How Writing a Romance Made Me More Romantic

On a scale from 1 thru 10, how romantic would you consider yourself? Before I started writing romance, I would say I was a whopping 2 on that scale. Okay, maybe a 3, but that’s it. Nowadays, I would easily consider myself to be a solid 8. How did this happen, you ask? Well, it’s quite simple. A day in the life of a romance writer includes many, many romantic thoughts. As I’m brainstorming, I come across some really romantic ideas about where my characters will go on their first date, if they’ll kiss under the stars or in a candlelit room, and if there will be a nightcap (if he’s lucky).

Before I started writing romance, my brain was constantly thinking about work, laundry, what to cook that evening, and if I’d be able to get to bed on time with all the things I had to do, not wanted to do.

Now, my mind is flooded with romantic places to dine during date night with the husband, exotic couples resorts we can travel to, and how hot the nights could end up to be (if he’s lucky).

The laundry still gets done, I still make it to work every day, the kids are fed, the house is clean, and to top it all off, I’m a more romantic person than I was before the sexy books.

So, with that said, it’s plain and simple; the more romantic thoughts you have stirring around in your head, plotting the next scene in your novel, the more romantic you become even though you’re not trying.

Although I consider myself an 8 on the romantic scale at the moment, I have pretty high hopes of landing a solid 10 after the uber romantic story I’m planning to release in 2016.


This article was written by romance author Marie Jem. You can check out her bestselling books here and see if they inspire your relationship. No prescription needed.

Don Massenzio Authors The Noir Hits of 2015

It’s been a little while since I’ve posted anything. This interview is with the very talented Don Massenzio. I will now shut up and let him talk…

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How did you come up with the title of your book?

For the Frank Rozzani series, I wanted to start with a main character who’s name I could use to link all of the books in the series together. Thus, Frankly Speaking was the first book. For the second book, I ran a contest from my newsletter and Let Me Be Frank emerged. The titles for the next two “Frank” books are set based on the story lines.

Can you tell me about your latest book? What is it about?

Let Me Be Frank, the second in the Frank Rozzani Detective Series, follows the characters into the investigation of the murder of a young girl. Frank and his team trace her path to Jacksonville Beach, the site of the murder, and gather clues along the way. The answers to the mystery have big implications for characters within the Frank universe.

How much of the book is realistic?

Interestingly enough, I had an author that is a retired New Orleans police officer read the book and he said that it was very realistic. In addition, others with areas of expertise touched on in the story were consulted.

How do you start to write a book? What is the first step?

I like to create a mind map. This is a technique that I took from business where I pictorially map out the outline of the book chapter by chapter. It has been a huge help in completing my last two novels.

What books have most influenced your life most?

To Kill a Mockingbird is at the top. Also, The Stand by Stephen King, the writing of John D. MacDonald, Harlan Coben, early James Patterson, John Grisham, and Elmore Leonard.

Do you see writing as a career?

It is a dream. The financial aspect needs to equal reality to make the dream happen.

If you had to do it all over again, would you change anything in your latest book?

No. I think it is a snapshot of where my writing was at that time. I wouldn’t go back and Photoshop old family photos (much as I would like to). I learn from my previous efforts and move on.

Do you recall how your interest in writing originated?

It came from my love of reading. I think, for any art form, if you enthusiastically enjoy it, you aspire to do it.

What is your overall opinion of the publishing industry?

It is evolving. There is a certain degree of snobbery toward self and independent publishers. Authors like Hugh Howey, however, have helped to debunk this. I do think, however, there is a lot of room for improvement in much of the product and, apart from my writing, it is my mission to help self-published authors improve. As for the snobbery in traditional publishing, I think it will diminish over time. The music industry has adapted. I think publishing will as well.

Can you share a little of your current work with us?

I am currently working on three main projects; the next book in the Frank Rozzani series (due out in March or April of 2015), a collaboration with a military friend of mine on a terrorist thriller novel, and a non-fiction writing tips book for independently published authors.

Do you ever get tired of looking at words?

It depends on the words. I write for a living in the business world and those words can be dry and boring. Luckily, my writing and reading outside or work counters this.

Who designed the covers?

I have a cover art artist that did a great job on my first book and I keep going back to him. He gets it.

What was the hardest part of writing your book?

The middle. I think many authors struggle with this. You have exciting events at the beginning to set up the story. There is, hopefully, an anticipated conclusion as well. It’s getting from the beginning to end that makes the journey tricky.

Did you learn anything from writing your book and what was it?

