By: Michael Phelps
Michael Phelps co-authored "DAVID JANSSEN-MY FUGITIVE" with the iconic actor's first wife, Ellie Janssen, published in Hardcover (December 1994), with Paperback Editions following in 1995,1996 &m 1997. Now, Mr. Phelps has released his Memoir of the innermost, private thoughts of Mr. Janssen during conversations between the two men over the last fifteen years of Mr. Janssen's life. Topics include his skyrocketing to international fame as "THE FUGITIVE", his opinions of many of the top Hollywood Stars, Producers, Directors and Writers with whom he worked. His bitter divorce from his first wife, his drinking habits, and more.
About the Author
While with the law firm, he co-authored ""DAVID JANSSEN-MY FUGITIVE"", with Ellie Janssen, first wife of the late Golden Globe winning, Emmy nominated actor of film and television, most noted for his staring role as ""THE FUGITIVE"" (ABC Television, 1963-1967). This is the only authorized Biography of David Janssen. Mr. Phelps released the Fourth Edition in Hardcover on July 15, 2010, at the original 1994 publication price. Now available at $16.20 through Amazon.
With the success of this book, and retiring from the law firm, Mr. Phelps embarked on his new career, writing novels based on true crimes.
His debut novel, THE EXECUTION OF JUSTICE introduces his readers to the ""Detective Mike Walsh"" series of novels.
THE EXECUTION OF JUSTICE (Blue Line Publishing House, Inc. - First Edition - Hardcover - 408 Pages - $25.95) was released on February 1, 2009. It is also available in E-book.
Mr. Phelps is released the second novel of the ""Mike Walsh Detective Novels"" series, ""THE JOCKEY'S JUSTICE"" as an E-Book on February 27, 2012. It is available on Amazon KINDLE for just $2.99.
Mr. Phelps's four and one half year years journey into the past with his friend David Janssen has come to an end. The highly anticipated ""DAVID JANSSEN-Our Conversations"" is now available in E-book Edition, EXCLUSIVELY on Amazon Kindle Store. Softcover Editions are in print and a Hardcover Edition is available by Special Order. Due to the length, this Memoir is published in VOLUME ONE~The Early Years, 1965-1972 and VOLUME TWO~The Final Years, 1973-1980. Mr. Phelps was inspired by many of David's friends and fans to write this book. In the book he relates hundreds of conversations between David Janssen and himself, covering a myriad of subjects, including; his career, his marriage to and divorce from Ellie, his alleged 'womanizing', his drinking habits, his opinions of many of the top Hollywood Producers, Directors and Stars with whom he worked, the Viet Nam war, politics, his relationships with his mother, step-father, sisters, Ellie's daughters and more. ""DAVID JANSSEN-Our Conversations"".
Mr. Phelps splits his time between New York City and Miami, Florida. Mr. Phelps's beloved German Shepherd, Rico der Hunter III passed away on 14 August 2014. He will soon be rescuing another German Shepherd to share his home and travels.
Q&A with Michael
A: READING other Writers. I may add, Co-authoring “DAVID JANSSEN-MT FUGITIVE” with Ellie Janssen, David’s first wife twenty years ago, inspired me to embark on the challenging career of being a professional Writer.
Q: What made you want to write a biography of David Janssen?
A: Over the years since the publication of Ellie Janssen’s memoir in 1994, many, many of David’s fans and a couple of his close friends who knew of our friendship encouraged me to write about our friendship. I have written “DAVID JANSSEN~Our Conversations, with the objective of providing his millions of fans an intimate, insight into his innermost, private thoughts. I want to show his fans that David, although a mega-Star of Television, Film and Stage, was really a ‘Down-to-Earth’, ‘ordinary guy’. Unfortunately, his celebrity his celebrity status prevented him from living an ordinary life.
Q: What was Mr. Janssen like behind the scenes?
