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The published works of Bill Lovejoy line his office at Mohave Community College, including "China Dome" his most recent thriller published in January 2000.

Lovejoy, a longtime college professor and administrator, said what he knew most about – the politics of higher education – was too boring for publishers.

(Miner photo by Terry Organ)

"After being rejected six times one editor wrote that no one in his right mind wants to read about the politics of higher education.

I decided then that what you know is what you gain in knowledge from reading, and my books now are based on lots of research."

Lovejoy, vice president for administration at Mohave Community College, earned bachelor's and master's degrees in English with creative writing emphasis from Colorado State University.

Between the time he got his master's in 1986, Lovejoy recounted, he had been an assistant professor at Chadron State College in Nebraska, studied in the doctoral program at the University of Northern Colorado, served on the Board of Trustees at Nebraska State Colleges, was acting president of Peru State University in Nebraska, was a consultant and writer for the Wyoming Community College Commission and spent a year with the New Mexico Commission on Higher Education.

It wasn't until 1986 that Lovejoy found time to begin a thriller titled "Kane's War: Dead Heat" that would become his first published book.

It was printed two years later under the pen name of Nick Stone at the insistence of the publisher, who wanted it to be part of a series and left the door open for someone else to write subsequent installments.

Lovejoy now has 20 mystery, techno thriller, global thriller and suspense novels to his credit, along with an equal number of articles and reports directed to legislative, education and fiction writing audiences.

Kensington Books, Lovejoy's publisher in New York City, has translated many of the novels for readers in Bulgaria, Czechoslovakia, Spain, Israel and Japan.

Lovejoy said he retained Marcia Amsterdam of New York as his agent from the beginning.

She shops around to find out what publishers want for their readers, gets a signed contract and then Lovejoy writes a novel in the area desired by the publisher, knowing there is a readership waiting for it.

That eliminates any guesswork on his part about what to write.

"Tom Clancy is the father of the techno thriller," Lovejoy said.

"But they go back to when Nelson DeMille had one in 1976 called 'The Rivers of Babylon.'

"Global thrillers tend to be more political and emphasize differences between nations, whereas techno thrillers rely heavily on technology."

Such noted authors as Ernest Hemingway and John D.

MacDonald have inspired Lovejoy.

Many of his story ideas come out of newspapers.

"One day I read where Brunei (on the island of Borneo) is the last great paradise left on Earth," he said.

"I said we can't have that, so I created a revolution and called that book 'Flash Factor.'"

Lovejoy's position at MCC entails supervising information technology, human resources, facilities and budget matters.

He has no books in the works but said that always can change.

"Any future book will depend on the shape of commercial publishing in New York," Lovejoy said.

"When you visit a bookstore today, be sure to check the copyright date because publishers are getting very conservative.

They don't like to take any risks with new books, so what you're finding more and more are reissues with a new cover."Q: What do you think of the plan to rotate principals next year in the Kingman Unified School District?

Sun'Dee Kelly, Kingman:"For gaining experience it's probably great.

But I'm trying to understand the long-term outcome.

If it's a continual rotation where a principal is learning all grade levels, I can understand it.

But to rotate them just once is no different than changing a job."

Dessery Forde, Kingman:"My kids already have the best principal and I would not like them to change.

They go to Palo Christi and have Mrs.


Jerilynn Hernandez, Kingman:"I wouldn't recommend changing principals.

My son is in first grade and just getting acquainted with his principal.

If they rotate principals, he'll never get to know his on a personal basis, nor will the other students."

Yvonne Cossio, Kingman:"I feel change is good for everyone, although there will be some adjusting to get used to."

Chris Flatt, Kingman:"If they take a principal out of a good school and place him or her in a lesser-performing school, those schools will benefit but the good schools will be at a disadvantage."

John Craft, Kingman:"Rotation is fine.

We need to give people in the system the opportunity to improve and then we don't have to go outside the district to find the next superintendent."

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