I did a great deal of research for my book and learned a lot about some of the areas that were included in the story that I have never visited.

Do you have any advice for other writers?

I have tons of advice (that’s why I’m writing a non-fiction book to help them). Short of that effort, I would say, keep writing, keep reading, keep perfecting.

Do you have anything specific that you want to say to your readers?

I love getting feedback from you. I have several ways you can get in touch with me through my newsletter, my web site ( and my blog. I want to please readers and, of course, find new ones. Your feedback is always welcome!

Catch the latest Don Massenzio release “Let Me Be Frank” from Amazon

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An Interview With Author Robert Stanek

Robert Stanek, author of the highly popular Ruin Mist books, has gone through several major personal and professional changes in his life, but says he’s always been a writer in his heart. His earliest memories of writing are as an editor and writer for the Jane’s School Gazette, an elementary school newspaper. A time he says seems so long ago. In this interview, David Brubaker talks with Robert Stanek about his early fiction writing and how he developed the world of Ruin Mist.

DB: I learned about your books from [a recent magazine article] talking about Ruin Mist, the fantasy world you created. What do you say to those who are calling you the Tolkien for the new millennium?

RS: I’m not a Tolkien Scholar. I don’t know enough about Tolkien the man to answer that. The epic story and history written into his books changed my life. That’s what I’ve said for the record. I don’t know what others are saying [about my writing].

DB: Okay, for the record. I see from your resume that you worked in Intelligence in the military. You were a linguist. Tolkien was a linguist. You are a combat veteran, a very distinguished one. Tolkien’s writing was shaped by his love of language and his experiences during World War II. How did those things influence your writing?

RS: First, clarification.

DB: Okay.

RS: Tolkien knew Middle English, Latin, Finnish and a half dozen other languages. I’ve studied, “studied”, Spanish, German, Japanese, Korean and Russian.

DB: You lived in Germany and Japan.

RS: Passable speaker when I lived there, but that was years ago.

DB: [Smiles] Okay, I’m rooted back to earth now. It’s refreshing that you are so down to earth about all this. Can we get back to how language and war influenced your writing?

RS: Well, I started writing about Ruin Mist in ’86. I was stationed in Japan then. I learned a lot about eastern cultures and philosophies. I studied the language. Having just come from the Defense Language Institute’s intensive Russian Language course, I had an easier time learning Japanese and then Korean. Eastern culture and philosophy is so fascinating. A lot of the language and culture spilled over into my writing, especially the history of Ruin Mist. Ruin Mist has three realms: Over-Earth, Under-Earth and Middle-Earth. A lot of Under-Earth’s feudal history comes from ancient Japanese and Korean history.

DB: I’m Polish. I see a lot of Slavic influence as well.

RS: Definitely. Many philosophies from the Slavs. I am a Slav. My father is Polish-Hungarian. I’ve borrowed words and word bases, like Kapital and Zashchita. Many others. Ancient Elvish in Ruin Mist has a Slavic base. Hence “Eh tera mir dolzh formus tan!” are the words of power Xith speaks to activate one of the Gates of Uver. Loosely translated, it means “From the earth the gate must form.” Contrast that to Tolkien, who might have thought this language too harsh for his romantic notion of elves.

DB: You mentioned Tolkien, I didn’t.

RS: Fair, I did. [Smiles]

DB: Have you worked on Ruin Mist steadily since ’86?

RS: No, on and off. I wrote the first part of the history and several of the books in the 80’s while stationed in Japan. After that I went to Combat Air School, then to Germany. Things changed after that.

DB: The Gulf War?

RS: Yeah, that changed a lot of priorities for me. I saw things so differently afterward. The experiences changed my view of everything.

DB: You started college. ’91 to ’96. Earned a bachelor’s and a master’s degree, both with distinction, while still in the military.

RS: You did your homework.

DB: [Smiles]

RS: You could say I became a little bit obsessed with work. After the Gulf, working practically 24×7 for all those months, it was hard to shift gears. If I wasn’t doing something, I’d go stir crazy. I still can’t just sit down and relax without making myself do it.

DB: Where was Ruin Mist during this time?

RS: On my mind frequently, but I didn’t have time to write that often. My wife and I had our first child in ’92. That changed a lot of things as well. I did manage to complete the realm maps and more of the history.

DB: Do you plan on publishing the history as well as the books?

RS: I’ve written a companion volume called Ruin Mist Heroes, Legends and Beyond. That has some of the history, but I don’t think I’ll ever publish the whole history. Who’d want to see it anyway?

