Today I welcome Jeff Trelewicz, author of Paranormal Contact and Everything Comes Full Circle.
IDI – Jeff, first let me say I love the cover for Paranormal Contact. It truly evokes the sense of eerie that I associate with the genre.
JT – Thank you.
IDI – Tell us, what is the hardest or most frustrating aspect of writing? Ideas, getting started, writer’s block, re-writing?
JT – For me the easiest part of writing is the dialogue. For me the hardest is putting the action in between. No one wants to just see two characters talking so filling in the random action in between to me is where I struggle. But I’m getting better!
IDI – What is the greatest compliment you have ever gotten as a writer?
JT – One of my favorite screenwriter’s is Kevin Smith. I was told that my writing style is similar to his without all the curse words. I took that as a great compliment.
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?
JT – So far, in the two books that I have on the market and the two that I’m working on, you can find a lot of me in them. Each of my first two books (as well as the ones I’m working on) has a character who is loosely based off me.
IDI – My next question has as many different opinions as there are books on shelves. There is a lot of commotion about the effect ebooks are having on brick and mortar booksellers. Do you think ebooks have reached their climax or do you believe they still have room to expand in the market?
JT – No, I don’t think that e-books have reached their climax. I think we are only seeing the beginning of them. I personally don’t think there’s a glass ceiling when it comes to e-books. It gives a chance for the average Joe off the street a chance to do something that they would never get a chance to do. I think brick and mortar book stores and e-books can both thrive.
IDI – Hands down, bar none, all-time favorite book.
JT – One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest by Ken Kesey. R.P. McDaniel is just one of those characters that is so far out there, but yet in a strange way he’s relatable. Plus it has a classic villain in Nurse Ratchet.
IDI – I know this is a rather pointed question, but considering the number of people who begin writing for this exact reason, I’m going to ask, did you become a writer for the fame and fortune?
JT – Don’t get me wrong, I’d love to make a living as a writer, but I know the chances of that are slim. I became a writer as a way to get my voice heard and to be creative.
IDI – My reason was to escape. Not that there was anything terrible going on in my life, but my life wasn’t incredibly exciting either. By both reading and writing, I am able to become a part of worlds I would otherwise never know.
What advice would you give to new/unpublished authors?
JT – Stand by your work. You will make mistakes, especially in your first few books. But don’t be afraid to take criticism and don’t be afraid to evolve as a writer. It’s the only way you can ever improve.
IDI – One last question, Jeff. Can you tell us three interesting things about you that you’re sure we don’t already know?
JT – 1) I have two songs in Nashville that I wrote as demos. No they’re not on the radio. 2) I spent thirteen years working at Walt Disney World. I have seen the highs and the lows. I was even working there during 9/11. 3) In addition to writing I am trying (key word, TRYING) to learn how to draw.
IDI – Artistic on many levels! Jeff, thank you so much for chatting with me today and I’d like to wish you the very best of luck with all of your artistic endeavors.
Learn more about Jeff and his work by visiting his website: Jefftrelbooks.wordpress.com