Tuesday, April 20, 2021

Legacy Artifacts: The First of the Warm World Mysteries



Legacy Artifacts: The First of the Warm World Mysteries 

NAME: Jerry C. Blanton

TITLE OF BOOK: Legacy Artifacts: First of the Warm World Mysteries

 www.jerrycblanton.com or www.authorjerrycblanton.com

Tell your readers a little about yourself, where you grew up, where you live now, where you went to school etc. Let them get to know the personal you.

I was raised in the United States Air Force, living primarily in Western states: Arizona; Spokane, Washington; Riverside, Southern California; Nagoya, Japan; Livermore, Northern California; Cheyenne, Wyoming; Livingston, Alabama; and finally, Florida where I have lived ever since I arrived here at 15 years old. Now I live in Homestead, Florida, an agricultural town that is fast becoming a suburb of Miami.

I graduated from Eau Gallie High School, Eau Gallie, Florida (1964). I have a B.A. in English (minor in education) from Florida State University (1968); an M.A. in English (minor in theater including nine hours of credits from Western New Mexico University where I directed a production of The Glass Menagerie) from Florida Atlantic University (1977); took six hours in art at Lee County Community College; a Certificate of Teacher Supervision (nine graduate credit hours) from the University of Miami (1978); completed 36 hours toward a Ph.D. in Educational Leadership from Florida International University. Took Intermediate Conversational Spanish from University of Miami.

I have been married twice and divorced twice. I have three children from the marriages. All have successful careers (attorney, anthropologist, cyber security expert) and are now middle-aged.

What inspired you to author your book?

It began as another Buck Jaspers mystery of which I have published 14, but I soon realized that this one was different because it had elements of global warming and globalization involved in the mystery. And I had other ideas along that line, and I have already written rough drafts of the second and third warm world mysteries. I feel that anything I can do to educate people about global warming is worthwhile even if in the form of entertainment.


Where did you get the inspiration for your book’s cover?

As the major suspect remains hidden, Buck sends operatives to Egypt to find out if two known mummy dealers are trying to get one of the recently discovered mummies there. Since the mystery involves both Andean mummies and Egyptian mummies, I thought the cover should display one of each. And mummies seem to automatically suggest mystery.

Who has been the most significant influence on you personally and as a writer?

William Faulkner had a kind of reverse influence. I have read most of his books and studied them in college courses. As much as I admire his complex narrations and multiple narrators, I knew most people will never read one of his books. So, I decided I would keep my books simpler to appeal to a wider audience. But I would try to make my characters as lifelike as Faulkner’s are. Mark Twain also had a great influence on me, especially Huckleberry Finn, so I resolved to always tell the truth as I saw it.


What were your struggles or obstacles you had to overcome to get this book written? I had to learn enough about Peru and the Incas to make the book realistic, so research was involved.

Tell your readers about your book.

Buck is set to solve the mystery of the stolen mummies after the Peruvian Consul hires his firm to find the mummies and bring them back to Peru. His only target is a Peruvian anthropologist Sergio Mishioki who has stolen the mummies and brought them to Florida. Using what he knows about Sergio Mishioki and working with an ICE agent, Buck narrows his search and puts out a net that will catch the thief and reveal the billionaire collector for whom Sergio works.

Who is your target audience, and why?

My target audience is anyone who loves a mystery and has concerns or doubts about global warming and globalization.


If you were going to give one reason for anyone looking at your book to read, why should they buy it?

They will enjoy it and be inspired by it.

What do you consider your greatest success in life?

I keep striving, for I may not have achieved it yet.

What one unique thing sets you apart from other writers in your genre? My global view.

How do you overcome writer’s block?

I have never had writer’s block. My imagination is so fertile that ideas keep pouring forth. If anything, I have had times in which in the middle of one project, I am inspired to start another one, and return to the first after an interruption.


What one piece of advice do you have for new authors.

If you are inspired to write, do it and keep at it. If you are honest with yourself, you will improve.

Tell your readers anything else you want to share.

I want to entertain, first. After that I hope I have inspired you to think about the world in a different way.