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Exclusive interview with Preben Ormen Author of White Jaguar: An Inspector Marco Nayal Crime Detective Thriller. Our Rave Book of the Week.
Exclusive interview with Preben Ormen Author of White Jaguar: An Inspector Marco Nayal Crime Detective Thriller. Our Rave Book of the Week.
A deepening murder mystery where nothing is as it seems.
When the founder of a young nanotechnology startup company in Merida turns up floating face down in the mangroves on Yucatan’s north coast and the company’s revolutionary agriculture product prototype is discovered missing, Inspector Marco Nayal of Mexico’s Federal Police finds himself entangled in web of lies and deceit.
˃˃˃ As body count and suspense build and lead after lead takes him down one empty trail after the other,
Marco finds himself up against the Comisario, his results hungry and politically sensitive boss, a hostile US company, a Guatemalan Kaibil Special Forces deserter and an unidentified, mysterious and lethal third party.
Secretly straddling two cultures, Marco is connected with the wayib, the dreaming place, the hidden world of the Mayan shamans and Sak Balam, his spirit guide, through rituals and insights taught him by his shaman father and his old ah’men mentor, the elusive Don José.
˃˃˃ Wondering why somebody kills this many people over rice and beans, Marco suddenly realizes that the prototype is not what they are told.
But when he discovers the terrifying truth, Marco must battle foreign assassins and a nano-tech weapon with a deadly payload in the fight of his life.
˃˃˃ If you like Law and Order, NCIS and Daniel Silva, you will love White Jaguar
Written by former Royal Norwegian Artillery veteran, Preben Ormen White Jaguar is a swirling thrill ride through the labyrinth of a major federal investigation and a conclusion that no one will see coming.
Preben Ørmen, 2018-07-11
You were born in Norway, served in the military there and then lived most of your adult life in Canada. After you served in the military, what did you do?
After my discharge, I went to Canada to attend university. Sounds like an easy move, but I found some unexpected roadblocks. When I was applying for admission, I was stationed with an operational unit above the Arctic Circle, so it was all done extra long distance and snail mail.
Then I found out about that Test of English as a Foreign Language, TOEFL among friends and thought I was hooped because the test could only be taken at the US Embassy in Oslo. I would not get not get leave to go south for that, so I had to somehow find a university willing to waive the TOEFL requirement. My bad news good news break of sorts came when I found out that Norwegian student aid at the time did not cover the first year in Canada. The bad news was I had to find the money my own, the good news was I could go anywhere, not just to a university accredited for the program I was going for. I figured I could transfer for the second year without problem as long as my grades were sufficient.
I had top grade in English from high school and got a letter of reference from my English teacher. Lo and behold this worked for two universities and on the September long weekend in 1973 I arrived to start my freshman year at the University of Prince Edward Island.
The following year I transferred to the Pacific Coast and Simon Fraser University where I stayed till I graduated with a BA(Comm) in 1977. My student visa did not allow me to stay and work so I returned to Norway where I got a job in a small accounting firm. A couple of years later a friend of mine with a small consulting company gave me a job offer which was all I was missing to complete my application for immigration and in 1980 I was back in Vancouver.
I got work at a large department store and supermarket chain in a brad new profession called computers auditing. Six years later I needed break and couldn’t find anything useful in Vancouver so I returned to Norway.
A friend of mine had just started as an independent auditor and needed help so I signed on for a thousand hours to help in over the hump. Then he took his practice into KPMG and three years later I was sick of auditing and went back to SFU in Vancouver for an MBA.
I met my wife in grad school and after graduation, we bought a sailboat, moved aboard and sailed to Mexico. We lived on the boat for two years.
While there, I had a job for a short time with a Mexican research institute for aquaculture and environmental management.
After our stint on the boat we went to Norway where I talked to some old friends and got on with KPMG Consulting. My wife and step daughter returned to Canada after six months, it wasn’t working out for them. Little did I know that it would take me 18 months to get a transfer so I could join them.
That was in 1997 and I stayed in Canada after that till my retirement. I worked successfully for KPMG consulting, BearingPoint and PwC. All told, I racked up about 40 years as a professional service provider before I pulled the plug and bought another sailboat. That didn’t work out as planned due to some mechanical boat problems coupled with some unexpected health issues. Sailing in one’s sixties is different from one’s thirties or forties. The mind remembers, but the body gives up, kind of thing.
In then end it sorted itself out and we took what we could fit in our van and drove 6000 kilometers to the Yucatan coast, found an inexpensive little place to rent close to the beach and here we are.
