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.