Storytime for Grownups – Author Spotlight: Sam Mitani, author of ‘The Prototype’

Recently, Palm Beach Happening has partnered with Waldorf Publishing to bring you insight into the minds of some of the greatest fiction an nonfiction authors of the 21st century. Today, we are proud to profile Sam Mitani.

How did you get your start in the literary world? My professional writing career began immediately after graduating college, when I was hired at Road & Track magazine.

Can you tell us a little more about what you do? I was at Road & Track for 22 years, finishing my tenure there as the International Editor. Presently I run my own press-writing business, with mainly automotive-related companies as clients. When I’m not tending to my business, I am usually working on my creative-writing projects. I’ve also did some TV work, where our Eye on L.A. team won a Los Angeles Emmy Award for a segment I co-hosted.

What is your favorite part about being an author? That’s an easy one. I find a real pleasure in crafting stories, putting the various pieces together until they form an enjoyable, inspirational narrative. Working on and developing the characters in my novels, to make them unforgettable, is also a lot of fun.

How do you get your inspiration? My inspiration comes from a desire to create something that moves anyone who reads my stories and leaves a lasting impression. If I could accomplish that, it would make all the hard work worthwhile.

Of all the characters you’ve created, which one would you like to see come alive on the silver screen? Well, this is my first novel, and I feel it could make for a very exciting movie, so all of them. I have other projects in the works, which I feel can also make a nice transition to the big screen.

What is the funniest thing to happen to you in your career? I don’t know if I can recall anything funny that has happened to me during my career, but I’ve had many, many memorable experiences, including running the Dakar Rally (and completing it), setting a speed record at Bonneville (and joining the 200-MPH Club) and partaking in 4×4 jungle expeditions through the Malaysian rainforest.

Can you tell us a bit about your book? It’s about a young automotive journalist (surprise), who receives a mysterious invitation to a gala event in France. An attempt on his life is made, and CIA agents tell him that a Russian madman intent on upsetting the balance of world power wants him dead. Although he tells them that they are making a huge mistake, he soon discovers the threat is real. In his fight for survival, he decides he must help them get their man. His ensuing life-or-death experiences take him on a spiritual journey that reveals his true self and his rightful place in the world.

What is your next big project? I’m working on another novel, which is sort of a sequel to this one, and then search for the right agent who can help me get it published.

Anything else you’d like to add? This action novel provides a revealing insight to the automotive journalist profession, but at its heart, it is a story of personal growth, emphasizing the will to make the most out of life, which I feel will inspire everyone who reads it. The release date of the novel is August 1, but it is already available for pre-order on Amazon.


Several of the books published through Waldorf Press can be found at your local library. The Palm Beach County Library System has dozens of electronic books, printed books – both novels & non-fiction, audiobooks, and DVDs or Blu-ray discs to help you understand how powerful reading can be! Travel to your closest branch or find them on the web!