My wife is getting back into her painting while I work on my writing projects.
White Jaguar is a deepening murder mystery where nothing is as it seems. Where did the idea for this book come about?
You know, I can’t give a definitive answer to that, and anyway it will have two parts; one about the protagonist and his backstory, and one about the story itself.
I started with an idea to write a detective story based down here where we live. Then I had to find Marco, my protagonist, a problem to solve and murder seemed a good start. But who died and why, that took a little longer to flesh out. The story almost stranded at one point, but I managed to rescue it.
I think the key to the story survival was that I had picked story topics or elements that I know something about and enjoy playing with.
I knew I wanted to give readers insight into Mexico and the Yucatan and when I discovered that Mexico is surprisingly strong in robotics, I had a hook.
I am personally curious about how law enforcement works in countries like Mexico where we know they operate in an environment with a lot more overt corruption than we are used to in the Western developed democracies.
Again, I was pleased to discover the justice reform of 2008. It provided me a legitimate opportunity to apply familiar police procedures. Looking into the various law enforcement organizations I discovered the many reorganizations that have taken place over the years. This was a bit of a downer, because it seemed too complicated to use in a story.
But then I discovered that the whole 3rd Military Police Brigade at one point had been rolled into the then new Federal Police force. Now I knew I had Marco’s path. It was simply irresistible, he had to have come from the MPs. I admit I spiced it up a little extra by inventing a fictional and elite 4th battalion.
On top of that, I knew I wanted to blend in aspects of the local Maya culture, which is why Marco is of Maya descent and was trained as a shaman in his youth.
I write my stories from a foundation of facts and do story research to expand on my own knowledge as necessary. I had already written a submission to the US Army’s Mad Scientist contest with a story rooted in biological warfare. Working on that story gave me most of what I needed for one important tech aspect of White Jaguar.
I am familiar with fire arms and martial arts so that part isn’t hard. My consulting work taught me a lot about information technology and I can fill in the blanks with research as appropriate for the story. Then I play what-if games with myself and make stretch assumptions. That’s the really fun part of writing.
Does the book portray a reflection of situations that have happened in your life? Can you share which situations?
White Jaguar is fiction, but it contains elements that are real and I have personal experience with some of these.
A murder mystery detective story is at its core an exercise in problem solving. That’s my professional area of expertise and essentially what I did for my business clients for almost forty years. I know a lot abut it and feel comfortable writing about how people think and act when confronted with hard problems.
I was obviously given firearms training in the military. On top of that, I have owned firearms myself in civilian life and many years ago I belonged to several gun clubs. Many my fiends were into reloading and I have had the opportunity to fire a wide range of rifles, shot guns and hand guns. I was a good shot, although not competitive level.
I trained martial arts pretty hard back in the day and know quite a lot about various fighting styles. Sparring practice exposed me to a range of possible threat scenarios, which makes me comfortable writing credible fight scenes. Well, I could be delusional, the readers may disagree.
During a health crisis in my immediate family, I worked with healers and completed the formal training program in a modality called Healing Touch. I also practiced Qi Gong and Yoga. I have had a lot of people on my table so I have personal experience with the effects of energy healing techniques.
In addition, I have read extensively on various philosophies, both Western and Oriental including Buddhism, Taoism, Zen, Ayurveda and Qi Gong. Right now I am reading up on Maya culture, obviously, so I feel I have enough exposure in this area to write convincingly about energy systems and spiritual practices.
None of this makes me a shaman, but I believe I have a decent idea about where the boundary goes between the possible and the fanciful. This allows me to bump the story line without becoming too airy-fairy.
One of my MBA thesis advisers worked in nano-technology and we played some what-if games back then using Drexler’s book Engines of Creation as a starting point. I have been following 3D printing and the Internet of Things for years so I already had a good theoretical foundation for these story elements, but lack any direct hands-on experience. This plus a little extra reading was enough to make me comfortable with the tech piece in White Jaguar.
I have met plenty of corporate bully types in my time so I can write from experience if and when the story involves any reveals about business practices or shenanigans of other sorts.
But you know, the most direct contributing experience is perhaps the fact that I live where the story takes pace. I have been to the places I describe or at least to similar places. After all, I do make up locations. One of my goals is to put the reader in the scene and feel Yucatan all around him or her. Tall order, but I can try, as they say. My readers are my ultimate judges. So far they’ve been great supporters.
