Interview with Chips Ely, author of The Keys



fddf4-the2bkeysTitle: The Keys
Author: Chips Ely
Publisher: iUniverse
Pages: 394
Genre: Suspense
Format: Kindle/Paperback/Hardcover

It is June 2014 when a close knit group of high-profile Americans secretly meets to put in play one of the most covert international military operations ever attempted. At the end of their meeting a major support operation linked autonomously with NATO and US Africa Command, is officially in business to catalyze an electrifying worldwide revolution that brings a dramatic and abrupt ending to Islamic radicalization, war crimes against humanity, ethnic cleansing and genocide waged by terrorist groups across the world.

Experience the thrill of hijacking the original TRIANA satellite, renamed to DISCOVR, from a NASA warehouse under the auspicious eye of the US government for the purpose that it would be used in a secret mission by this same unknown international military force.

Follow this riveting story that features a new U.S. political party that ushers its presidential candidate into the White House only to be threatened by a diabolical Chinese plot to undermine America and dominate the world economy.

Be part of an amazing American discovery when the president and his entourage are charged with guarding the discovery of an exotic iron ore mineral that creates an automotive battery invention that can propel an electric vehicle for thousands of hours without a charge.

Worse yet, the Chinese are planning a three-prong conspiracy to undermine America’s industrial renaissance so China can dominate world trade, steal the new US “Star Wars” space technology, and subversively gain control of the secret iron ore discovery.

Join in as America’s latest president attempts to convey the beauty of the Islamic faith and accelerate a new Islamic peace reform in the midst of a volatile world of radicalization.


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How did you come up with the title of your book?

The book was well along and the main theme of rape as a weapon of war in Africa and the Middle East when I happened on a website http://www.womenundersiegeproject.otg that had held a photo contest for their bloggers to send in photos of women in war and images of women facing violence. The winning photo was by a senior crisis response adviser for Amnesty International. I emailed the adviser and requested her permission to use the photo and the rest is history.
What is your writing environment like?

My writing environment is ideal because I am single and my schedule is my own. I seem to work well at all hours from 3 A.M. to 3 P.M. There is very little to intrude on my concentration and am in my element when researching.
What are some of the best tools available today for writers?

In my opinion, the Internet is without question the most valuable tool for my research and I have already saved files by subject matter that were uncovered during various searches. So, the Internet is not only valuable for researching, but also for storing information for later use.
What inspires you to write?

My inspiration is from an innate sense of adventure and excitement, combined with a career that required extensive travel. For me, the sense of romance, excitement and adventure was a reality. Furthering that sense of adventure was a stint at an advertising agency as an account manager. That experience gave me insight into how to start with a blank sheet of paper and bring something to life. Then, I viewed the persistent conflicts that allowed ethnic cleansing, genocides and rape as a weapon of war, as intolerable and it fast became an objective to communicate the real intolerable situation of world gender issues.
Did you learn anything while writing this book?

The number one take-away from “The Keys” is the enormous lack of attention given to the devastating role of rapes and sexual torture of women and girls in terrorist conflicts and wars throughout the world. The UN has its hands tied or won’t risk political alienation within the “P-5” leaders. The irony is that world protection of human rights is pledged in the 1947 UN Charter, reaffirming the UN’s lack of leadership when addressing crimes against humanity, especially women and girls. The lack of action taken on behalf of the dismal state of the world’s gender and cultural issues is appalling.
What is your favorite quality about yourself?

My sense of adventure and creativity which is balanced with a great deal of sensitivity toward suffering peoples and a lack of fair play for innocent, marginalized citizens who are unprotected and undefended in wars and terrorist conflicts.

Chips Ely grew up in Northville, Michigan, and attended Ferris State University where he was a member of the track team. In his younger years, he was a partner in a family business and later, a vice president of an advertising agency in Lansing, Michigan. Now retired, he lives in Western Michigan.