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Q & A TIME!
Q1. What comes to mind when you hear ‘first draft’?
A. When I hear first draft, two things come to mind. The first thing is the writing of the first draft. This is the part of writing I love most—staring at a spiral notebook with blank pages while I hold a mechanical pencil in my right hand. That’s creativity unbound, the only limitation … imagination. The second thing I think of is a completed first draft. This is the part I used to dread but have learned to love. At this point, great ideas surface for heightening conflict and tension, for upping the stakes. Editing and polishing the first draft is my chance to make this story one that the readers can’t put down. It’s the opportunity to flesh out the main characters, adding some backstory, so that the readers will love them, root for them, and boo the villain.
Q2. What inspired your latest piece?
A. This is sad to say, but my current release began with intense anger. When I looked around me in America, I didn’t see the nation I grew up in, the nation I loved so dearly. The qualities of our national character that made America good and great were being stripped away at an incredible rate. I wanted to expose this downward spiral out of anger, but soon realized that would not make an enjoyable, uplifting story. Instead, I focused on what it would take to return our nation to its roots—one nation, under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all.
There are many pessimists who have written off the younger generation, but I have hope for the Millennials. From them will come our future leaders. So I crafted a story where an early-twenties man and woman together held the keys to stopping a would-be tyrant as America sat on the brink of tyranny. My hero and heroine also had a deep childhood relationship that had been brutally destroyed. After extrapolating the bad things I saw happening to America into the near future, and exaggerating them a bit, I introduced my hero and heroine. They had to resolve their relationship, work together to start a grassroots resistance movement, and stay alive when the overreaching executive wanted them silenced, permanently. I was blessed to have Susan May Warren help me splice the romantic thread into the thriller plot.
The end result was much better than an angry rant and the early book reviews confirm this conclusion.
Q3. Self publishing vs. Traditional publishing? Which is better?
A. The answer really depends on your purposes in writing your book. If your book is written primarily to minister to people, then you make the choice based upon the publishing option you believe will reach the people who most need to read the book.
If your writing needs to supplement your income, you have a financial decision to make. The royalties paid by traditional publishing companies won’t help much, financially, unless your book sells 20,000 full-price copies or more. If you self-publish, you will have to do a lot of promotional work, but you can generate the same income with far fewer sales, e.g. 4-5 thousand copies.
If the message of your book is time-sensitive, as is my political thriller series, Against All Enemies, you may have to self-publish to control the schedule. My three-book, political thriller series needed to be released across the election year, 2016. Book 1, Voice in the Wilderness, is ready for release. I’m still writing the first draft of Book 2, Voice of Freedom, releasing in May. The first draft of book 3, Chasing Freedom, releasing in August, is done but needs major revision. It would be impossible to go with a traditional publisher and meet my schedule, so I elected to self-publish this series.
Q4. Favourite Word?
A. Home – whether we’re talking about our country, our residence, where our spouse/family is, or being home with our Lord, we always know when we’re home.
Genre: Political Thriller with Romance, Christian Fiction
What if your blog could save the nation, but posting to it might cost your life?
Two extraordinary people … born for a time such as this.
As catastrophes drive the US into martial law, all eyes are on America, waiting to see what emerges. KC Banning, network specialist, discovers President Hannan’s tyrannical plans and is branded a terrorist, sending her fleeing the Beltway to find her childhood soulmate and protector, Brock Daniels. Brock, a writer and man of faith, gives CPR to a dying nation through his blog, which is read by military members still loyal to the Constitution. But starting a grassroots insurgency while reconciling KC’s and Brock’s broken relationship proves difficult. When Hannan sends Special Forces to kill Brock and KC, starting a war in the Central Oregon desert, reconciliation, like staying alive, might be impossible.
Set in Washington DC and near Crooked River Ranch in the Central Oregon desert, Voice in the Wilderness, Book 1 of the Against All Enemies Series, is a political thriller, with romance, about two people who must decide if they’re willing to sacrifice their lives to prevent the USA from becoming the Dystopian States of America.