You now reside in Mexico with your wife. What brought you to Mexico?
My connection with Mexico started a long time ago. My grandfather had a friend called Kalle who had been to Mexico on some foreign aid program, the details are hazy now, but the idea was intriguing to my then very young mind. Now, my dad’s name is Karl, Kalle among friends and family, so to keep the two apart the other fellow became Kalle Mexico. That put Mexico firmly on my map.
Then as I have mentioned, I sailed to Mexico and lived there for almost two years. In the process, I fell in love with the country and its people. I returned on vacation several times after, partly to explore possible retirement places and Yucatan got to the top of the list.
For a short time, we considered Nicaragua as maybe less expensive and better able to stretch our pensions, but Mexico won in the end because of its friendlier and easier immigration policies. Of course, prices inmost goods and servies are pretty reasonable here compared to Canada or the US.
We feel comfortable in the culture and have enough Spanish to get in and out of trouble as I like to joke. I know security in Mexico is a big concern, but Yucatan is the safest state in the nation, safer in fact than many US states and European countries.
The heat gets us sometimes in July, August and into September, we don’t have air conditioning, but we have adjusted quite well to Mexican standards with ceiling fans, so it’s a lot more comfortable now compared to when we arrived.
We live in a small fishing village in a simple house across the street from the beach. Outside the vacation season in July and August, we pretty much have the beach to ourselves. We have a local market, more shops 7 minutes away in Progreso and we’re 40 minute from Merida with even more shops and services.
With Amazon we have access to whatever we need and delivery is surprisingly fast and efficient. This improved access to goods and services s definitely the biggest change since we lived in Mazatlan 25 years ago.
We feel blessed to be able to enjoy this kind of lifestyle. Mexico was the right decision for us.
Besides writing, what do you do in your spare time?
We go for a walk on the beach pretty much every morning with our little dog except in bad weather We are in the hurricane zone, so we can get tropical depressions and storms passing by on the outside. In the winter we get occasional strong north winds that make the beach unpleasant for a spell.
We like to explore Yucatan and go see archeological sites. Both my wife and I are book worms so we read a lot.
I do a little light coaching and consulting on the side, but nothing major although I have just been trough a stretch helping an old friend with a potential project in Central America.
I work a little on book promotion activities, of course, and have recently launched my Instagram account. I post on Twitter as well and want to get back on a regular blogging schedule, but it’s been hard doing that while I work on my next book.
I am curious about where social media is going and have stared playing with video in addition to text and images for Twitter and Instagram.
As part of my Instagram experiment, I am now writing some poetry. It’s an experiment to capture ideas or sentiments in ultra short phrases. It’s early days, but the feedback such as it is has been encouraging.
Will there be a sequel to White Jaguar? If so, can you tell us a bit about it?
There is a sequel. I am working on the third draft right now, but I honestly don’t know how many more rounds I need. If I am lucky, only one for proofing and grammar, otherwise an extra round for story polish. Either way, the sequel will be out this fall.
White Jaguar is ultimately a murder mystery with a high tech twist that blows up into something a bit more complicated for the investigators. On another level, it also acts as the introduction to the series and its main characters.
This last presents an interesting problem for me as a writer. On the one hand I have created something I can build on, but at the same time I have to realize I have set myself up with constraints. My characters can’t be in free form any more. I have to preserve a level of consistency in both characters and settings now.
I try to look at this in a positive way, though, and work on brining more depth to the main characters and their back stories.
But to get back to your direct question, and without dropping any plot spoilers, in book number two, Inspector Marco Nayal is called to investigate the disappearance of the six year old daughter of a wealthy Mexican business man and his American trophy wife.
He quickly concludes this is no ordinary kidnap and extortion attempt. Then, after turning up several dead bodies and discovering another girl is missing, Marco finds a group in the Dark Web running secret auctions.
When a drug cartel puts a contract on his head, Marco knows the fate of two little girls is in his hands and the clock just started ticking a whole lot faster.
What else can we expect in 2018 from you?
I hope to have book two out this fall and then I will start work on number three. I have some story ideas, but the recent election in Mexico is bringing in a very different President and cabinet. The country has high hopes for the changes they can bring and I realized these changes are relevant for the larger context of my stories.
Consequently, I have to set aside a little time to study the new policy ideas to understand how they might affect me. That’s a purely defensive move on my part. The fun part of this change is that it opens up a whole host of new story ideas that would probably not have worked under the old regime.
