|Tis the Season... to answer some questions.|
One of the perks of being a writer is getting to meet some of the most interesting people. Whether it is at conventions, store signings, through the Earth Station One podcast, writer’s groups, on social media, and sometimes just from people I run into on when I venture out of the cave I call my office, and they have questions. Sometimes they are about writing or what I’m working on. Other times they’re out of left field. I thought it would be interesting to share some of them along with a few answers. Regardless of where they come from, here’s a few of the latest.
Check out past installments of Sometimes I Get Asked Stuff... Part 1 here, Part 2 here, Part 3 here, Part 4 here, Part 5 here, Part 6 here, Part 7 here, Part 8 here, Part 9 here, Part 10 here, Part 11 here, and Part 12 here.
Yes. Sometimes you realize that one character can handle what you initially created two characters to do. Adding characters late in the story can also help with the overall story as well.
Q: When writing, do you complete scenes and chapters chronologically in the order they will appear in the final manuscript, or do you hop around?
I generally go chronologically for the first pass, but there are times when a future scene or chapter pops fully into my head so I go ahead and write it down. On the second and subsequent passes, I jump around as needed.
Those are all good descriptive points for characters. I’ve used them to describe characters in some of my books before. In the upcoming Evil Intent novel, the antagonist has a few different scars that necessitates growing a beard to help cover some of them while he’s on the run.
Q: Is there really any awesome jobs besides athlete's or actors that people say I love everything about my job?
|Hi. My name's Bobby. I'm an author.|
Q: How do you name your characters? Do they name themselves? Do you research for name meanings? Do you use names of people you know?
|The author hard at work.|
Q: How long does it take you to write a book?
It varies depending on size, interruptions for other deadlines, and the like, but I can do the first draft of a novel in anywhere from 2 to 4 months. It all depends on what else I’m also working on at the time.
It depends. If the time it takes to travel is important then I make sure it’s accurate. If the focus is not on the journey, but the person getting off a plane, for example, I may not need those details because they aren’t important to the story. When I created the town of Sommersville, GA for Evil Ways and Deadly Games!, I made sure to keep track of where things were on a map of the town/county.
|What are yours?|
My open projects board for 2014 is already pretty full. I’ve got a few projects that have been started and set aside for other projects. One of my goals is to get them finished and off my plate. Being more productive is also a goal for 2014 as is leaving space in my schedule for a vacation. It’s been too long since I’ve been to the beach.
|I make up stuff for a living.|
As a reader, I see them, correct them in my mind, and move on. Of course, that’s only because as a writer I understand just how easy it is to miss them. I strive to catch them all as do the editors, but mistakes happen.
|That was easy.|
I have freebies under the Free Stuff tab above. Enjoy.
Q: Do you, or would you ever consider paying for a book review?
Nope. I love reviews, especially the positive ones, but I won’t pay someone to write them for me. I prefer that readers to leave a review because what he or she read moved them to want to leave a review. Amazon or Goodreads, for example, because adding a review moves a book up in the rankings so more potential readers will see it and hopefully purchase a copy.
|Writers love book reviews.|
If you’ve read and enjoyed anything I’ve written, please leave a review up on Amazon. I greatly appreciate it.
Q: At December Season Holiday time, I must read "How The Grinch Stole Christmas… so the question is, is there a book or novella you go back to each year or every other year? If there is, what title or titles of the books? And I don’t mean the bible in this question.
|It's not Christmas without these guys.|
|Deadly Games! Still Available.|
What if a dead man wanted revenge?
Q: Your Favorite Sidney Poitier Movie?
It’s a toss up between Sneakers and Shoot To Kill. I love both of those movies.
|Shoot To Kill. I love this movie.|
In the forthcoming Evil Intent, Donnie Lehmann, is wearing jeans, button down flannel shirt, and work boots under a long coat as he’s operating under one of his many aliases he uses in the novel. He’s just threatened to kill FBI Agent Harold Palmer’s brother if the agent doesn’t back off in his pursuit of Donnie and his crew.
|Another fun flick.|
That’s an easy one this year. I need a new computer. My desktop crashed earlier this year and I’ve not had the funds to replace it. I’ve been using my old, outdated laptop, which has been helpful, but it’s limited in what it can do.
Q: What’s your Favorite Sigourney Weaver Movie?
Hard to narrow down to just one. Alien, Aliens, Ghostbusters, Galaxy Quest, and Copycat were good ones.
|"I have one job! It's stupid, but..."|
The antagonist in Earthstrike Agenda would say that he is a freedom fighter seeking a new life for his people. He’ll do anything to accomplish this goal, including mass murder. You can learn more about Earthstrike Agenda here.
|Evil's Coming... Don't Look Back!|
I’m sure I could probably go back and find several examples, but the one that comes immediately to mind is from Evil Ways.
The disheveled young woman ran frantically through the woods.
It’s a clunky sentence and I would write it differently today.
|Lance Star: Sky Ranger|
I’d recommend Domino Lady or Lance Star: Sky Ranger stories for pulp action. For mystery, I recommend Evil Ways. Details on each can be found in the tabs above.
|Space. The Final Frontier...|
I am a Star Trek fan since I was a kid when I caught the reruns after school. On the movie side of things, The Wrath of Khan is my favorite, followed by Undiscovered Country and First Contact. I enjoy the others in the series, but these three I can watch over and over again. I really enjoyed the first J.J. Abrams movie, but really disliked his second, which is my least favorite of the twelve Star Trek movies.
Q: What is your Favorite Star Trek Television Show?
|Star Trek: Deep Space Nine|
Q: Do holiday experiences ... like crazy Uncle Jack's idea of a few drinks, or Grandma's special Apple Pie, or how the young ones expect what the expect ... ever show up in your writing? Do you find the Holidays a wealth of writing inspiration?
|A honey of a team up|
Q: What BIG PROJECT do you have planned for 2014?
Oh so many. 2014 is going to be busy. Domino Lady novel, Honey West novel, Evil Intent novel, Deadly Deals! novel, Blood Shot novel, and Snow ebook are all in play for 2014.
Q: What is your antagonist's greatest strength?
|Snow arrives 2014|
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|HO! HO! HO!|
Happy New Year!