DB: About a billion Tolkien fans for starters.

RS: You said Tolkien? [Smiles]

DB: I did? [Looks at his watch] We’ve run over. You said you had to finish by 3.

RS: Yeah, I really do need to. Is that okay?

DB: Next time, then?

RS: Sure. I think it’d be fun.

Practical Flying With Pilot and Author Steve Taylor

Steve Taylor is a pilot and author. This interview is novel in that it isn’t about his book. It isn’t even about writing. This interview picks the brains of a top level pilot. How would he react in certain situations?

Enjoy and then check out Steve’s book “Wheels Up:Sky Jinks in the Jet Age.”

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You find your co-pilot drinking before a flight, how will you handle this?

He must be replaced. There is no compromise here.

You smell smoke in the cockpit, what initial action should you take?

I guess that what some might be looking for here is, don the oxygen mask, however, this is not an immediate necessity with just the smell of smoke.

If you are on the ground, return to the gate unless the smoke becomes severe. Then, of course you would consider evacuating. If in flight and the smoke has an electrical oder and the smoke is not visible, then you scan everything in the cockpit to see if you can identify anything unusual, paying particular attention to the area of the electrical compartment and circuit breaker panels. The key here is to trip all circuit breakers that are of suspicion and not necessary for flight.

There is also the possibility of the smell coming from the air condition duct. If that is the case, this can also be isolated.
It would also be instructive to see if any of the flight attendants had smelled smoke.

Then what do you do?

If the smoke becomes visible and no solution is evident then oxygen masks should be used and an emergency declared, landing at the nearest suitable airport.

Your co-pilot tells you the smoke is normal and it will clear itself, 15 minutes later the condition is growing worse. Your co-pilot gives you the same response. Now, what would you do?

This kinda gets into the area of, if smoke is normal then no smoke must be abnormal. I think it’s a good idea to always listen to the explanation from either the copilot or the engineer but ultimately the decision is yours.

The aircraft is loaded way beyond gross weight. Your co-pilot tells you that he does this all the time, and the aircraft will fly. What do you do?

Of course, this is a ridiculous question. Any responsible Capt. does not fly an over grossed airplane. I have a story in my book about this very situation.

You have been cleared for take-off, upon getting airborne with the gear in the wells, what kind of conversation are you going to have with your co-pilot?

Most copilots learn best from observing good captain decisions. Usually it is not necessary or desirable to give too much instruction. Professional flying is a function of practice and experience. You should not deny your copilot the opportunity to learn in this time honored way. However, he might be told that you appreciate any information, but he should temper his advice.

What is V1?

V1 is a calculated speed based temperature, runway condition and the aircraft weight, at which a take off can be continued to an altitude of 35 feet with an engine loss in the same length of runway that is necessary to stop the airplane in case the decision is made to abort. In short this is the go no go point for an engine loss.

I see you flying various twins, do they all have a critical engine?

In a twin-engine Jet, for all practical purposes there is no critical engine. The last airplane I flew that had this situation was C-119 box car. It had reciprocating engines and actually there was a point at Max gross weight where it would not fly with an engine failure. I had 3000 hours in C-130. This airplane was a turboprop with constant speed propellers. One might think that some P factor could cause a critical engine situation, however it was a four engine airplane and this was not a noticeable thing compared to the loss of an outboard engine. This critical engine thing is mostly theory and of little practical value. If an engine fails the pilot generally puts in the necessary aileron and rudder to keep the airplane flying and doesn’t really notice that much difference in which engine it is.

Which one’s do not, and why?

If you have an aircraft with counterrotating props then there is no critical engine and as I have already mentioned, jet engines.

Can you define Balanced Field Length?

The length of runway necessary to reach V1, lose an engine and stop at Max gross weight.

You’re the PIC on one a Lear, you’re taking off on a 13,000′ runway with clear skies and unlimited visibility, upon getting airborne you have an emergency and the co-pilot calls out that there’s a problem. With 11,000 feet of runway still in front of you, and the gear still down, what would you do?

This is a judgment call. In theory, after V1 is achieved, the airplane is supposed to take off, however, as illustrated by the following story, the captain’s best judgment always prevails: I had a friend flying captain on a DC-9. Right at lift off and after achieving V1 and VR, he had a double engine compressor stall. He glanced at his engine instruments and saw the RPM unwinding. Thinking he had a double engine flameout, he put the airplane back on the runway and ran into the dirt at the overrun. The FAA tried to take his license, but at the hearing it was determined that the captain’s best judgment trumps the V1 rule.

