Recovering New Yorker
Author Writer Interview Questions 1.What inspires you most to write? I felt I had to get the word out from a blue-collar perspective about the decline and fall of the American work ethic. 2. What is your favorite genre? Military, science fiction, and last but not least history, particularly war history.
3. Who is one author you admire if any and why?
Tom Clancy. He brings military strategy and science down to a high school level. 4. How do you overcome blank writing spells?
I never really had any. My four-book series was swirling around in my head for 10 years, I just had to write everything down. Incidentally, it took me 10 years to write it because working two jobs got in the way. 5. What legal publishing advice can you give?
I published on Amazon. But protect your work at all costs. I didn’t have to worry much about that since my book series is the first of its kind (I believe) written from a blue-collar perspective. 6. How many books have you written, are any a bestseller yet?
As I said, I have written a four-book series. I have gotten 28 great reviews but alas, they are not best sellers.
7. If you had the opportunity to rewrite one movie script which would it be, why?
“Air Force One” I felt the identity of agent Gibbs (the traitor and antagonist in the movie) should’ve been kept secret while giving subtle clues till the very end making it more of a “who done it?” mystery. 8. What are some difficulties you've experienced in your writing career; how do you handle book critiques/criticism? My family told me that no one would want to read a book series about the decline and fall of the American work ethic written from a blue-collar perspective. Far as critiques/criticism go, I have 28 five-star reviews, one four-star review, and two lousy reviews. So, I think I’m doing pretty well!
9. What are your best experiences in your writing career?
Well, since I’m not a writer by trade I think it’s quite an accomplishment for a once high school underachiever to have written a four-book expose’ series. 10. Do you prefer to write in silence and or have some sort sound in the background?
Definitely silence. 11. What are some encouraging words you'd give to another author/writer?
Write what you know. Examples: Michael Crichton went to medical school and he wrote great novels (“The Andromeda strain” “Coma” “Jurassic Park”) using that experience. Tom Clancy (my favorite author) studied military strategy and techniques and wrote great novels in that genre. 12. How did you decide the pricing of your material; how did you go about promotion/advertising and distribution of your work?
My publishing coach helped me with that. As far as Advertising goes work has been pretty slow so I haven’t been able to afford much of an advertising budget. 13. Why should anyone read your book? Many people wonder why American jobs have gone overseas. Many blames corporate greed and that is a factor. But as an auto mechanic, luxury vehicle designer, and custom fire truck builder I share from a blue-collar perspective my personal experiences on the shop floor and the factory floor.
14. Did you have a book coach? Yes! Thomas Trimble! He’s the best!
15. What was your favorite subject in school?
I had to. Science and auto mechanics. 16. Are you self-published or have an established publishing contract elsewhere?
I am self-published through Amazon.