What is Lost of Spirit River all about? Can you tell us a little more about its genre?
Lost on Spirit River is a fiction book for boys and girls ages nine to fourteen. The plot is centered on cousins Tony and Kathryn. While out looking for a Christmas tree for Grandpa’s cabin and family holiday, they become lost in a snowstorm that is the first to hit southwestern Georgia in over three hundred years. Aided by Sally, Grandpa’s aging beagle, the three find shelter in a cave. Finding Native American art on the walls, now the adventure really begins.
What gave you the incentive to write this book?
I’ve always had the love of outdoor adventures. Camping and fishing along the shores of the Flint River in Central Georgia. I wanted my Grandchildren to know and love the same things I was able to do as a young man.
Can you sum Lost on Spirit River in one sentence?
Lost on Spirit River is full of action, adventure and Native American spirits with a multi- pronged message.
Have your characters or writing been inspired by friends/family or by real-life experiences?
Actually, all three. Tony was one of my best friends in school, we worked together at the same place and we both had a love for fishing and camping on the Flint River. We even double dated sisters at one time. A little over a year and half out of school he was killed in a freak auto accident. Kathryn comes from my own daughter; she’s my baby girl and only child. I had to include her into my book.
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I have quite a few favorites, here’s one…
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No, I don’t have an agent, but if one is interested in me or my book I’m listening. In self-publishing, Mirror did my first book, which was a picture book, “Sunday’s with Papa T, A River Adventure”, I retain all rights, they are very good to work for and if at any time a big name publishing companies wants my book, I can cancel anytime. No questions asked! Just do your research on self-publishing and go with the company that fits you and your book.
What marketing have you been doing to help sales?
Most of the marketing for my book has been done online and through friends and relatives. The VBT has been the most helpful so far! After the first of the year I’ll be getting into more book signing and Indie bookstores in the area.
How long does it take you to write a book?
Lost on Spirit River was written over a span of a week, the editing part took a lot longer. Well over 6 months. My first book, “Sunday with Papa T, A River Adventure”, a picture book for ages 5- 9 took us less than a year, which included illustrations.
Which comes first for you – characters or plot?
Characters have to come first for me. I developed the plot as I write the book. I knew the main players would be cousins, about the same age. The background for the story, none other than the Flint River area, them I sat down and wrote the book.
How did you get into writing? Did you always want to become a writer?
I actually didn’t want to become a writer until later in my life, at a younger age I was more of a reader. I grew up with books in the house at all times. I know I’ll never be able to write the great all-America novel. I want to write to entertain children and help non-readers pick up a book for the first time and read!
Are you working on another book? Possible to have a preview snippet or blurb of that?
Yes, I’m working on Book 2, of the Spirit River Trilogy. I seem to get more done on my books during the winter months; I don’t get much writing done in the warmer months. You’ll have to wait a little longer for a preview on Book 2.
What advice would you give aspiring authors?
It takes a lot of patience to be published or self-publish. The time it takes between a big publishing house and self-publishes yourself is the difference of years to months. Either way, when the day comes and your book arrives by mail. Holding it in your hands for the very first time, that’s when you realized a new book is born and it belong to you.
Would you buy a self-published book?
Since the day I published my first book, I find myself reading and buying more and more self-published books. I now know what these authors went through to get their books publishes and it’s a hard road against the big publishing companies. I recommend everyone read a self-publish author, there are a lot of good books to be read.