Cold War thriller
Radio host turns his love of words into a novel that revisits our shadowy past.
He's made a career
on radio, most recently as the morning host on
So at some point, Igo figured since he was never at a loss for words, maybe he should turn some of those words into a book.
Igo decided to write a Cold War thriller called "Taken Identity" (AuthorHouse Books), which came out last year. For more information, including where to find the book locally, go to www.chuckigo.com.
Igo, 49, lives in
Q: What prompted you to write a novel, after all these years in radio?
A: While serving as
Q: Where did the idea for the story come from?
A: The idea for the
story came as a result of the (President Bill)
Q: Why did you want to write a Cold War story when the Cold War has been over 15 years or more? What about that period interests you?
A: The Cold War period in our history was one of mutual distrust and what was known as MAD -- Mutually Assured Destruction. Both sides had the means to blow each other to little pieces, and with discretion being the better part of valor, neither was really ready to pull the trigger. It was almost as if the old U.S.S.R. was a kinder, gentler enemy. And, given the aforementioned presidential scandal, it was more fun to take a case of infidelity and transpose that to something more mind- boggling -- a Cold War espionage operation. At the onset of writing the novel (late 1990s), the Cold War wasn't that far removed. Additionally, the starting point for "Taken Identity" made it easier for me to lay the foundation for a potential cast of recurring characters for any future story ideas -- some who might "grow old" with the reader.
Q: What were your days like when you were writing this? What time were you on the radio, when did you write, how much each day?
A: "Taken Identity"
was started during daytime lunch hours while I was with WPOR, then carried over into a time when I was commuting
daily for an overnight radio show at
Q: What were some of the things you learned about yourself while writing this book?
A: First and foremost, I learned that I had not yet outgrown the capacity to learn new and different things. Writing a story usually involves a bundle of things that one already knows, whether it's people for characters or places for settings. It involves taking that knowledge and expanding it, which inevitably leads to further investigation and research.
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