I was contacted a few weeks back by a wonderful author, Christina Carson, who asked me if I’d like to participate in an Author Blog Chain. I met Christina through her husband and another fantastic author, Bert Carson. This is a simple idea: I answer four questions and then I ask other authors to participate. So I’ll answer the questions and then introduce you to another great author.
What Am I Currently Working On?
I am working on the fifth novel in the Reed Ferguson mystery series. In this novel, Reed is hired as a bodyguard for a snobby rich girl. I like the concept and it’s giving me a chance to explore more of who Reed is, and to develop his character and back story. I truly enjoy writing this series, and I hope to have this novel published in a couple of months.
How does my work differ from others’ in the same genre?
This is tough to answer because I write in so many genres. One of the things that sets my mystery series apart is that we get to meet Reed as a new detective – we get to see him develop his detecting skills and learn about the business side of things. My other series, the Noah Winter adventures series (The Emerald Quest) is one of the few that I’m aware that has sea exploration as the primary focus. Nephilim Genesis of Evil creates a different kind of horror versus others in the genre (no zombies with this one :)). One thing I love about self-publishing is that I can write in so many different genres.
Why do I write what I do?
I write the stories that come to me. My mind is constantly working and constantly thinking. I’ll hear something or see something and I’ll think about how a story can be wrapped around it. The bad thing is that I don’t have enough time to develop everything.
How does my writing process work?
My process is varied. Sometimes I have a few words or a sentence that will end up being the beginning of something. Codename Richard (a ghost story) came about because of something I saw on television. I enjoy the process of shaping a story. Once I get going, I try to write every day, even if it’s just a paragraph or two, or editing what I wrote the day before. I’m trying to be a faster writer as well, but the challenge is to not sacrifice quality.
I asked a few people to participate in this chain; a couple were not able to commit at this time, but one author did. I met Rob Guthrie through social media, and I’ve been impressed with his blog and thoughts. Here is more about him.
“Black Beast: A Clan of MacAulay Novel” marked Guthrie’s first major release and it heralded the first in a series of Detective Bobby Macaulay (Bobby Mac) books. The second in the series (“Lost”) hit the Kindle shelves December of 2011. “Reckoning” closes out the trilogy. For now…
Guthrie’s “Blood Land” is the first in the Sheriff James Pruett Mystery/Thriller series and represents a project that is close to his heart: it is set in a fictional town in the same county where he spent much of his childhood and still visits. The sequel, “Money Land”, hit the shelves Christmas Day, 2012. “Honor Land”, the third in the bestselling James Pruett Mystery/Thriller series is due out in 2014.
Guthrie lives in Colorado with his wife, three young Australian Shepherds, and a Chihuahua who thinks she is a 40-pound Aussie!
I hope you’ll check out these great authors.