Today we welcome Chuck Emerson.
Book ‘Em: Tell us about you and your life outside of writing.
Chuck Emerson: Competitive Masters Racewalker most of the ’90s – top 10 ranked,3. Moved from El Paso to Houston in 2003 after mother died. Finally happily married April 28, 2017. Western half of U.S.A. two years in a row. Insurance Agent (Life & Health) since 1976
Book ‘Em: Which books have you written? Are they fiction or nonfiction? Do your books have a message? Why did you choose to write them? What are they about?
Chuck Emerson: A Wager (not so romantic comedy suspense) Collateral Franklins (private eye) (see notations next to titles above) writing novels is much more fun than writing a treatise or watching television. Perhaps. I have not written any message into any of my novels consciously or intentionally. unknown to me. Ask my bride. All FICTION. I do have many strong opinions that could make themselves present.
Book ‘Em: Do you have a work in progress?
Chuck Emerson: Yes. Terror Fiction. Working title: Lies.
Book ‘Em: What was the most difficult section/piece you ever wrote?What made it difficult?
Chuck Emerson: If you don’t get a novel reader with the first two paragraphs or so, you don’t have a reader. I’m that way with deciding whether to purchase a given book. The first chapter of each novel.
Book ‘Em: What sort of research do you do for your work?
Chuck Emerson: I read the newspaper EVERY day and have since I returned from my tour in the U S Navy and went back to college. I am active on FB. According to my wife (and many friends before her), my mind tends to continuously analyze everything I see or encounter.
Book ‘Em: Which books and authors do you read for pleasure?
Chuck Emerson: John Sandford, Prey series; Don Winslow; Stephen King; Robert Crais; Harlan Coben; Greg Iles; Douglas Preston – Lincoln Child, Aloysius Pendergast series. Lots of the old paperback originals crime series back in the 40s – 50s – 60s.
Book ‘Em: Is there an author that inspires you?
Chuck Emerson: Don’t know how to reply. Nature can inspire me. Watching people feeds me with characters and plots. The way many authors tell there stories has helped me grow my own voice. I don’t think any of them inspired me, directly, to write fiction, though.
Book ‘Em: Was there a person who encouraged you to write?
Chuck Emerson: An old girlfriend from the late 80s-early 90s called me up long distance 5-6 years after we said goodbye and said, “Well, did you write the Great American Novel yet?”
Book ‘Em: What would you say are your strengths as an author?
Chuck Emerson: I type very rapidly – near 100 wpm (if my concentration is clear). My imagination can distract me from real time life without advance notice!
Book ‘Em: How often do you write, and do you write using a strict routine?
Chuck Emerson: Used to. Got married back on April 28 this year, so I’m working on the reconstruction of my routine.
Book ‘Em: Five years from now, where do you see yourself as a writer?
Chuck Emerson: 3 novels per year; self sufficient, eating and living supported by income from writing.
Book ‘Em: If you could offer one piece of advice to a novice writer, what would it be?
Chuck Emerson: a) Quit reading the “how to” books. b) read at least one printed novel each month and always be listening to audiobooks while driving car.
Book ‘Em: What would you consider the best compliment a reader could give your book?
Chuck Emerson: “When’s the next one?”
website – being rebuilt; blogs – don’t have one. am consistently active on Facebook building, then maintaining an audience to whom I can announce each book – over 4,950 for past 3 years; Amazon author page http://amzn.to/211Z5vC .