A: David Janssen behind the scenes; was a man who loved people, treated everyone with respect. He had as quick wit and always joked with the crews he worked with. He loved humor, he loved people. As mentioned, he was an “ordinary guy”, very “down-to-earth”. He was a voracious reader and extremely intelligent. As for ego . . . David really had no ego.
Q: Can you tell me more about your work as a fictional author?
A: After working with Ellie Janssen on her memoir, I promised myself I would never co-author another book, especially with an ex-wife of a celebrity. I chose to write about something I know well; police procedurals, detective novels and court-room trials based on actual cases. My debut novel; “THE EXECUTION OF JUSTICE” is based on the brutal murder of a close friend and one time mentor of mine, Detective Sergeant Jack R. Ohrberg, Robbery & Homicide unit of the Indianapolis Police Department. In this novel, I created the “Mike Walsh Detective Novels” series. The second novel in the series, “THE JOCKEY’S JUSTICE” is based on a murder case I investigated for the law firm. The third novel is my current work-in-progress, “INSANE JUSTICE”. It is based on a double murder case I worked for the law firm.
Q: What was one of the most surprising thjings you learned in creating your books?
A: My detective – courtroom novels are all based on actual crimes. In “The Execution of Justice”, I was not there at the time of my friend’s murder. I spent almost four months in Indianapolis, researching the Court files, Police reports, and Newspaper archives and speaking with Police officers who were on the scene. I ‘inserted’ myself as Jack’s “rookie” partner, and related many cases “we” worked on. In this novel, I emphasized the personal, family lives of the courageous men and women who serve and protect their communities every day. I did so to provide my readers with an insight into their lives, to show they are people too, with families and friends. In my other novels, they are cases I worked as a Chief Investigator for the law firm. No surprises, I lived and breathed these cases for years.
Q: Is there a certain type of scene that is harder for you to write than others?
A: The actual killing of my friend, Jack Ohrberg was a difficult scene to write. I have experience no problems writing any of the scenes in my novels, they are based on facts.
Q: What is your best marketing tip?
A: Marketing is an area that is of vital importance for any Writer. Participate in ON-Line Interviews, Blogs; make yourself known as much as you can. My best tip; HIRE a professional Marketing group. I am lousy at marketing.
Q: What do you consider to be your best accomplishment?
A: Being a good son for my Mother and serving my country in the United States Air Force-Military Police Combat Defense Forces.
Q: What do you think makes a good story?
A: Personally, I prefer detective novels, true crime, biographies and history. However, I have discovered so many great Authors on Amazon, B&N Nook and the Indie sites. I have come to appreciate romantic-suspense novels and poetry. To impress me, a story must have a solid plot, ‘real’ characters, vivid scene descriptions and be consistent to hold my interest.
Q: What literary character can you relate to most?
A: Perry Mason, created by Erle Stanley Gardner.
Q: What books have influenced your life most?
A: I have been reading the Bible (King James) all my life. “Think and Grow Rich” by Napoleon Hill. All of Erle Stanley Gardner’s “Perry Mason” novels.
Q: What can we expect from you in the future?
A: My third “Mike Walsh Detective Novel” is based on a double murder case that occurred in Miami Beach, August of 1993. The law firm I worked for was appointed by the Court to defend the accused. He was a young Cuban-American immigrant who shot his ‘boyfriend’ and another young man. It was a very strange case, and proved to be very interesting. The State of Florida was seeking the death penalty. Two trials – the State did not get the death penalty. I expect “INSANE JUSTICE” to be published by early summer, 2015. My fourth “Mike Walsh Detective Novel” is based on the murder of a Greek immigrant, who became a very successful businessman.
Q: What advice would you give to aspiring writers?
A: I believe every human being has a story to tell . . . a book inside their mind, screaming to get out. I would advise anyone with the desire to be a Writer, to WRITE what they know and love. Then, proof-read and revise. Hire a professional Editor and READ and Re-READ your work over and over again! Look into all publishing venues before making a decision. Then, GO FOR IT!