Today we welcome Jack Adler.
Book ‘Em: Tell us about you and your life outside of writing.
Jack Adler: I work online for Writer’s Digest University teaching writing classes and serving as an Editor for their critique service which includes commentaries on queries, synopses, short stories, and longer manuscripts. I was also an instructor in the past for UCLA Extension, teaching travel writing classes.
Book ‘Em: Which books have you written? What are they about and why did you choose to write them? Do your books have a message? Are they fiction or nonfiction.
Jack Adler: I’ve written both fiction and nonfiction. Among the nonfiction titles are “Soulmates From The Pages of History” which details friendships of luminaries throughout history; “Splendid Seniors: Great Lives/Great Deeds” which covers achievements by famous people after the age of 65; and “California Mystique” which provides profiles of notable Californians in history. “Travel Safety”, which was co-written, was selected by the Library of Congress for translation into Braille. “Make Steady Money As A Travel Writer-Without Traveling” is another travel book. I’ve written several historical novels including “A Rage of Duty”, “Envoy’s Dance” and “A Colleague In Shadows.”
Book ‘Em: Do you have a work in progress?
Jack Adler: Yes.
Book ‘Em: What was the most difficult section/piece you ever wrote? What made it difficult?
Jack Adler: Tying together three separate historical episodes in American diplomatic history while using the same character. This was in “Envoy’s Dance.”
Book ‘Em: What sort of research do you do for your work?
Jack Adler: Voluminous research is necessary to make a historical novel reflect the time period while adding interesting details to spice and authenticate the story line.
Book ‘Em: Which books and authors do you read for pleasure? Is there an author that inspires you?
Jack Adler: I read mostly nonfiction, and a good deal of history. I also read some historical novels, such as those by Ken Follett.
Book ‘Em: Was there a person who encouraged you to write?
Jack Adler: No.
Book ‘Em: What would you say your strengths as an author?
Jack Adler: Being curious. Looking for less obvious events and meanings. Being willing to cut material and rewrite.
Book ‘Em: How often do you write, and do you write using a strict routine?
Jack Adler: I do some writing on most days. I’m self-employed and my schedule is very flexible.
Book ‘Em: Five years from now, where do you see yourself as a writer?
Jack Adler: Hopefully, still writing.
Book ‘Em: If you could offer one piece of advice to a novice writer, what would it be?
Jack Adler: Keep writing. Be persistent. Strive to develop your own style but read a great deal to see what other writers do.
Book ‘Em: What would you consider the best compliment a reader could give your book?
Jack Adler: That a book I wrote kept their interest and induced them to read more of what I write.
Book ‘Em: Provide an excerpt of your writing that you would like to share with our members.
Jack Adler: From “A Colleague In Shadows”- “The onset of trench warfare presented a challenge to military ingenuity which has yet to be satisfied. The so-called war of attrition has led to a dreadful slaughter which might have been avoided or lessened. The concept of which side will bleed to death first is extremely dubious in several respects. As a military strategy, it is probably futile and obviously prolongs the conflict. As a moral issue, it is a terrible blotch on our civilization or what we call a civilization.”