Glenn Maynard

Recently I had the opportunity to talk with Glenn Maynard, author of Desert Son and the upcoming sequel Wayward Soul.

IDI – We all draw from within and I believe there is an element of ‘us’ in everything we write. How much of you will a reader find in any given book?

Glenn Maynard

Glenn Maynard

GM – I chop up myself and everyone I know in a blender and pour it into my fiction books. There is a heavy dose of myself in the “write what you know” sense, but my other characters are bits and pieces of people I know, thus, writing what I know.

IDI – What is your favorite part about the writing Process?

GM – I love to create a world and fill it with people. I keep the people alive by writing in additional breaths. They just better watch out if I don’t like them. Message to my characters: Don’t piss me off!

IDI – What is the hardest or most frustrating aspect of writing? Ideas, getting started, writer’s block, re-writing?

GM – Marketing your book until you’re blue in the face. I’m a writer, but not so much of a speaker. I write so I don’t have to speak, come to find out that I have to do both.

IDI – That’s so true and I believe many new writers still work under the impression that they will write it, an agent will sell it and a publisher will push it. Many find it disheartening when they realize the work that comes once the book is written.

How much time/effort do you give to social media as a means of self-promotion?

GM – I try to do something every day when it comes to marketing. Even if it’s sending out just one email. I wish I could blog more and post more, but I try to balance writing, reading and marketing the best I can. Usually I do this by working on one task per night.

IDI – What works for you? Give us a rundown of your ‘writing process’ from beginning to finished product.

GM – My writing process changed after my first two books, but for the better.  My third book had a more disciplined approach. I wanted to write a longer book, and chose about 100,000 words for my goal. I decided that 5,000 words per week was doable. That was equivalent to about five months of writing. This worked very well, and sometimes I fell behind for the week, but the 5,000 put pressure on me to attain the quota, and I did not miss my goal. The story made it to 88,000 words, and it was told.

IDI – What are you working on now? Can we get a peek, an excerpt maybe to tickle our tastebuds?

American Dream & Desert Son

American Dream & Desert Son

GM – I am working on the sequel to my paranormal romance novel, Desert Son. The sequel is Wayward Soul, and it’s as otherworldly as the first. It’s horrifyingly interesting, and scene by scene helps create a page turner.

IDI – Did any event from your past play a role in writing Desert Son?

GM – The book begins with a really bad car accident. I was in a really bad car accident in 1980 when my car zoomed off the highway and hit a tree upside down. I was in and out of a coma for three days, having suffered a broken neck, pelvis, rib, dislocated shoulder and third degree burns. I created the accident scene by envisioning what my accident would have looked like from above. Since I was unconscious, I didn’t know for sure, but based on reports I was able to reconstruct the accident in my mind.

IDI – I’ve had a serious accident and can relate to what you are saying. I’m glad you’re okay now.

How important are your reading habits to your writing habits?

GM – I go through phases of reading. I am currently reading at night until the book hits me in the head. I then know it’s time to turn the light out and go to bed. I love reading books in my paranormal genre to see how others do it, and to generate ideas.

IDI – In your opinion, what are the biggest misconceptions new authors have about the publishing industry?

GM – You get a publishing deal and you’ve made it! Wrong. You get a publishing deal and your work has just begun. Get ready to edit. Brush up on your social media.  Put on your marketing hat. They’ll publish it, but it’s you and only you pushing it.

IDI – What advice would you give to new/unpublished authors?

GM – If you want to write a book, write it. You can’t be an author without one. If you have a manuscript, search for “small publishers accepting” and send a query letter. Do something every day, and never give up on your dream of becoming a published author because you’re never too old. Have you ever heard of a retired author?

IDI – Have you ever wanted to give up? What stopped you?

GM – I invested too much in my first book to even consider giving up, even as the years passed. I travelled in an RV for an entire year, writing every day, turning it into a book, and spending years writing and rewriting and finding a publisher. Besides, I was determined to get my travel book published. It was too remarkable of a story not to share.

IDI – I think anyone who writes can understand how much of an investment it is.

Even the best and most successful writers need an occasional break. What do you do when you’re not writing?

GM – I play guitar, read, do crosswords, watch Red Sox baseball, and wonder how my 15-year-old son got so much wisdom.

IDI – Thank you so much for chatting with me, Glenn. Best of luck with your writing and you’ll have to let us know when Wayward Soul comes out. Maybe we’ll see you here again.

Want to know more about Glenn and his work? You can find the answers by clicking on any of the following links:

http://www.glennmaynard.weebly.com/

http://www.amazon.com/Desert-Son-Glenn-Maynard/dp/1612963129

http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/desert-son-glenn-maynard/1118627014?ean=9781612963129

http://www.blackrosewriting.com/romance/desert-son

http://www.amazon.com/Strapped-American-Dream-Glenn-Maynard/dp/1609760301

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/20505634-desert-son

Kathy Reinhart

Kathy Reinhart

Kathy Reinhart is the author of the award-winning Lily White Lies, The Red Strokes, and other works under the pen name Nova Scott.

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