by Troy Lambert
A strange accident on the freeway, accusations of murder, and an encounter in the Idaho wilderness all propel Todd Clarke into a new friendship with a dog named Sparky. But Sparky is no ordinary dog, and there is more going on than Clarke could have imagined.
A military commander he investigated for Aryan activity and links to domestic terrorism is after him, and he’s not sure why until another chance encounter provides the answer.
With Sparky and the help of his canine friends, will he be able to figure out the Colonel’s plan and stop him in time? All Clarke knows for sure is none of it would be possible without the help of his Stray Ally.
The woods came alive.
Yellow eyes stared at his every move. Something panted right behind him. Something was there; he didn't even have to look. Half mile to the chopper, and safety. He ran, his breath coming in ragged gasps, legs on fire with every step.
Tripping over a root, his arms spun for balance. He grabbed at a tree for support, a weak young sapling. It bent under his weight, slowing his fall, whipping from his hand as he released it. As his palm brushed a fallen log, a splinter pushed deep into it, causing him to cry out.
A bark followed by a growl sounded, close. Too close.
Picking himself up, he continued to run. Were the others with him? He didn't care. Colonel Anderson possessed a well-founded fear of canines, and panic took over his mind.
There it was. The chopper. He crossed the clearing and leapt inside. Safe.
"Chief, get this bird in the air!”
He crawled forward.
The pilot's throat was torn wide open, canine teeth marks surrounding the wound, blood saturating the front of his uniform. From behind him, he heard a deep growl. Pulling his sidearm he turned to face his worst fear.
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AN INTERVIEW WITH TROY
-What made you want to write?
I love telling stories. No matter what else I have done in my life, that has been a constant. It still is. I do paid research, videography, editing, and public speaking, and they all have storytelling in common. Of course, with research, it is true stories, or at least the truth as far as I can discover it.
-What draws you to thrillers?
I read a ton of thrillers growing up, and it’s an exciting genre. It is very much a world I like to travel in, so I keep going back.
-What’s a fun fact you learned researching this project?
I learned a ton about Predator drones and the Aryan nations while writing this book. I don’t know if any of would be referred to as “fun” facts, but I thought they were pretty cool.
One interesting point is that although Predator drones (automated military aircraft) are hard to spot, especially in a sunny sky, you can hear them from a long way away.
-Which of your characters would you go out for drinks with?
One of the minor characters in Stray Ally, Ray, has to be one of my favorites I have ever written. I would love to go out to drinks with him, so he could tell me some more of his stories.
-For aspiring writers, any tips?
My usual answer is: if you can do anything else, do it. Writing for a living is hard. But if like me, you find that you really are not fit for any other kind of work, write every day. There are a ton of other aspects to the ‘job’ but getting words down every day is clearly a good start.
-Is there a genre you could never write? Which and why?
I’ll try writing almost anything once, but I don’t think I could do Regency Romance. It is a narrow genre, readers are usually picky, and I know very little about it. Other than that, I hate to limit myself.
Troy works as a freelance writer, researcher, and editor. He writes historical site characterization reports for those performing remediation on former resource extraction sites, software instruction and help guides, and edits the research of others as well. His true passion is writing dark, psychological thrillers. His work includes Broken Bones, a collection of his short stories, Redemption the first in the Samuel Elijah Johnson Series, Temptation the sequel to Redemption, along with the horror Satanarium, co-authored with Poppet, a brilliant author from South Africa and published by Wild Wolf Publishing. His next novel, Stray Ally, will be published March 4th by Tirgearr Publishing. The final in the Samuel Elijah Johnson Series, Confession will be published May 1st.
Troy lives with his wife of twelve years, two of his five children and two very talented dogs. He is a skier, cyclist, hiker, fisherman, hunter, and a terrible beginning golfer.
Connect with Troy:
Best story of a dog (Stray Ally) that you rescued or that helped you through a hard time sent to firstname.lastname@example.org by March 29th wins a $25 Amazon gift card. Winner and story shared on my blog Monday, March 31st. Share your story today.
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