Blog Archives

VBT – SMUGGLER

tourbanner_smuggler

Smuggler
by Nicholas Fillmore

~~~~~~~~~~~~~

GENRE: Memoir/True Crime

~~~~~~~~~~~~~

BLURB:

When twenty-something post-grad Nick Fillmore discovers the zine he’s been recruited to edit is a front for drug profits, he begins a dangerous flirtation with an international heroin smuggling operation and in a matter of months finds himself on a fast ride he doesn’t know how to get off of.

After a bag goes missing in an airport transit lounge he is summoned to West Africa to take a voodoo oath with Nigerian mafia. Bound to drug boss Alhaji, he returns to Europe to put the job right, but in Chicago O’Hare customs agents “blitz” the plane and a courier is arrested.

Thus begins a harried yearlong effort to elude the Feds, prison and a looming existential dead end…. Smuggler relates the real events behind OITNB.

cover_smuggler

~~~~~~~~~~~~~

Excerpt:

At the other end of the terminal was another set of steel doors—simple double doors leading right out to the street, daylight and fresh air strobing through each time someone exited; cabs lined up and waiting, freedom lingering out there.

I hoisted my bag over my shoulder, bypassing the baggage carousels where a cop was walking around with a dog, and headed towards the doors. A single Customs Agent was perched on a stool to the far right, reading a magazine. As I got about a third of the way there, he seemed to stir. I changed direction ever so slightly.

He roused himself. A small group was moving toward him from the right, but he seemed to ignore them.

I looked out the corner of my eyes for someone, anyone I could fall in behind, but everyone seemed blissfully out of reach—and I imagined this is what it must feel like to drown: to take one last desperate look at help swimming strongly away.

Then the agent sauntered ever so slowly out into the middle of the room. My heart raced. Then he looked up. I saw it coming, could feel it coming. Oblivious to the rest of the herd, he’d singled me out; and for a second I felt I might just swoon right there. Then some sort of instinct kicked in. I resigned myself to being questioned and headed right at him.

For some seconds he hung back as I did my best to play the part of the unassuming traveler.

“Where are you coming from, sir?” he asked, at an angle.

“Paris,” I said.

“Can I see your ticket?”

I handed him my ticket.

“How long were you in Paris?”

“A week.”

“What were you doing there?”

“Business.”

“What kind of business.”

“Magazine. Publishing.”

“What magazine?”

And here I faltered. Nun Civa Orcus. What the hell was that? My mind raced for all sorts of explanations. For a second I considered making something up. But that would only mean trouble. You tend to say stupid things when you veer from the script like that. Someone might ask your name, for instance, and under duress you might say Peter Rabbit or Dick Nixon, who the hell knew? Had he detected my hesitation? I had to speak.

~~~~~~~~~~~~~

AUTHOR Bio and Links:

author image

Nicholas Fillmore attended the graduate writing program at University of New Hampshire. He was a finalist for the Juniper Prize in poetry and co-founded and published SQUiD magazine in Provincetown, MA. He is currently at work on Sins of Our Fathers, a family romance and works as a reporter and lecturer in English. He lives on windward Oahu with his wife, his daughter and three dogs.

Author website: http://www.nicholasfillmore.com
Publisher Website http://www.iambicbooks.com
https://www.facebook.com/Nicholas.Fillmore.10/
https://twitter.com/nicholasfillmor

~~~~~~~~~~~~~

RAFFLECOPTER GIVEAWAY

Nicholas Fillmore will be awarding a $10 Amazon/BN GC to a randomly drawn winner via rafflecopter during the tour.

Enter to win a $10 Amazon/BN GC – a Rafflecopter giveaway

~~~~~~~~~~~~~

Interview With …

Tell us about you as a person. 
I should have stayed on the farm, so to speak. My parents are nice, small-town people. And I’m really a simple, shy person at heart, given to daydreaming and writing poetry. But life comes at you and you grow up.

If you could hang out with one famous person for one day, who would it be and why? 
I have to say it would be Jesus. Running around Palestine denouncing the scribes and Pharisees, and preaching to the multitudes whilst the political powers of the ancient world hang like dark clouds in the offing—this is my idea of a good time.

What’s the story behind your latest book? 
As memoir that’s pretty straight forward. I got hooked into this heroin smuggling conspiracy—part out of boredom, part out of greed, part out of a desire for adventure and part out of a desire to take a burden upon myself (to write about.)

What is your writing process? 
Usually I write late at night. I might listen to music or not, but not with lyrics, which counts out most pop music. I can’t write while someone else is talking. Otherwise, as far as “process” I’m pretty recursive, which is a leftover poetry habit and a problem; when you’ve gone over a sentence or paragraph or chapter so many times with an eye toward its inner coherence, it can become a little insular. Writing Smuggler I learned that sometimes you need to let up on the verbosity so that when you do want to write from some elevated state it shows up. Of course later on you can obsessively pour over every phrase and comma.

