our imagination; what grabs our attention as the basis for a novel. Looking back we believe the core idea came from media reports on international espionage. Espionage and intrigue, you know thrillers such as Jack Higgins Bad Company and The Janson Directive by Robert Ludlum, can always carry us away on an armchair journey of intrigue and suspense not found in our everyday experiences. It seems everyone wants a little excitement to offset the routine of our everyday existence.
By combining espionage with the thrill of suspense and throwing in a taste of different cultures and locales we developed the story line for The Iris Covenant. There is an old adage about writing that says you should write about what you are familiar with. Living in Central Texas, our story begins in Austin. From there we carry the reader to the Washington, D.C. area and across the Pacific to the Bushido culture held sacred by some ancient Japanese families. In 1961 Cassius had visited Japan twice while on leave from the 1st Cavalry Division in South Korea, and that was why we targeted Kyoto as the site for our intrigue to deepen. It is the warrior code of Bushido that led Japan to WW II and forms the basis for the conflict between our hero and his nemesis. Our story reaches a climax on the Texas Gulf Coast where a secret research facility holds the key for a terrorist invasion on American soil, but we don’t want to give away any of the nail-biting details, in case you haven’t finished reading the book yet.