Stan Halsey is a professor in Saudi Arabia, who sends for his wife to join him. She arrives, and, in the blink of an eye, she vanishes, leaving no trace of ever being alive in either the United States or in Saudi Arabia.
COVERT DREAMS is a fast-paced international suspense thriller that moves from Munich to the burning sands of Saudi Arabia. What is real, and who is responsible for the terrifying nightmare?
The Munich all around her was bustling with activity. She could hear it from all directions. Munich was a wonderful city, a fun-loving place, the live and let live ebullience of the city emanating from its every nook and cranny. She had had a lovely stay here. All of it had been so adventurous, so new, so unlike life back home in Arizona. She could vividly recall the first time she had ventured into a Munich beer garden, where the liter mugs had been so huge that she had had to lift hers with both hands, and the giggles, from him, until he too had had to use both hands.
The fumbling noises he had been making came to an abrupt halt. He began stroking her cheek again. Gus looked so happy, so young, so full of life. It was so hard to imagine that he could be so heavily involved in all this horror.
Gus smiled at her once more. His eyes were soft, so gentle, so caring, so loving.
Maybe this was some kind of huge mistake. Maybe he wasn't going to kill her after all. Maybe everything would turn out happily ever after. Maybe. Maybe. Maybe.
But then suddenly she saw it clearly. It was no fairy tale. There would be no maybe. This was real, as real as the mixture of sadness and fear that now flooded her brain.
And then she died, with her eyes wide open, challenging, piercing his to the end.
The Avid Reader: What inspired you to write Convert Dreams?
Michael Meyer: I was a university professor in Saudi Arabia, and I became very intrigued by the fact that so many things that we take for granted in our own country are a no-no in that culture, I became fascinated by the strange relationship our country has with the Saudi government. I love a good mystery, and the thought of setting a thriller in such an exotic locale appealed greatly to me.
The Avid Reader: When or at what age did you know you wanted to be a writer?
Michael Meyer: I knew that I wanted to be a writer at the age of ten, when I sold the only copy of a little book I had written to my parents. I was hooked. I have always been fascinated by language.
The Avid Reader: What is the earliest age you remember reading your first book?
Michael Meyer: I come from a long line of teachers, so reading was part of my upbringing. I can't remember a time that I have not read or when I was not read to.
The Avid Reader: What genre of books do you enjoy reading?
Michael Meyer: I am a very eclectic reader. I enjoy and good thriller, I like to laugh at humorous fiction, and I simply devour well-documented historical fiction.
The Avid Reader: What is your favorite book?
Michael Meyer: I would have to say that it is the book that I am reading at the time. I love to read, and I put my whole being into the experience. I marvel at the way words can evoke such strong emotions within me.
The Avid Reader: You know I think we all have a favorite author. Who is your favorite author and why?
Michael Meyer: I have many favorite authors, but, if pinned down, I would have to say that Stephen Ambrose would be at the top of my list.
The Avid Reader: If you could travel back in time here on earth to any place or time. Where would you go and why?
Michael Meyer: I have always been fascinated by the Weimar Republic. I would love to be able to go back to Berlin in the late 1920's, because at that time it was the arts center of the world.
The Avid Reader: When writing a book do you find that writing comes easy for you or is it a difficult task?
Michael Meyer: I write only for enjoyment, so when I get stuck, or when times get hard for me to come up with something new, I go off and do something else, only returning to my computer when I feel ready. I never want to view my own writing as a chore.
The Avid Reader: Do you have any little fuzzy friends? Like a dog or a cat? Or any pets?
Michael Meyer: My wife and I are animal lovers. We have always had dogs. At the moment, though, we have two cats, one of whom had to have one of his rear legs amputated. They provide endless hours of viewing enjoyment for us as they romp around our house. I am currently at work on a book about my true journey from grieving widower to the once-again happily married man I am today. It is entitled THE THREE KITTIES THAT SAVED MY LIFE.
The Avid Reader: What is your "to die for", favorite food/foods to eat?
Michael Meyer: I love spicy foods, the hotter the better. As a semi-vegetarian, I eat lots of veggies, and I crave beans of any kind.
The Avid Reader: Do you have any advice for anyone that would like to be an author?
Michael Meyer: Write, write, and write since that is what writers do.