An Interview With Ken Williams, Author of “Fractured Angel”

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Author, Social Worker and Advocate for the Marginalized

I write to give a voice to those without: The homeless, scared combat veterans, abused women, the mentally ill—basically the poor, disenfranchised and those wounded by poverty, violence and by the darker forces of our times.

Ken Williams has worked for over thirty years for the homeless of Santa Barbara.  He has a wealth of experience working with the mentally ill, alcoholics/drug addicts, war veterans, the infirmed, neglected, and survivors of sexual violence. He can be counted among those who have reached out to help the new lepers of our time.  Ken uses these experiences as sources and inspirations for his novels, screenplays and articles.  Ken Williams also served in combat with the 9th Marines—better known as The Walking Dead in Vietnam.                                    

Ken is a columnist with noozhawk.com.  In addition to Fractured Angel, he has published two novels, China White and Shattered Dreams, A Story of the Streets.  His nonfiction book: There Must Be Honor is a collection of Ken’s own articles interwoven with his autobiography.

He is featured in the documentary film “Shelter,” produced by the late actor Paul Walker.

What process do you follow when you write?

I usually check my emails for any messages that I need to respond to.  Next I clear my head of distractions.  Then, if it involves a rewrite I simply try and read the novel slowly looking for inconsistencies, too much descriptions or repetitions—anything that distracts from the flow of the story.  However, if it is a novel in progress I will read notes that I previously written on the characters, plot points and scenes that I wish to include.  As the new novel progresses I do this less and less as the internal logic of the novel takes over. Characters must act, as they must, given their established behavioral patterns, personalities and situations that they become involved in.  The alternative reality of fiction that an author establishes must follow the logic of this new universe.  The novel takes on a life of its own with the middle and ending following naturally from the its beginning.  Writing feature articles for an online news services that I write for is different.  Here, I must know what I am trying to say, how I am going to say it knowing that I have nine-Fractured Angel by Ken Williamshundred word limit.

Is there a writer you’re most influenced by and why? 

John Steinbeck.  He used fiction to tell the emotional truth of the outcast of his day.  Until Grapes of Wrath came out the displaced poor from Oklahoma had mostly been demonized, criminalized, ran from one town to the next, shot, killed or imprisoned.  His work became part of a broader movement arising from the Great Depression that transformed our country.

 What famous work by another author do you wish you’d written?

 The Jungle by Upton Sinclair.  Much like John Steinbeck’s book, the Jungle by Sinclair portrays a time in our country’s history crying out for reform.  Once again, using the emotional truth of the working class conditions in the slaughterhouses he painted a devastating picture of them and their times.  This book not only brought sympathy to workers but also led to the first reforms in our food industry by exposing the unsanitary practices and conditions in the meatpacking plants during the early Twentieth Century.

 What is one thing that aspiring writers should know but probably don’t?

You are going to find a hundred reasons why not to continue down a very trying path.  Almost every writer that I know has had manuscripts rejected scores if not hundreds of times by agents and publishers.  And once published criticism of your work is guaranteed.  The tricky part is boiling all that down in order to accept what you must change in your work and maintaining the belief in your work.  Steve Lopez, chief columnist for the L.A. Times told me he reads all emails and letters addressed to him even the hateful ones.  He is smart enough and lacking of ego to at least read them hoping to weed out the vindictive ones from those that may have a legitimate point of view.  Writing is not for the feint of heart nor is it for those who refuse to accept helpful and insightful criticism that only makes you a better writer if you are open to it.  Finally you write because you must.  In the end you have no choice.  You are driven to write.  Daily.  Weekly.  Monthly.  Yearly.  It is who you are.  It is not a choice but a drive.

Why write if it is so hard?

There are probably as many answers to this question as there are writers.  For me my writing career began when my letters to the editors to the local papers began to be highlighted. Then I was asked to write feature articles.  I was finally given ongoing columns.  Then, once at a presentation I was giving a Hollywood scriptwriter came up to me and encouraged me to write screenplays based on my experiences.  Novels were a natural extension.

