Cord, Fie, Roberts Together in the Same Room For One Purpose: To Be Interviewed About Being The Most Popular Western Authors of Today

We are blessed today with a fantastic new interview from three of the most popular guys in the Western writing business. You don’t need to be introduced– you’ve probably already read their books. This is Alex Cord, John D. Fie. Jr, and Cliff Roberts and they’re here to talk to YOU!

John D. Fie, Jr.

One of the most successful Western authors of his generation. His hits include the multi-million selling “Blood on the Plains,” “Luke Pressor: U.S. Marshal,” and “Incident at Benson’s Creek.”

Cliff Roberts

A multimillion book selling powerhouse who has turned out hit, after hit, after hit. His latest is called “Draw!” His other million sellers include “Reprisal: The Eagle Rises,” “Reprisal: The Gauntlet,” “Connor Slate: Bounty Hunter,” “Ambushed” and many others.

Alex Cord

The legendary actor and star of TV’s “Airwolf,” who has scored award-winning hit novels like “A Feather in the Rain.” His latest novel is called “High Moon at Hacienda del Diablo.” “A Feather in the Rain” is currently being considered as a movie.

Welcome to this interview Alex, John and Cliff. How are you all today?

Alex: Feeling pretty good—thank you for having me.

John: Great to be with you.

Cliff: Greetings!

Cliff, let me start with you. You seem eager to start. Are you ever surprised by how many Western readers there are in the world?

Yes, I was surprised at the number of people who currently read Westerns. At first, I thought it was one of the niche genres and that Westerns had pretty much faded into history. I was wrong.

The Western readers are great, friendly and loyal to a fault. I greatly appreciate their patronage. Thank you for reading my work, and I’ll endeavor to make each new book better than the one before.

John, I think this is a good question for you. With your novels constant favorites, perhaps you can explain to us why Westerns are still so popular?

As surprised as people are at the success of Westerns, I’m really not. I’ve always enjoyed the West, and I know many others have, too. I think there’s a lot of hype when it comes to romance, erotica and horror—but the Western fan base is just as busy buying the books they want.

I guess you can identify with that, Alex. As someone who has been writing and making Western movies—let me ask you this one: Do you prefer writing (and acting) the heroes or the villain characters?

I prefer to write about human beings and discover who and what they are. There are elements of heroes and villains in all of us. Shakespeare wrote entire plays about one element of humanity. Evil: Richard III; jealousy: Othello; heroism: Henry V. I like to delve into the depths of an individual and see what I can find.
Interesting—but it’s the title that sometimes draws the reader in before they’ve even discovered the writer. John—let me ask you this: How did you come up with the title of your “Blood on the Plains” novel?

Well, I was looking at a photo of the Kansas Plains and thought about how it must have been back then, with the first wagon trains crossing the plains and facing a vast nothingness in all directions. Then, the thought of Indian attacks and the blood that must have been spilled making that crossing. As I looked over more photos, the story was forming in my mind. I then came up with the title Blood on the Plains.

Did you have a different experience with “Luke Pressor: U.S. Marshal?”

Luke Pressor, U.S. Marshal is a story in itself. I was asked to publish a short story by Outlaws Publishing. I looked through the short stories I had written over the years, and I just couldn’t make up my mind. Then I thought, why not combine a story or two?

From the outset, it became a challenge. Luke Pressor became the hero of the story. This is how it became Luke Pressor, U.S. Marshal.

It’s interesting how things develop. Cliff—let me ask you this: Do you think part of the appeal of Westerns comes from the fact that they mirror the American way of life?

I think Westerns are the basis of the American way of life. The good guy is always honest, sometimes to a fault; and he believes in fair play, family and doing an honest day’s work for an honest day’s pay. In the Westerns, good triumphs over evil without exception.

And Alex—which Westerns do you think have really affected your life?

Red River, Lonesome Dove, Monte Walsh, The Westerner, Stagecoach, My Darlin’ Clementine, The Wild Bunch, One-Eyed Jacks. I list them not in order of preference. They are all fine films that I have seen more than once, some more than three or four or five times. Any of John Ford’s films. John Wayne, Ben Johnson, the great Gary Cooper, Walter Brennan, Slim Pickens, Marlon Brando, Karl Malden. These are the finest of the fine.

John—I suppose part of the appeal of the Western comes from the covers chosen by authors and publishers to illustrate the book. What has your experience been like with covers?

Blood on the Plains, at first, had a very bland looking cover. I had a contract with a different publisher at the time. The book wasn’t moving. Outlaws Publishing took a look at the book and the cover. It wasn’t until I signed with Outlaws Publishing that the book was pulled from the market. The book was re-designed, and I immediately saw the difference. The book, with the new cover design, just jumped at you. I knew right then I had made a good decision going with Outlaws. They specialize in the Western genre. Luke Pressor, U.S. Marshal also had two different book covers. Several covers were designed, and we put our heads together and again came up with a colorful book cover with eye appeal.

I think you have some of the best covers around, John. Cliff—you signed a contract with Outlaws Publishing after being both traditionally published and self-published. Do you think a larger publisher is important? Is it a step towards success to garner a large publisher’s interest?

I think it is important to have a good publisher, no matter in which genre you write. I’ve had several publishers who failed big time at actually helping me or being part of my team for success. The larger, well established publishers seem to be out for the almighty dollar and that alone. Your success as a writer doesn’t matter to them, other than they get more money. If you’re asking who I’d consider publishing my Western novels, I’d say use Outlaws Publishing. That’s who I use. They will treat you right, and they really want you to be a success and place their success secondary to yours. Outlaws has several divisions, so they can help you publish in almost any genre. If you’re looking for a publisher, send your manuscript to Outlaws and see if they can help you. Oh, yeah, they don’t charge you to up front to publish your book and are extremely fair on royalty splits.

John—what do you do differently to other authors when writing a Western?

I like to use small, quick one-liners in my stories to add a little comedy. Also to have a few characters who are somehow different from the others.

I think that’s an important part of being human, John. It’s a shame more writers can’t attempt to inject human characteristics into their books. Alex, let me ask you a similar question. What real life inspiration do you draw from people you know when writing your books?

My life is filled with experiences with all kinds of people. A rich bank from which to draw truth. Most of my characters are either based on people I know or have elements of them. I have made a practice of acquiring characters throughout my life and studying them. A creative artist, writer, actor, painter, dancer, musician, must be intensely curious, perceptive and interested.

Cliff would you agree with Alex? And would you go back to the West if you could?

