The Alaska Life – Eagle River Alaska Author Pens Iconic Tom Clancy SeriesWhat do Alaskans do when it’s blowing outside with freezing rain? If you’re Alaska author Marc Cameron, you work on your next Tom Clancy/Jack Ryan novel. Marc is the New York Times bestselling author of seventeen critically acclaimed novels, including two of the most recent Tom Clancy/Jack Ryan series, and his own wildly popular Jericho Quinn thrillers. Marc is known for his iconic characters. From Jericho Quinn to Jack Ryan and now Arliss Cutter, his heroes spring to life on the page in a way that pulls in readers. His characters are so distinct that fans are eager to devour each of his thrillers. In 2016, the Tom Clancy enterprise chose Marc to author the next Tom Clancy/Jack Ryan novels. Power and Empire debuted last year at number six on the New York Times bestseller list. “In Mother Russia, secrets did not stay secret for long. Information was strength…” These are the opening lines of Marc’s second Jack Ryan novel, Oath of Office, which comes out later this month. Originally from Texas, Marc spent twenty-nine years in law enforcement, the last twenty as the Chief Deputy U.S. Marshal in Alaska. His assignments took him from Alaska to Manhattan, Canada to Mexico and dozens of points in between. In 2011, he retired to write full time. Marc’s short stories have appeared in The Saturday Evening Post and Boys’ Life magazine. He holds a second-degree black belt in Jujitsu, is a man-tracking instructor, and teaches defensive tactics to law enforcement agency and civilian groups. As a certified law enforcement scuba diver, an avid sailor, and motorcycle enthusiast, Marc often features boats and bikes in his novels. He lives in Eagle River with his wife and BMW motorcycle. Bestselling author Brad Thor called Cameron one of the hottest new authors in the thriller genre, and Mark Greaney said Cameron’s books are “blistering reads and riveting page-turners.” Marc graciously took a break from his busy schedule to talk about his two upcoming book releases.
- With the anticipated release of your Tom Clancy/Jack Ryan novel, Oath of Office, and your new Arliss Cutter series set in Alaska, Open Carry, you must be over the moon. How were you chosen to write the next novels in the Tom Clancy/Jack Ryan novel series?
- How did you react when you found out you’d be the next author of the Jack Ryan novels?
- Publishers Weekly stated in their review of Power and Empire: “All the writers who have contributed to the [Jack Ryan] series since Clancy’s death have been good, but Cameron’s formidable performance puts him at the head of the pack.” Do you have freedom with plot and characters or does the Clancy franchise have specific ideas about plot and character?
- How does being a novelist compare with your career in law enforcement?
- What are your thoughts on the Jack Ryan film series that premiered in September on Amazon? Will you be called upon for future involvement, such as a consultant as the series continues?
- I enjoyed reading Triple Frontier, where Jericho Quinn rides a BMW 1200 GS Adventure motorcycle. I understand you have a BMW GS bike. Have you ridden it on the Alaska Highway to the Lower 48?
- As an Alaskan, I love the cover of Open Carry, which takes place in an Alaska setting. What role does Alaska play for you when bringing this story to life?
- The first of your new Arliss Cutter series, Open Carry, will be released February 2019. Tell us about your new character, U.S. Marshal, Arliss Cutter. How does he differ from Jericho Quinn?
- When are your Alaska book signings for your Jack Ryan novel, Oath of Office, and the first of your new series, Open Carry?
- With all you’ve achieved as a successful Alaska author, what would you say to those dreaming of writing novels, as you were inspired by the Tom Clancy characters?
Enjoy reading marc cameron books love the jericho quin series and the tom clancy books he writes looking corward to reading open carry when it comes out hopefully i can get a copy as i live in the united kingdom in a city called Liverpool
Alan jackson April 17, 2021