I write to give a voice to those without: The homeless, scared combat veterans, abused women, the mentally ill—basically the poor, disenfranchised and those wounded by poverty, violence and by the darker forces of our times.  I worked with these people as a social worker for over thirty years.  I have witnessed and lived alongside them as they were demonized, ran out of town and in many instances died on the harsh and unforgiving streets in one of the wealthiest cities in America—Santa Barbara.  I have found that most Americans are compassionate and caring and once the mythology of the dispossessed is strep away they become moved and then engaged.

But why fiction?

Fiction is one of the few medias that talks beyond our preconceived notions and beliefs.  You can reach people on both sides of an argument if you can write about the human condition that we all find ourselves in.  When I was a social worker time after time wealthy individuals or very conservative business people would come to me for help in finding a runaway mentally ill daughter, son, wife or parent.  At those times class, social and even racial divisions faded before the broken heart of a parent desperately searching for a loved child.

At a book signing once a woman came up to me, bought my book, China White, which has as an element the protagonist’s Vietnam War background.  She quietly told me that her husband had been killed in the war.  When I was leaving I saw her sitting on a bench with the book open and tears running down her cheeks.  Another time a former homeless client of mine wrote me telling me how she had cried her way through Shattered Dreams, A Story of the Streets.

Fiction has the power to reach deep within us.  To sooth, confront or resonate with our soul.  Fiction is the power of our fears, and the hope of our future.  Fiction is the deepest truth of our lives.

Fractured Angel

How would you go about trying to help your daughter who, suffering her first psychotic break at fifteen, is chased by her wounded mind to the streets of Santa Barbara? That is the dilemma that Lynne Swanson faces. Out of her element, and definitely out of her comfort zone for this professional woman, she is forced to seek the help of Kerry Wilson, a social worker for the homeless. Unfortunately for her, Kerry is a rough-necked loner that has no inclination to hold the hand of a woman who he feels is out for a lark at the expense of his homeless clients. The harsh and deadly realities of the streets in one of the wealthiest cities in the world and an attempt to close a homeless shelter just as winter sets in produces a dramatic race against time with the life of Lynne’s daughter in the balance. 

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An Interview With Dr. Karen Gurney, Author of The Complete Career Change Program

A Unique Solution to a Common Problem Faced by Job Seekers

Karen_Profile_Business (1)Dr. Karen Gurney has s a Ph.D. focused on workforce and economic development and a Masters degree in Business Administration (MBA). She has dedicated her life to helping others obtain career success. A career coach since 2009, she is the founder of Career IQ, and has developed unique and innovative methods for dealing with modern hiring issues.

The Complete Career Change Program™ is a new solution that helps job seekers get beyond commonly used applicant tracking systems, which are utilized by companies to screen out employment candidates.  Applicant tracking systems have been called “resume black holes” by Forbes magazine. They are notoriously error-prone, effectively blocking qualified candidates’ access to open positions.  Gurney’s unprecedented Complete Career Change Program is a method for making it past applicant tracking systems and into recruiters’ and hiring managers’ offices.

What led you to create the Complete Career Change Program? Was it a personal experience or did you come to it after working with others?

I created the Complete Career Change Program because my clients were facing 4-hour online application processes and sometimes getting immediate system rejections (meaning no one even looked at the app)! I researched it, found the problem with modern hiring systems, created and tested solutions, and my clients are getting hired.

What are the three most common issues you hear from job seekers?

How to explain previous job terminations, how to deal with being overqualified, and how to manage gaps in employment on the resume.

Besides the elements in the program, is there a single piece of advice you think all job seekers should know?

This may be disturbing but hiring is square-peg/square-hole. It is not a creative process. You have the match what the hiring systems and recruiters want to see, while being honest of course, to get a call or get hired.

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An Interview With Zach Friend, Author of “On Message: How a Compelling Narrative Will Make Your Organization Succeed”

Top Political Spokesperson on Using Narrative-Based Messaging  in Any Organization

Zach Friend, Author of On MessageZach Friend is a policy, public affairs and communications expert who has worked for Barack Obama and John Kerry’s presidential campaigns, the White House Council of Economic Advisers, the U.S. Senate, Congressman Sam Farr and the Democratic National Committee (DNC).

