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He writes more than just tickets

By DEMORRIS A. LEE, Times Staff Writer
Published August 2, 2007


CLEARWATER - By day, Evan Pedone can be found writing tickets for cars that are double parked or have expired parking meters. As a Clearwater parking enforcement specialist, he admits he might not be the most popular person in this beach city.

But by night, Pedone, 28, is an aspiring author.

The Palm Harbor resident recently published his first novel, Assassin's Mace, and he will be at Clearwater's Barnes & Noble from 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday to discuss the 220-page science fiction/military thriller. Capitalizing on his military experience in the Air Force and the Army National Guard, where he worked as an intelligence analyst, Pedone explores what happens when an alliance of countries and a terrorist organization attacks the United States, prompting World War III.

"I'm an American and I love this country, so of course in the end, we win," Pedone said.

As a parking enforcement specialist, do you glean any characters or plot lines from your job?

No. Not for this particular book because it was pretty much finished before I started this position. The characters in the novel have all been influenced from when I was in the military.

Your book centers on the outbreak of World War III and the United States being attacked by China. Are you a conspiracy theorist?

I would say I am more of an independent intelligence analyst. I'm an intelligence guru and do a lot of research on my own about what's going on in the world today. The novel, Assassin's Mace, lets the reader know it is based on ... hours upon hours of research .

You were in the Air Force and the Army National Guard, though the book is fiction. How real is the fiction?

If someone asked me how real is Assassin's Mace, I would say it is as good as an educated guess as any intelligence analyst working in the NSA, the Pentagon or the CIA could actually make based on sound research.

When and how did you become interested in writing?

I became interested in writing because I have an imagination that runs wild. I became interested once I started realizing I had a given gift. My grandmother started reading me stories at a young age and sparked my imagination and my father would make me go to the library and read instead of playing video games. When I started reading and reading, my imagination started running more and more ... and I was like, I kind of want to write my own stories.

Your biggest influence as a writer?

My single biggest influence as a writer was my mother reading my stories. I wrote a script when I was 18 that was a follow to Jurassic Park. I was 18, had just moved to Clearwater just after graduation from high school and I had just watched Jurassic Park 2. I wrote it and she said "Honey, you have got to submit this."

Your favorite author, genre?

Michael Crichton. I love science fiction. I love the idea that you can take something and make it seem real. Whenever you can create something and make legitimate scientists scratch their head and say that could be possible, I love that.

How did you get to Clearwater?

I have family down here. Me and my wife Tana were living in Idaho and talked about it (moving to Clearwater) for a year. When I came out of high school in Connecticut, my mother was down here and I fell in love with the area.

Do you have plans for additional books? What's your next story?

I have three in the works. One is a fiction novel that deals with an expedition in a foreign country, up a very large mountain and there's a creature that hunts this expedition and it goes awry. I like to say it's a modern-day Jaws on land. Another book is a fiction pirate novel that deals with this local area and it's an adventure. The third is nonfiction and is a personal challenge to me. I like to do things that challenge me personally and it's based on all the problems facing our country today.

Demorris A. Lee can be reached at 445-4174 or dalee@sptimes.

If you go

Book signing

Evan Pedone, Clearwater parking enforcement specialist, will hold a book signing for his first novel, Assassin's Mace, at Clearwater's Barnes & Noble store from 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday. Copies are available for $19.95 at Amazon.com, Borders.com, or Barnes&Noble.com.