Interview with Edward Yatscoff

Author of The Rumrunner's Boy

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Quick description of the book for a new reader - what should they expect?
  • Crime, action, a coming of age story, all in a historical context set in 1928 during U.S. Prohibition
What was your inspiration for this book?
  • My grandfather was rumrunner, smuggling liquor over the Detroit River. This book is being enjoyed by tweens and up, especially adults who enjoy the historical references.
Which authors do you admire? How have they influenced your writing style?
  • Carmen Amato James Lee Burke
Can you tell us a little about the locations in your book?
  • The Lake Erie Islands run from Point Pelee, Ontario to Sandusky, Ohio and are like stepping stones. A lot of liquor was smuggled across here as the islands were perfectly situated to evade the U.S. Coast guard.
What advice would you give to aspiring authors?
  • Write what you know and edit, edit, edit. Find Beta readers and join or start a writers group.
Could you talk a little about your writing process?
  • Much of it is all worked out in my head before the words go onto paper. I am only disciplined by submitting at least one chapter a month to my writers group
Which character has had the greatest impact on readers?
  • Jarrod Hooked my protagonist must step into his fathers shoes and do a man's job. The smugglers are rough men , many WW1 vets
If the book were to be adapted for TV or film, who would you see in the lead role? Who did you have in your mind’s eye ?
  • Mace Coronel or Nolan Gross
How have readers responded ?
  • They enjoy the bits of history I've added circa 1928. The first X-rays for a characters broken leg and the first car radio.
Where next? What are you working on now?
  • Abduction and murder in the jungles of Colombia
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Canadians are only too happy to supply liquor to thirsty Americans during U.S. Prohibition. Jarrod Hooker, 17, steps in for his injured father on a rum running crew smuggling liquor across Lake Erie. It’s a lucrative job they cannot afford to lose. Jarrod’s young age is resented by the rumrunners and they set out to sabotage him and confiscate his father’s boat. Carving out respect for himself among rough men will take a mighty effort. But Ill winds begin to blow across the lake when money from liquor shipments goes missing and the U.S. Coast Guard steps up smuggling patrols. Worse yet, an American gangster, a rogue from the notorious Purple Gang, tries to seize control of the operation.Whatever happens on the next run will change everything for everyone.