Interview with Edward Yatscoff

Author of Man On Fire

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Quick description of the book for a new reader - what should they expect?
  • Award Winning author.
    The Russian Mafya, embezzlement, fire investigation, arson, extortion, and murder are rolled into one with an embattled fire chief at its heart. Ex-fire rescue captain Gerry Ormond is back the hero from FIRE DREAM. He takes a fire chief position thinking he’ll cruise through his contract. Turns out the city has tossed him into a mine field. Can he win a war by losing every battle? Nothing has prepared him for this.
What was your inspiration for this book?
  • The fire department I worked for was being torn apart by a new set of chiefs whose only qualifications were nepotism and being yes-men.
Which authors do you admire? How have they influenced your writing style?
  • Dan Fesperman Michael Connelly Carmen Amato
Can you tell us a little about the locations in your book?
  • Niagara Falls, Canada is a world renowned place and just the right size city for my story
What advice would you give to aspiring authors?
  • Write for yourself. Write what you know. Edit Edit Edit
Could you talk a little about your writing process?
  • Every chapter is handled like a scene in stage play
Which character has had the greatest impact on readers?
  • Captain Gerry Ormond, the captain in Fire Dream becomes a chief and is overwhelmed with the problems he inherits
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 Viggo Mortensen Nick Jonas
How have readers responded ?
  • They enjoy the unique firefighter angle. I wish all my readers could post reviews.
Where next? What are you working on now?
  • The Nike Birds. Murder and abduction in the Colombian Jungle
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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.