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Character Interview with Jack Vance, the protagonist of The Manipulator by Steve Lundin

A Top 100 Amazon best selling book- The Manipulator by Steve Lundin is a satirical techno-noir business thriller about advertising, greed, and the out-of-control edge of a media addicted culture. It’s a darkly humorous and prophetic look at the evil twins of marketing and communications just a few years over the horizon, when master media manipulators will insidiously shape almost every aspect of our programmed and highly regulated world. Powered by an authentic perspective, The Manipulator is a fast moving, snarky action packed story that will keep you turning pages while you should be working!

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The hilarious author, Steve Lundin gave me the inside scoop (thanks to Elite Book Promotions) on his main character to learn more about him. So I thought I’d share it with all of you!!

Without further adieu here’s my cheeky interview with Jack Vance, CEO of Blowfish Communications

and the protagonist of The Manipulator: Jack Vance FinalA Satirical Tech Noir Business Thriller (Really)!



How do you feel about your family, now that you’re an adult?

Who said I was an adult? There are many questions concerning my father that are unsettled, including who is responsible for his death. I saw him, as a 78 year old man, expire in a hospital bed from gunshot wounds. Come on, a guy his age should have died from prostate cancer or something a little more respectable. In terms of my mother, I’d love to find her but those federal witness protection programs are getting better and better. One day though…

What do you want from life?

To build the world’s smartest global marketing firm with take no prisoners type A hard chargers. Love and puppies and Facebook are for people with too much time on their hands.

If you were granted three wishes, what would you ask for?

You make your own luck, so my first wish and last wish would be that I never, ever get asked an inane wish question again.

What three things would you take to a Desert Island?

A SAT phone, a kindle and some sunscreen. I’d stick around long enough to catch up on some reading then call in a lift home.

In your relationship with others, how are you different with family than you are with friends? Why?

Well, my father is deceased, my mother is in a witness protection program and I have no siblings. So it’s just me and my business associates. I treat everyone based on the amount of respect they have earned. I have no time or interest in helping those who project pathos or expect obsequiousness because of their power or position. In other words, if you haven’t earned my attention through your own hard work, don’t waste my time and I won’t waste yours, because you’re probably already an expert on that.

How do you fall in love? At first sight? Over a long period?

Over a bottle, usually

What parts of loving come easy for you? Hard?

The hangover and the bar receipt, in that order.

How do you decide if you can trust someone? Experience with others? with this person? First impressions? Intuition? Do you test the person somehow? Or are you just generally disposed to trust or not to trust?

Trust is earned. I have had enough experience with users, cads, charlatans and scumbags to count my fingers after shaking hands with most people for the first time.

When you walk into a room, what do you notice first? Second?

The smell, then the window.

When you walk into a room, what do you expect people to notice about you?

If it’s my room and my people they damn well better notice that it’s time to get to work. If it’s someone else’s room I’d rather be an observer than the center of attention. I keep a running tally of how many people think they can get away with picking their nose in public places. You would be amazed at the results.

Describe yourself to me.

I’m a strategic idea guy who specializes in the most attention getting and provocative marketing campaigns in the world. You probably read about the Phantom jets that I had buzz the Macy’s Parade to advertise new Jet Blue routes. Yeah, that was me. And I got kicked out of NY because of it, which means that they’re too thin skinned out there or I’m too funny. Either way I’m a Chicagoan now, but not the high squeaky voiced, fat assed, acid washed jeans, sausage eating variety. Opinionated? Yes. Creative? Yes. Funny? Depends on who you ask. You want to know more about me? Read the book, cheapskate!

Is one sense more highly developed than another? (Are you more visual, or audial, etc, or do you rely on the famous sixth sense?)

Good mescaline always brings my Third Eye into the equation.

Did you turn out the way you expected? The way your parents predicted?

I didn’t expect anything and was raised by a German nanny who my father smuggled out of Berlin after the wall was erected. If anything she gave me the one lesson that has served me well: be doubtful until proven otherwise, keep an escape plan handy and gun control means using both hands.

What really moves you, or touches you to the soul?

A great single malt, a 500 HP engine and the rare honest marketing person (I have yet to encounter the third but I am hopeful).

What’s the one thing you have always wanted to do but didn’t/couldn’t/wouldn’t? What would happen if you did do it?

Fire myself from my own agency and give myself enough of a severance package to retire. If I did I’d be broke.

What do you consider are your strengths?

Creativity, intuition and a nose for good alcohol.

What do you consider are your weaknesses?

Good alcohol.

What are you most proud of about your life?

Getting an escort onto the International Space Station to do a live Skype broadcast promoting a new Russian condom. We call it an out-of-this-world fucking case study on our website.

What’s the worst thing you’ve ever done? Why?

Not fired the wrong people fast enough over the Holidays.

Describe your ideal mate.

She can reload a .45 magazine while solving a Rubik’s Cube, doing shots, fending off reporters and pulling up her size three bikini bottoms.

What are you most afraid of?

The banker that says no.

What’s the most important thing in your life? What do you value most?

Smart, creative, hardworking people. They are hard to find. I can find self-absorbed, effected toadies lurking in just about every one of the 100 resumes I receive on a daily basis.

How do you feel about your life right now? What, if anything, would you like to change?

My email address.

If you could be an animal, what would it be?

A silvertip grizzly can smell people and fear from 18 miles away. That’s the kind of head start I could use.

Illustrations By Mitch O’Connell  MOC Illo SM

stevelundin2headshotSteve Lundin is the Chief Hunter and Gatherer of BIGfrontier, a Chicago media strategy boutique. He is an award winning marketing professional, journalist and pop culture anthropologist. He has written hundreds of feature stories for a diverse assortment of regional and national publications including the Chicago Tribune, Chicago Sun-Times, International Watch and Aviation History. As a marketer he has had extensive experience successfully revitalizing consumer and business to business products and services for companies ranging in size from Fortune 100 to two guys in a garage.

In 2000 he founded theBIGfrontier event series, a regional marketing/technology thought leadership showcase that has hosted over 70 significant national speakers.Lundin is formerly trained in Journalism/Cultural Anthropology with graduate work in clinical psychology; his métier has always been research driven measurement of human motivation, tempered with creative gut instinct. He has also worked as an artist, photographer, made television commercials, published a comic strip newspaper and may hold the record for the greatest number of published Mickey Spillane interviews. If he could do it all over again he’d be a PI. 
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