I use those experiences as the backgrounds for my novels. I could never dream that stuff up. With the attention you give to detail, you know a tremendous amount about your topics.
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Why faction? Why not non-fiction? Non-fiction is boring. I want to create factual backgrounds and then insert unique characters: identical twins who are terrorists, albinos obsessed with tattoos and rare blood, and weather broadcasters fixated on fires.
In Tunnel Visions you bring attention to the realities we are facing with water in California? What made this topic of interest to you? The idea for Tunnel Visions came from an actual event, a disastrous gas explosion in a water tunnel which killed 17 men. Conservation will help. The western United States had a 50 year wet cycle up to end of the 20 th Century, so everyone adjusted their expectations and water usage upward.
Character drives the novel. I love to imagine people who are slightly, or significantly, off center.
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The personality issues create the plot. You are, shall we say, seasoned. Yet you capture the voice and pathos of a young protagonist easily.
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How easy or difficult is this for you? I refuse to admit my age. Now excuse me, I have to take my mid-morning nap. Your female character in Tunnel Vision is particularly strong. Did you make her this way on purpose? Did you model her on anyone in particular? I do know a woman who is a special agent for the ATF, and she gave me some insight into her life in law enforcement. She is attractive, feminine, and tough as nails. I almost fell off my chair when she told me that she worked undercover for two years in an outlaw motorcycle gang in Wichita. First, I hope they simply enjoy the experience of reading my novels and find my characters interesting, lovable, or reprehensible.
How about the worst advice? Get away from your computer. Get yourself into something you know nothing about, and learn something new. Then go back and write about that. Then, on race days, I got up at 4 AM, drove two hours to a 7 AM race start, busted my gut for 2 hours, and sometimes ended up on the podium. And guess what? Almost no one was around and almost no one cared.
The same applies to writing. You may spend hours working hard to create something no one notices or cares about, so you had better enjoy the process, because that may be all the reward you get. There are no guarantees.
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Kurt Kamm is an award-winning novelist of fact-based fiction. His latest thriller, Tunnel Visions , is on shelves now. You can read more from Kurt on Huffington Post or Facebook. To read interviews conducted by Kurt with some of your favorite best-selling authors, visit www. One of the presenters was Patricia Fry , a full-time writer, speaker, consultant, editor and the author of 39 books.
Patricia spoke about author promotion, emphasizing that the role falls to the author, rather than the publisher. Here are some important points to consider about book promotion:. This is just the tip of the iceberg. What a wonderful conference I just attended! My writing network continues to expand, as I met several new members to our organization: the Public Safety Writers Association.
Truly a worthwhile event. I was blessed to have won multiple awards for my submissions to the writing competition. Two prevalent problems surfacing in our society today— PTSD and homelessness—themselves become characters in this compelling read. Watch my blog for further details. Bob Doerr. Bob served our great nation for twenty-eight years as a criminal investigator in the Air Force.
His background is exceptional. Bob is a counterintelligence expert, having worked espionage and terrorism cases all over the world. Learn more about Mr. Doerr at his website : Bob Doerr, Author. I grew up as a kid in a military family and then spent nearly thirty years in the Air Force in a small organization known as the Air Force Office of Special Investigations. After the Air Force, I spent eight years as a financial advisor. I try to write just about every day, but probably average five days a week.
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I have written short stories and have been published in two anthologies, but for the most part I write novels. I know that you recently won a prestigious writing award for one of the books in your successful Jim West series. My book, No One Else to Kill , was selected as runner-up to the winning book in the commercial fiction category of the Eric Hoffer Awards. The Eric Hoffer Awards are held annually and are open to any book that is published in English by anyone except for those books published by the big six publishing houses. The books can come from mid size presses, university presses, very small publishers and can even be self-published.
This is a very large contest with — books submitted for consideration each year, so as you can imagine, I was extremely pleased to have my book selected as runner-up. Tough question! Guess I would pick John D. I have also found it very rewarding to have met other authors and people involved in the writing world. Where and when do you write? Do you create a certain environment for writing, i. I like to go out to a coffee shop and write.
It gets me away from everything, and I seem to be able to focus better despite the crowds or noise around me. I do most of my rewriting at home where I have a large desk in our master bedroom. I enjoy writing and find it easy to dedicate time to do it. I wrote a short novel with the assistance of my twelve-year-old granddaughter.
Hopefully, that book will be available by the end of the year. I do plan to write more books in the Jim West series, but not this year. I like feedback and would encourage any of your readers who happen to read one of my books to kindly let me know what they think.