I have always been fascinated by novels based on historical events and one of the topics that fascinate me the most are those based on Nazi myths. A few months ago, I was watching on TV an interesting documentary about Nazi lost gold and you can imagine my happiness when I later came across a book called ‘Nazi Gold’ by author L. Joseph Smith.
‘Nazi Gold’ is a captivating novel about an ex-Navy Seal called Jack whose ex-wife is hooked on drugs and is living with a drug smuggling biker. Jack doesn’t make enough to pay child support and live even working two jobs. It’s then when Jack’s 85-year-old dad shares a massive secret about hidden Nazi gold when he was a nineteen-year-old army private in World War Two.
I loved that book so when I got the chance to interview ‘Nazi Gold’ author L. Joseph Smith, I was beyond thrilled. You see, L. Joseph Smith is not just an author, he is an all-around artist with over 650 paintings for sale at fineartamerica.com and an experienced jazz and rock blues Trombonist.
Here is what we talked about…
– What inspired you to write this book?
“I am a retired military man and I enjoy research
historical facts. I was researching the stolen gold of the Nazi’s. That lead me to this fact, that at the end of World War 2 the Nazi’s attempted to hide all of this stolen art and gold.”
– How did you come up with the title?
“Well the title for this book is very simple and direct? ‘Nazi Gold’, I want my reads to understand what this book was from the beginning.”
– What genre does this book to fit into?
“This a fiction novel with drama, action, adventure and even a little romance. What some readers don’t understand is that there is only a one small part that is written in WW2. This book takes place today in current times with current events.”
– What influenced your interest in writing?
“I have always been a storyteller and an artist. I enjoy creating things, this a creation on joy. However, like most people life got in the way of my being able to write. I had a full military career, family, and business. I now can write full time.”
– What is the writing process like for you?
“I enjoy the research. All throughout my book, I place real factual information woven with fiction. Once I have collected enough information. I lay out my basic direction that I want the book to go toward. Then the magic starts, as I write the book takes on a life of its own. I just follow the twist and turns in every chapter. It is an ever changing story as I work thru the book.”
– What do you like to do when you’re not writing?
“I am an all-around artist. I paint and have a website of my art with over 650 paintings for sale at http://fineartamerica.com/profiles/l-j-smith.html. I have been a jazz and rock blues Trombonist over the past 45 years. So, even thou I have been a military Air Traffic Controller, my artist flag flies strong.”
– What tips or words of encouragement do you have for other writers?
“Follow your dreams. You may not achieve those dreams on your time table. But, never give up. Pursue your passion when everyone says your crazy or are just dreaming. That’s ok because your dreams belong to you and you make of them what you will.”
Joseph Smith’s Motto
“Nothing in this world can take the place of
Talent will not; nothing is more common than
unsuccessful men with talent.
Genius will not; unrewarded genius is almost a
Education will not; the world is full of educated derelicts.
Persistence and determination alone are
Jack is an ex-Navy Seal down on his luck. His ex-wife is hooked on drugs and is living with a drug smuggling biker. He doesn’t make enough to pay child support and live even working Two jobs. Jack’s 85-year-old dad shares a massive secret about hidden Nazi gold when he was a nineteen-year-old army private in World War Two. Jack assembles a few friends, “The Triad,” to help in this deadly escapade to recover the Millions of dollars of Nazi Gold. Middle Eastern Terrorists learn of this, and the action begins. The dangerous hunt for lost gold stashed away in a castle in Germany. Is this gold a path to riches or a nightmare for The Triad?
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Joseph Smith was born and raised on a small working farm in central Ohio. Upon graduation from high school, he joined the United States Navy. He served first as a hospital corpsman, then training as a rescue swimmer. He continued his military career requesting training as an Air Traffic Controller and served for 16 years before being military medical retired. He graduated from Bachelor of Science, Southern Illinois University, in Health Care Administration. Owned and operated V-Care, Inc. for 18 years caring for disabled veterans.