Your latest book is The Loch Ness Legacy. Tell us a little bit about it:
In his fourth adventure, former Army combat engineer Tyler Locke foils a terrorist attack on the Eiffel Tower during a summit of Muslim world leaders, but he soon comes to realize that it's just the first stage of a gambit intended to start World War III and wipe Israel off the map. Tyler's only clue to stopping a vicious white supremacist from carrying out his plans is a two-hundred-year old journal linking a long-forgotten Nazi chemical weapon to an encounter between a young Charles Darwin and the Loch Ness monster.
Why Loch Ness?
I've always been fascinated with mythical creatures like the Loch Ness monster, Bigfoot, and the Yeti. Although it seems at first that the existence of these beasts is unlikely, there's the glimmer of a chance that there might be some truth in the sightings. In the book I give the example of the coelacanth, a fish that was thought to be extinct for seventy million years until a living example was caught by fishermen in 1938. If that could happen, maybe it's possible there really is something unknown living in the 700-foot-deep Loch Ness, a lake that contains more water than all of the lakes in England and Wales combined.
How did you approach the task of crafting a fresh, unique story around such a familiar setting and legend?
All of the Tyler Locke stories give a scientific explanation for famous legends like Noah's Ark, the Midas touch, and the Roswell incident, and I had never seen a thriller centered on the Loch Ness monster, only horror and young adult novels. For THE LOCH NESS LEGACY I thought about how such a animal might have remained hidden for all these years, spotted intermittently and poorly documented. The creature I theorize in the story has unique characteristics that lend themselves to a broader threat not only to humanity, but to Tyler's friends and family as well.
What's next for Tyler Locke?
Tyler's notoriety for solving these old mysteries has probably grown so much that the government can't ignore him any longer. I'm sure that they'll come knocking on his door one of these days to help them save the world.