For the tireless security professional who is working around the clock, there are few things more relaxing than settling into a spy novel — especially one that is the latest in a series that dates back nearly 20 years.

In this episode, New York Times best-selling author Ted Bell shares what led him to craft books of this genre, and specifically what inspired his latest one releasing on December 7 — Sea Hawke. His passion for character development comes through loud and clear as he shares some colorful stories of writers who led the way and inspired him to keep going.

Ted Bell is the former chairman of the board and creative director of Young & Rubicam, one of the world’s largest advertising agencies. He is the New York Times bestselling author of the Alex Hawke series as well as the YA adventure novels Nick of Time and The Time Pirate. He has recently been a writer-in-residence at Cambridge University (UK) and visiting scholar at the Department of Politics and International Relations.

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