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Q. How would you describe your life in only 8 words?

A. I'm a very blessed and lucky man.

Q. What is your motto or maxim?

A. Suck it up!

Q. How would you describe perfect happiness?

A. When I'm relaxing with my wife by the fire and the kids are all getting along.

Q. What’s your greatest fear?

A. I would never give my enemies the advantage of knowing.

Q. If you could be anywhere in the world right now, where would you choose to be?

A. At home starting my next novel.

Q. With whom in history do you most identify?

A. I'm not important enough to identify with anyone of consequence.

Q. Which living person do you most admire?

A. There are too many to list.

Q. What are your most overused words or phrases?

A. A four letter word that starts with F.

Q. What do you regret most?

A. Not meeting my wife sooner.

Q. If you could acquire any talent, what would it be?

A. To sing.

Q. What is your greatest achievement?

A. Ten New York Times Best Sellers

Q. What’s your greatest flaw?

A. Procrastination

Q. What’s your best quality?

A. Loyalty

Q. If you could be any person or thing, who or what would it be?

A. Bono

Q. What trait is most noticeable about you?

A. I like to tease and be teased.

Q. Who is your favorite fictional hero?

A. Harry Potter

Q. Who is your favorite fictional villain?

A. Lord Voldermort

Q. If you could meet any historical character, who would it be and what would you say to him or her?

A. Mohammad, "Do these suicide bombers really get 77 virgins?"

Q. What is your biggest pet peeve?

A. People with bad manners.

Q. What is your favorite occupation, when you’re not writing?

A. I have no other occupation. If I'm not writing I'm thinking of writing or how to put off writing.

Q. What’s your fantasy profession?

A. A novelist.

Q. What 3 personal qualities are most important to you?

A. Integrity, Honesty and Humor

Q. If you could eat only one thing for the rest of your days, what would it be?

A. Red Wine

Q. What are your 5 favorite songs?

A. Right Now: 1. The Killers, "All These Things That I've Done." 2. John Legend, "Number One." 3. Eric Hutchinson, "Rock & Roll." 4. Green Day, "Jesus of Suburbia." 5. Weezer, "The Greatest Man That Ever Lived."

Q. How did you come to write Extreme Measures?

A. I have some friends who work in the Intelligence business. I saw how difficult is was for them to balance their obligations as a husband and father against the needs of their country. I saw how ungrateful, opportunistic politicians were treating them and I decided I had to write a novel that told people what the war on terror was like from the perspective of the family man who gives his all to a sometimes ungrateful nation.

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