“Wheels Up: Sky Jinks in the Jet Age” is available now from Amazon

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Author Dennis Gager Keeps Children Addicted To Books

Dennis Gager has arrived and is one of the leading Children’s authors of the moment. His first book, “Billy Rabbit’s Halloween Adventure,” hit the bestseller listings and the newest book,”Billy Rabbit Saves Christmas,” looks likely to do the same. Enjoy the interview– then enjoy the books with your kids! It’s Christmas… A time for sharing!

Who do you have in mind when you write?

My characters. I like to imagine them in their settings and what they would be doing. It helps me to get my creative flow going when I write.

Have you always aspired to be a writer?

Yes, I have; but I thought it was just a dream for a long time until my wife kicked me in the butt, so to speak, to get my work out there.

Tell me about how you became a writer—what was the first step for you?

Tough one! Well, I guess it all happened when I used to write short stories for my nephew. I started to actually enjoy writing and creating fantasy worlds and having fun with it. Seeing the smile it brought to my nephew really made my day, so I guess that was my first step.

Do you think anyone can learn to be an effective writer or is it an unnamed spiritual gift?

I believe everyone has the ability to become a writer if they just take time to see the world around them, not as we’re told it’s like, but look at it through the eyes of a child. See it all new, and take time to enjoy the little things. If you can do that, I believe anyone can write.

Was there a point at which you felt this would be a career?

Not until my publisher told me they loved my book and wanted to make a series. Now I believe I can make a career out of it.

Is there a book you’re most proud of?

Actually, I’m very proud of my second book. It has been nominated for two awards, and kids have responded very well to it.

Writing is so internal, in the head, how did you release the pressure before you began writing?

To be honest, I find writing very relaxing. I feel no pressure. I enjoy writing and love to see the final product when I’m done.

On average, how long does it take for you to write your ideas down before you start writing a book?

Not long at all. Actually, I write an outline first. I map out what my story is about, which characters I want in it, and then once I have that done, I sit down and go to work.

What would you say is the “defining” factor in your writing? What makes it yours?

Having fun and enjoying the characters I’m writing about.

How do you guard your time to do what’s most important?

I spend my time with my family and dedicate myself to my writing in my free time. I have an even balance. Both are very important to me.

What are some of the more common distractions you struggle with, and what ways have you found to overcome them?

Life gets in the way at times, but I never give up. I find ways around distractions and keep on plugging.

What kind of review do you take to heart?

Ones that involve children’s opinions about my book.

How do you decide what your next book will be about?

I actually just go with the flow. Whatever catches my eye, I go with it, and that’s my next project.

Was there a link between your childhood and your vocation as a writer?

My father always pushed me to try hard, never give up and don’t take no for a answer. That’s the way I live my life, and I think that helps me to be a writer today.

When you start a new book, do you know how a book will end as you’re writing it? Or does its direction unfold during the writing, research and/or creative process?

When I start writing a story, I have a ending in mind; but sometimes while I’m writing it, I may decide to go in another direction. It really depends on me and how the story unfolding as I’m envisioning it in my mind as I write it.

How do your books speak to people, both inside and outside the reading world?

People tell me they find them cute, they like how I write, and like the lessons their kids get out of them.

How do you see your role in impacting and influencing society?

I hope my writings can help parents and kids to bond together and do more together as a family.

If you weren’t a writer, what would you like to do?

I actually work as a producer for my wife’s radio network, and I enjoy that very much. If I wasn’t a writer, I would do that full time. I really enjoy working with people and enjoy all the challenges that comes with being a producer.

What are some pieces of advice that you would give someone on writing well?

Young writers often make foolish mistakes. What is a mistake to avoid? There’s never any mistakes. Just write from the heart, and if it fails, don’t give up. Try again.

Could you talk about one work of creative art that has powerfully impacted you as a person?

The Hobbit is one of my most favorite books. I love how the author draws you into the fantasy world and opens your eyes, and you just walk away with such insight into that amazing world.

What relationship do you see between imagination and creativity, and the real world?

I draw my ideas from the real world then use my imagination to turn them into something more. I put it all together and write my story.

For a writer, it is easy to become an elitist. Have you ever, or do you still, struggle with pride as an author?

No, I enjoy writing, and I don’t let it go to my head. I enjoy what I do, and I keep my pride in check. Plus, I have my wife who will keep me in line.

