MARC CAMERON

NEW YORK TIMES Bestselling Author

MARC CAMERON'S BLOG

YOUNG GUNS: Passing the Torch Without Getting Burned

November 29, 2014

Tags: Jericho Quinn, US Marshals, Rookie, law enforcement, Texas Ranger

I got this text from my youngest son the other day, bringing me up to speed on his adventures in the police academy:
“Got punched in the face today. Failed to block a left hook. It was awesome.”
That’s my boy.
Of course, his mother wanted to know the name and badge numberof the recruit who hit her baby, but his words brought a tear of nostalgia to my eye.
It doesn’t seem that long ago that I was in his boots, (more…)

THAT WHICH KILLS US--Makes a Good Story

August 21, 2014

Tags: piney woods, Jericho Quinn, Louisiana, snuff, death, storytelling, family reunions

Nearly every summer of my childhood my family loaded up and drove to visit my mother’s relatives. It was a long drive, taking a full day. I knew then that I wanted to write and filled many a spiral notebook while sharing the backseat with my sister, writing nonsensical stories that, thankfully, willnever see more than the inside of some storage boxes at my parents’ house. It bears repeating that everything that happens to a writer is research. We draw heavily on the things that occur in our young lives—much, I think, from the traumatic. Here’s a glimpse of a couple of things that may have influenced my words….

For the first ten years of my life I called mildew “old people smell.”
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YOUR PLACE OR MINE?

August 21, 2014

Tags: Setting, scene, writing, DC, Texas Rangers, Jericho Quinn

“That’s a good place to dump a body,” I said, forehead pressed against the passenger window of my sister’s pickup. A tangle of oaks, briars and wild grapevines followed a meandering creek in a thick greenbelt along the quiet road north of Dallas.
My sister, who'd had to endure growing up withme, said something about my creepy outlook on the world, then admitted that the police had recently caught a couple of teenage boysas they walked out of that overgrowth— (more…)

THE HEART BEHIND THE BADGE

July 5, 2014

Tags: Law Enforcement Families, US Marshals, Jericho Quinn, Marc Cameron, US Marshals Academy

First appeared on Western Fictioneers Blog-April 2014

Our class was six miles into a Friday night “Fun Run” when the ratty limousine we used in dignitary protection training rolled up beside our formation in the shadow of a Georgia pine forest. Some numbskull had only moments before cracked a joke during the lead instructor’sfavorite cadence. A hush fell over the column of forty-six sweating, bug-bitten, splint-shinned Basic Deputy U.S. Marshals. We’d just earned at least another three miles. The limo’s windows were armored and didn’t roll down so the driver opened his door a crack as he crunched alongside us on the gravel road. He barked my name, told me to fall out of formation.
“We’re having a baby,” he said. “Get in.”
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Is This About My Time in Prison ?

April 2, 2014

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Oddly enough, the Spanish words for wife and handcuffs are the same—esposas.
I grew up in Texas and worked law enforcement there for a decade, considering myself pretty fluent in ‘cop Spanish’. When our youngest was seven, a Sunday school teacher once asked the class if anyone knew some Spanish words. My sonraised his hand and said “Suelta la navaja o disparo—drop the knife or I’ll shoot.” Not sure if I made many points as a parent that day. (more…)

THE TIES THAT BIND: Buddy Movies, Buddy Books, and Just Plain Buddies

February 24, 2014

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Allowing for obvious dissimilarities, if my bride and I were to play in a remake of Lethal Weapon, she’d be the Danny Glover character and I’d be Mel Gibson. She’s the rational, sane one and I’m…well…not.

The sort of devotion that made Woodrow Call carry Augustus McCrae’sbody all the way back to Texas, doesn’t spring up out of nowhere—and the hardship and adventure that builds that kind of relationship makes for a great story.

A quick review of my novels will tell you I love to write about the bond of strong friendship—and I’m blessed to have incredible friends on whom to base the stories. (more…)

SAY HELLO TO MY LITTLE FRIEND: Weapons as Characters

January 17, 2014

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My bride and I were out to dinner not too long ago with another couple. My wife and my friend’s wife are both teachers so they soon fell into deep discussions about the dark arts of education. I’d rather be in a running gun battle than face a bunch of eighth gradersevery day so my friend and I looked at each other and started our own conversation about deadly weapons—a subject far less dangerous than teaching middle school.
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ALWAYS ON DUTY

January 9, 2014

Tags: writing, law enforcement, U.S. Marshals, Jericho Quinn, police work

I don’t know if it’s a writer’s imagination or my peculiar law enforcement brain, but I have a tendency to envision all sorts of bad outcomes to a given situation.
A few years ago when I was working on a fugitive task force, my wife and I were out shopping when I recognized a particularly sneaky looking guy turn down the aisle ahead of us. I always carried a pistol off duty, so felt prepared, but considering the clientele I worked with every day my senses went on alert. I told my wife that I couldn’t place where I’d seen this guy, but he looked awfully shady and was likely someone I’d arrested. I had her steer the cart away from this new threat and I kept my hands free to deal with it should the need arise. Still, a few minutes later we went down an aisle about the time this guy was going past.
My wife felt me tense. “Is that him?” she asked.
I nodded, shushing her and stepping ahead to get between her and any possible danger.
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Anvils Nails and Mean Molly Mules

August 23, 2013

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When I told my friend Bill that I wanted him to teach me to shoe horses, he rubbed his big red mustache and looked up at me.
“I’d don’t know, son,” he said. “A man as tall as you who can’t make a livin’ with his head higher than his butt is not a very smart man…”
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Fascinating Flaws: Scars that make us and our characters interesting

August 23, 2013

If you looked closely at the inside of my bride’s left hand, you’d see the a little web of scars under her wedding band. The story behind them typifies her personality, and, frankly, the reasons I was attracted to her in the first place. She didn’t have these particular scars whenwe got married, but she did have one on her neck and a little one on her ankle—and each of those tells a story as well. Now she has gobs—of scars and stories. So do most of us, I’ll bet. Babies, breast cancer, emergency appendectomies, horseshoe nails…heck, just living life, does that to you.
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ADVANCED PRAISE FOR NATIONAL SECURITY

PUBLISHERS WEEKLY Says:
"Cameron’s testosterone-fueled debut thriller features characters straight out of central casting...a formidable warrior readers will want to see more of."
BRAD THOR #1 New York Times best selling author of FOREIGN INFLUENCE and THE ATHENA PROJECT
"...one of the hottest new authors in the thriller genre. ...an engrossing, non-stop tale of action, deceit and international intrigue... In one word: Awesome...
STEVE BERRY New York Times Best Selling author of THE JEFFERSON KEY
"Facinating characters with action off-the-charts...masterful...an entertaining romp."