Today I am happy to have author D.R. Shoultz on my blog.
Hello D.R. Can you describe yourself in a few sentences.
I grew up in a small, Midwestern town, the son of a self-employed home builder. I was a better than average student and an athlete in high school, but quickly became a small fish in a big pond at college. After graduating with degrees in education and mathematics, I spent 32 years in corporate America where I traveled the world and uprooted my wife, son and daughter eight times. Shortly after retirement, I lost my beautiful wife of 33 years in a traffic accident. I spent the next several years finding myself. After a long-distance relationship, I married Claudia in 2012, who not only became my wife, she became my writing partner and editor. We live in the Blue Ridge Mountains with our rescue dog, Milo. Our interests include reading, writing, hiking with Milo, golfing, drinking wine at sunset, and spending time with friends and family. Read more
Today I am happy to welcome author Steve Kemp to my blog, where he is commenting on many different topics related to his writing.
Advice for writers
I’m fascinated by the spectrum of published writers. James Mitchner said if 1 person reads your book then you are a published writer. Stephen King wrote a book about writing which I struggled to grasp a majority of the concepts in. I fall somewhere in the middle myself.
If my entire writing career means just the people I know have read my book it will have been a successful process. Write the story you want and let the chips fall where they may. I received some advice once about pov and decided to follow them strictly. The next book I read was a best seller and broke all of those rules.
I’m not an English major and to tell the truth my eyes gloss over when one starts talking. They strive to write to the levels of Chaucer, Dickens, Shakespeare and Hemingway. I could go to school for a decade and never reach their level, nor do I want to. Regular people read books too and someone has to tell those stories. Read more
Today I am happy to introduce author Nik Krasno on my blog.
What book are you promoting right now? What is it about?
I’m promoting (if you can call that publishing the books on Amazon and my humble attempts to socialize on Goodreads and social networks) my Oligarch Series, which currently consists of two published books: ‘Rise of an Oligarch‘ and ‘Mortal Showdown‘ and the third one being beta-read and edited and hopefully ready for release soon. The books are written in a gritty, hard-boiled, realistic style and belong to international thriller, historical and contemporary fiction and action/adventure genres.
What inspires you to write?
I have a relatively rare in English – speaking world experience of practicing law and doing business in former USSR countries. So when someone looks at the Forbes list of billionaires and see some unfamiliar Russian and Ukrainian names high up on the list and asks ‘where the hell did they come from, how did they make their fortunes’, I think I can partially answer these questions by showing what was going on behind the Iron curtain after the Big Bang of the USSR, which schemes or scams were practiced, all in a fictional entertaining manner. I believe it’s an interesting, exotic, revealing story. Read more