Interview with Edward Yatscoff

Author of Man On Fire

Buy this book

  • Not another police/lawyer/PI story. Obsession-hot romance-murder-revenge-arson. Can a hero be a criminal? Quick description of the book for a new reader - what should they expect?
What was your inspiration for this book?
  • My career as a firefighter and fire rescue officer. My department for about seven or eight years became an experiment headed toward privatization that no one wanted. No new equipment. Nepotism. Divisions in the rank and file were created. It was a disaster and morale killer.
Which authors do you admire? How have they influenced your writing style?
  • Carmen Amato James Lee Burke Their imaging and suspense.
Can you tell us a little about the locations in your book?
  • Niagara Falls, Canada. It's known the world over and has the perfect size fire rescue department I need for the story. I was brought up not far from there.
What advice would you give to aspiring authors?
  • Edit, edit, edit. Join a writers group for feedback. Write to please yourself. Make sure your book is as perfect as you can get it then submit it to Beta readers for an overall look.
Could you talk a little about your writing process?
  • Every chapter is worked out in my head first before it gets written. I write every chapter like a stage play. Describe the scene. In walk characters.
Which character has had the greatest impact on readers?
  • Captain and now Chief Gerry Ormond is a man who will only tolerate so much before he fights back.
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 ?
  • Chris Pine or John Krasinski
How have readers responded ?
  • They like this firefighter series. Captain/Chief Ormond is a man caught up in circumstances and must a way out. I only wish all those who read it would post reviews on it. It's like trying to get the Pope to swear.
Where next? What are you working on now?
  • THE NIKE BIRDS. To the jungles of Colombia where abduction and murder trap two students for ransom.
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Ex-fire captain Gerry Ormond figures his new position as Niagara Falls Fire Chief will be an easy gig. He not only discovers a dysfunctional department, but a corrupt one as well. Winning each battle will be difficult, but the administration has taken away his bullets--he’s only a figurehead. Karen, his partner, is savagely beaten by Branko, her estranged husband while Gerry is scapegoated after a tragic car dealership fire. Add to all that a disaster waiting to happen, as the brutal Red Mafya sinks its talons into an iconic hotel casino project. The criminals may be somehow linked to his administration. When he attempts to find a connection he is warned to back off. The Mafya sends their new enforcer Branko, to change his mind. The more Chief Ormond investigates, the more men die, as forces he barely understands push back--hard. Out of his league and alone amidst the carnage, he declares war. Winning the war means dealing with the devil--Branko and the Red Mafya.