With Obama for America ’08, Zach was a press secretary and spokesman in the battleground state of Pennsylvania, handling planning, writing and media relations in the Greater Philadelphia market. For appearances and interviews, he staffed and briefed Barack Obama and Joe Biden, and as Deputy National Director of Special Projects for the DNC, Zach helped lead the field staff for John Kerry’s campaign. Additionally, he designed message and campaign strategy for Native American outreach in battleground states. Before the Kerry campaign, Zach served with Senator Tom Daschle, Congressman Farr and the Council of Economic Advisers as a staffer, researcher and writer. He has been quoted by MSNBC, Fox News, CNN, ABC, CBS, National Public Radio, the LA Times, the Boston Globe, Politico, the Huffington Post and others. On Message on Amazon

In his book, “On Message: How a Compelling Narrative Will Make Your Organization Succeed” he provides a guide to why a cohesive narrative is the best way to get your point across and a blueprint for how to craft your own message, regardless of your industry or setting. Using examples from  the worlds of politics, advertising and industry, Friend outlines concrete methods for creating and delivering a message, marketing campaign or branding strategy that resonates with listeners and that gets results.

What was the concept behind writing “On Message”?

The main purpose of “On Message” was to provide a simple and accessible guide – a how-to – that could be marked up and referenced time and time again. It was written in a way where each chapter was it’s own section so you could pick it up, read a chapter to learn the concepts, and set it down to apply the concepts. I wanted to write a business book that was more universal than just business and wasn’t a technical or academic piece but a real world book.

What is one thing that aspiring writers should know but probably don’t?

The content you write on the laptop in your study or living room can end up influencing opinion, shaping arguments and inspiring. In other words, what you write matters and can have an impact.

Why  narrative-based messaging? How and why does it work?

When I was working on political campaigns I noticed that it wasn’t always the better-financed campaign or perceived “front runner” that was ultimately successful. It was the candidate that was able to connect their story (their narrative) in a more emotionally compelling way. This is the basis of all messaging and framing – the narrative. Without an underpinning of emotional connection no amount of branding, messaging or framing will stick. Once that story is developed the messaging and framing flow from that. Just think about candidates you voted for. What was their story? What message did they convey? Now think of those that you didn’t – can you remember what their main theme was?

What piece of advice would you give to businesses or political candidates to establish their own narrative?

Many think you can spin your way into a story or aim to win a media cycle. This approach has no lasting impact or resonance. Narratives are emotionally compelling, simple and true. This might sound simple but think about how often businesses or candidates try to think of something that doesn’t emotionally connect. Or maybe they only highlight a partial truth to, in their minds, make themselves look better. The modern age of information sharing ensures that these half-truths will be exposed and if you don’t emotionally connect the possibility of having a lasting narrative is close to nil. Think of a movie you watched that has stayed with you or a non-profit you felt compelled to give to. The emotional connection is high.

Praise for “On Message: How a Compelling Narrative Will Make Your Organization Succeed” 

The great filmHardballWChrisMatthews_Show producer Richard Zanuck once said, ‘The most important thing is the story… It’s the story people remember, the reason they love a movie. Zach Friend, something of a genius, figured out that’s not just true about our favorite movies. It’s true about everything anyone wants to tell you… Zach was right.” – Chris Matthews, Host of MSNBC’s Hardball

salon.com“Whether calling upon his own experience with the 2008 Barack Obama campaign or mining wonderful nuggets of dialogue from quirky movies… Zach Friend has written an entertaining and insightful guide to crafting messages in business, life, and politics… I have to admit that in the real world his advice is dead-on.” Walter Shapiro, political columnist, former Washington Bureau Chief for Salon.com

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Interview: Richard Schwindt, Author of “The Love Duology”

Author Richard SchwindtLove Duology bRichard Schwindt is a therapist, hypnotherapist and writer in Kingston, Ontario, Canada. In 2006,  he participated in the International Three Day Novel Contest, an event that challenges authors to come up with a complete novel in 72 hours. The first book in his new novel, “The Love Duology” was shortlisted in that competition. “Love Stacey,” concerns a mathematics professor with amnesia who finds her memory with the help of a new love. A year later, Schwindt followed up on that success by continuing the story of Stacey, this time helping her psychiatrist, Susan, try to prevent the tragic death of a social worker. “Love Stacey” and “Love Susan” have been combined for the first time in this new book about  memory, redemption, love and… gorillas. 

What led you to enter such a grueling and unusual competition as the 3 Day Novel Contest?

