TODAY OUR INTERVIEW IS WITH JERRY DRAKE whose fourth Avalon Western novel, Breaking Trail, was available February 4th, 2010. He has published three other Westerns with Avalon: The Gunfighter’s Apprentice (2006), Sierra Skullduggery (2008), and Aftermath, (2009) Jerry lives in Denver and is a member the Rocky Mountain Fiction Writers organization as well the Western Writers of America. At eighty-three, Jerry describes himself as “spry.”
TELL US ABOUT YOUR LATEST NOVEL.
Breaking Trail tells of Tom Patterson's youthful hardship, his service in the Civil War, his stint as a mounted guard for the Union Pacific’s rail building enterprise, and his duties as a fledgling lawman in western Kansas.
YOUR CAREER HAS BEEN AS A WRITER/DIRECTOR IN FILMS AND VIDEO. Do you have any interesting stories to tell about those days?
Because I’ve written and directed somewhere around 2000 projects in my career, there are quite a few. Here’s one: We were shooting a tongue-in-cheek commercial involving a fake bank robbery, to tout the need for bandits to “always rely on a dependable used car.” Even with a conspicuous police presence around the shoot, the actors making their getaway were alarmed to be pursued by a couple of cars of vigilante citizens who thought the robbery was real. Police intervened before things got out of hand.