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Billy Rabbit Saves Christmas

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Flight of Freedom! Author and Pilot Becky McLendon Shows off Her Piloting Skills

1. Why flying? What attraction does flying hold for you?
As a small child, I was terrified of flying in anything, much less small airplanes. I grew up during the transition to the jet age, and the loudness frightened me. I preferred the steady humming of huge formations of B-36s flying overhead at night. When my husband and I got an airplane, he said that he needed me to learn how to fly so I could put the plane on the ground if something happened to him while flying. So I began lessons under the tutelage of a dear friend and neighbor who happened to be a flight instructor. I believe this quote best describes the attraction I developed after those first few lessons:

“Even before we had reached 300 feet, I recognized that the sky would be my home. I tumbled out of the airplane with stars in my eyes.” Geraldyn Cobb

And Leonardo da Vinci also has an appropriate description of flight:

“Once you have tasted flight, you will forever walk the earth with your eyes turned skyward, for there you have been, and there you will always long to return.”

2. How did you get started in aviation?

My husband told me I need to learn how to fly and land our airplane if we were going to travel together.

3. Who have been your role models, or who has had the most influence on you?

My husband, my instructors John Hammons and Mitchell Inman, various local pilots who have become like brothers and sisters to me, and a long-time family friend now deceased, Dick Tucker.

4. What are your main goals as a pilot?

I want to fly for the love of it, encourage others to fly, serve as an advocate for General Aviation and for Women in Aviation in various ways. I am even exploring the idea of becoming a certified ground school instructor.

5. What are some goals that you had that were never achieved, and how did you deal with it?

I really cannot think of any that I never achieved! I’ve done what I set out and trained to do. I’ve written a book, flown a plane and written music. I have gone to Australia and Europe. I married a wonderful man, raised three beautiful children, held and spoiled four grandchildren, and fallen in love with my Saviour and have committed to sharing that love with others so they too can experience Him. There have been disappointments along the way, but so far I’ve been given the grace to stand back up, brush off the dust and go on. What lies out there that I still want to achieve? Fly the Grand Canyon while filming it. Fly to Montana and the Pacific Northwest? Can I achieve that? Maybe. If not I can write a novel, and my character “Zoe” can do it.

6. What is your greatest accomplishment as a pilot?

My whole first book is about that “Day I Grew Wings.” And just recently I GOT my wings, literally pinned to my shirt pocket!

Practical Flying Advice

1. You find your co-pilot drinking before a flight, how will you handle this?

I would excuse him from duties. He knows the 8-hour rule, and it applies to him too. He is not fit to fly an airplane. One drink on the ground acts like two in the air. It locks onto your red blood cells and floods your entire body with impaired faculties and judgment.

2. You smell smoke in the cockpit, what initial action should you take?

Immediately stop all other pre-flight procedures and look for the cause.

3. Your co-pilot tells you the smoke is normal and it will clear itself, but 15 minutes later, the condition is growing worse. Your co-pilot gives you the same response. Now, what would you do?

If you cannot find the cause readily, declare the emergency, shut down all systems, and have the passengers deplane immediately.

Remind the co-pilot you are in command, and tell him to comply with that or excuse himself from duty.

4. The aircraft is loaded way beyond gross weight. Your co-pilot tells you that he does this all the time, and the aircraft will fly. What do you do?

I won’t be explaining anything to him, except showing him the exit door.

5. You have been cleared for take-off. Upon getting airborne with the gear in the wells, what kind of conversation are you going to have with your co-pilot?

What co-pilot? I ordered him off the plane! If I did have a co-pilot, in my small aircraft I would have established that I was the Pilot in Command and I handle all operations on this aircraft. I may ask him to assist me on things but he/she is not to attempt taking control of operations without prior instructions to do so.

Pilot Personality Questions

1. What makes a great pilot?

A great pilot knows every time he/she starts the engine of the airplane it is a whole new flight. Things can happen quickly, and various piloting skills will be tested each time. Like Otto Linienthal said: “To invent an airplane is nothing. To build one is something. To fly is everything.” We take our “everything” to each flight, no matter how simple the flight will be or how complex.

2. What makes a bad pilot?

A bad pilot finds the minute details of pre-flight inspections, fuel testing, checking oil and making sure the controls are in good working order all tedium. He thinks he is too good to have to do that every time. That mind-set becomes one of sad neglect of the airplane. And when this pilot flies, he shocks his airplane out of its weakened, sickened state and forces it to perform, pushing the envelope. He overloads, he under prepares, he laughs off procedure, over banks, enters weather beyond his limitations, and immediately begins committing “pilot error” which is the cause of 70 to 80% of all fatal accidents.

