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Hello everyone. I have the pleasure this week of introducing you to a lovely American writer and author who goes by the name of Glendon. He always has words of support and is a source of inspiration to all writers. A great bloke all round. Make sure you hook up with Glendon on his blog. So sit back, relax and enjoy!
Author Interview – Glendon Perkins
A: Describe yourself in five words?
G: Bald. Genuine. Honest. Empathetic. Supportive.
A: What fact about yourself would really surprise people?
G: Never Married. Whenever I tell someone that I receive a bunch of “huh-uh and no way.”
A: How do you work through self-doubts and fear?
G: Lots of rum Not really. I’m not afraid of most things except crocs and sharks and anything that wishes to bite to see if I taste like chicken. Self-doubt though: wow that’s tough. In almost everything I do, I don’t doubt. But for the things I do doubt, I fight hard at staying in the dark place, as if its easier to self-doubt than not. How so I overcome? Some support from wonderful people. Adrianna Joleigh is one of those people. I would have to say Mary Cain as well. Adrianna is stuck with more personal troubles though. Without her I would be wondering blind most days. It’s safe to say she’s my best friend.
A: What scares you the most?
G: Failing. (Sharks and crocs too, of course.) I don’t like to fail myself or anyone else. Mostly failing others or letting them down is the worst fear.
A: What makes you happiest?
G: Lots of rum. To know I’ve been able to help others get over the hump. Whatever it may be.
A: Why do you write?
G: Truthfully I don’t know why. Sometimes I feel the need to put something down so I do. But I would be lying of I didn’t get (Adrianna hates that word) a warm and fuzzy feeling to know my writings create an emotional reaction in people.
A: Have you always enjoyed writing?
G: No, I haven’t. I started as a freshman in high school and stopped as a junior. I picked it up again three years ago.
A: What motivates you to write?
G: Lots of rum. People’s reactions to what I wrote. I know I don’t fit into everyone’s preferences with my genre, but for those I do, I write for them.
A: What writing are you most proud of?
G: My first published short story, Mirror. But Disconnect is 1-a. Disconnect is a huge switch in writing genre for me. It’s a flash fiction story that I wrote through streams of tears.
A: What are you most proud of in your personal life?
G: I would say my time in the U. S. Navy. I spent nearly five years in the service, and most overseas in the small island country of Bahrain.
A: What books did you love growing up?
G: Horror and suspense. Stephen King, Robert McCammon, and Dean Koontz.
A: What do you hope your obituary will day about you?
G: Perfect husband. Perfect father.
A: Location and life experiences can really influence writing, tell us where you grew up and where you now live?
G: I grew up in Gillette, Wyoming. A city around 20,000 until just recently; now around 35,000. It sits at the farthest western edge of the Black Hills National Forest and the northern edge of the Thunder Basin National Grasslands. I currently live in Lusk, Wyoming about 160 miles south east of Gillette.
A: How did you develop your writing?
G: Painfully. And through lots and lots of reading. I read far more than I write. I enjoy the styles of King and Koontz the most and my writing is a mix of both styles.
A: What is hardest – getting published, writing or marketing?
G: Marketing. I’m an introverted person. I can hide behind a screen and be brave but in person I’m mouse like unless I have to be outward.
A: What marketing works for you?
G: Adrianna Joleigh. I think she would yell from Mt. Sinai with a bullhorn if she could. Seems like Internet sources work well, Google + being my top source for readers.
A: Do you find it hard to share your work?
G: Not anymore. I used to like I think every writer did or does. It was a situation where I didn’t feel like I had a choice so I stuck my hand on the fire.
A: Is your family supportive?
G: Yes, my family is. They may not read my work, but they stand behind me 100%. Do your friends support you? Absolutely. Without their support I wouldn’t be doing this interview.
A: Do you plan to publish more books?
G: No books published yet but I do plan to publishing if I have a good story.
A: What else do you do, other than write? It is rare today for writers to be full time…
G: I’m an X-ray technologist. I work a week straight and have two off.
A: What other jobs have you had in your life?
G: X-ray tech is the longest job. I am a certified diesel mechanic as well.
A: If you could study any subject at university what would you pick?
G: Forensic psychology. I have a keen interest in serial killers and what makes them tick. Are you scared yet?
A: If you could live anywhere in the world where would it be?
G: Next door to my closest friend. *See above statement for closest friend*
A: Tell us about your family?
G: Not married and no kids of my own. The rest of my family live in Gillette, parents and siblings, nieces and nephews.
A: How do you write – lap top, pen, paper, in bed, at a desk?
G: Laptop, desktop, iPad, and I wrote this on my iPhone. I’ll grab a notebook of I need to draw from somewhere else.
A: Where do you get support from? Do you have many friends in the industry? Friends and family and fellow writers.
G: I have nearly 700 connections in Google Plus alone, and others not on the social network.
A: How much sleep do you need to be your best?
G: Six hours is the most I ever sleep so I think that is when I’m at my best.
A: Is there anyone you’d like to acknowledge and thank for their support?
G: Adrianna Joleigh. Since I met her a few months ago she’s been my best supporter and my biggest fan. I’ll throw some kisses and hugs out to her.
A: Every writer has their own idea of what a successful career in writing is, what does success in writing look like to you?
G: Giving my readers what they enjoy. Not all of us will be published but that doesn’t indicate we can’t write.
A: It is vital to get exposure and target the right readers for your writing, tell us about your marketing campaign?
G: I don’t have a big marketing campaign. I post links to my writings on my social networks.
A: Tell us about your new book? What’s it about and why did you write it?
G: I don’t have a new book other than in progress. I have three in-progress novels at the moment. Two, Buried Alive and Saucy Jacky I post as a blog novel. The other Cold Winter I write traditionally, but I do submit it to a critique group. Cold Winter and Buried Alive have roots in the Black Hills where I hunt. Both have connections to sink holes, but are different stories. Saucy Jacky is my spin on Jack the Ripper.
A:If you could have a dinner party and invite anyone dead or alive, who would you ask?
G: My parents, Stephen King, and Adrianna Joleigh.
A: When you are not writing, how do you like to relax?
G: I read a lot. But I am also and outdoors person, hiking, fishing, camping, hunting, shooting sports, and rock climbing.
A: What do you hope people will take away from your writing? How will your words make them feel?
G: I hope they will feel like they are in the story. If I want them to be scared, I am hoping they will be. Same for happy, sad, and love. I would like the reader to be exhilarated while they read my writings. And I want them coming for more and more.
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*** Glendon and his dear friend Adrianna have recently been published. To view their contribution to an exciting new book hit this link. To find out more information please contact Glendon by going to his blog. Keep an eye out for these two! They are most definitely going places.
Thanks so much for the interview Glendon. I wish you every success in the future with your writing. I look forward to charting your creative journey.
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