Hacker’s Raid a Page-Turner

Hackers RaidHacker’s Raid by fellow author and friend Jared McVay is an action-packed, energetic novel. Jared is a master storyteller and his talent comes alive on the pages of his second novel. I enjoyed the adventures of Justin Hacker in his quest to break his brother, then his father and uncle out of a notorious Mexican prison. Jared often offers buyers a packet of tissues when they buy one of his books, and you may just need one for this book too.

Jared, tell us how you came to write a western?

I had just finished my novel, The Legend of Joe, Willy and Red and was basking in the great reviews it was receiving, when my wife asked me, “So, what are you going to write next?”

I told her I hadn’t thought about it, and she replied, “Why don’t you write a western? You’ve read a ton of them and you’ve traveled throughout the south west, plus, as a young man you worked on a ranch and did some rodeo riding, didn’t you? And haven’t you said at least a dozen times, one of these days I’m going to write a western.”

She was right on all accounts, so the next day I sat down and began to write. After the first chapter, I left it for a few days, then came back and deleted the opening, which was totally wrong, and started over. Not sure why it was wrong, just knew that it was.

This time I turned on a switch in my head and watched a movie and wrote down what I saw. It was just that easy. The story, the characters the location was all, right there in the movie inside my head.

Of course the editing was the hard part – cleaning up all my grammar errors.

Synopsis: After a seven year exile, Justin Hacker returns to his hometown of Nogales, Arizona to try to break his younger brother out of a Mexican prison where he awaits the hangman’s noose for crimes he didn’t commit. But first, Justin must overcome certain obstacles, such as a town bully, a Mexican bandito and his gang, an Indian attack, a father who has vowed to shoot him on site should he ever return, and match wits with a maniacal prison warden who hates gringos. And if that isn’t enough, after several twists of fate, Justin leads the whole town back across the border in an attempt to rescue both his father and uncle from the dreaded Mexican prison where they now await the hangman’s noose.


“A wonderful read. Jared’s engaging characters come to life in this superb western as Hacker’s Raid thunders through an ever increasing narrative of nonstop action and adventure… Hacker’s Raid proves Jared’s command of storytelling remains unrivaled.”
Howard Loring, Author of “Beyond the Elastic Limit” & “Piercing the Elastic Limit”

Hacker’s Raid is the latest book by “the master story teller” Jared McVay. I was riveted from the first page. The pace of the story, the characters, all played their part in an adventure that I just didn’t want to put down and I did not want to end. I am looking forward to the next installment of Jared’s foray in the western genre.”
Rob Krabbe, Author

I’m not usually a fan of westerns, but I found, “Hacker’s Raid” interesting and engaging. The characters are very personable, whether hero or villain – and real! They led me through a story laced with smiles, tears and even a gasp or two, always leaving me wanting more. A very worth while read.
Ann Schwarz – ProofreaderHeadshot003

Jared McVay is a veteran Hollywood movie and television actor, who now lives in Bellingham, WA. He has had a long-time love affair with the old west and enjoyed roles as an actor in western films on the screen and stage. He has published several western short stories, a children’s book Bears, Bicycles and Broomsticks, and a historical novel, The Legend of Joe, Willy and Red.

Follow him on his website and his blog, Jared McVay’s Scribblings.

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Author Interview: Meet Jared McVay

My guest this week is Jared McVay, author of The Legend of Joe, Willy & Red, a story  of the outrageous ’30s and the unlikely friendship of three men who choose the hobo trail rather than face the consequences of crimes they were accused of, but did not commit. They find themselves in a harrowing adventure of epic proportion and in a fight for their survival.

Jared, you call yourself “The Ultimate Storyteller.” How did you get started telling stories?

Actually, “The Ultimate Storyteller,” came about because about ten years ago, another author tagged me with that title; then two storytelling groups started saying that about me – along with other people and it just kind of stuck.

Back in 1956, one of my teachers in high school liked the stories I wrote for class projects and asked me to join a group of other students who were going to an orphanage in a nearby town to entertain them. When we got there, I sat down with a bunch of small children and just started making up stories about animals. Then later, my five children all wanted bedtime stories. But it wasn’t until in the late 1960s that I started doing it professionally.

When and why did you decide to write a book?

