Sportster can tell you. His new napping spot is next to the computer because that is where he finds me eight to ten hours a day.
The evidence lies in my new, ergonomically correct chair that cured the tingling sensation in my fingers as they pounded the keyboard, placing those twenty-six letters of the alphabet on a white screen, arranging and rearranging until the imaginary characters in my head sprang to life onto paper.
And my Wizard of Winnebago motor home will make testament on its odometer. After miles on the road, carrying Sportster, Jack Incarnate and me to RV rallies, libraries and book signings, from California to Florida, to Oregon, Vermont, and New York, and all states in between, not only do the years add up, but the places and miles do, too.
Yesterday, I retrieved my motor home, which will be my home for the next three months, from Canyon Lake Auto, a sister company of Bradley Auto Center in Sun City, California. (Bradley Auto is also a fictional place in my book, MASADA'S MARINE)
Feeling good from the most thorough checkup it had received in years, the Wizard hummed all the way home, purring like Sportster as I backed it into its parking space alongside my house.
"Only ten more days," I said. "And we'll be on the road again." The sun flashed a wink off the headlight as I closed the gate and went in my "stick" house.
Redesigning my website, I came across an interview I had with Nick Russell, New York Times best-selling author and creator of The Gypsy Journal RV Travel Newspaper along with his readers' comments.
Here it is. I hope you enjoy.
This is the first in a series of interviews on self-published authors I will be running. Some of the authors are very successful and sell hundreds of books a month, while others have enjoyed more modest success. Their backgrounds, writing styles, and genres may be different, but they all have one thing in common; the desire to share the stories inside their heads that are clamoring to get out.
Where Do You Live: Sun City, California
What Genre Are Your Books: My first book, Coast To Coast With A Cat And A Ghost, is a memoir. My second book, Going Home With A Cat And A Ghost, is a mystery-romance. My current work in progress, Masada's Marine, will be general fiction.
Going Home With A Cat And A Ghost
How Long Have You Been Actively Writing: Only three years, but I am addicted and cannot stop.
Indie or Trade Published: Working as a self-employed business owner all my life, becoming an Indie Author came naturally.
E-books Or Printed: My books are available in print and as e-books.
Is Writing A Fulltime Activity, And If Not, What Is Your Regular Job: I am transitioning to retirement from my dog grooming business. I will write full time by the end of the year.
Who Are Some Of Your Favorite Authors: I am fickle. I am drawn to what I am researching at the moment. When I had time to read for pleasure, I did not seek out the great American novels, but was attracted to the mainstream authors, Nora Roberts, Joseph Wambaugh, James Patterson, Jean Auel and even Daniel Steele. As an author now, I regret not mentioning them all. But today, Carlos Luis Montelvan’s, Until Tuesday, Garth Stein’s, The Art Of Racing In The Rain are just a few.
What Brought You To Indie Publishing: As I said before, I have been self-employed all my life and I find it difficult to partner with others. I have many author friends, many who have hired publishers who have not made them wealthy, so what can I say?
What Is Your Writing Schedule: I write every chance I get. Many times my grooming business and my traveling threaten to push my writing aside. If I allow that to happen I get irritable and restless. So, for the most part, I rise between five and six A.M. to insure writing time, before reality takes over the day.
What Are Your Writing Goals: My goal is to be completely retired from my grooming business so that I may travel and write. My hope is my books will inspire and bring change to my readers’ lives.
How Do You Promote Your Books: I mainly blog and Twitter. I attend as many book signings and author affairs as I am able. I support other authors. I am a strong believer in a supportive community of authors. I also perform writing workshops to inspire others who have the desire to write but have not yet delved into the sea of words.
Where Do Or Would You Like To See Yourself In 5 Years: Writing and traveling. I hope that I will be an author of some prominence, traveling, speaking, and writing.
What Do You See As The Future For Indie Authors: I have always believed in capitalism – the concept of competition and theory of supply and demand. Social media has made it possible for an author to soar to the bestseller’s list, if he/she writes well. If you do quality work and work your ass off, you will survive and thrive.
What Advice Would You Give A New Indie Author: A best-selling author said something similar to this: Work from daylight to dusk, and rewrite, rewrite, rewrite.
What Else Would You Like Our Readers To Know About You: First of all, through my research for my current book, Masada's Marine, I have acquired a deep feeling of gratitude to all of our veterans. Second, I am always asked if I am afraid, traveling alone. The answer is, “Yes, but I do it anyway.” And third, people ask why I write. My answer is the same as President John Kennedy’s when he explained why we choose to go to the moon. I choose to write not because it is easy, but because it is hard.
That interview was a year and a half ago. Today I am retired, writing and traveling. I wonder, where the next year and a half will lead?
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