3. Most people have a person in their lives who influenced their career. Who was your mentor?

My husband, who is also a pilot, suggested I learn to fly in case we were up there and something happened to him to incapacitate him in the air. My closest mentor has been John Hammons who was also brave enough to teach me over a two year period along with several other instructors.

4. What event in your life caused you to feel the way you do about aviation and flying?

One day John took me up in the towering clouds and had me fly around and among them. I truly had “slipped the surly bonds of earth” and had “reached out and touched the face of God.” From then on, I was completely hooked.

5. What are some of the limitations of your aircraft and yourself?

My aircraft is structurally limited to headwinds, cross winds and angle of bank in a turn. One must not EXCEED limitations, lest the aircraft become damaged and unflyable. Personal limitations are a bit less than the “never exceed” limitations of my aircraft. I prefer a crosswind of less than 10 knots directly across, even though my aircraft can tolerate 15 knots. I prefer an angle of bank under 40 degrees. I know my skill level. Perhaps with practice I can do more…in fact, I did more wind velocity and angle of bank on my check ride than I normally like to do! And I made it!

Come fly with Rebecca McLendon in her new book “The Day I Grew Wings”

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Randy Massey Hits A Home Run with Hit Novel “The Summoner”

Welcome, Randy Massey!

This interview is rather interesting. Randy Massey is an author with a style of writing that really encapsulates what it means to write fantasy. His new book is the first part of a series. It’s called “The Summoner.” Read this interview and then go over and check out the new book. I think you will find yourself pre-ordering a copy. You can’t help but love the honest answers Randy gives.

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Q) Thank you for taking part in this interview, Randy. Can I start by asking what inspires you?
I would have to say God, family, life.
Q) How do you find “inspiration” and where does it live?
Inspiration is all around us. Whether in high joy or deep sorrow it is there for those who have eyes to see!
Q) When did you first consider yourself to be a writer?
It started soon after I read The Hobbit at age 10.
Q) How does a cover present itself? Where do those ideas come from?
Since most judge a book by its cover it needs to be functional in capturing the eyes of the beholders. As for the ideas for this kind of cover they should grow out of the imagination of the author and his/her story.
Q) What is the greatest writing aide a writer can have?
Deep commitment and determination, a never give up attitude.
Q) How did you find your writing style?
That developed over time as I read a wide variety of books. I always found myself drawn back to the world of fantasy. As to “style” I consider myself a planner more than a pantser.

“Inspiration is all around us. Whether in high joy or deep sorrow it is there for those who have eyes to see!”

Q) Can you define success, Randy? How do you feel about success?
Success is really a state of mind, being willing to accept whatever life gives you. Don’t’ like what you do or where you are? Then you are responsible to make changes!
Q) Many writers refer to a “writers heaven.” Let me ask you this, Randy. What is a “writers” heaven?
For me it would be a career as an author without having to work a “regular” job! After that, a movie or two from my writings would be on top of the list!

“Commitment and determination, a never give up attitude.”

Q) How often have you read another writers book and said “I can do better than that” to yourself?
(Laughs) Probably more often than I would admit!
Q) Do you have any advice for beginning writers?
Stick to it, because the going will get tough!
Q) What is your writing routine? How do you discipline yourself to keep at it?
Most of my writing comes in spurts. Sometimes it’s a daily thing, other times a week or more will go by before I pound the keys again!
Q) How do you, personally, begin a novel?
Formulate a plan, conceptualize the story, develop main and minor characters, put a schematic on paper, draw a map (if needed), lay out chapter thoughts and outlines, then begin writing.
Q) Why is it a crime to use a cliché in a novel? We all use clichés in talking with people, so why the big no-no when writing?
Readers see them all the time. They need something new, refreshing. Often they just get old and stale “cliché’s”.
Q) How do you know when a chapter is “just” right?
For me, it should end in such a way that the reader is mad at you cause he/she can’t just stop there! They have to read into the next chapter to find out what happens next!
Q) Do you feel supported as a writer?
I personally have found that most authors are selfish and self-serving (me included). So, no, not a whole lot of true support given, at least not from very many of the authors I have met online.
Q) Do you think it’s important to be expressive when writing dialogue?
Yes. I try to write in such a way that the words draw the reader in to the conversation !
Q) How do you think your new book will be received by readers?
As every writer does: well-loved and looking for more from the author!

You can get your copy of the first part of “The Legends of Arth” today. If you love Lord of the Rings you will love…

The Summoner

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Thoughts From A Number One Bestselling Author