APOK made a split-second decision that affected a country and ruined his life.
The eight-year police veteran Miguel Mejia, who goes by the four-letter reference, is the leading character in Michael Walton's debut novel.
A Sudbury native, Walton grew up in the city and attended both college and university here before moving south to the city to support his young family. Walton spent his career working as a police officer, until a near-death accident rendered him unable to return to work. That's when he pursued a career as a writer.
A longtime lover of the discipline, his busy days as an officer left him without any time for the pen. His working career, however, did offer plenty of inspiration. He worked in the GTA during 9-11 when security was ramped up. It was then the idea for APOK was born.
He had mentally written the first chapter years ago, before actually writing it down. Once the first words were down on paper though, the rest flowed.
“I just kept writing toward the ending,” he said.
The result is a “book that will appeal to a wide variety of people, from young adults to adult men and women,” according to apok.ca.
“The plot twists and interesting characters will fascinate many readers. It will also interest those who enjoy good storytelling, multiple conflicts and complex adventures.”
Walton will be in Sudbury June 9 to sign copies of APOK at Chapters from noon to 2 p.m. The community is invited to stop by, pick up a copy, and talk to the former Sudburian.
For more information, visit apok.ca.