MA: Please help me welcome today’s guest-blogger, S. Eric Wachtel. Eric was born and raised in New York City and studied at the University of Missouri. While in college he crafted his first historical based short story. Recruited by the CIA, he opted out in favor of a business career. Starting on Wall Street, he later worked as a vice president for a large international conglomerate before organizing and serving as president of a medical technology company. Eric lives with his wife, Lynn, and Russian Blue cat in Vermont and Washington, D.C. A member of International Thriller Writers, he is at work on the next Harry McClure thriller.
Welcome, Eric! Please tell us about your debut novel.
EW: In THE ESSENE CONSPIRACY, a blend of fact and fiction, I’ve created dynamic fictional characters from composites of personalities with whom I’ve crossed paths during my business career.
A high ranking Israeli minister has been murdered in Jerusalem. Muslim terrorists are suspected, but no group has claimed responsibility. Finding a barely legible name scribbled on a blood-stained card in the shirt pocket of the slain minister, the Director of Israeli Intelligence calls upon international security consultant Harry McClure to investigate a possible American connection to the brutal crime.
McClure uncovers a Wall Street money-laundering scheme linked to a Messianic brotherhood’s plan to overthrow the Israeli government and retake Jerusalem’s Temple Mount.
The clock is ticking as Israeli Intelligence, aided by McClure, race to organize a preemptive eleventh-hour strategy aimed at thwarting the brotherhood’s imminent attack. A timely blend of historical fact and fiction, the Essene Conspiracy builds to an unpredictable ending.
MA: Why novels, and why not a how-to book about the business world?
EW: It’s a natural extension of my early interest in writing and history.
MA: How did you develop the character of your protagonist?
EW: He’s a composite of many personalities I’ve know in real life. He’s a strong character, entrepreneurial, determined, charming.
MA: So who is the antagonist in the story?
EW: Mayer Rubin, the bad kid who grew up to be a key member of a clandestine brotherhood. My book is adult fiction. It’s aimed at readers who want to be entertained as well as intellectually stimulated.
MA: Thanks, Eric. I appreciate you stopping by to visit with me today. I encourage my readers to visit Eric’s website for more information: http://www.sericwachtel.com.