WINNERS! The winners of last week’s blog with Jan Hudson are: Chris Campillo, moojuice, and Julie Kenner. Please email me at: christie (at) christie-craig (dot) com and let me know if you’d like your ebook via Amazon or B&N. Congrats!
Today I’m really excited for a couple of reasons. First, I get you introduce you to a super talented friend of mine who writes thrillers. And secondly . . . he’s a man! We don’t get nearly enough testosterone around this place, do we ladies? (I hope I didn’t just scare him off! LOL!)
Please give a warm Laugh, Love, Read welcome to Will Graham!
So, Will, can you tell us three things you have in common with your hero?
Every writer uses a little bit of him/herself in their work. If I have to name three, I’ll say Nicholas White and I share the same tastes in Music (The Rat Pack, Big Band, and 1960’s), Movies (anything and everything… we’re both kind of shameless in that regard, although his DVD collection takes up an entire room, while I have to struggle with only 3/4 of the room), and we are both very cognizant of the extreme difference between The Law and Justice.
Any words of wisdom for aspiring writers out there?
‘Words of Wisdom’? I’m flattered to be asked that one! All I can really say is it’s your story, tell it your way. It is extremely easy to get caught up in “Well, Agent A said if I did this….” and “Editor B said I need to do that….” and “Writing Guru C told me I need to….”. Trying to listen to everyone can cause some serious Writer’s Block, not everyone is always right, and your book can turn into a ‘written to specification’ work instead of the story you passionately created. Believe in your work, stick to your guns, and tell your story your way.
How about your favorite scene from any of your books?
My favorite scene in SPIDER’S DANCE is the dinner scene between Nicholas and Michaela O’Brien at a fictional restaurant called “The Monster Mash”. The place is done up with props and costumes from old horror movies (Boris Karloff, Bela Lugosi kind of movies) and it’s just a fun scene for me. One of the most flattering emails I received from a reader was the question, “Is ‘The Monster Mash’ a real place in Houston?'” I replied unfortunately no, it was a product of my imagination, but I grinned over that email for a while.
Okay, if the Ten Commandments were really a list of eleven, what do you think the eleventh commandment should be?
The Eleventh Commandment should be “Thou Shalt Not Anger The Writer”. We have long memories, active keyboards, and *very* vivid imaginations….:)
LOL! Great one and I totally agree! 🙂
Now here’s a little bit about Will’s books and how you can find them:
Nicholas White appears is SPIDER’S DANCE: http://tinyurl.com/spidersdancegraham