3 day novelI have always been drawn to the International three day novel contest because it draws so much out of you, whether you are ready for it or not.

Is there an author or movement you’re particularly influenced by?

I am influenced by Arthur Conan Doyle because he was brilliant and far more comedic than people know.

Name a book you wish you had written.

“The Lost World” is one of the funniest books ever written.

What writing advice would you give other hopeful authors? 

This is hardly original advice but just write!

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In addition to “Love Duology,” Schwindt is the author of a guide to dealing with workplace bullying and accompanying workbook and a series of mysteries about a crime-solving social worker, set in a remote Northern Ontario town.

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Interview: Kerry L. Reis, Author of “Legacy Discovered”

Kerry Reis spent much of his adult life working in tKR Mainelevision, in the publicity departments of television networks like ABC, The Disney Channel and ABC Family before he decided to take on fiction writing. He is an avid traveler and photographer who published his first novel, Legacy Discovered, in 2012.  The book has been called “A Quick Paced Emotional Read” (Indie Book Reviewers) and “A sweet, family-focused work of fiction with a hint of mystery” (Sarah E. Bradley, InD’tale Magazine). 

What led you to the subject matter of your book? Did you feel you “had” to write it?

You have to keep your mind open to what is going around you, for you never know where inspiration may come. In the case of “Legacy Discovered,” I was directly inspired by the classic 70s film “Love Story,” which I happened toLegacy buy catch on a slow August night for the first time on cable a few years ago. Jenny’s tragic illness and death didn’t seem real, but I was captivated by the struggle between class and love that Oliver battled through and I wondered what if Jenny did not die? What would their life and children be like? This led me to another idea – what if Oliver hid his high class status from Jenny to be with her? Within a few days, I had a plot line and started outlining it as a potential screenplay. Then life stepped in and a month after seeing “Love Story,” I was laid off due to a restructuring at Disney ABC Television. Having heard about self-publishing, I decided to 1970_love_storychange my screenplay into a novel, which I saw as a bridge between jobs and/or as a positive career move. My main characters, Ryan and Ali, were named for the stars of “Love Story,” Ryan O’Neal and Ali McGraw, as a homage to my novel’s inspiration.

Your educational background is in television and motion pictures, you worked for many years in television, and you’re an accomplished amateur photographer. All of these are visual mediums…do you think they inform the way you write? Do you see the characters and settings as you’re writing?

I grew up enjoying television as a favored friend. I would write short stories as I saw and heard them in my mind’s eye. It was the main reason I decided to go to UCLA and study the motion picture and television arts. In screenwriting classes, one focuses on quick descriptions, visual cues, dialogue and plot, starting the process by outlining the individual scenes in short paragraphs to determine the flow of the story, then filling in the dialogue. When I decided to change “Legacy Discovered” from a screenplay to a novel, the outline served me very well. I just watched my characters interact and react within their environment behind that mental fourth wall and wrote what I saw and heard. Of course, writing a novel gives one the added advantage of seeing the perspective and hearing the thoughts of a character in self-conflict, but keeping the story moving and giving enough details to allow readers to view and frame the story within their own minds is very important for their enjoyment of the story.

Is there an author or movement you’re particularly influenced by?

I am open to most genres and have enjoyed a wide range of authors throughout literature; however, my primary love is mystery and the author that introduced mystery to me was Agatha Christie. I bought and read my first Christie mystery, “The A.B.C. Murders,” in eighth grade and was hooked. I have the complete collection of her mystery novels in paperback, one of her romance novels written under the pseudonym of Mary Westmacott and a book of her plays, all bought before I graduated from college. Mysteries are about picking up clues and peeling back the layers of a puzzle in order to uncover the truth.  Even though “Legacy Discovered” does not have a murdered body or police procedurals and is, at its heart, a romance and a story of redemption, many readers have commented on it being a mystery, since the story seeks to find out the underlying truth of why my main character created the deception to be with a woman of lower class.

Yet, “Legacy Discovered” is mainly about love and family. Why did you choose this theme for your first novel and what challenges did you face writing this story over a straight mystery? 