I would agree with Alex. And no, I don’t think so. Whereas part of the Old West seems romantic and peaceful, it was a very dangerous place. Knowing me as I do, I’d probably end up having to learn to be a gunfighter and fast because I don’t take injustice well. I’d be out there trying to stop the lawlessness and probably get shot dead. Maybe I’d even become a historical figure if I did. The quickest lawman to get killed.

John—what would your one piece of advice be for a young author?

For new writers, make sure you get an editor. You can’t edit the book enough. When you’re ready to publish, look around and choose wisely, then stand by for the reviews.

I think that’s great advice. Alex, did you learn anything from writing your latest Western?

I did. That writing is fun, challenging and bloody hard work. Many people say they would like to write a book, and I believe that everyone has a book in them. Getting it out from within and onto blank pages is another matter. It requires huge belief and relentless commitment.

What a learning process. Cliff, what do you think is the key to success?

Good writing, good promotion and making sure you surround yourself with those who will help you, rather than hinder you. A good publisher, publicist, and editor will make you as an author. A poor publisher, publicist, or editor will break you. I need say no more. Invest in yourself, your product and hire a good publicist.

And John—what does it feel like to be one of the top authors in the business?

It feels pretty good. It’s good to know that somebody is enjoying your story.

Check out the latest books from these three great authors.



Vanessa A. Ryan Releases The First Book in a New Series

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Vanessa A. Ryan is an actress in Southern California. She was born in California and graduated from UCLA. When not writing or acting, she enjoys painting and nature walks. Her paintings and sculptures are collected worldwide. At one point, she performed stand-up comedy, so her writing often reflects her love of humor, even for serious subjects. She lives with her cat Dezi, and among feral cats she has rescued. She is the author of A BLUE MOON, an urban fantasy, HORROR AT THE LAKE, a vampire trilogy and A PALETTE FOR MURDER, a traditional cozy mystery.

How do you come up with the titles of your books?

Sometimes the title just comes to me. Other times, I ask my family, friends, the publisher, or even strangers I meet see on the street to help me choose the best wording of a preliminary title. They’ll all have different opinions, and then the hard part is making the final decision.

What is your writing schedule?

My writing schedule is to write at least a thousand words a day, seven days a week, for the first draft. Most of that happens late at night, when the phone is least likely to ring. I may stay up until two in the morning to get in those thousand words, especially when I’ve had a busy day doing something else. I know if I don’t persevere, I won’t get that first draft written. As for revisions and rewrites, I like those the best. The hard work is already done. Cutting, revising and adding is the fun part.

Do you jump out of bed with coffee in hand or are you an afternoon writer?

I never jump out of bed for anything, unless the house is on fire––which has happened to me. I like coffee and breakfast in the morning, and reading the Los Angeles Times. Three days a week I read it online, and four days a week I get it delivered. It’s an important part of my daily routine. I never turn on the TV or radio for the news in the morning. I’m the type who wakes up slowly. I like to know what’s going on in the world, but without someone barking at me. If I can, I will write in the afternoon for a while. I might finish what I started writing in the afternoon later that night, if I didn’t get enough done.

What conditions do you like to write under?

I like overcast days. In fact, I love overcast weather. I feel more creative when the sky is gray and the atmosphere is a little foggy. Sunny days are just for enjoying the warmth of the sun, smiling a lot and not thinking much.

What do you have to avoid when writing a book?

I have to avoid too many other activities, or cut the time I devote to them. And since I’ve always got ideas in my head for new stories, I have to stop thinking of them so I can write the book I’ve already started.

Do you ever get burned out?

Sure. Writing is work. It’s putting in the time. Since December, I have been taking a break. But the holidays are over, and tomorrow, I will begin looking at the edits of the last book in my trilogy, Horror At The Lake, A Vampire Tale. However, even when I’m not writing, I’m thinking of my next book or series of books.

How do you start to write a book? What is the first step?

The first step is to decide which book floating around in my head I am going to commit to writing down. I usually know who the main character is and whether I’m going to write in the first person or in the third, but I will have to rough out the secondary characters. The next most important thing is to figure out the ending. The challenge, then, is how to get from the beginning to the end. Sometimes I write plot points on three by five cards, and sometimes I just wing it and start writing. I try to write chapters that are about ten pages long, and I read over what I wrote yesterday before I begin writing again.

Which books have most influenced your life most?

I think the books of Carlos Castaneda, Curt Vonnegut, Jerzy Kosinsky, and the mystery writers of the twentieth century, such as Agatha Christie and Ross MacDonald. Also the noir writers, such as Cornell Woolrich, Charles Willeford and Dorothy B. Hughes. But one of the most important influences in my life was meeting Ray Bradbury after a lecture he gave. I had read Death Is A Lonely Business, and although not one of his most famous books, it is set in Venice, CA, where I once lived. It inspired me to write my paranormal novel A Blue Moon, which also takes place in Venice, CA. It was thrilling to meet the writer who inspired me to write the book.

Do you see writing as a career?

I do see writing as a career. Of course, every writer hopes to have a best seller, but regardless, I will keep at it as long as I have stories I feel impelled to write.

If you had to do it all over again, would you change anything in your latest book?

No. I’ll just write another book.

Do you recall how your interest in writing originated?

I started writing in the third grade. My teacher allotted a portion of her lessons to creative writing every week. In the sixth grade, we put on a school play, and I wrote the script.

What is your overall opinion of the publishing industry?

It’s like the film industry, though maybe without so much nepotism. While it’s easy to self-publish, it’s still tough to get into the mainstream market.

Can you share a little of your current work with us?

I am currently working on another traditional mystery, the second in the Lana Davis series, titled A Date For Murder. The first, A Palette For Murder, will be released this May by Five Star Publishing.

Do you ever get tired of looking at words?

I don’t know that I get tired of looking at words, but I do need to take time off. I love walking in a park near my house, watching my favorite TV shows, traveling and socializing with friends.

Who designed the covers?

The publishers of my books have designers and they create covers from settings in the books that I describe to them.

What was the hardest part of writing your book?

That first draft is always the hardest part.

Did you learn anything from writing your book and what was it?

I have learned to be more forgiving. All my characters have flaws, some worse than others, but they have some redeeming or humanizing characteristics as well.

Do you have any advice for other writers?

Talk less and listen more. I get many of my ideas for stories from what people say.

Do you have anything specific that you want to say to your readers?

I hope you enjoy my books and the journeys they take you on.