If your book was to be turned into a movie, who would play the lead role and why. 
I’m not quite up on the young film stars. A young Tim Roth?

What are you working on next? 
It’s called Sins of Our Fathers, an attempt to reimagine family incidents over several generations that inform the family’s fortunes, such as they are.

What is your favorite book on your shelf right now? 
Raymond Chandler, The Long Goodbye.

You are given the choice of one super power. What super power would you have and why?
I would say ESP which has its obvious benefits. The implications for being a writer are interesting. It seems there would be little room for the imagination, though you could do staggering historical works.

List 5 things on your bucket list:

  1. Finish next novel.
  2. Move to Paris.
  3. Write another novel.
  4. Get daughter into college.
  5. Write another novel.

Where can readers find you on the web?

http://www.nicholasfillmore.com 

Advertisements

Interview With Glen Aaron, author of The Prison Trilogy

 

Glen-Aaron-Tour-Banner-Book-1

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Hi Folks. Today I am chatting with Glen Aaron, retired lawyer, international business & banking consultant and author of several fiction & non-fiction books. Including The Terrorist, Broken Justice and his latest non-fiction release of The Prison Trilogy: The Ronnie Lee And Jackie Bancroft Spencer Morgan Story.

6349432
Glen. Thanks for being my guest today. Please share with our readers about you.
I am a retired lawyer and international business and banking consultant. In the twilight of my 40 year practice, I came to represent an heiress of The Wall Street Journal, who later decided to marry another client of mine, an interior decorator. The name of the heiress was Jackie Bancroft Spencer Morgan and her new husband was Ronnie Lee Morgan. Jackie was 72 years old. Ron was 50. I had previously placed Ron in bankruptcy in that he owed about $1.5 million and couldn’t pay it. Jackie wanted to give him ample money outside of the bankruptcy. So I set up a blind trust and over the course of a half dozen years Jackie poured $40 million worth of cash and assets into the trust. When she mysteriously died, the Bancroft’s sued me and every member of my legal staff. Ultimately, the result was a two-year prison sentence for me in federal prison. The reason was quite technical. The Prison Trilogy starts with this book, The Ronnie Lee And Jackie Bancroft Spencer Morgan story, a tale of people, greed, envy, manipulation – even crime.

What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
I actually look forward to getting out of bed each morning about 5 o’clock to start writing either on a book that I’m working on or my column for the local newspaper that reviews the works of West Texas authors. I am stimulated by the desire to write and to read the creative works of others.

If you could hang out with one famous person for one day, who would it be and why?
I would like to hang out for a day with Barney Frank and ask him questions about events that he has written in his new book. My reason for wanting to do so is to gain some understanding of how a person finds the strength to continue fighting in favor of unpopular causes, one after another.

What’s the story behind your latest book? 
Well, I have already mentioned how the book begins, but to understand Jackie one must understand the history of the ownership of The Wall Street Journal. Her husband, Hugh Bancroft, Jr, who was owner of the Journal, along with a sibling, died after only five years of marriage to Jackie, leaving her at their New Mexico ranch with three small children, but also as one of the wealthiest women in America, which she really didn’t realize for the first few years. In part, the book is her story, but it is also the story of Ron Morgan and a tale of greed and manipulation and what it can lead to.

Tell us your writing process.
I begin writing at 5 o’clock in the morning and write until noon. By this time, either the body or the muse has left me and I go on to other things. I do this six days a week. In nonfiction, as The Prison Trilogy is, I look at all of my research, cross index it, and then begin to develop an outline of chapters. In nonfiction, I allow myself to go with the flow of the plot, keeping in mind basic writing principles of fiction. Of course, this creates a lot of rewrites.

When did you realize you wanted to be a writer?
I graduated from Baylor University with an undergraduate degree of English literature and a dual degree out of the business school in macro economics. Even though I had business knowledge, much of which was handed down to me by my father, I was a bit of a romantic and loved literature. I thought that I would like to write. However, after graduation from law school at the University of Texas and entering law practice and business, there was no time for 40 years to write anything but legalese. As I entered federal prison and ended up with Colonel George Trofimoff as my cell-mate, I saw this as an opportunity to write. That story became the second book in The Prison Trilogy, which is about Colonel George Trofimoff.

