Author, P.T. Dawkins

A 28-year veteran of the investment world, P.T. Dawkins writes from experience about the insatiable desire for money that leads to unethical, illegal and unscrupulous behavior. He majored in English at Dartmouth College, earned a MBA from The University of Western Ontario and completed extensive studies in Creative Writing at the University of Toronto.


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Good morning, P.T. and welcome to My Book Addiction and More.

MBA&M: Please tell our readers a few tidbits about P.T. Dawkins?

I am 58 years old, stopped working in the investment industry in Toronto and New York 4 years ago (after a 28 year career) and now have the chance to fulfil a life-long dream – of writing and publishing novels. I knew as early as high school that I loved to write, majored in English in college and then spent my career in finance… go figure. But everything happens for a reason, right?

MBA&M: What was the inspiration for “THE ANALYST”?

I have always liked reading legal thrillers and thought perhaps I could do the same thing with Wall Street, and white collar crime as the background setting.

MBA&M: What where some of the challenges in writing “THE ANALYST”?

The writing was just the beginning of the challenges although I really, really didn’t want the book to be an embarrassment so I went through it over and over. I also took 120 hours of courses in creative writing before I started The Analyst. Then there was the whole query letter, trying to find an agent process – that took a year and I finally gave up and decided to self-publish. That was another journey and all I can say is I will do things differently with book #2. Then, one has to learn about marketing. At the time, I didn’t know that things like Nurture Book Tours existed – if all goes well I will “launch” book #2 this way. Next fall maybe?


MBA&M: Which character in “THE ANALYST” do you most identify with and why?

I like to say that all of my characters are like Frankenstein’s monster, made up of parts from many people.  David Heart is probably closest to me (but not exactly the same). I tend to be a quieter person until you force me to fight back and then I do!


MBA&M: What is on the horizon for P.T. Dawkins?

I am 90% of the way through the first draft of my next novel, again, a thriller about white collar crime. I plan to write three novels and create a trilogy. One of the characters in my first novel, The Analyst, lives on and is part of the second book (although the reader doesn’t see that until close to the end.) Hint – it isn’t the protagonist.


MBA&M: What is your life’s passion, beside writing, of course?\

That’s an easy one. My family


MBA&M: Who do you feel is your greatest supporter? Why?

My wife. Right from the very beginning, before I’d written one word she was encouraging me. She’s a voracious reader of commercial fiction and acted as my first editor (before I sent my novel to the one I had to pay for) based on her knowledge of what is out there, what works and doesn’t, that sort of thing. They say one of the keys to writing is to read a lot – she, in a very important way helped me do that, better than I could have done by myself.  They say you shouldn’t let people close to you edit your book. I jumped at the chance (and we’re still married!)


MBA&M: What is something that scares the “heck” out of you? Why?

I don’t know if “scares” is the right word but I do believe that you can work through about any situation you find yourself in – that you can reach down and find more fuel to keep going, even when you thought the cupboard was bare. Giving up too early and learning later that you had more of a chance than you realized if you’d just persevered is a very disturbing thought to me.

MBA&M: Please tell our readers where to find you and where “THE ANALYST” is available?


The Analyst is only available on-line through either POD or e-book reader. It is available through Amazon, Chapters, B&N etc. My website is and links to printers are on there. My email address is


PT, do you have anything else you wish to add?

One of the other things I learned is that there is an entire community out there dedicated to supporting indie authors. One of the ways is to host contests. I entered The Analyst in a few and won one! (at least one – haven’t heard back from everyone yet). How cool was that? (digital certificate below).


Thank you for visiting with us and our readers today!!


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The Analyst by P.T. Dawkins

Title: The Analyst

Author: PT Dawkins

Genre: Fiction – Wall Street Thriller

 Published by: Llumina Press Publication

 Date: August 2011

Recommended Age: 18+

Format(s): eBook, trade paperback ISBN 13: 9781605947235

 Number of pages: 300

After David Heart’s father’s estate is squandered by bad advice, his mother faces eviction and his grandfather needs life-saving surgery. A seemingly-helpful family friend finds David a seat at a bucket-shop off-Wall Street firm with the promise that money flows like wine.

Naive and quickly recognized as an easy mark, David is plunged into the eat-what-you-kill world of a trading desk, where the analysts, salesmen and traders sit like pigs at a two-sided trough. Bullied by the cruel, abusive head trader known only as Blackie, David is relieved when Sandy Allen, a strikingly provocative street-smart saleswoman, comes to his aid. But, what David doesn’t realize is that hidden agendas are everywhere, and no one can be trusted.

Now the target of extortion, David must make an impossible choice: facilitate an insider-trading felony in exchange for the money his family desperately needs, or face the cruelty of his mentor-turned-predator who has framed David and promises that he alone will be found guilty and suffer the consequences of the crime he refused to commit.

The Analyst by P.T. Dawkins won Best in Genre at the 2011/2012 DIY Book Festival!

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