The Legacy of Fear (Horror at the Lake (A Vampire Tale) Book 1)

Now Available

Susan Runcan is on a quest to clear the name of her grandfather Lindon Runcan, the famous archeologist whose career ended under a cloud of suspicion. Although Lindon claimed thieves stole precious artifacts from his last expedition in Egypt, depriving the Egyptian government and his backers of the spoils, Lindon stole them himself. After the death of her uncle, Susan is the last of the Runcans and inherits the artifacts, along with her grandfather’s stately home in Lake Masley. Susan comes to the lake hoping to discover the reason her grandfather risked his career for these artifacts. What she finds is a town filled with rumors and fear. And what she discovers will change her life forever.


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Megan Elizabeth: A Superstar Writer in the Making

Sinners Craving New CoverMegan Elizabeth is one of the most exciting authors to appear on the book scene in some time. Megan moved to her new publishing home and released a new edition of “Sinners Craving: League of the Fallen.” She has a second novel coming out early next year and will be releasing a third novel in the summer.

How do you come up with the titles of your books?

Book titles are a funny thing. At times, you can just know exactly what the title to your newest book is. At other times, you can start writing a book, have it nearly completed and not know what to call it. Usually, I’ll just keep bouncing titles around my head and write them down. When I narrow it down to a select few, I’ll bounce some of them off of my critique partner then, boom! New title!

What is your writing schedule? Do you jump out of bed with coffee in hand or are you an afternoon writer? What conditions do you like to write under?

I am a write-whenever-I-am-able-to kind of author. I’m definitely not a morning person; my brain doesn’t start functioning until I’m well into my day. So I write during the mid-afternoon or late evening. The best condition I can think of for writing is sitting alone in a room with some soft music playing.

What do you have to avoid when writing a book? Do you ever get burned out?

When writing a book, I try to avoid reading another author’s work. Though reading is my favorite pastime, I would prefer not to have any of my thoughts tainted. Of course, I get burned out, usually around chapter 13. I have this period of stalling or procrastinating until I get going again and start writing.

How do you start to write a book? What is the first step?

The first step in writing a book is actually thinking. Thinking of the story you want to tell, thinking of a plot line that would intrigue, thinking of characters an audience could connect to. Thinking, “How the hell am I going to write another book?” Then I sit down, plot out another story I can’t wait to tell, and begin writing.

Which books have most influenced your life?

I’d like to say something profound here, but in all honesty the novels that have affected my life the most are the ones that helped me in some way. One that helped me get through a rough break up or the one that inspired me to start writing. Almost all have been written by one inspiring author—Kresley Cole.

Do you see writing as a career?

I see writing as my dream career. It’s everything I love and wish to pursue well into the future. It’s addicting holding your first book in your hands, like nothing I can describe.

If you had to do it all over again, would you change anything in your latest book?

At this point I think “Sinner’s Craving,” my current new release, is everything I could hope for it to be. It was a complete labor of love, and with that I will take the good with the bad.

Do you recall how your interest in writing originated?

My interest in writing began after I went on a reading binge that lasted years. My head was filled with different worlds and characters that will haunt me for the rest of my life. As wonderful as it all was, I wanted to share a world of my own. I wanted to make readers feel what I had felt all through that time.

I felt like I couldn’t get enough, and now I hope that I can instil that same feeling in others through my own work.

What is your overall opinion of the publishing industry?

The publishing industry, like any other entertainment industry, has its ups and downs. It is ever-changing, always evolving in some way. The publishing world is where I found my home and exactly where I belong. It can rip you to pieces with a bad review and give you the most amazing high with one word of praise. I love every minute of it.

Do you ever get tired of looking at words?

In truth, sometimes I get tired of my own words. There’s only so many times you can proofread a book before your eyes start to cross and you need to walk away for a moment. But do I ever get tired of reading? Never!

Who designed the cover?

The cover was an idea that I came up with and described to the designer. About thirty mock up covers later, I had the one that I loved.

What was the hardest part of writing your book?

The hardest part of the writing process for me is editing. It can be gruelling. I love getting the story out, playing with the characters and the banter between them, even changing the plot; but editing is that part I hate the most.

Did you learn anything from writing your book, and what was it?

That I could actually do it. I’m now working on my third novel, and every time I write it’s a learning experience.

Do you have any advice for other writers?

My advice to other writers would be to keep writing your stories, bring people into worlds they couldn’t dream of that only you can create on paper. Always conduct yourself as a professional, and never stop writing what you love.

Do you have anything specific that you want to say to your readers?

I hope you enjoy reading my books as much as I enjoyed writing them. I also love to hear from you and get feedback, so please feel free to reach out to me or leave a review.


Check out “Sinners Craving” by Megan Elizabeth

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An Interview with Author W.M. Montague


Okay, so let me start by asking, Wayne, why did you want to interview with me?

Wait, you wanted to interview me, remember? (laughs)

And what did you think of that?

I was kind of stunned.


After all, I’m not yet a published author. I didn’t think I was even in the same league as your previous guests.

But you are a writer?

That’s what I’ve been told! (laughs)

Why writing? Why do you enjoy writing, Wayne?

To be honest, it wasn’t something I had ever pictured myself doing, but my mind will not let me rest unless I have a creative outlet. Writing is cheaper to do than artwork, and I have always had a very vivid imagination.

What have you spent your life doing?

A song comes to mind: Frank Sinatra’s “That’s Life.” It pretty much sums it up. I have been blessed in my life. God has allowed me to taste a smorgasbord of life. I suppose it’s easier to say what I haven’t done—astronaut for one; zoologist another.

And now a writer? Will zoologist be next?

I kinda doubt that, though I do love animals to better answer your previous question, though. I worked in the hospitality industry, construction sales, and entertainment, mostly.

With such an interesting past, Wayne, why fiction? Why not a biography about your life?

Funny you should mention that. It has been suggested (numerous times) that I do exactly that. However, I never really thought my life would be that interesting to folks. As far as to why? Blame it on Earl Stanley Gardner, Isaac Asimov, Robert Heinlein, and other great writers in history. I want to take the reader on an adventure different from their own.

So you are an adventurer? You crave new, exciting situations?

I have, at least, been thrust into them!

What has been your most exciting adventure in life?

Waking up each morning realizing I have another chance “not to screw it up?” Seriously, I would say when I was performing and acting! Think about it, to get paid to pretend?

How far did you get with your acting?

I was never anything more than a bit player in films, but the fun, the comradeship, the chance to do something most people have not had the chance to do…

He’s a good guy- so who else did you work with?

Well, let’s see. My first experience was with Karen Black, Cameron Mitchell, and Robert Bristol. Then there was Albert Finney, John Pollito, Marsha Gay-Harden, Mike Starr, Nick Cage, Tom Cruise, Brad Pitt to name a few, and not forgetting the Cohen brothers—I worked on their film for 5 months. Getting back to one of your previous questions, I also like most of Stephen King’s works.