I basically followed the story that I saw. I think we all find ourselves facing consequences for decisions we make for love and family. We also find ourselves seeking strength against unexpected challenges. I am pretty much an optimistic person and respect the possibility of finding redemption. In many ways, finding strength and redemption requires one to uncover and face the truth, a key goal in many mystery stories. This is why some of the best mysteries do not end in absolute justice. In my novel, the mystery elements brings the reader into the story, sets up the point of conflict within the family and eventually exposes a motive for the earlier decisions made by the characters. I hope the resolution gives readers something to think over and to become inspired by.

Name a book you wish you’d written.

I love and admire a lot of books, but I see them as part of the collective communication from all of us, so I do not wish I had written them, but rather I look at how I can carry on the conversation. Stories have been repeated and updated throughout history. The tragic story of Ovid’s star-crossed lovers Pyramus and Thisby was retold in Shakespeare’s “Romeo and Juliet,” which was later updated in “West Side Story.” I love the gentle comic irony of O’Henry and would love to embrace it in a future novel. I admire Stephen King’s dark, dense storytelling in “The Stand,” but I know I am not that complex in my writing. I have been reading a lot of works over the past year from fellow indie writers like Michael Rivers and Katherine Logan and have been impressed with the skills and imaginations of many of them. My goal is to add to the conversation and hope that others will be inspired to join in.

Self publishing isn’t easy. Is there a mistake you made or lesson learned that you wish you’d known before you got started?

Ironically, what makes self-publishing so tough is because of how easy it is to do. With traditional publishing, hopeful authors would have to send their prospective works to several publishing houses and hope that someone would actually read the submissions and not reject them. It discouraged many from trying. However, the digital age now allows hopeful authors to forego the rejection phase, put up a little money and publish via e-book and print-on-demand any work they want. As I discovered at a recent writing panel I attended, this has led to a book being published every four seconds, and many have been published without proper editing. With all of the options now available to readers, the job of self-promoting one’s work has gotten a lot tougher.

What writing advice would you give other hopeful authors? 

There is the story of William Faulkner who went to speak about writing to a group of college students. He stood up on stage and asked the assembled students how many of them wanted to be writers. After everyone’s hands went up, he proclaimed, “Then what are you doing here? Go out and write.” Then he left the room. Writing is patience while finding the commitment and security to express oneself. However, in order to improve one’s skills, one has to open up and allow others to comment positively or negatively. One does not have to accept every piece of advice, but one does need to know if his or her writing is communicating to readers. I mentioned early how an abundance of published works are appearing with major editing errors – improper grammar, misspelled and missing words, formatting mistakes. This has led to a backlash from readers who are wary of purchasing indie works since they do not have the reputation of being professional. Now, a good review also must address how well a book is edited. Write with your heart, but listen to an editor with your head.

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Q&A with Christine Mclean, Author of “Becoming the Best You: Ten Pressure Points that Lead to a Successful Life

Becoming the Best YouIn her new book,  Becoming the Best You – Ten Pressure Points That Lead to a Successful Life, author Christine Mclean explores how stress can create opportunities for growth and self improvement. The book goes through the 10 pressure points, from the heart through the mind to patience and the will, and explains how you can use pressure in these areas to transform your life into the one you want.

Q: You say in the description of your book, “Some of the best things in life, such as diamonds, are produced in moments of strain and pressure.”  Was there a particular strain or pressure in your own life that led you to want to share your experiences with others?

A: My life has been filled with several challenges. All my life I wanted to be a doctor. However, my dreams were trashed when my father blatantly told me that there was no money to send me to medical school. Although I was raised by my mother and grandmother, my dad was the main financial provider. So, if he said no then that was it. For a long time I was utterly disappointed with not being good enough for a full scholarship. I have also struggled with low self esteem and suicidal thoughts from the time I was a teenager. These and other challenges have forced me to reflect on who I am and what I can do to become a better person.  My thoughts, observations, and knowledge I have garnered from my own reading led me to creating this book.

Q: When you write, do you follow a particular schedule, have daily goals, write in spurts or pace yourself?  Essentially, what is your writing process?

A: I work with deadlines. If I say that I want to get my book published by x date, I put in the amount of work necessary daily to ensure that this goal is accomplished. However, I also have to be inspired to write. So, if I feel my brain running out of ideas, I stop for awhile and tackle it again the following day.

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Mclean says her book is designed to help readers become the best version of themselves.

