Author Interview: George Stringfellow

Welcome George Stringfellow, author of “Renegades”!

Tell us about yourself:

Q. Do you work another job when you are not writing?
A. Yes. I work the graveyard shift as a motel night auditor. Because I’ve been working nights for the last 13 years, I know exactly what E. A. Poe meant when he said: “Those who dream by day are cognizant of different perspectives than those who dream by night.”

Q. What is your favorite thing to do when you aren’t writing?
A. Reading a good book by James Lee Burke or Michael Connelly.

Q. What is your favorite color? Why?
A. Purple. The color of Lilacs in bloom.

Q. What is your favorite season? Why?
A. The Fall when the colors start changing. It’s the season I feel most creative in getting most of my writing done.

Q. If you could live anyplace on earth, where would it be? Why?
A. Right here in Montana where I’m at. It’s the finest place on the planet.

Q. If you could have any car, what would it be?
A. I’d like to see all cars done away with. Then I’d have a good horse and a better sure-footed mule to get from one place to the next.

Tell us about your writing:

Q. How long have your been writing? Was it a dream, a goal or is it just a hobby?
A. When I was in the sixth grade, a friend of mine and I started working on a story together about a squad of U. S. Marines fighting in the Pacific during WWII. I don’t remember ever finishing this, but it was enough to keep the girls we sat by interested in it. My first novella, “October Night’s Feast” was published by Vantage Press in 1982.

Q. How many hours a day do you devote to writing? Do you have a set routine or do you write when the mood strikes?
A. I have no real set routine. I start a story when the idea strikes me, then once started I’ll complete it. Writing a story is never finished until it is in the hands of the readers.

Q. Is there some place special you like to be when you write?
A. A quiet place with no phones or other distractions.

Q. Do you listen to music or do you need a quiet place to write?
A. No, I don’t listen to music when writing however I find classic rock songs to be a good source of material for new story ideas.

Tell us about your book:

Q. What is the name of it and is it part of a series or a stand alone novel?
A. “Renegades” is a two part stand-alone novella.

Q. Where did the idea come from?
A. While re-reading Alistair Maclean’s novel, The Secret Ways I started thinking about the terror a little girl would face caught up in the events of the Hungarian Revolution when her father was arrested by the secret police. Current events in Afghanistan led me to thinking about an eighteen-year-old boy conscripted against his will into the Taliban and the terror he might have to face. “Renegades” ties the lives of these two victims of tyranny together. For all the talk one hears today about Terrorism, it’s nothing new. Tyranny and Terrorism have always been a part of the human condition. So has love and compassion. Love and Compassion are ways we can beat the terrorists but unfortunately, the two together are not enough.

Q. How long did it take to write?
A. Two maybe three months.

Your other work:

Q. Do you have any upcoming projects in the works or other books that have been published?
A. “Renegades” and “The Saga of Waillyrn Sound” have both been recently published on Amazon’s Kindle. “October Night’s Feast” might still be found on some dusty shelves in old book stores. I’m currently working on a novel-length book titled, “Cast A Wicked Spell.” This should be complete sometime this year.

Q. Where can readers connect with you?
A. Through Authors.com, www.authorsoftheflathead.org and on Facebook.

Q. Where can we buy your books?
A. Through Amazon’s Kindle bookstore.

More about “Renegades”:
Blurb:
What does a twelve-year-old Hungarian girl and an eighteen-year-old Afghan goat herder, separated by half a continent and over half a century in time have in common?

In 1956 during the Hungarian Revolution, events force twelve-year-old Aniko Sedvec and her mother out of their homeland as refugees emigrating to the United States. Fifty-odd years later in Afghanistan, the Taliban conscript eighteen-year-old Sadr Massoud for training to become a suicide bomber, which is actually a cover for a much more sinister Al Qaida plot.

Rengades is a two part novella connecting the lives of these two victims of tyranny, showing that times may change but some things like terrorism remain the same.

Author Interview: S.G. Norris

Welcome S.G. Norris, author of A Very English Revolution!

Tell us a bit about yourself:

Q. Do you work another job when you are not writing?
A. Yes, Amanda. I’m an IT consultant specializing in Human Resource and Payroll Software in the UK.

Q. What is your favourite thing to do when you aren’t writing?
A. Probably relaxing with a good book, maybe cooking or a sharing a glass of wine with friends and family.

Q. What is your favorite color? Why?
A. Not big on favourite things but probably blue as it’s been a prominent colour in my life. Most of my clothes have been a variation of denim blue I reckon.

Q. What is your favorite season? Why?
A. Spring – Always the season of hope and new beginnings

Q. If you could live any place on earth, where would it be? Why?
A. I have so many favourite places in the world I would be hard to sample each one and put them in one place. South of France for it’s extraordinary charm and language, French Alpes for endless skiing, Malaysia for food you cannot imagine and beautiful people, Edinburgh for a city with history oozing from every wall and London where I spend a lot of my work time where people flock from every nationality and a historic sight appears on every street corner.