Why King? What does he have that draws you in?

He seems to have the ability to weave a tale from the most mundane subjects or objects. Though I feel a lot of his stories don’t get the proper treatment in film. He’s a freaky dude, and I like freaks.

Do you write like King?

How do you mean?

His style?

Yep, although I don’t really think I’m nearly as good as him. But as far as my style, I want the reader to see in their mind’s eye what is going on, the environment the characters are in, feel what the characters feel, almost smell and taste the “meat” of the story.

How meaty are your stories?

Let’s just say, hopefully when you read it, you’ll feel like you’ve just finished a huge feast.

What is it about? You have me intrigued!

Good question. It’s about two life-long friends and their adventures into the unknown.

What happens to them?

Ahhh, nice try! No, I’m not skipping to the chapter where the butler did it.

How would you describe the writing process?

I think I’ve created a “FRANKENBOOK” monster. It has been, like so many other authors say, a flood, then a log jam, a flood, then a log jam, etc.

Walk on the Wild Side with Author Yveta Germano

I backed off as soon as I saw his flashing eyes. Those weren’t the mesmerizing blue eyes I could previously get lost in. These were the eyes of a man so angry, he could kill me just by looking at me.

“I told myself a hundred times I would never touch you. But you’re so fucked up in the head, you leave me no option.” His voice was hoarse and furious; it was the only thing I could concentrate on.

He threw me over his shoulder, and before I could protest and call him another name, he took me to my bedroom, shut the door and pinned me against it. He quickly pulled both of my arms behind my back and kept me immobilized with his one hand. I was still angry, and I jerked my head from side to side. He clasped my face with his other hand and pressed my cheeks in, mangling my lips outward. He was still fuming and was about to say something but stopped himself when I let out a faint cry. He let go of my face and breathed out a few times.

“You want me to stop?” he whispered and, for a short moment, I thought I should say ‘yes.‘ I shook my head ‘no‘ instead.

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Who do you have in mind when you write?

I should probably say my readers, but the truth is, the characters I create take over my “mind” almost completely. Even if I have nothing but a vague idea what the story is going to be about, I always know what kind of a characters I want to bring to life. As I write and dig deeper into their imaginary heads, their stories, dialogues, thoughts and feelings take over my own mind and thought process. I no longer think up conversations, I only write down what I feel and “hear” the characters speak. Once I allow myself to become one or more of the characters, the story unfolds right before my very eyes, on the computer monitor. All I do is type and stay connected.

Once I’m about halfway through the manuscript, I do consider the readers. I want to make sure they love my characters as much as I do. I ask myself questions like, “What would the readers think about so and so behaving so weird? Would they hate him? Would they understand her? Is the scene too unreal?” I analyze the characters and the story in light of these questions or even ask my daughters for input, and then make necessary changes.

Have you always aspired to be a writer? 

I suppose I have. I’ve kept my book idea journal since my early teenage years. Somehow, I always knew I wanted to write, but I was also fortunate to have an unbelievably event-filled, adventurous, and sometimes outright crazy life. Coupled with a busy career and two daughters, I had to wait a while to get to a point in life when the urge to write became so powerful, everything else (except my family) simply faded.

Tell me about how you became a writer—what was the first step for you?

I was definitely a reader first. Growing up in the Czech Republic, we had to read a lot for school. We kept reading journals, and I loved writing my entries so much, I’d even illustrate each entry. We read everything from modern literature to classics, from Czech authors to Russian, English, American; basically every author who was somehow influential. At fifteen, I managed to read almost all of Victor Hugo (even though Les Miserábles is a very long novel…). Soon, I realized the books allowed me to imagine myself in the world they described. I loved that feeling, and I kept on reading my own personal selections of Jack Kerouac, Franz Kafka, Truman Capote, Nikos Kazantzakis, and many more. The wide array of interesting novels I read throughout my early life showed me that every story, no matter how seemingly simple or complicated, can become a great novel if written in “a light, or point of view, no one has ever seen before….”

That’s when I began to write notes in my own journal. I jotted down book ideas, short stories, personal observations of the world around me, even my feelings of how I thought I did or did not fit into this physical, “real” world we live in. It was this journal that ultimately showed me that whenever I felt like I’d rather be someone else, in some world far from ours, all I had to do was to imagine it and write it down. And so I did…. And I still do…

Do you have a distinctive “voice” as a writer?

Not really. Like I said, I feel as though the stories I write just come to me when the time is right, and I only write when I feel the urge. The voice comes with the story. If I write a diary of a French girl, the voice is hers: young, excited, scared at times. It’s the first voice of a unique person. When I wrote Bring Me Back, the story manifested itself through a third voice, sometimes a voice so strong and persuasive, I found myself listening to it wondering what will I learn next. When the need to write Choking Game finally overpowered my fear of the sadness the story would bring with itself, the voice became ardent, even cruel, but slowly turned kind, understanding, and filled with hope.

No, I don’t think about the voice. I let the story speak for itself in whatever voice feels right for it.

Do you think anyone can learn to be an effective writer, or is it an unnamed spiritual gift?

I suppose with a little talent, anyone can learn to “write” like a writer. There are many very talented people who write for hire, and they do it well. Many TV shows use such talent to write episodes after a successful pilot show. Writing, after all, has rules that apply just like any other “trade.” Even the best stories, if told without the regard for some of the rules like “show don’t tell,” “don’t jump from one character’s head to another,” etc., can fall short of their potential.

Having said that, however, I do not think one can learn to “create” stories and characters. I feel the difference between writing a piece of work and creating something from within your own inner self is tremendous. Writers who bring stories and characters to life in this way always leave a piece of themselves within the pages of the book. At least I do. I have never written a book where I would not share a piece of my own self, whether a prior experience, personal feeling, or a whole lot more.

Was there a point at which you felt this would be a career?

I never thought of it that way. Now that you mention it, I am not even entertaining the idea of quitting and going back to a day job anytime soon, if ever. So, maybe writing is my career. All I know, it’s something I love to do more than anything else.

Is there a book you’re most proud of?

This may sound a little pretentious, but I do love every one of my books. Each is very different, and each represents a different part of me or my life experience. I poured my heart out in the Choking Game, which was a very personal journey. The first book of the series, Diary of a French Girl: Recklessly Yours, was so much fun to write, I cannot wait to write a sequel.

