December 2009 Author of the Month
American politics. Taking characters and events inspired by reality, Flynn creates a story that entertains
while also informing about how things are or how things can be.
Flynn was born in St. Paul, Minnesota in 1966. He earned a degree in Economics in 1966 and went on
to work for Kraft as a sales marketing specialist. In 1990, Flynn left Kraft for the United States Marine
Corp, but one week before leaving for Officer Candidate School, he was medically disqualified due to
the several concussions and convulsive seizures he suffered growing up. When he was disqualified, he
began thinking of his other options, one being his dream to be a writer. Two years later, Flynn packed up
his life and moved to Colorado where he bartended at night and wrote during the day.
Writing a novel was an unusual career choice for Flynn, who suffers from dyslexia and has struggled with
reading and writing his entire life. In order to help himself, Flynn put himself on a strict reading and
writing routine, where he learned to love the written word and became a passionate fan of espionage.
Five years later, after many rejection letters, he decided to self-publish his novel, “Term Limits”, which
went to number one in the Twin Cities and earned him an agent and a two-book deal.
Vince Flynn has gone on from his self-publishing days to reach amazing success. His books have sold
over ten million copies and his eleventh novel was released to rave reviews in October.
Suspense Magazine was fortunate enough to recently speak with Flynn regarding his new
novel “Pursuit of Honor,” which is now on sale.
Suspense Magazine (S.MAG.): “Pursuit of Honor” came out October 13th. Can you tell us a little bit
about the book without giving too much away?
Vince Flynn (V.F.): “Pursuit of Honor” is a continuation for “Extreme Measures”. It takes place when a group of
trying to track these guys down in a typical fashion. While he’s trying to track them down, he’s also fighting his own
government. The Justice Department is looking over his shoulders, he’s being investigated by a committee on the hill, and
they are yet again questioning his methods. Rapp is also experiencing possible defections from some of his team members.
What inspired me to go down this path two years ago was I watched a lot of my contacts in Washington D.C., who after
9/11 haven’t really spent enough time with their families. Especially those first three to four years they were working
seventy-hour weeks flying all over the planet on moments notice. I saw marriages fall apart and kids getting in trouble
because dad wasn’t around. Starting with “Extreme Measures” then “Pursuit of Honor” I really get into the toll that
this has taken on their lives. I really kind of juxtaposed it up against the fact not that, as a nation we’re ungrateful, at
least not knowingly but there’s a lot of ungrateful politicians in Washington who put their own ego before national
security and really do not give these men and women who work for the Clandestine Service the due that they deserve. I
think in the real world it has weakened to the point that these talented men and women have left and the good men and
women who are still working in the CIA are doing their best to hold on and make sure we don’t get hit again. And they
live in constant fear of being investigated by the Justice Department.
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(see January Edition)