Tuesday, October 6, 2015

Interview with Chips Ely, author of The Keys


The KeysTitle: The Keys
Author: Chips Ely
Publisher: iUniverse
Pages: 394
Genre: Suspense
Format: Kindle/Paperback/Hardcover 

It is June 2014 when a close knit group of high-profile Americans secretly meets to put in play one of the most covert international military operations ever attempted. At the end of their meeting a major support operation linked autonomously with NATO and US Africa Command, is officially in business to catalyze an electrifying worldwide revolution that brings a dramatic and abrupt ending to Islamic radicalization, war crimes against humanity, ethnic cleansing and genocide waged by terrorist groups across the world.

Experience the thrill of hijacking the original TRIANA satellite, renamed to DISCOVR, from a NASA warehouse under the auspicious eye of the US government for the purpose that it would be used in a secret mission by this same unknown international military force.

Follow this riveting story that features a new U.S. political party that ushers its presidential candidate into the White House only to be threatened by a diabolical Chinese plot to undermine America and dominate the world economy.

Be part of an amazing American discovery when the president and his entourage are charged with guarding the discovery of an exotic iron ore mineral that creates an automotive battery invention that can propel an electric vehicle for thousands of hours without a charge.

Worse yet, the Chinese are planning a three-prong conspiracy to undermine America’s industrial renaissance so China can dominate world trade, steal the new US “Star Wars” space technology, and subversively gain control of the secret iron ore discovery.

Join in as America’s latest president attempts to convey the beauty of the Islamic faith and accelerate a new Islamic peace reform in the midst of a volatile world of radicalization.

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What was the hardest part about writing your book?

Maintaining the various storylines and sub-plots with multiple characters and then weaving it all into one at the finish…but leaving it just right for continuation in the next novel.

Do you have a favorite excerpt from the book? If so, can you share it?

For me, the first chapter that set in play one of the most exceptional special ops mission in peace-time history. I designed the book to stay in motion with one exciting development after another by right on with the main theme. 

The fact is that the book continues to move with action and at the end its all woven together. 

What do you hope readers will take away after reading the book?

It is my goal that readers will understand and take away the incredible failure of gender inequality in the world, riff with rapes, blatant female annihilation. Rape is so prevalent within conflicted states that it’s actually a recognized weapon of genocide, ethnic cleansing and radicalization.

Who or what is the inspiration for the book?

I had the preconceived notion that Islam was basis of the world’s terrorism. However, it is those terrorists who have hijacked Islam for their own perverse use that has so negatively impacted the Muslim world. 

Have you had a mentor? If so, can you talk about them a little?

My editor friend was important to this book because he kept clamoring for: More Action! More Action! More! More!

I have heard it said in order to be a good writer, you have to be a reader as well? Do you find this to be true? And if you are a reader, do you have a favorite genre and/or author?

I have read an average number of books in my life. Some, like For Whom the Bell Tolls and The Nick Adams Stories by Hemingway were read in my teens and twenties. Yet they remain important to me and I give them an annual read. Others like Tom Clancy are clearly some of the best in terms of detail. I like detail and research a subject to the nth degree. Others are culturally enhanced and just interesting to be along in the story. For example Tony Hillerman and best known for his Navajo Tribal Police mystery novels featuring Joe Leaphorn. Basically, I refer to these writers as my trilogy of writing: romance, excitement and adventure.

Chips Ely grew up in Northville, Michigan, and attended Ferris State University where he was a member of the track team. In his younger years, he was a partner in a family business and later, a vice president of an advertising agency in Lansing, Michigan. Now retired, he lives in Western Michigan.   

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