But my love affair is the Bring Me Back trilogy. The first book was published last year, and I am halfway through with the second book. It’s taking more time than I expected because this trilogy is far more than a story. It’s a lifetime of learning, experience, imagining time and space, and the answers to enigmatic questions like, “Is there life after death? What is a soul, and where does it come from? Can we clone a human being that has both a body and a soul?” Bring Me Back is my take on all of this, and I do my best to create a story that will not only show the many possibilities, but also entertain, intrigue, and pull the reader into a world they could feel and love.

Writing is so internal—in the head—how did you release the pressure before you began writing?

I don’t. Every time I start a new book, I let the pressure build up inside my head, my heart and my soul. It allows me to forget who I am personally, and become one with my characters. The internal pressure fuels my desire to tell the story as realistically as I can by feeling it, rather then making it up.

On average, how long does it take for you to write your ideas down before you start writing a book?

I’m probably the most disorganized author you’ve interviewed. I never organize my thoughts or even think what exactly the book is going to be about. I don’t get up in the morning thinking I will spend the day writing. I don’t write a synopsis, and I write thoughts and ideas only once the manuscript is almost finished. I often go back and re-write, though.

There are two ways I start a new book. I either sit down and “doodle” a sentence. The sentence becomes a paragraph, the paragraph grows into a page on the monitor, and then a page follows another page… This is how I started Choking Game. All I did was write a Twitter tweet: I wonder what the world would be like if I didn’t exist? And the rest of the book followed in a heartbeat.

Or I get up one day and all I can think of is being alone, closing the door to my office and to the “outside world” because I feel something is pounding my head, and I have to let it come out in the form of a new story. As crazy as it sounds, this is how the Bring Me Back trilogy started. And I waited several months from when the first book was published until that same crazy feeling returned, and I began to write the second book. Once I do start to write, though, the story unfolds so quickly, I can barely keep up with the typing.

How do you guard your time to do what’s most important?

I don’t. I let things slide; I steal quality time from my family; I get anxious wanting to write while I have to do some other so-called “important tasks;” I get panic attacks that there’s simply too much to do to manage to do it all, and then… I inhale, close my eyes, and realize I am my own worst enemy. So, I do what I have to. I do one thing at a time and stop obsessing about wanting to do it all at once…

What are some of the more common distractions you struggle with, and what ways have you found to overcome them?

My friends, my family, my dog, and, of course, my second homeland, Czech Republic, where I spend a lot of time because I have more friends, family, and another dog there. I’m connected to everyone on social media sites, and if that’s not enough of a distraction, we FaceTime, Skype, go out, hang out, you name it.

But when the need to let a new story out of my head takes over, my friends and family understand my kind of “not normal.” Yeah, I retreat for a while, kind of disappear from the radar for a couple of months and go to live happily ever after in a new world I am creating at that time.

What kind of review do you take to heart?

The one where I can tell the reviewer actually read the book. Have you noticed how many reviews are on Amazon by people who did not purchase the book and seem to have no understanding what the book is really about?

As a writer, however, you have the opportunity to self-reflect, to revisit experiences. How does that feel?

Sometimes, it’s a great feeling, especially when the story has a deeper meaning, like in Bring Me Back. I find myself laughing while typing some scenes and remembering similar situations that might had happened to me before, like in the Diary of a French Girl. And sometimes the writing journey is so emotional, I can’t see the words on the monitor through the tears I am unable to hold back, just like when I wrote the Choking Game.

Yes, my work is full of self-reflection. I think that’s why I enjoy it so much, whether it’s a happy and fun experience, or a sad one. I get to revisit the past and make it better or worse in the present in a world I create. The opportunity to do this makes the entire writing process worthwhile, whether I write for readers or simply for my own enjoyment.

When you start a new book, do you know how a book will end as you’re writing it?  Or does its direction unfold during the writing, research and/or creative process?

I never know how the book will end. That’s what makes the writing so exciting. Sometimes, the story unfolds and takes such unexpected turns, I am surprised myself about how it ends. Like I said before, I do not decide to write a story, then sit down, write a synopsis, and then follow the story line. I make no decisions to do anything unless something—and I don’t know what it is—literally makes me sit down, open a new file, and start typing. I may have an idea from my journal, or I may think of something and it pops in my head, but I never have a story line.

As I write and the story begins to wrap up, I am always amazed how naturally the end of the story unfolds. Writing the very last sentence is my favorite part of every book. It has to feel right—final but not absolute. The sentence has to clearly end the story, but give the reader some room for his own opinion.

How do your books speak to people, both inside and outside the reading world?

It depends who you have in mind. One thing I realized as I wrote more young adult and new adult books, though. My characters are never quite “normal.” Even if a character acts “normal” at the beginning of the book, sooner or later he or she reveals some deeper character flaw, something unique to each one, something good and definitely something bad. I gave up on entirely positive characters. I’d go as far as saying, “I can’t do normal.” Maybe it’s who I am or maybe I met too many interesting, unusual people along my unusual life. I prefer to “hang out” with quirky, edgy, even mean or depressed characters. People come in all shapes, forms and shades. I pay more attention to those who have some kind of an internal struggle. They feel more human to me.

With a character who has certain flaws and internal struggle, it is easy to go deeper into the story and relate it to the world around us in a way that may even speak to a lot of people. I hope my books do that. It’s up to my readers to make the final judgment.

How do you see your role in impacting and influencing society?

I never thought about myself as someone who could impact and influence society. Then one day I found myself working along some unbelievably smart, brilliant people who actually considered me their equal. It was a humbling experience. That was my former career as a CEO of a privately held medical research company. I was too busy working to think about making an impact. All I wanted was to keep the company going, the scientists being able to conduct their studies, and helping as many sick people as I could. And then I picked up a phone one day and man’s voice on the other line said, “Yveta, you’re a blessing to me. Without your help, I wouldn’t be alive.” That statement made me cry, and I am definitely not one who cries often.

What I realized was that this phone call reinforced what I always believed very strongly: everything we do, no matter how big or small, has an impact. We cannot hide or run away from our actions. I am far from perfect; I have many flaws, and I have trouble following the rules; but I was always ready to accept the consequences of my actions. I was fortunate to have a career that allowed me to have a positive impact, and now I am trying to use some of that work experience to do the same with my books.

Do you look at yourself as an “envelope pusher” with your writing?

Absolutely. The further the better. I do not shy away from issues that make people feel uncomfortable. I shared this quote on my Facebook page: “Art should disturb the comfortable and comfort the disturbed.” I don’t know who said it, but it’s a great thought. I kind of feel the same way about books.

What are some pieces of advice that you would give someone on writing well?

Don’t try too hard. If you find yourself thinking too much, going in circles, or making up conversations that don’t sound real, walk away. Come back in a few days or weeks or even months, whatever it takes to feel rather than make the story. If you find yourself back to where you were before, maybe it’s not the story you’re supposed to be writing.

