Thursday, January 31, 2019

#BlogTour #Interview with Thriller Mystery Author John R. Beyer

John R. Beyer spent nearly ten years in law enforcement in Southern California as a street cop, a training officer and a member of the elite SWAT team. After leaving the force, he continued in public service entering the field of education. During his tenure, he served as classroom teacher, school administrator and district administrator, and was an integral part of the gang and drug force in San Bernardino. While in both worlds he earned a Doctorate in School Administration and a Doctorate in Clinical Psychology.

During all those years, he never gave up the passion for writing – both fiction and nonfiction. He has been published in numerous magazines, newspapers and the like for decades, writing on a variety of topics. His latest short stories in the past year can be found in Foliate Oak Literary Magazine (2016) and GNU Journal (2017). He is also the author of three highly praised internationally known novels – Hunted (2013), Soft Target (2014) and Operation Scorpion (2017).

He won the 'Write Well Award' in October of 2018 from the Silver Pen Writer's Association for a fictional short story.

His newest novel, ‘Iquitos – the Past Will Kill’, was released in November of 2018 by Black Opal Books bringing two of his protagonists together for their first investigation. Jonas Peters and Frank Sanders will work hand in hand with an international incident which left undetected could cause a catastrophic issue for the United States. They are friends and they are good at they do. Catching the bad guys.

Website Address:
Twitter Address: @Drjohnrbeyer

What is your name?

John R. Beyer

Where are you today and what are you doing?

I am in my study drinking a cup of java, keeping up with correspondence and getting ready for a two hour write on my latest novel.

Describe the outside of your home.

Beautifully landscaped, which, in all modesty, I did myself. Sometimes, working with my hands, especially outdoors, gives me time to think and lets my characters run around in my cranium. Palm
trees, roses, rosemary, society garlic are just some of the plants which actually thrive in this desert climate. Residing in the desert the yard gives us a sense of graceful peace in our lives.

You come face to face with your worst enemy. How do you react?

I would rather this come to a peaceful conclusion. I would wait for the person’s action and then react accordingly. Hopefully it will not come to harm for either of us, but, I am always prepared to act to protect myself and my family.

You keep a photo album of memories from your lifetime. If you could only keep one photo, which one would that be?

The day my lovely spouse, Laureen, and I were married. Very special moment.

Are you a morning person or a night owl?

I am a morning person and get more done by 9 a.m. than most people get done all day.

A police officer stops you for a minor violation. What violation is that and how do you react?

It would probably be for speeding. Being former law enforcement, I would sit patiently in my vehicle with my hands in plain sight on the steering wheel. I would simply follow his/her commands and explain that I was speeding. Many times telling the truth means you’ll will end up with only a verbal warning. I’d never try to lie or argue with a police officer.

Open your wallet, purse, or briefcase. What do you find?

Cash, debit card and business cards for my author’s page and our blog at

How do you feel about mortality?

The only gift we are given at birth is death. It is the end of a wonderful trip of life – I don’t generally think of mortality since there is nothing to stop it. Just live life to the fullest and love those who love you.

What scares you?

Not much – perhaps stupid people running the world someday unless that has already happened.

How would your parents describe you?

Intense, but at the same back relaxed. Strange combination but I get things done when needed, but often like to sit back with a great book to just relax and read once the job is done.

What’s the last thing you do before you go to bed at night?


Who is your best friend?

My wife – Laureen.

Who is your worst enemy?

Probably myself, many times.

Are you faith-oriented?


Are you married or in a relationship?

Both – I am married and that is a great relationship.

Do you have children?


Where is your favorite hangout?

Anywhere my family or friends are – either at our place or theirs.

You just woke up to find that war has been declared. What’s the first thing you would do?

Figure out where the war is breaking out and get all my family to our house. Then I would check to make sure we had enough ammunition and other necessary supplies to last until the conflict is over.

When you were a child, what did you want to be when you grew up?

Responsible, and some days I think I almost am there.

If there was one thing you could change about yourself, what would that be?

To be a few inches taller. I’m average height but it would be cool to be about six foot or so.

About the Book:

Jonas Peters and Frank Sanders team up to solve a string of murders, starting with the intentional and fatal bombing of a local coffee shop in downtown Riverside—a usually calm city in Southern California. Dozens are dead after an explosion rips apart the Coffee Grind, leaving dozens of others gravely wounded. Frank soon finds himself up to his elbows assisting the bombing victims, especially when he discovers that Jonas was walking to the Coffee Grind to meet up with his fiancĂ©e, but he never made it. In an instant, all their lives are thrust into a trail of death and destruction carried out by an unknown psychopath.


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