Blog Tour: Author Interview & Book Giveaway: Said the Spider by Earle E. Van Glider

Welcome to Earle E. Van Glider


More than 40 years ago Earle (Doc) Van Gilder was involved in the investigation of white-collar crime. The last 20 years he ran his own Investigative Corporation partnering with major firms, local and state government agencies and law enforcement to solve a wide range of criminal activities from internal theft and white collar crime to insurance fraud, criminal investigations and undercover operations.

Earle is also a certified Kyokushinkai Karate Branch Chief and martial arts instructor and well versed in the handling of weaponry. These experiences combined with his Marine Corp and equestrian experiences have resulted in a number of short stories which in turn led to his first novel, Said The Spider. He recently completed a second novel, Gumshoe Diary, The Month of May.


If you could travel in a Time Machine would you go back to the past or into the future?
I’d stay right here in the present.

If you could invite any 5 people to dinner who would you choose?
They would most likely all be good friends. I hate eating with strangers.

If you were stranded on a desert island what 3 things would you want with you?
A sharp knife, flint, and my wife.

What is one book everyone should read?
Said The Spider

If you were a superhero what would your name be?

If you could have any superpower what would you choose?
I would love to fly backwards.

What is your favorite flavor of ice cream?
Vanilla Raisin

What is your favorite thing to eat for breakfast?
An apple.

What’s your favorite music genre? Favorite artist? Song?
Jazz, and either Brubeck or Shearing.

Is there anything you need in order to write? (ie Chocolate, quiet, music)—-

Night owl, or early bird?
Early bird.

One food you would never eat?
If hungry enough I’d probably eat almost anything.

Pet Peeves?
People who are late and complain about their health.

Skittles or M&Ms?
M&M’s with nuts course.

Favorite Cartoon?
Little Orphan Annie

If you could be one of the Greek Gods, which would it be, male or female, doesn’t matter and why?
I’d have to spend some time with them before I make up my mind on that one.

What is your favorite sport to watch on TV?

How do you react to a bad review?
Hate criticism and rejection. I might pout for a few seconds.

What is your favorite book that has been made into a movie?
Lonesome Dove.

What do you do when you are in-between books?
I practice martial arts, play the drums and Indian flute, think about the last book, and enjoy life.

Where is your favorite place to read/write?
My bunkhouse.

Please tell us in one sentence only, why we should read your book.
I’m egomaniac enough to think it’s interesting, different and written in a way the reader will enjoy it.

If you could jump in to a book, and live in that world.. which would it be?
The Frontiersmen.

What is your dream cast for your book?
Of course, Richard Gere as myself (Dan Jamieson), Meg Ryan as Maggie Wood (appears in my next book) and a dozen unknown, talented, interesting and novel characters.

What was your favorite book when you were a child/teen?
My father’s Zane Grey collection.

What is your favorite quote?

If you were a super hero what would your kryptonite be?
A good cigar and Acai juice.

If someone wrote a book about your life, what would the title be?
“He Did What?”

What TV show/movie/book do you watch/read that you’d be embarrassed to admit?
Frasier (every night).

Said the Spider by Earle E. Van Glider:
Sophisticated crime syndicate parasites invade the normally solid foundation of Midwestern banking and generations of established manufacturing. Executives and management usually in control suddenly find they are masterfully manipulated into a web of irreconcilable personal and financial seduction.

From the traumatic discovery at the river’s edge to the eventual confrontational conclusion Said The Spider seduces greedy, gullible and unsuspecting prey into a deadly and graphic whirlwind of corporate disaster leading to murder, suicide and revenge.

The early exploits of the juvenile crime spree by a youthful mastermind who cleverly manipulates his prey leads the reader to the ruthless genius manipulating the city. This drama of cause and effect with no escape from the temptations of lust, greed, and ignorance has been cleverly baited.

The corporate investigative agency and police sources enter almost too late to stop this whirlpool of turbulence as the bank Vice President’s realize their own failure and the investors and corporation officers panic and retreat from the coming Armageddon.

As murder, suicide and monumental financial losses are exposed, the crime syndicate learns of an investigation which might interrupt their lucrative operation. Crime bosses will stop at nothing to successfully complete their artistic looting of a major bank and manufacturing complex.

Time is running out. Investigators are pulling pieces of the puzzle together. Corrupt and greedy bank executives are running for their lives. The syndicate is charging ahead in their goal of complete domination and eventual departure culminating in a surprise and conclusive end to fraud and murder.

Giveaway Details:
1 copy of Said the Spider
Open to US only
Ends 2/3/11