My Inspiration for Writing Action-Adventure Novels
More than three years ago, I set out to write my first action-adventure novel, City of Gold. As I had been solely a mystery author at that time, it proved to be an interesting, yet rewarding, challenge. After all, whodunits are grounded in reality and governed by police procedure and science, and adventures, especially ones with historical and mythological elements, are not an everyday reality for most people. Besides, if something is legend and we don’t know anything real about it, it requires a different kind of creative process. So when it came to writing about the Incas’ lost City of Gold, I felt like in order to write about it, I had to find it and see it in person! I was ready to board a plane to South America and find the place myself!
But fueled by a compulsion and inspiration, I trudged outside my comfort zone. I wanted to give my mystery readers an action-adventure story they’d love. To achieve this, though, I had to ensure that the book started out strong, pulling the reader right into the action and jumping into the conflict, rather than taking the time to set up the historical background of the adventure itself. Instead, the story needed to be fun and fast-paced from the beginning, not weighed down with too much backstory or smacking of a textbook; any facts or recorded myths were to be sprinkled in as needed. Really, I wanted to create something more in the vein of a twenty-first-century Indiana Jones—and according to reviewers, I have succeeded in that. It was with these things in mind that City of Gold—and the Matthew Connor Adventure series—was born.
It is my pleasure to announce that there is now a second book available in the series! Archaeologist and adventurer Matthew Connor and his friends are driven by the desire to uncover legends the world has all but forgotten, and this time, they are on the hunt for the mythical Emerald Tablets to save the world in The Secret of the Lost Pharaoh. Now that right there spells adventure!
If treasure hunting or the thought of traveling the globe to explore remote regions excites you, this is the series for you. You don’t even have to deal with flight delays, packing, or obtaining a passport to share in the action. So what are you waiting for? Strap yourself in for an adventure today!
But failing could mean her death…
dangerous retrieval expedition in India. While they succeeded in
obtaining the priceless Pandu artifact they sought, it almost cost
them their lives. Still, Matthew is ready for the next adventure. Yet
when new intel surfaces indicating the possible location of the
legendary City of Gold, Matthew is hesitant to embark on the quest.
city of Paititi far away from where other explorers have concentrated
their efforts. As appealing as making the discovery would be, it’s
just too risky. But when Cal’s girlfriend, Sophie, is abducted by
Matthew’s old nemesis who is dead-set on acquiring the Pandu
statue, Matthew may be forced into action. Saving Sophie’s life
means either breaking into the Royal Ontario Museum to steal the
relic or offering up something no one in his or her right mind would
refuse—the City of Gold.
treasure that have been lost for centuries. And they only have seven
days to do it. As they race against the clock, they quickly discover
that the streets they seek aren’t actually paved with gold, but
excite you? What about the thought of traveling the globe and
exploring remote regions to uncover legends that the world has all
but forgotten? If so, strap yourself in for an adventure with
modern-day archaeologist Matthew Connor and his two closest friends.
Indiana Jones meets the twenty-first century.
Croft, National Treasure, and The Relic Hunter.
hides a secret so powerful, it could destroy the world as we know it.
Archaeologist and adventurer Matthew Connor has made a career of finding legends
him for years—the Emerald Tablets. Myth says that they possess the
knowledge of the universe, allowing humankind to traverse Heaven and
Earth, and have the power to bestow wealth and wisdom upon whoever
possesses them. But if they fall into evil hands, it could cause a
global disaster.So when a former colleague stumbles across
an ancient Egyptian hieroglyphic map that promises to lead to a pharaoh’s tomb
The road ahead isn’t going to be an easy one, and their shared dream of
recovering the Emerald Tablets is being crushed at every turn. And
just when they think it’s all over, they learn there are a few
clues they have overlooked. But they’re no longer the only ones
searching for the Tablets. Now, the fate of the world hangs in the
balance, and soon they’ll find out that when it comes to hunting
legends, they can’t trust anyone.
well as a speaker, teacher, and inspirational mentor. She has four
continuing fiction series—Detective Madison Knight, Brandon Fisher
FBI, McKinley Mysteries, and Matthew Connor Adventures—and has
written nearly thirty books. Her genre diversity offers her readers
everything from cozy to hard-boiled mysteries, and thrillers to
those in law enforcement as being accurate and entertaining, leading
her to adopt the trademark: POLICE PROCEDURALS RESPECTED BY LAW
also loves the lights of a big city. Grounded by her roots and lifted
by her dreams, her overactive imagination insists that she tell her
stories. Her intention is to touch the hearts of millions with her
books, to entertain, inspire, and empower.
is a member of Crime Writers of Canada and Sisters in Crime.
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