Q: What did you find hardest about the process of getting your book published?

A: Publishing the book is not a challenge really. For this book I used Lulu as my publisher and their process is not difficult to follow. The greatest challenge of self-publishing is publicity. It is one thing to get your book on an e-book distribution chain, but it is an entirely different thing to attract people to it.  Marketing is a frustrating experience. It’s even worse when you are as broke as I am and can’t afford to hire a marketing expert.

Q: Do you have any favorite authors/authors who you were influenced by?

A: My favorite self-help author is John C. Maxwell. Years ago an old friend of mine gave me two John Maxwell books: The 21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership and The 17 Indisputable Laws of Teamwork. These books changed my perspective on leadership and helped me to be more of a team-player.

Q: Name a book you wish you had written.

A: I really want to write a book about the type of relationship I want with my dad. I even have a title in my head that I am going to revamp. There are so many people out there who don’t have strong bonds with their fathers. I hope to eventually write a book that reaches out to them.

Q: Do you have suggestions for new writers, either on writing or getting published?

A: My suggestion for new writers is to choose your publisher carefully. Lulu doesn’t offer the flexibility that some other publishers do. If you want to have free book promotions and limited time reduced prices then Kindle Direct Publishing (KDP) may be what’s best for you.

Q: What do you think of the popularity of self-publishing?

A: There are a plethora of talented writers in the world. Self-publishing has moved the restriction that has been placed on these authors. It has opened up a world of possibilities since each aspect of the process is completely free. They also have the ability to offer extremely low prices and reach a global audience with the use of e-books. Self-publishing is something the world has needed for a very long time.

Q: If you could tell readers one thing about your book, what would it be?

A: Becoming the Best You will open your eyes to a world of possibilities. It will truly cause you to reflect and make some necessary changes. Your money won’t be wasted. It truly is a worthwhile read.


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Author Q & A with Holy Ghost Writer

holy ghost writerHe has, arguably, the most unusual pen name in recent memory (though George William Russell, who wrote under the symbol Æ is a close second) so it shouldn’t be surprising that Holy Ghost Writer’s work is equally mysterious and layered with meaning.  The author of the dark action/adventure Count of Monte Cristo Series published The Anonymous Girl in 2013 to acclaim from readers and professional reviewers alike.Holy Ghost Writer Catalog

 Q: We should probably start with your identity. Who is The Holy Ghost Writer?

A: The identity of the author is part of an international contest, and the first person to correctly name the HG Writer from the clues found in the Count of Monte Cristo sequels will receive a reward of $5000. Visit the Holy Ghost Writer’s Amazon Author Page for details and see if you can discover the real identity of the author being heralded as the new Stieg Larsson for That Girl Started Her Own Country, the successor of Alexander Dumas for The Sultan of Monte Cristo and the next Ray Bradbury for The Boy Who Played With Dark Matter.

Q: What drew you to the subject matter of this book?

A: That Girl Started Her Own Country, when it will have its new sequel finished, making it a complete enough work for fans to realize greater satisfaction

Q: What did you find hardest about the process of getting your book published?

A: While writing is rather easy for me it is also challenging to create something really great and I love challenges.

Q: Do you have any favorite authors/authors who you were influenced by?

A: Alexandre Dumas

Q: Name a book you wish you had written.

A: The Count of Monte Cristo

Q: Do you have suggestions for new writers, either on writing or getting published?

A: Take a nap, otherwise keep reading and writing or go on an adventure of your own for inspiration.  I find that reading books helps to get me into the flow of writing, but that may not work for others and can just be a waste of time if you want to write a book, but if it is non fiction reading you can get good ideas, even if so slightly used from reading nonfiction stuff.

Q: Do you have an organized process or tips for writing well?

A: Again as my father told me, “The art of writing is rewriting.” However, I would say just let the writing flow and leave it to a skilled editor to make it flow better and correct any editing problems that you may not see.

Q: Sometimes it’s so hard to keep at it. What keeps you going?

A: Love for the art and storytelling. I didn’t know I was creative. even though I was voted most so in high school,  until I started writing novels later in life.

Q: If you could do any job in the world what would you do?

A: I’m sure I would make a good benevolent dictator,  lol. I’m very happy doing what I do. Through producing good literature you can accomplish more than any other occupation.

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