Bob Ferguson grew up in a remote region of Canada without the luxury of electricity or telephones. He spent evenings listening to an old battery-operated radio and dreaming of faraway places–juices for the imagination.
Later on in life, Mr. Ferguson traveled rather extensively, one trip in particular to the Bahamas, was the basis for his novel Buzzard Bay.
Bob Ferguson and his wife currently reside in Fiji, where he writes and his wife teaches. Their children and grandchildren reside in Canada.
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Thank you for this interview, Bob. Can you please tell us a little about yourself and how long you’ve been writing?
I grew up on a farm and still have a love for the land although I no longer farm. My wife is a French teacher so for many years, she has taught at international Schools around the world and I have travelled with her. Many of my stories originate from places we have been. I have probably been writing all my life but this book is my first novel.
Do you write full-time?
No, I like to keep my mind busy with other endeavors.
You’ve met an old friend from high school and you want to pitch your book to him/her in five minutes or less. What would you say?
On a cold winter night in a remote area of Canada, five assassins surround an old farm house. They have already made four kills, and this one seems as routine as the others. But then a dog barks and the murderous plan is suddenly disrupted. In a breathless chase over the next two days, three of the assassins lie dead, including their leader. Eventually, the only assassin to escape is a man named Henekie. He had vowed to kill the man who escaped their attack and knew someone would be willing to pay him to do it. He heads back to Germany to find that contact.
The killers’ target is Bob Green, a Canadian farmer down on his luck. Bob and the other victims were part of a farm project in the Bahamas touted as the opportunity of a lifetime. Bob and his wife, July, had spent a blissful honeymoon in the Bahamas, so he was easily tempted to return to his paradise with the promise of making lots of money. But paradise turns deadly when his group discovers that the project is a front to keep an airstrip open as part of a cocaine distribution route from the islands. Now, the Canadians are being eliminated one by one after being sent back home, and someone is holding Bob’s wife in the Bahamas. Bob must get back to the Bahamas to find her.
The suspense mounts as Bob Green sets out to rescue his wife and set things right. To do that, Bob must agree to a CIA plot to go underground and pose as a well-known drug dealer thought to be dead. Bob’s and July’s lives hang in the balance of this deadly plan.
Who is your intended audience? Have you been able to crossover into other audiences as well?
This book has a lot of sex and violence and is intended for a mature audience. However, I have had very positive feedback from women readers.
What made you choose your particular genre?
Cocaine is a commodity more commonly traded around the world than gold. It is traded only for cash and is untraceable except for the carnage it leaves in its wake.
Do you ever experience self-doubts with your work?
No, I like my stories and I think others will to.
Where do you write? Do you have a favorite place?
I like to write at my desk looking out over the palm trees and the pool.
What kind of research did you have to do during the writing process?
I have spent years traveling and interviewing people around the world.
Who is your publisher and how did you get accepted by them? Did you pitch your book yourself or go through an agent?
My publisher is a company called Xlibris. It is a huge self-publishing company whose right hand doesn’t know what its left hand is doing. I now have a publicist to help me promote my book.
How are you promoting your book thus far?
Book signings, internet, and I have a publicist.
If you could give one book promotion tip to new authors, what would that be?
Being as I am a first time writer, I don’t think I should be the one to advise people.
What’s next for you?
I have a sequel in the works but for now I am busy marketing my book Buzzard Bay.
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