Young writers often make foolish mistakes. What is a mistake to avoid?

Thinking that you know it all… Just because you read a lot of books or have a fantastic story idea, doesn’t mean you have what it takes to be a good writer. Books take time and the willingness to re-write, sometimes more than once. A good writer listens to feedback and is able to step back and see the manuscript with the feedback in mind. Sometimes, writers get too entangled with their point of view and don’t consider the fact that others may not see it their way. Always keep an open mind.

What obstacles and opportunities do you see for writers in the years ahead?

The Indie publishing world is a double-edged sword. Everyone has the opportunity to publish his work, which allows far too many to publish just about anything. The market is saturated as it is. It will be even harder to find the really good novels among so many other pieces of work.

Could you talk about one work of creative art that has powerfully impacted you as a person?

My all time favorite artists have always been Michelangelo for his unbelievably carved marble statues and Rembrandt for his paintings that played with darkness, shadows and light. I read many books about these two artists when I was a teenager. Ever since I read about Michelangelo’s Pieta, I knew it was something I wanted to see one day.

Two years ago, I was in St. Peter’s Basilica in Vatican City, and as I walked towards the Pieta, I was blown away. It was even more beautiful than I had ever imagined it to be. I cannot imagine what kind of genius can take a piece of marble and carve Jesus dead, laying in Mary’s lap, with such an incredible detail. Every muscle, sinew, piece of the body seems so real. I stood there for a long time taking in the fact that Michelangelo carved this marvel before he was thirty years old.

I felt elated for the rest of the day, knowing that I finally saw the one statue I wanted to see my whole life. It was like I finished a chapter in one of my books. I called my mom in the Czech Republic from Rome later that evening and found out my father suddenly died on that day. Michelangelo’s Pieta had a powerful impact on me and always will. It closed not one, but two chapters of  my life.

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Romance Inspiration with Author Michael Haden


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Hi Michael! I want to start by asking you where you live? Furthermore, what kind of area do you live in?

I come from Odessa. My city has extremely poor all the way to extremely rich. It is very diverse, and I am comfortable in the middle.

I ask that because you grew up in middle America of the 70′s and I was wondering if the education of that period shaped you as a writer? Did you always know that you wanted to be a writer?

My dad was a studio musician and substitute teacher. My mom worked for the post office. In grade school they made fun of me because I was always reading. I got them back by nailing the highest IQ score in the school. It took me to the age of 30 to get the idea of writing a book.

So, where did you get the inspiration to write your book? Did you always have some idea of how it would turn out? A plan?

It was always going to be non-fiction though. All the way up to the initial writing process, I thought I would go non-fiction until an amazing story line popped into my head. It seamlessly meshed with the non-fiction biographies I was researching at the time.

It just popped into your head? What were you doing at the time?

I was working alone. My technician was in the hospital and I was working alone one week and a movie started playing in my head. The movie ended up being my first book “A Deal With God”.

Let me ask you something that many people may struggle to answer. I want to ask you something that will make you look deep inside yourself. Who is Michael Haden?

Michael Haden is a successful businessman who happens to be a very good soccer coach. I love working with young people. I learn more from them than they do from me. My girls team is currently ranked 6th in the state and we have gotten 15 girls college scholarships over the last two years.

Let me ask you something really important here Michael. You wrote your book about Deana. A talented girl who was killed tragically. How did you know her?

My son is 26. My daughter is 24. My daughter is in the book. She is Alexa on pg. 16. She was best friends with Deana.

Now, you wrote your book “A Deal With God” as a tribute to Deana. What would you say is the overall message of the book?

One careless action can manifest exponentially to hurt a lot of people.

I need to ask this. Do you think if Deana were still around today- would you have written a book?

No. She was my sole inspiration. She was that dynamic and charismatic. I always wanted to write a book, but I needed this kind of inspiration to put me over the hump.

I guess, the book allowed you to express all the emotions that you felt after the death of Deana. Did you write “Deal” as a memorial? As a warning?

The book started as a story I told my younger players on road trips. The legend of Deana Murphy. She was an example of always giving max effort. When people heard me verbally tell her story they all told me to write it in book form.

Well, I think every credit is due to you Michael. The book is outstanding! I just wanted to ask about the work you have done to try and reduce drink driving. Is that okay?


You are an active supporter of MADD?

I certainly am, Nick. I did a TV piece on Studio 10 on CBS With MADD in Tampa and I have done a fundraiser with MADD in Canada. For all those readers who aren’t familiar with MADD, let me explain. MADD stands for Mothers Against Drunk Drivers. It is an organization that promotes not drinking and driving. We are working on a big take away the keys from a friend or relative about to drink and drive.

How successful has MADD been so far?

Truly successful! Every year we have less and less auto crash fatalities due to drunk driving. That is partly down to MADD.

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Johnny Mathis: Realising I was a drug addict was so traumatic

Or as he puts it: “I’m known for mushy music.” Nobody can deliver a romantic line quite like the silken-voiced Mathis as his record sales of more than 350 million will attest. When he sings Misty he could melt an iceberg.

He was the first artist to release a “greatest hits” album, pioneering the concept in 1958. At 78 and almost 60 years after winning his first recording contract he is still selling out concert venues and is due in the UK for three dates in April to the delight of his many fans here. “The British are very loyal. Once you’re a success in Britain you’re a success for life,” he says.

He has sung for presidents (Reagan, Clinton) and royalty (Prince Charles, Princess Diana). His CV is undeniably illustrious. He should be cock-of-the-walk confi-dent but he does not come across that way. “As a child all I knew was that people kept asking me to sing and because I liked to please I would sing. It wasn’t until my dad told me that my singing made him happy that I began to think my voice might be good.” When was that? “When I was about 23.”

Yet as far as the music industry was concerned, his talent had been blazingly obvious for some years. Mathis was 19 when he was discovered by jazz producer George Avakian who immediately sent a telegram to Columbia Records stating: “Have found phenomenal 19-year-old boy who could go all the way. Send blank contracts.”

By 21 Mathis had three hits under his belt, including the No 1 Chances Are and at 23 he released Johnny’s Greatest Hits, which would stay in the charts for 490 weeks. He is the longest-serving recording artist at Columbia Records. How could he ever doubt himself? “It doesn’t mean a thing when others tell you you’re good. You have to feel it yourself. I wanted to please my father. He sang so I wanted to sing too. So when he said he liked to hear me sing, that really pleased me. For me hearing my voice is sometimes a little nauseating, especially at Christmas.” Mathis has released eight Christmas albums and his single When A Child Is Born has been a hardy Christmas perennial ever since it went to No 1 in 1976.

