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Carrie and Ron Janson Chat about RED MONEY
Carrie: What inspired you to write Red Money?
Ron: I became inspired to write a mystery/thriller novel about a year or so after my book, Shareholder Value – A Business Experience, was published in the fall of 2001 under my birth name. Prior to this, I had written several corporate finance related articles that were published in business journals. The book, a nonfiction work on an important aspect of finance, is written as a story, with the learning taking place through a series of “experiences” that the various characters live and work through. I particularly enjoyed the character development and storytelling aspects of composing this book and wanted to pursue a new writing career in fiction, as I felt that I could develop a story that would captivate those who read mysteries and thrillers. For me, the next challenge was to write a fictional story with a compelling plot and cast of characters.
Carrie: Give us an idea about the plot without giving too much away.
Ron: The plot centers on a young married couple from Romania – deeply in love and traumatized by the murder of the husband’s older brother (a police officer) in their homeland shortly after they emigrate to the U.S. to escape a communist regime, under the guise of a student visa to study criminal justice at a college in New York City. The older brother’s homicide, preceded by the murder of his superior, the police precinct chief in their hometown, was the price paid for investigating the cover up and closing in on those responsible for an earlier mob-related killing of a greedy dock supervisor who was being shut off from narcotics shipment pay-offs. After graduating from college, the young male Romanian émigré becomes intertwined with The Red Mafia – first through drug raids via his job as a detective in New York City, and then through an accidental discovery after taking a position with the FBI in Miami. His investigative work in Miami links his brother’s slaying in Romania to a year-old killing of a female FBI employee in Washington, DC, who was romantically linked to a young American member of the mob and was “taken out” when she became a liability. The newly minted FBI agent pursues the mystery of these murders – driving him and his wife into a state of anxiety – to an exciting and deadly climax.
Carrie: What is the underlying theme of RED MONEY?
Ron: The story of RED MONEY is basically one of good versus evil, in which each side is portrayed for what it really is, and where the protagonists are a “good” family (two brothers who are law enforcement officers plus an innocent spouse) unlike many mob-related stories that focus on the mob family.
Carrie: What is your favorite scene in RED MONEY?
Ron: That would be the very last major action scene, in which retribution for much pain and suffering occurs.
Carrie: Why should readers buy RED MONEY?
Ron: Virtually all who have read it claim it’s a page turner with twists and turns and good action scenes. Through May 30, readers can get a 20% discount off the $14.95 retail price and be entered in a contest by ordering on my website.
Carrie: Who are your favorite authors?
Ron: My favorite authors for the past fifteen years or so have been Robert Ludlum and John Grisham, and they have had an influence on my writing.