1. So, what’s your book all about?

GOTU is a fictionalized account of my time as a sergeant for the Arizona Department of Public Safety leading a team investigating smugglers bringing drugs in by air over the US/Mexican border. Lots of information on police operations and plenty of action along with insight on the effect such work has on police families. The title means GOT-U and Guardians of the Universe. You have to read the book to understand why. As of now the book has 35 reviews with a 4.5 star rating on Amazon.

2. What inspired you to write this tale?

I started out to write a non-fiction book about the great work of this team, but DPS destroyed all of the reports because they were over 25 years old. So I wrote a novel instead.

3. Do you have a favorite quote about creativity/inspiration etc…? What is it?

“The first draft of anything is shit.” Ernest Hemingway

4. What things do you keep in your “writing space”? Do they inspire you? Confound you? Hold wires in place?

My writing space is a small office crammed with memorabilia, guitars, books and my computer. My inspiration comes from my ever restless mind.

5. What is your perfect “writing space”?

My perfect writing space would be a turret on top of a house on the ocean with a 360˚ view.

6. If your car horn could play any song, which would it be? Can’t say Dixie.

“Thunderstruck” by AC/DC

7. What would you name the first permanent settlement on mars?

Two Guns Saloon.

8. How tall is the perfect sidekick? Please explain why it even matters.

It doesn’t matter.

9. If you were to mess with the time stream, what would you change? Let’s assume a hundred other people already took care of Hitler so you don’t have to say, “Kill Hitler.”

Prevent slavery from coming to America.

10. Let’s say your character has a pet brown bear. What’s the bear’s name?


11. If you had to give an antagonist an annoying trait, what would it be?

Uncontrollable farting.

12. What kind of car would your ultimate protagonist drive?

A Ford Expedition powered by air.

13. You’ve got a year to travel anywhere. Where?

I would sail the Pacific Ocean and visit all of the island countries.

14. You just bought a boat with your book fortune. What are you going to call it?

Loverly Lindy after my wife.

15. What kind of music, if any, gets you typing the fastest?

I don’t listen to music while I write. It interferes with the conversations I have with myself.

16. What’s the punch line to your favorite joke?

“And the politician said, ‘Really, it’s the truth!’”

17. What lyric do you sing poorly, yet loudly?

“Peas, peas, peas, peas, eatin’ goober peas!”

18. You find a portal to another world in your sink’s drain. What is this other world called? And what is the best way to clean the portal so it doesn’t smell like old food?

The world is called “The Government.” The best cleaning method is a flame thrower.

19. Where can people learn more about you, your work or any pets you have?


@Mike_McNeff on Twitter and https://www.facebook.com/MikeMcNeff.Site

20. What’s next?

I’m currently finishing the sequel to GOTU. I will be finishing a cold case mystery that delves into the emotional toll the job takes on homicide detectives and a western that examines the concept of justice this year…hopefully. Then I will start writing a novel about two mysteries, one in the 1930’s and one in present time where both involve the murder of a blues guitarist. I plan to weave the history of the blues and blues lyrics throughout the story. Of course, a book about the GOTU team will always be in the works also.