Q. If you could have any car, what would it be?
A. Typical me, I would have one for each occasion. Audi R8 for fun, Aston Martin DB9 for class, Audi Q7 for space and vulgarity on the road, Mercedes S class for comfort.

Tell us about your writing:

Q. How long have your been writing? Was it a dream, a goal or is it just a hobby?
A. Writing now for 3 years although wanted to do it for some time. Had to find a way to start and realised that the only way to write it is to get a blank screen up and start typing. One year later I had written A Very English Revolution although it took a fair bit of editing to get it to the publishers. I would love it to be a lifestyle and career, but it’s a tough business to make money out of without a lot of luck and some good contacts. So it remains a wonderful hobby.

Q. How many hours a day do you devote to writing? Do you have a set routine or do you write when the mood strikes?
A. I write when I can. Work is demanding sometimes with long hours, weekly travel and stress but I just squeeze writing in the gaps. Train journeys, over dinner in a restaurant. Ideally an hour a day but self-marketing now consumes some of that time. It’s a real challenge

Q. Is there some place special you like to be when you write?
A. The train actually works the best day to day but writing on a private beach in Langkawi last summer will take some beating.

Q. Do you listen to music or do you need a quiet place to write?
A. I will put music on if I need to switch off from other noise. Otherwise quiet helps me to think and drift off into my fantasy world.

 Tell us about your book:

Q. What is the name of it and is it part of a series or a stand alone novel?
A. My book is A Very English Revolution. It was written as a stand alone piece and it is self contained. However I have now written a sequel to it which will have a further part which I will write next year. So I guess a stand alone book has now become a trilogy. But each book will read as one with a beginning and an end to ensure no-one feels that have to have read all three to enjoy them.

Q. Where did the idea come from?
A. The things I find fascinating in human nature is religion and politics. Religion because I believe people underestimate the power of religious institutions and then politics which is full of good people doing bad things under pressure. I also, as a man like to develop female characters in uncharacteristic roles and play with the challenges that face them. It has to be the ultimate challenge for a man to write brilliant female characters. Add the thriller format, a love story, some extremists baddies on all sides, a political vacuum to exploit and out came a story which people appear to love. As the writer at first I think I wanted to take a point of view in the story, but actually as I wrote it I found it more interesting to write all the various points of view and therefore the reader can make the judgements about right and wrong within it. In politics everyone can be right and also can be wrong.

Q. How long did it take to write?
A. The story took 7 months to get on paper. Then the same amount editing it and improving it.

Q. What is it about?
A. It’s framed around a bi-election in Northern England. An industrial area with a long heritage struggling with mass immigration of Asians and and consequent multi-cultural challenges. Lucy Sayers a new look British Nationalist wows the media with her tough talking and glamorous looks. A tenacious local legal researcher Rachel Lancaster believes she is a fraud and is determined to expose her. The story running along side it is a whodunnit set around a long buried body discovered in a Manchester suburb. It pulls a journalist into his past as he uncovers a link to the local church. The complex story escalates page by page as extraordinary and catastrophic events turn everything on it’s head. It sounds like heavy politics and hard to comprehend but it really isn’t I’m not a political activist or commentator but it is something I think everyone has a view on. In the end there is a straightforward universal moral; what happens when people choose not to listen to each other and honesty and tolerance becomes impossible. A world where extremists on all sides can prevail.

Your other work:

Q. Do you have any upcoming projects in the works or other books that have been published?
A. Five Days is the working title of the sequel which I am desperate to finish in the coming weeks. I also have written a number of short stories some of which can be found on www.sgnorris.co.uk. I run an internet writing group www.writerscave.co.uk.

Q. Where can readers connect with you?
A. My blog is www.sgnorrisauthor.blogspot.com, Twitter @sgnorrisauthor and I am active on Facebook (S.G.Norris), Amazon and Goodreads.

Q. Where can we buy your books?
A. Paperbacks are available on line at Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Waterstones and most major booksellers. The e-book version is available from many sources but the easiest and most visible is kindle on Amazon.

More about A Very English Revolution:
Blurb:
Joe Barker a journalist receives a message from a long forgotten girlfriend. When Joe replies he discovers Jenny has been killed in a tragic accident. He returns to Manchester to attend the funeral, where he finds Jenny’s younger sister Sarah and a mystery connecting a thirty year old body to the rise of a new pressure group reasserting the Christian faith on an apathetic nation. Convinced that Jenny’s death may not have been an accident Joe and Sarah question why someone might not want the story told. Across the Pennines in Leeds, a bi-election opens an opportunity for Lucy Sayers, a radical new-look nationalist candidate to win a seat in parliament. Rachel Lancaster, a legal researcher skilled in exposing corruption in local institutions, is suspicious of how far Sayers is prepared to go, to win. A terrifying incident tears open the social and political fabric of multi-cultural Leeds. The dramatic fallout plummet’s Joe and Rachel into the firing line, now the only ones who can see the real story and stop the unthinkable from happening. A thrilling fictional story of murder, betrayal, and corruption in its own right but also a stark warning of how the realities of the immigration debate, could plunge the UK into a dangerous revolution.