OUR interview takes place at 9am Los Angeles time but he has been up since 4.30am to go to the gym and then shop for and prepare his dinner before heading out to the golf course. He introduces himself as John Mathis, saying: “When I was very young it was all, ‘Here’s little Johnny’ and I got stuck with it but I prefer John. There comes a time in a man’s life when he shouldn’t have a name ending in ‘y’.”

He got into the habit of rising early during several stays in hospital after surgery on his foot, his back and to replace both hips and knees. The wear and tear is due as much to his early years as a star athlete as his advancing age.

Mathis was the top sportsman at his high school in San Francisco, excelling at the high jump, hurdles and basketball. He progressed to San Francisco State College intending to become an English and PE teacher. The high jump record he set there was only two inches short of the Olympic record.

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At the same time he was developing a remarkable singing talent. His parents Clem and Mildred were in domestic service but Clem was a frustrated musician, having worked briefly as a singer and piano player in their native Texas. Of the seven Mathis offspring only Johnny, the fourth child, shared his interest.

When Johnny was eight Clem bought an upright piano for $25. It wouldn’t fit through the door so Clem, watched by Johnny, spent all night dismantling it then reassembling it in the small basement living room. Soon Johnny was singing wherever he could, in church, at school, at social events and to entertain visitors to the family home. When he was 13 his father arranged for him to have lessons from a professional voice teacher in exchange for doing odd jobs for her around the house. After studying with her for six years and singing in jazz clubs at weekends he faced a dilemma. Columbia Records wanted him to travel to New York for his first recording session. At the same time he was asked to try out for the US athletics team for the 1956 Olympics in Melbourne.

In the end music won. His first album Johnny Mathis: A New Sound In Popular Song was jazzbased and sold only moderately well. Vice-president of Columbia Records Mitch Miller suggested switching to ballads and the Johnny Mathis sound – soft, romantic with lush orchestration – was born. Not that ballads would necessarily be his first choice now.

“Years ago I went to Brazil and fell in love with it. I really like the music, samba, bossa nova, the language and the people. I’ve recorded in Portuguese too. I didn’t set out to just sing ballads or romantic songs.” He was thrilled when his country album Let It Be Me – Mathis In Nashville was nominated for a Grammy in 2011. He is one of only five artistes who have had hits in every decade of their career. But like many more he was not immune to career-wrecking perils, including falling under the spell of Dr Max Jacobson. Dubbed Dr Feelgood the German became notorious for administering “miracle tissue regenerator” injections which contained amphetamines.

“I went to see him because I was doing five shows a night at the Copacabana in New York and got laryngitis. Everyone on Broadway went to him and so did the Kennedys. He gave me vitamin shots which brought my voice back beautifully but left me with a drug addiction. It was very traumatic but I just had to stop. I also drank too much, only champagne, and I never thought too much about it until I was talking to Nancy Reagan at a reception and she asked if I always drank so much. I said yes and she said, ‘Well, don’t you think it’s bad for you?’ and I said, ‘Yes, but I don’t know how to stop.’ The next thing I know she collared the Chief of Staff and I’m on a plane to a rehab facility.

I stayed three weeks and I haven’t drunk since. That was 30 years ago.”

Has it been hard not to succumb again? “I had a good reason to stop. When everything in your life revolves around performing, anything that detracts from that frightens you because it will take away what you love most.”

After he revealed that he was gay in 1982 Mathis received death threats. “A few people in the Southern states didn’t like it. I was in no real danger but when you’re young it’s difficult to get over. It doesn’t bother me at all now and it’s not even a big deal any more which is wonderful but I learned to isolate myself from negative things.” Including racism? “Once in a while but then people get used to you. I’ve been shielded from most of it. I’m lucky because others paved the way before me.”

He credited Deniece Williams with “saving my career” after she duetted with him in 1978 on the chart-topping Too Much, Too Little, Too Late and he has collaborated with Dionne Warwick and his heroine Lena Horne. “She was the most gorgeous, enigmatic, provocative woman I’ve ever seen. I used to hang around at her concerts when I was a kid and after a while her husband started inviting me to her dressing room. I was probably bothersome to her but her husband was kind. He could see I was infatuated.”

Mathis gave the job of communicating with his own fans to his parents. They ran his fan club and spent hours writing letters by hand.

Outside singing, his passions are cooking and golf, which he plays almost every day. “Another reason I love Britain,” he jokes. So why not stop performing and play more golf? He has received every honour in the business. What is there left to prove? “It doesn’t work that way,” he says, ever so slightly sternly. “Singing isn’t work it’s part of me. I don’t do it for any reason other than that I love it. How lucky does that make me?”

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Shatners World: William Shatner Drops By For A Chat

William Shatner, whose last Broadway appearances were more than 40 years ago, has returned to the stage with an anecdotal, autobiographical evening.

William Shatner has played an attorney, a starship captain, an alien and a Roman tax collector, among many other roles. Over the past half-century, the Canadian actor has performed on television, in commercials, in movies and on Broadway — and penned several novels.

He recently returned to Broadway for the first time in over 40 years with a new solo show, Shatner’s World: We Just Live In It. In the 90-minute performance, Shatner talks about his childhood growing up in Montreal and reflects on his many acting roles with an assortment of photos and video clips.

Shatner tells Fresh Air‘s David Bianculli that when he gets on stage each night, he doesn’t think about his performance. Instead, he thinks about the show in the same way one would learn to ride a horse or ski or perform any other difficult skill.

“When you’ve done the technical part, you’re then into the joy, the zen, into being,” he says. “Technology no longer exists for you. You’re then into the mystery of the thing you’re doing.”

In his solo show, Shatner shares stories about his childhood, his father, and his lengthy acting career. i

In his solo show, Shatner shares stories about his childhood, his father, and his lengthy acting career.

One of the memorable stories Shatner tells onstage is about his father, who was in the clothing business. As Shatner talks about his father’s death, he precisely folds a jacket onstage — just the way his father used to do it.

“It was like [watching] a sculptor putting the last touches on his sculpture, sanding his last moment, getting the last abrasion out of the thing that he had created,” he says. “This garment, to my father, was his creation. And I talk about the hands that went to loom and the material that fitted it, and it became — in my mind’s eye — a part of my father. So when I told the story of my father’s death, it came to me that I would tell it through the act of his jacket.”

Midway through the act, Shatner takes his jacket off and lays it to rest in a coffin.

“Then, the most moving moment for me is that I come to the conclusion that life doesn’t have to end with death if love is present,” he says. “And I put the jacket back on.”

