William Nikkel: Homicide Detective to Author BSW055_date

William Nikkel is the #1 Amazon bestselling author of CAVE DWELLER. He’s a retired homicide investigator turned author, a member of the International Thriller Writers organization (ITW). He’s the author of 8 Jack Ferrell mystery- suspense novels, a Jack Ferrell novella, and two Max Traver steampunk westerns.

A former homicide detective and S.W.A.T. team member for the Kern County Sheriff’s Department in Bakersfield , California, William is an amateur scuba enthusiast, gold prospector and artist. He and his wife Karen divide their time between California and Maui, Hawaii.


Show Notes

  • life informs writing
  • strives to keep all his characters authentic and their interactions with the police believable
  • writes adventures not police procedurals
  • his main character Jack Ferrell grows through the series and the tales become grittier
  • believes readers want to escape real life and go through the door with the sign that reads, “No Admittance” – he takes them there

Sea of Heartbreak

In 1945, a B-17 bomber takes off from an airfield in the Philippines and disappears in a storm. The plane’s cargo, a gift to General Douglas MacArthur from the newly appointed president of the Philippine Commonwealth.

Nearly seventy-five years later, Jack Ferrell is sailing in the Kaiwi Channel between Molokai and Oahu when he rescues Allison Hunter who’d been pushed overboard by her husband and left to drown. He takes her ashore at the Ala Wai Boat Harbor in Waikiki, reluctant to get involved. She’s not his problem to fix. Or is she? When his boat explodes under suspicious circumstances and she’s killed, the situation turns personal.

He sets out to settle the score. An act of vengeance that reunites him with the beguiling and mysterious Cherise Venetta. Through her, he learns the surprising truth behind her reason for being on Oahu. Including the possible location of a gold-plated Thompson sub-machine gun that disappeared on a flight to Pearl Harbor. The stakes have been raised. Working together, he and Cherise become embroiled in a plot to bring down a major drug trafficker. A deadly trail that re-enforces what he already knows. When he’s on the edge, he’s completely alive.


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William Nikkel

William Nikkel is the author of eight Jack Ferrell novels, a Jack Ferrellnovella, and a steampunk western series featuring his latest hero, Max Traver. A former homicide detective and S.W.A.T. team member for the Kern County Sheriff’s Department in Bakersfield, California, William is an amateur scuba enthusiast, gold prospector and artist, who can be found just about anywhere. He and his wife Karen divide their time between California and Maui, Hawaii.

Contact info:

Website: www.williamnikkel.com

Facebook: http://facebook.com/willienikkel

Twitter:@willienikkel

 


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Mock-tail recipe:A variation of James Bond’s famous “Vesper Martini” as featured in the movie Casino Royal.

2 parts premium Vodka

1 part premium Gin

A couple of drops of dry vermouth

Shaken and served with an olive


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3 comments on William Nikkel: Homicide Detective to Author BSW055_date

  1. Jodie Esch says:

    Fascinating! I enjoyed learning how much he enjoyed working with his small publishing house. And the fact that he chooses to take his time and creates one book a year.

    Dividing his time between California and Maui, sounds like a rather relaxing life style. Lots of sun to keep the spirits high.

    Thanks so much.

    1. admin says:

      Hi Jodie,
      Thank you for stopping by and commenting.
      I love following his photos of Maui sunsets and gold panning in California on FB. He has a great writer’s life.
      As do you.
      all the best,
      Jo-Ann

  2. Aloha, Jodi. I’m glad you enjoyed hearing how much I enjoy my working relationship with Suspense Publishing. It is unfortunate that not every author has a pleasant experience with their small publisher. The most common complaint I hear is the lack of marketing support. This is one of the unfortunate drawbacks of signing with a small pushing house, my publisher included. But even the larger houses have cut way back in this area due to budget constraints. The positive side is you are part of a smaller author family which allows a more personal relationship that is not guaranteed in a larger publishing house or even one of their smaller imprints. And remember, the most important thing is to get your story out there for people to read. That’s why you put all the blood, sweat, and maybe even tears into your story.

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