Interview with Markos Papadatos about Best Seller ‘Just Die’

Author E. Alan Fleischauer chatted with Digital Journal’s Markos Papadatos about his book “Just Die.”
by Markos Papadatos

He is the part-time author and a full-time Financial Planner his website introduces his non-fiction book. Reconfigurement is about reconfiguring one’s life after age fifty, panning ahead, and having fun while one is still employed … among many other things. The first three chapters can be found on the library’s website. Additionally, Alan is a classic rock drummer.

Mr. Fleischauer’s western series introduced JT Thomas as his protagonist. The first book Rescued, was awarded the Laramie Award First Prize, as the best Americana western of 2019. Mr. Fleischauers follow on novels in the series is Hunted (a finalist for the Laramie Award) and Kidnapped have also been published. The next book in the series, Tommies was just released.

He has also published a book of short stories entitled Just Another Morning. It is a collection of shorts about U.S. holidays and or special events. The short story and the title of the collection, Just Another Morning, is about September 11,2001, and the tragic events on that day. 9-11 was in fact just another morning … until it wasn’t.

His picture book Charlie Lou goes to the Rodeo was inspired by the birth of his granddaughter, Charlie Lou. Mr. Fleischauer hopes that this book will create awareness about autism.

“Just Die” was his latest novel and is about a young man that had a mild stroke only to wake of to realize that he could point at things and say Just Die and they do just that. It introduces Jake Silver and his fight to deal with this special power or curse. It was awarded First Prize in the Chanticleer International Book Awards in the Paranormal Thriller category. All of Mr. Fleischauer’s novels are available on Amazon.

Alan has also won first prize in the 2020 poetry contest sponsored by Two Sisters Publishing. Suicide Is Forever is the title of the poem. Alan lives in Victoria, Minnesota with his wife Paula.

Book Description

Shortly after Jake Silver, a successful young financial advisor sells his business, he suffers a mild stroke and ends up in the hospital. Thanks to some clot-busting drugs, he recovers rapidly, only to find he’s not the man he used to be. When he discovers that he can point his finger at anything — red squirrels, marauding coyotes, drug lords, dictators — and make it die on the spot, Jake has to decide whether to use his powers for the good of the country.

Smart, fast-paced, and entertaining, this thriller from award-winning author E. Alan Fleischauer belongs on the same shelf as the books of Vince Flynn, John Grisham, and James Patterson.

Every book has a story about its creation, what’s the story behind ‘Just Die’?

The inspiration behind Just Die came from one of my life experiences. I am a financial planner and had a mild stroke a decade ago. I had quite the uncontrollable roommate and at times I would wish that he would, “Just Die.”

I know this may well be a hard question to answer but I have to ask – do you have a favorite character in ‘Just Die’? And if so, why does this particular character resonate so much with you?

Oh yes, I love Omar, the former Green Bay Packer football player. His character just took off on its own and it was a lot of fun to write about his fictitious past. By the way, it was based on Reggie White.

What is the most interesting feedback or question you have received from a reader?

Many of the reviews cited that the book was original and unique which is gratifying. I try in all my books to do something unique and distinctive.

The writing process can be intense. While writing ‘Just Die’ did you learn anything new about yourself?

That’s a good question and the honest answer is I don’t know. Perhaps I learned that I love to write thrillers in addition to the many Westerns that I have written?

I am sure your fans are dying to know what’s next from you. Do you have a new book you are working on that you can tell us about?

Yes indeed. I have finished the first draft of ‘How the West Was Won … Book One: Decimated’. It will be a trilogy and is in part about the decimation of the beavers, the buffalo, the Native Americans, and more. It is a bit different for me in that it is historical fiction with attention to real-life events. After that, I have a follow-up to ‘Just Die’ in mind. In fact, I’ve already written a chapter or two.

“Just Die” is available on Amazon in Paperback and Kindle versions.

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‘Just Die’ by E. Alan Fleischauer’s is a blockbuster of a book, and we wouldn’t be surprised if it was on the bestseller list very soon, given the buzz it’s generated with readers. Why the buzz? Fleischauer has delivered an epic read with a unique and compelling plot, superb writing and spot on character development, which keep you engaged from beginning to end.

Jake Silver the protagonist of this epic read is a successful young financial advisor. He sells his business, suffers a mild stroke and ends up in the hospital. Thanks to some clot-busting drugs, he recovers rapidly, only to find he’s not the man he used to be. When he discovers that he can point his finger at anything — red squirrels, marauding coyotes, drug lords, and dictators — and make it die on the spot. At this point Jake has to decide whether to use his powers for the good of the country or not.

If you want to know what he decides, and what happens next in this smart, fast-paced, and entertaining, thriller you will have to get this book, and no doubt you will be so very happy you did. We were thrilled when Fleischauer found some time in his schedule to answer a few of our questions about his work, and what’s next from this award winning writer.

Q & A

A good story is all about the setting, the descriptiveness, and the raw energy that captivates, all coming together to have the reader turning the pages effortlessly. ‘Just Die’ includes all of them, what is one of the keys that you find is critical when getting into the writing zone.

My writing zone usually starts the night before I write a chapter. I lay it all out in my head, well parts of it, normally in bed at about ten pm.  So I write the chapter then I go back and add sight, smell, sound, feel and taste embellishments. for example: not this “lightning flashed followed by the sound of thunder” rather “lightning sizzled, illuminating the dark cloudy rain soaked summer sky.  There was a celestial pause as if the earth had stopped spinning and then the inevitable boom of thunder, it shook the ancient church as if it mattered little in heavens scheme of things.

Jake Silver is a very compelling character. What was your inspiration for this character?

Well, my day job is being a financial planner. and ‘Just Die’ is about a 40 year old financial planner that had a mild stroke in his forty’s. My inspiration was myself, as I was Jake Silver at one point, many many years ago.

Explain how writing first became a part of your life (aka. Where did it all begin?)

It was my stroke that triggered my creative writing juices.

If you could have anyone living or dead read your book and give you a review who would it be and why?

That is easy, my father, god rest his soul. He would have loved ‘Just Die’. He was an avid reader, and he was a big John Sanford fan.

‘Just Die’ has been so successful with readers, so I have to ask – is there another book in your future?

Oh certainly, I just finished the first part of a trilogy. How the west was won then lost.  The lost speaks to the decimation of the buffalo, beavers, Native Americans and Chinese railroad workers and more.  Additionally ’Just Die’ may well have a sequel in fact I have written the first few chapters.

To find out more about E. Alan Fleischauer and ‘Just Die’ head over to Amazon.