Today we are chatting with Garon Whited the author of Nightlord: Sunset
Tell us something unexpected about yourself!
My career as a ley line salesman and salsa repairman never really took off. I did much better as a radio DJ and as a strip club DJ. Although, I hope all those years in I.T. weren’t wasted. If I had it to do over again, though, I would probably have skipped the job as a parakeet tamer. Vicious little monsters.
What novels affected you the most growing up?
“Have Space Suit, Will Travel” by Robert Heinlein and “Changeling” by Roger Zelazny. Now they’re classic science fiction and fantasy, but at the time they were groundbreaking.
Where did the idea for your current book come from?
My overwhelming disgust at some of the vampire stuff being published today. I got a hundred pages into a vampire novel, realized I could eat a pen and produce better work the next morning, and decided to write one.
Do you think there’s any way you could ever run out of ideas for books?
No. They say writer’s block is when your imaginary friends won’t speak to you. My imaginary friends wake me up at night just to chat. Half the time I have the conversation and go back to sleep without writing anything down. If it’s important, they’ll mention it again. Running out of ideas is like running out of air. It can be done, but some fairly special circumstances are required.
What is your routine for writing and has this method changed over the span of your career?
“I wake up, I fire up the PC and write something, then I have breakfast. Afterward, I write something before I do laundry or have a shower or whatever. Then I write, possibly have lunch. Then there’s writing and checking the mail before I write for the evening. After dinner, of course, I write until I’m tired, then I go to bed. Sometimes I wake up to write something, but fairly often I sleep until I wake up for good, and the process repeats.
It’s worked so far. Why change it?”
How important is marketing and social media for you?
Vital. Absolutely vital. Because I have no idea how to do that. I’m a writer, not an advertiser. I tell stories. It’s what I do. I don’t know how to promote a book, sell a script, or negotiate a television deal. This is why I need an agent; I’ve got stories to tell, dammit!
What advice would you have for other writers?
Read everything you can get your hands on, starting at about age five. Ask annoying questions, get used to being told silly answers, and learn to research the answers yourself.
What are you reading now?
The Merlin saga of Roger Zelazny’s “Chronicles of Amber.” Again. Next up: The Lensman series by E.E. Smith.
What’s your next step?
Next step? Uh… write another book? I mean… come on. It’s what I do. Stuff is happening in my head and I have to put it into words. If I don’t, my head explodes, and that’s messy. I’m not cleaning that up again!
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