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Interview with John Knoerle, Author of New Spy Book A Pure Double Cross

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John Knoerle’s first novel, Crystal Meth Cowboys, was optioned by Fox for a TV series. His second novel, The Violin Player, won the Mayhaven Award for Fiction. His new novel, A Pure Double Cross, is Book One of the American Spy Trilogy. John lives with his wife in Chicago.

We interviewed John to find out more about his new book, A Pure Double Cross, and his life as a published author.

Thank you for this interview, John.  Can you tell us a little about yourself and how long you’ve been writing?

I’ve been writing novels for about 20 years. Before that I wrote screenplays and did stand-up comedy.

Do you write full-time?


At what point in your life did you make up your mind you were going to become a published author?

When I realized that writing screenplays was a young man’s job and I wasn’t getting any younger.

Was there anyone in your life that you can give credit to helping pave the way?

John Updike’s Rabbit novels had a great impact on me. 

What is your favorite book at the present?

Flashman by George MacDonald Fraser.

Can you tell us a little about your latest book?

A Pure Double Cross is book one of a trilogy that follows the life of Hal Schroeder, a young OSS spy who returns from his service in WWII bitter and cynical. He is recruited by the FBI to infiltrate the Cleveland mob. But Hal has other ideas.

What was the inspiration behind your book?  Why did you feel a need to write it?

I wanted to combine the spy and mystery genres, and I’ve always been fascinated with the late ‘40s.

What kind of research did you have to do to write your book?

The book is set in Cleveland in 1945. I grew up there and I have older relatives who remember that era well. I also traveled the area and did research at the Cleveland State Library. 

Why did you choose your particular genre?

I’ve always been a great fan of Raymond Chandler and the hardboiled mystery in general.

How do you deal with rejection?

Excessive drinking.

Do you write mainly by day or by night?

Strictly by day. I’m too old to write at night! 

Do you ever get writer’s block and what do you do when that happens?

I don’t believe in it. Writers write.

Do you have an agent?  What were your experiences finding her/him?

Yes, but he’s an old friend so I lucked out.

Do you have a website?  Do you manage it yourself or do you have someone run it for you?

www.bluesteelpress.com  I don’t manage it myself.

How do you deal with a bad review?

Take it to heart if it has a valid point, laugh it off if it doesn’t.

What’s next for you?

Book two of the trilogy, A Despicable Profession, will follow our hero to post-war Berlin.

Thank you for this interview, John!  Do you have any final words you’d like to share with my readers?

God bless you for reading!

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  • This sounds like an excellent series. Now, if my darn TBR pile would ever dwindle, I could add it. I might do that anyway; I am a sucker for good mysteries.