A sizable chunk of Shatner’s performance, of course, is devoted to his iconic role as Capt. James T. Kirk. He speaks candidly about how Star Trek‘s popularity made him begin to see his own acting career in a negative way, until he heard Patrick Stewart speak about his own role on the show’s sequel series, Star Trek: The Next Generation.

“I have a lot of respect for Patrick Stewart, and [it was seeing] the gravitas that this great Shakespearean actor gave to his role that I suddenly realized that this guy is taking Capt. Picard every bit as seriously as Macbeth,” Shatner says. “And I used to. And I stopped. And what the hell’s the matter with me? It was a great piece of work. Everybody contributed to it for three years, and it has lasted 50. It’s a phenomenon. Why aren’t I proud of it? And that’s when I had a moment.”

After Star Trek, Shatner managed to create another iconic TV character, playing the role of Denny Crane on ABC’s The Practice and Boston Legal. He says he envisioned the character as a lizard who sticks his tongue out.

“Why does the lizard stick his tongue out? The lizard sticks its tongue out because that’s the way its listening and looking and tasting its environment,” he says. “It’s its means of appreciating what’s in front of it. It sticks its tongue out to be sure that it’s not going to be eaten. I thought, ‘That’s what [Denny Crane’s] doing. He used to be a great lawyer. And when he said, ‘Denny Crane,’ I thought, who’s he saying that for? How do you play that? I played it like the lizard saying, ‘Denny Crane.’ He’s trying to say, ‘Here I am,’ but without being able to say it.'”

Shatner says the scenes that series creator David Kelley imagined for his character were both imaginative — and plausible.

“I remember one moment he was giving himself Botox injections, and something surprised him so he turned around in his chair and had a Botox needle sticking out of his forehead,” he says. “In one moment, he’s totally lucid, and in the other, he’s totally insane. How extraordinary — what a character to play! To have had the privilege to have worked with those actors and directors and writers — I loved every one of them, and it was a sad, sad moment to say goodbye when the show was over.”

Interview Highlights

On taking risks

“It’s very easy to say no to leaving the house. I’m happy with what I got. No, I’m not going there. No, I don’t want a new idea — the old idea is fine. No, I don’t want a new thing — whether it’s a president, an idea, a concept. No. And you’re safe. You’re right in your little hole; you haven’t moved. And what you’re doing before is what you’re doing now. And that’s safe. That’s comforting, and you’re going to die that way. ‘No,’ and you’re put in your hole and that’s fine and you’re dead. ‘Yes’ requires you to move out of that hole. ‘Yes’ is like those little animals that pop their heads out and look around. But some of them don’t go.”

On the popularity of Star Trek

“I spent years doing Star Trek bits and things, and a lot of people loved it, a lot of people mocked it. They did their various comic turns on Star Trek, and I went with the joke because, what, you’re not going to joke with the joke? At the time, I applied every talent I had to making it valid and working on story and fighting management and doing the best I could,” he says. “There were many, many talents who did that. … I did the best I could. So when I left Star Trek, I left it with pride and went onto other things. Then Star Trek started to become popular about six years afterward, when it went into syndication, and then people started talking about it.”

Part One: Exclusive Chat with Airwolf Star Alex Cord on Media Interviews

Recently I got the chance to interview Hollywood actor Alex Cord. I found him to be one of the most humble men in the world. Even with the successes of a movie career and the “Airwolf” TV show, he is down-to-earth, and I think that attitude carries across in this interview.

Alex Cord started his career in the ’60s and became one of the leading actors in Hollywood. Movies like “Synanon,” “Stiletto,” and the always enjoyable “Stagecoach” made him a household name. Then in the ’80s, Alex Cord was asked to star in the TV series “Airwolf” alongside his friend Ernest Borgnine and heart-throb Jan Michael Vincent.

Alex now lives in Texas with his wife Susannah and still gets offered movie and TV projects. He prefers to write and has written three books and enjoys the life of a rancher. He has just completed writing his memoir and has recently discovered Facebook.

Over to you, Alex…

alex cord cartoonWhen it comes to writing a book about your own past—what do you really want to tell the reader? Are you looking to entertain or educate?

I want to tell the reader everything I can think of. Things of which I’m proud. Things I’ve done of which I am not proud. Bells I wish I could un-ring. Lessons learned. Guilt should be a teacher rather than a punishment. We must learn to forgive ourselves for the blunders we’ve made. If there is something to be learned in what I write, only the reader will know based on what his or her needs are. I have been blessed with a most extraordinary life filled with improbable twists and turns down unknown paths of adventure. The telling in FROM WHEELBARROW TO FERRARI is sure to entertain.

What did you learn from writing your book?

Turn my mind loose, set it free, give it wings, see where it takes me. Be willing to look at myself deeply with honesty.

Do you think people can identify with you?

Of course! I come from a most humble background and have soared on the wings of impossible dreams because of belief.

Can you tell us your favorite memory?

There are many more than one. My wedding to Susannah stands alone.

If you had one passion—what is that passion and how did you discover it?

Apart from my wife, HORSES. I was born with it. At two years of age, I touched a horse’s nose for the first time and was transported. There is a potent, influential energy that comes from within the horse, and those who fall under its spell are the slaves of a grand passion.

When did you realize that you were a storyteller, and how long after that did you pick up a pen?

Folks told me they kept my letters. I first told stories of actual events. The pen was always in my hand. THE MAN WHO WOULD BE GOD is not an actual event but a great fictional story from a mind on wings.

Do you ever wish you could live the life of one of your characters?

I do live the life of all of my characters from the moment of their conception.

Would I enjoy the book? Why would I enjoy the book?

You would enjoy all of my books, especially The Man Who Would Be God, A Feather in the Rain, and my soon to be published memoir, From Wheelbarrow To Ferrari. You would enjoy them because they are extremely well-written, compelling stories that, once started, cannot be put down.

At this point, the first interview is over. We have three more to go, but this first segment has proven to be enlightening. Stay tuned for the next installment to learn about Hollywood, acting and how Alex feels about that famous helicopter!

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A Whole New World of Fantasy: An Interview with Writing Duo Alesia & Michael Matson

A con turned cop. An urchin turned lady. A web of lies. An epic love.
The world’s first 21st century book! with embedded links to maps, articles, and behind the scenes, inside information on the great City of Fernwall, the former Kingdom of Cascadia, and the larger world in which Raven & Iris live.
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This interview is with a brand new writing duo who have taken fantasy and turned it into their own art and expression. This isn’t just a work of fiction. This is a whole new world. Check out their first interview here….