Like many of us, I’d thought about writing a book for years, but for some unknown reason, I limited myself to journalistic works, ghost writing for screenplays, and writing short stories. Along the way, my children’s storytelling events seem to grow and, for the most part, I write the short stories I tell at these events. After a while, I started receiving requests for me to put some of these stories into a book; so in 2010, I wrote, volume 1 of Bears, Bicycles and

Jared and Freckles

Broomsticks. It has been well received and is now in England and Russia to the east, and Australia to the west. I’m hoping to bring out volume 2, sometime next year.

Tell us briefly about your children’s book, Bears, Bicycles & Broomsticks.

It’s a collection of children’s short stories I’ve written for storytelling events that include stories about animals, a little boy named Randal Owen Hudstedler and a little girl named, Molly. It’s a book for children of all ages – five to a hundred and five.

Where did the idea for Joe, Willy & Red come from?

From watching the movie, Emperor of the North, staring Ernest Borgnine and Lee Marvin. Borgnine is a vicious railroad bull who brags that no hobo has ever ridden his train. Lee Marvin plays a hobo who takes up the challenge. It reminded me of some of the adventures I had encountered as a young man riding the rails. People seem to like period pieces and I wanted to write a story about hobos and the problems they face.

You have a background as an actor in film and television. How does that help you with your writing?

It helps a lot. I have had the good fortune to play a great many characters, from a nice guy to a demon and almost everything in between. I get inside each of these characters to understand how they tick – who they are and why they’re doing what they’re doing. Now, combine that with the fact that I’ve traveled a good share of the world, met many people from all walks of life, been many things, such as a rodeo rider, a rodeo clown, a lumber jack, a carnival barker, a single handed blue water ocean sailor, a screenwriter and so on – along with a strong desire to write, which I believe makes me a good candidate for being a writer/storyteller.

If your book were made into a movie, who do you envision would play your main characters?

If I had enough funding to afford them and they were available, my first choice for Joe would be Russell Crowe. My first choice for Willy would be Danny Divito, and at this point I’m not sure about Red, or the woman, Jo Ann. She would have to play two roles. But I’m sure they’re out there.

Is it easier to write screenplays or books?

I used to think screenplays were easier because they are so much shorter – scenes and dialogue, and that’s it. Plus, I didn’t think I had it in me to be able to write the amount of words a novel takes. But now that I’ve written a novel and getting such great response from the readers, I don’t see much difference. A novel for me is like writing a movie, it just takes a bit longer.

Did you do a lot of research for your historical adventure novel?

Even though the story is written during a historical time in this country, I didn’t set out to write a historical piece. I just wanted to write a good story about people’s struggles during a time when America was at war with itself, and I think that’s what I’ve done. I like to think of it as a period piece, during a time in our past. And I believe as I know you do, with your novels, that people enjoy these kinds of stories. I know I do. But to answer your question; no, I didn’t do a lot of research because I had lived some of it. I did however check out the actual locations along the train route. It was important that the towns, etc were actually where I said they were, but the rest, the characters and the story itself all come from my imagination.

Are the characters based on anyone real?

Yes and no. I say that because as I’ve said, I’ve traveled a lot and met a lot of people whose images I keep stored somewhere in my head. Plus, as an actor, I’ve played a lot of roles and those characters are also stored in my head. When I write a story, I never know who will be in it, they just show up. I can only surmise they come from somewhere in my subconscious, maybe even a combination of one or more characters traits in each particular person. None of my characters are visually contrived.

What project are you working on now?

At the present, I am working on a western novel. I love westerns and I’ve always wanted to write one. Along with the fact that I’ve read everything from Zane Grey to Louis L’amour; worked as a cowboy during my youth, a rodeo rider and rodeo clown, I think my imagination will take care of the rest. I’m getting great response from my editor who keeps saying, “I love it. Give me more.”

Where can readers buy your books?

They can purchase my books on Amazon or Createspace. They can also get it through my website, www.jaredmcvay.com  If they buy it through one of the local book stores and you want a personally signed copy tell the people at the store and I will be happy to stop by and sign it for them.

In Washington: Anacortes – Watermark book store;  Mt. Vernon – The Tattered Page book store; Bellingham – The Village book store;  Friday Harbor – Harbor Books

In closing I would like to say, thank you Heidi, for this interview and may your success  keep growing with your award winning books, Cowgirl Dreams and Follow the Dream

 Thank you, Jared and good luck to you in your writing endeavors.

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