Friday, June 12, 2015

The Prison Trilogy Interview With Author, Glen Aaron - Book Tour & Giveaway

BK: When did you first realize you wanted to write a book?

I had not thought much about writing, other than legalese, until I went to prison. My cellmate for over a year was Colonel George Trofimoff, serving life for spying for the KGB. As time passed, I decided, "now this is a real story, and it should be told."

BK: What inspired you to write this story?

The bizarre life of my clients, the Wall Street Journal heiress and her gay husband, seemed to me to be a fascinating and unusual story. That is the first book in The Prison Trilogy. Then, when I went to prison and met Colonel George Trofimoff. I could see how his story was not only fascinating to me but would be to others.

BK: What was the writing process like for you while writing this story?

For the writing of the entire Prison Trilogy, I began each day at 5:00 or 5:30 AM. By noon, I was usually out of energy for writing and went on to do other things. It took me 10 years to write The Prison Trilogy.

BK: What emotions did you experience while you wrote this book?

The writing of The Prison Trilogy was therapeutic for me. Indeed, it was difficult emotionally to relive this catastrophic path of my life, but I disciplined myself to make sure that this was not an "oh poor me" series of books. I told the story of other people's lives, but you can see my story, as I tell theirs.
BK: Do you find writing a healing process?

Yes, I do. But I think what is healing for me is actually getting into that part of the brain and psyche that produces the creative process. Writing, just like art, can assist in healing many wounds.
BK: What do you hope readers will take away from your writing?

The Prison Trilogy is really an expose from the wastefulness of the very wealthy to the injustice of the American criminal justice system, including its judiciary. I hope that it is an eye–opener for the reader.

BK: Name one thing you've ever thought about writing, but were just too scared to proceed with the idea of it?

I have spent years researching and writing a book entitled, "There Is No God And Jesus Is Not Coming Back, By a Preponderance of the Evidence." Basically, I have taken down the New Testament and the way it was written. However, I live in the depth of the Bible Belt, and I have been hesitant to publish.

BK: If you could visit anywhere in the world, where would you go and who would you take with you?

If you could visit anywhere in the world, where would you go and who would you take with you? I would go to southern France, spend at least a year, and my wife would go with me.

Thank you so much for taking time to share your story with me and my readers today. We wish you much success I the future.

Glen writes both fiction and nonfiction from his forty-year career and experience as a trial lawyer and consultant in international business and banking.

His nonfiction work as the observer in The Prison Trilogy tells the tales in chronological order of how he came to be a lawyer for a Wall Street Journal heiress and her gay husband and how that representation landed him in federal prison. That is the first in The Trilogy. The second book tells the story of his cell mate, Colonel George Trofimoff, serving life for spying for the KGB, and the final book of The Trilogy describes the prisoners, Glen's experiences and takes a hard look at the American criminal justice system.

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Book genre: Biography of Wall Street Journal heiress; nonfiction intrigue and crime

Publisher: Glen Aaron using Create Space

Release date: April 1

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Book description: 

When Jackie Bancroft's husband died in 1952, he left her an heiress to the income and value of The Wall Street Journal and one of the wealthier women in America. Almost 50 years later, Jackie would mary Ronnie Lee Morgan, a 50 – year old gay interior decorator. Morgan was one of many clients in the active law practice of author Glen Aaron. This unusual marriage lasted until Jackie's mysterious death five years later. Throughout that period, Aaron became entwined in the personal lives and demands of the couple, along with handling many of their legal affairs. The huge money and property distributions made by Jackie to her husband, designed and handled by Aaron, resulted in a two – year federal prison sentence for Aaron. The first book in the Prison Trilogy is this story.