At the moment, I don’t know much more than this about number three. Ideally, I would like to have it out by Christmas. Theoretically, this is doable, but I can’t predict the future any better than anyone else so there’s real risk I won’t get it out in 2018. My process is still a bit rough around the edges.
Besides these obvious writing goals, I want to build up my social media presence to the point where I start having a bit more direct conversation and interaction with my readers.
Now that Google is gong mobile first, I will have to get back with my website and blog and re-evaluate the design to make sure it really, really works on mobile. It does work right now, but I can’t claim it is optimized for it.
As I think I mentioned earlier, I am experimenting with video. It would be really cool to find an idea platform and communication format that resonates with my readers.
Other than that, I want to continue exploring Yucatan and learn to cook more of the regional dishes. We are blessed with a lot of really fresh and wonderful produce and other ingredients down here, so I feel it’ll be a wasted opportunity if I don’t find ways to use it. Besides, food can add a small element of color to my stories.
2018 has been fun so far and I’m looking forward to more of it in the second half.
Festival News: MILLIONS TUNE INTO LIVESTREAM ULTRA EUROPE WILL RETURN JULY 12-14, 2019 TICKETS FOR 2019 EDITION ON SALE NOW
ULTRA EUROPE CELEBRATES SIXTH ANNUAL EDITION
OVER 150,000 ATTENDEES FROM 142 COUNTRIES
ULTRA EUROPE WILL RETURN JULY 12-14, 2019
TICKETS FOR 2019 EDITION ON SALE NOW
The week kicked off with the Destination ULTRA Opening Party at Hemingway, Split on Thursday, July 5, with Belgian techno star Charlotte de Witte and house legend Eats Everything. House and techno reigned supreme at the waterfront club, with the jubilant atmosphere laying the foundation for the festivities to come.
The main event of the week, ULTRA Europe, brought scores of Ultranauts from 142 countries to the majestic Poljud Stadium in Split. Headliners Eric Prydz, Hardwell and Armin van Buuren closed out the Main Stage of the festival each night to an electric reception as fireworks and pyrotechnics lit up the Dalmatian sky. Marshmello, David Guetta and Axwell /\ Ingrosso were among some of the most memorable performances of the weekend. RESISTANCE played a larger role than ever at the festival with 23 artists performing across the weekend. Jamie Jones B2B Joseph Capriati and Carl Cox closed Friday and Saturday night respectively, while The Martinez Brothers B2B Loco Dice closed out a special Sunday back-to-back bonanza. Marco Carola and Seth Troxleralso had notable performances during the weekend, bringing their unique styles of house and techno to the Dalmatia Coast. This edition of the festival showcased the fully immersive and brand new RESISTANCE arena production.
On Monday, Destination ULTRA continued its run to the Regatta on Zlatni Rat Beach, Bol on the island of Brać. Brand new venue 585 Club hosted performances from Sigala, Plastik Funk and Rewire & Varski with partygoers soaking up the warm sunshine at the beachfront venue.
The next day saw revellers descend on the island of Hvar with international DJs Fedde Le Grand, Nicky Romero, Oliver Heldens, Jonas Blue and San Holo providing the soundtrack to the most anticipated edition of ULTRA Beach Hvar yet. The pool party did not disappoint, with over nine hours of continuous music whipping the crowd into frenzy at the idyllic setting of the famous Amfora Hvar Grand Beach Resort. As the day turned into night, the party moved to Carpe Diem Beach Club on the world famous Pakleni Islands for RESISTANCE Hvar, with Paco Osuna performing alongside his Mindshake label mate, Fer BR for a night of dancing under the stars.
To bring the week to a close, rounding off yet another hugely successful year for Destination ULTRA, revellers made the boat trip to the picturesque island of Vis for the final party of the week, RESISTANCE Vis. RESISTANCE hero Nic Fanciulli closed the event in customary fashion capturing the hearts and minds of those in attendance in an emotional performance that encapsulated the euphoric atmosphere of the week.
Tickets are on sale now for ULTRA Europe 2019, which will return on July 12-14, 2019.
ULTRA Europe 2019 Ticket Prices and Payment Plans:
3-Day GA Ticket – €129
3-Day GA Ticket Payment Plan – €129 (€29 deposit and four additional payments of €25)
3-Day VIP Ticket – €349
3-Day VIP Payment Plan – €349 (€59 deposit and three additional payments of €100)
Passport Pack – Buy 5 Tickets to unlock a 6th. Prices as above.
Tickets on sale only through http://www.ultraeurope.com