Question one: molly: What did you do first write your book or seek out an agent or a publisher?
David: I started writing my first book, "Contract for Deceit" and when I was into it a good way, I began to do some research as to what step to do next. Everything I read specified that when writing fiction you have to have the book finished before seeking out a publisher or agent, so armed with that information, I buckled down and finished the first draft of the book before I even looked at publishing companies.
Question two: molly: When I read CONTRACT FOR DECEIT for review I was really caught up in the story. Is this tale based in fact or is it the product of your fertile mind?
David: Well, obviously, Duprel Oil and Gas is fictional. (although, just between you and I, I worked on a couple of National Sales Meetings of some of the larger Oil Companies and I used what I saw and heard there for a lot of in-depth information) The stories of the Avro Arrow and the Orenda Iroquois engine are all fact. The Avro Arrows CF-201 through CF-206 were test aircraft that were being put through their paces based on fulfilling a contract for an all-weather interceptor requested by the Canadian Military. The contract got pulled and the aircraft and all work on it was ordered destroyed even though the performance specifications were far ahead of anything that anyone had hoped for. The mystery remains to this day as to WHY. Many of the details about what happened to the craft and the engine are verified facts, including the details about the brains of Canada being taken aboard by NASA. According to many, the moon landing would NEVER have happened without AVRO's Canadians being at NASA.
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