Excerpt One:

Ron Morgan always knew what he wanted – – to be rich and beautiful, to live in the places you see in Architectural Digest.
He knew certain things about the rich: that they were different, that they liked beautiful things, power, and influence, that, if they saw that another had something more beautiful or impressive, they had to have it, too. He also knew that every rich person would take advantage of him if given the chance. So he devised ways to reverse this probability. While making it appear that they were getting a good deal, a special deal, he always made money.
Ron had developed his expertise in interior decorating over the course of many years. It took him even longer to perfect the personality that attracted and pleased wealthy clients. His involvement as an interior decorator for the wealthy, his intuitive knowledge of how to deal with them, was an evolution of fits and starts.
Although it didn't hurt that Ron was gay, in his early life he had had difficulty figuring that out. He tried a heterosexual marriage. It didn't work.
Then, in his 50th year, in the New Mexico mountain village of Ruidoso, Ron met Jackie Bancroft Spencer ("Jackie"), a wealthy Wall Street Journal heiress possessed of a unique personality. Jackie was building a stunning theater for the performing arts in Ruidoso, for which she would pay $23 million cash. At the same time, she was caring for her terminally – ill second husband, Dr. A.N ("A. N.") Spencer. Ron Morgan came to know Jackie by creating interior decor for her home, making suggestions regarding the theater, and in assisting with A. N.'s care during his final illness.
I was Ron Morgan's lawyer for many years. On numerous occasions, I defended lawsuits and negotiated a way out of touchy problems. Ultimately, I placed Ron in bankruptcy protection in El Paso, Texas. Not long after, he introduced me to Jackie. Through numerous golf games and dinners, I became fascinated with this lady, her history and that of the Bancroft's and their ownership of The Wall Street Journal.
Two years later, Ron, a 52 – year old gay man, and Jackie, a 72 – year old heterosexual heiress, decided to marry. At the time she met Ron, Jackie, was married to Dr. A.N. Spencer; it was her second marriage. She wanted to travel the world after AN's death, and she wanted Ron to travel with her. For his part, Ron had his own designs on what this should cost Jackie. Whether pressing for marriage was a manifestation of Ron's ulterior financial desires, or whether it was at Jackie's urging is unknown. What is known is that Jackie accepted, indeed, relished, the arrangement.
While the relationship was filled with intrigue, greed and Machiavellian manipulation from within and without, the ultimate mystery for me was the nature of Jackie's illness – – the illness that led to her death – – while she and Ron were on a world cruise. It was my task to get her off the ship in the middle of the Atlantic and arrange for medical care in Albuquerque, New Mexico. That would be my last service on her behalf.
I have always been an observer of people: what motivates them to do what they do, how they view their quality of life, why and how this plays out in relationships. This book has a dual purpose: to share my observations of Jackie and Ron's unusual relationship, and to share my experiences as Jackie's some time – confidante and as Ron's lawyer until Jackie's death. Ultimately, these experiences with my last client would change my life.


May 17 - Introduction at VBT Café Blog
May 19 - Spotlight at 3 Partners In Shopping - Nana, Mommy & Sissy Too!
May 21 - Interviewed at Author CAMilson
May 21 - Spotlight at The Voluptuous Book Diva

May 22 - Guest Blogging at The Voluptuous Book Diva
May 26 - Review at The Writers Revolution
May 28 - 6 Besties at BK Walker Books

June 1 - Interviewed at Bikers With Books
June 3 - Spotlight at Jody's Book Reviews
June 6 - Reviewed at My Life, Loves and Passions
June 8 - Author 2 Author Marketing at BookIt BK
June 10 - Spotlight at Readsalot
June 12 - Interviewed at BK Walker Books Etc.
June 15 - Spotlight at eBook Review Gal
June 17 - Spotlight at My Book Tour
June 19 - Spotlight at Black Coffee, Brown Cow
June 22 - Interviewed at Ghost Rider Book Promotions
June 24 - Interviewed at Yah Did Radio 6:30pm EST
June 26 - 5 Things I Know For Sure at CAT Magazine
June 29 - Review & Interview at Deal Sharing Aunt
July 1 - Spotlight at Tea and Book
July 3 - Spotlight at Mass Musings
July 6 - Reviewed at BK Walker Books



BK said...

Thank you for chatting today, Glen :)