Tell us about your main character.
As you’ve seen from what I’ve said about the Ronnie Lee and Jackie Bancroft Story, there are actually two main characters in the book, Jackie and Ron, as I viewed them through my eyes as an Observer. Interestingly, for someone who had the magnitude of wealth that Jackie had, she lived rather modestly but did immodest things, such as building what she called her “little Pearl,” the $23 million theater for the performing arts, nestled in the mountains of Ruidoso, New Mexico. She paid cash. Ronnie Lee Morgan, on the other hand, personifies just about every character defect you can think of. Of course, I represented both of them. Lawyers don’t generally sit in judgment of their clients. If they did, they would have no clients. However, this book takes liberty from that principal by simply telling the story.

What are you working on next? 
I’m currently working on what I believe will be called The Race To Destroy Life On Earth. The question is, which will win the race of destruction: nuclear proliferation or eco-destruction?

Do you have any special/extraordinary talents?
I do not think so. I can’t paint. I can’t play a musical instrument. I can speak publicly and write.

Who are your favorite authors?  
In fiction, I have always been intrigued by the ability of John Grisham. In nonfiction, I look for those extraordinary authors who do credible research and take it to the level of telling an interesting story.

What do you like to do with your free time?
Sit with my wife in the evening, have a glass of wine, interesting conversation, and pet my dogs.

Tell us about your plans for upcoming books.
Well, as I mentioned I’m doing research on nuclear proliferation and eco-destruction. Surprisingly, I have for years done research on the biblical tenants of the New Testament. I have always thought it would be interesting if you took the English common law principle of proof, “by a preponderance of evidence” and applied it to the writing and teachings of the New Testament. I don’t know whether I will ever finish that are not.

Where can people find you on the web?
Either at GlenAaron.com or prisonobserver.com or Amazon.com.

Any final thoughts?
Yes, I want to thank you very much for having me and giving The Prison Trilogy and its first book, The Ronnie Lee And Jackie Bancroft Spencer Morgan Story exposure, and I would like to thank BK Walker for administrating the blog tour for me. Thank you

Observer: The Ronnie Lee and Jackie Bancroft Spencer Morgan Story
Book genre: Biography of Wall Street Journal heiress; nonfiction intrigue and crime
Publisher: Glen Aaron using Create Space
Release date: April 1, 2015
Buy linkAmazon.com

Book Blurb

When Jackie Bancroft’s husband died in 1952, he left her an heiress to the income and value of The Wall Street Journal and one of the wealthier women in America. Almost 50 years later, Jackie would marry Ronnie Lee Morgan, a 50 – year old gay interior decorator. Morgan was one of many clients in the active law practice of author Glen Aaron. This unusual marriage lasted until Jackie’s mysterious death five years later. Throughout that period, Aaron became entwined in the personal lives and demands of the couple, along with handling many of their legal affairs. The huge money and property distributions made by Jackie to her husband, designed and handled by Aaron, resulted in a two – year federal prison sentence for Aaron. The first book in the Prison Trilogy is this story

Excerpt

Through the course of four years, Ron bought several million – dollar Puerto Vallarta properties, some for rental, some with an eye toward resale; all in the name of the trust I had set up for him. This was causing a problem. When Ron initially explained how he wanted the trust to work, or, at least, how he envisioned the goal, it was to be an income – generating entity protected from domestic creditors, the IRS, and Jackie’s children. Therefore, I envisioned never conducting business in the United States. I had never filed for a tax identification number, nor had the trust filed an income tax return.

However, throughout the first few years of the trust, Ron imported large amounts of artworks and furnishings from other countries and warehoused them in El Paso. He also took unreported, large cash distributions into the United States. This was not how to protect oneself within a trust. No matter how I might admonish him, I would find, after the fact, Ron paid no attention and threw caution to the winds. I could never tell, through many aspects of Ron’s life, whether he felt invincible or whether he just couldn’t perceive risk/reward exposure.

In following the goal of creating an offshore cash-cow for Ron’s future, I had established a corporation and office in Belize that headquartered an online casino. Acquiring the software through professional contacts in Vegas and setting up accounting and payment controls took about a year. Belize was ideal for an online casino because broadband T-1 connections were plentiful and the domain name address would be Belize. Additionally, the major Caribbean undersea fiber line connecting instantaneously to the entire world was within stone’s throw of where I had set up the online casino. In the second year, the casino was cash-flowing twenty – five – thousand dollars per month with hardly any overhead.

To diversify the activities and income of the trust, I retained a CPA and Hong Kong attorneys to establish a Hong Kong trade Corporation with an office in Shenzhen, China. The trade companies served multiple full purposes because of the myriad opportunities in China. Its primary purpose was to protect importations of artworks, sculptures, and furnishings from all the countries Ron had haphazardly imported into the United States.… Although Ron was as tight – lip about those details as he was about most other details, it was pretty clear he was stockpiling a high-end inventory for his post – Jackie future.

%d bloggers like this: