Friday, June 17, 2016

S.D. Skye's Hell or High Water 365 Day Blogathon Post 214 -- Author John H. Gibson

Please welcome today…

John H. Gibson          

Tell us about your journey to become a published author?

During my formative years the television and movies were alive with spies and espionage and political intrigue, real and imagined. And then Watergate happened and I was completely and hopelessly stuck. Everyday after school, while my buddies were out playing basketball, I sat at the television, enthralled by the entire Break-in scandal. And I began to read thrillers that dealt with politics because of Watergate, and I was completely lost to reading thrillers. I read other good stuff, Harold Robbins, Sidney Sheldon, but nothing touched me the way that political thrillers did. Nothing has changed.

Tell us about your latest release.

TRACK THREE is about a top-rated investigative journalist, Elliott Lawder, and Katherine Lambert, a street-wise black British street urchin, that are thrown together by the untimely death of an NSA Systems Analyst. The story moves at break-neck speed from Washington to London to Brussels to The Netherlands as the two attempt to discover the answer to why every US Security Agency, including the NSA and the CIA, are trying to kill them.    

Give five words that best describe this book. What message do you hope readers get?           

Politics, suspense, thrills, mystery and family.

That lead characters in thrillers don't always have to be perfect. My lead(s) have a lot of problems, but they succeed n spite of those flaws.

Give us one or two of your favorite lines from this book.

This is the very first line in the book:

“. . . a shooting . . . ? a stabbing . . . ? a drowning . . . ?"      

Tell us about your writing space and your daily routine.

Not sure if this is unusual or not, but I write my first draft long-hand, laying on the carpet in my living-room; that long-hand copy is then transferred to a Word document at my desk in my home office.  That process is repeated for any subsequent edits following the first draft.

When I'm in writing mode, I write every day; Saturday and Sunday included. I don't have a scheduled time per day to write; I begin when I feel like it and then write until I'm tired. When I am in the mode I do very little other writing-related activities - marketing, blogging, etc.

What’s one of your favorite reviews/comments you’ve ever received about your writing (on this book or any other)? Who did it come from and how did it impact you?

Let me first say, that I appreciate any and all of my reviews. However, there are two that hold special significance. The first is from a friend and colleague, Dr. Fred Johnson. His review was impactful because Dr. Johnson I knew to be a fair but forthright person and would render a truthful review, whether favorable or not (it was a 5 star review). The second was from Night Owl Reviews. And it was important because this review was from a professional review site that was totally unbiased and selected my novel, TRACK THREE, as a Top Pick.       

What’s your biggest struggle as a writer (or what was your worst critique)? And how do/did you handle it?

My biggest struggle, like nearly all other not-yet bestselling writers, is marketing. I'm a writer, not a salesman, and marketing, for me, is a major struggle.        

What is the high point of your career, so far?

So far - getting published.   

What was the low point of your career? And how did you handle it?

Being rejected by a specific agent. She was very well known and very important in the agenting world; the sort of agent that could change your life if they accepted you as a client. We had developed a fairly cordial relationship, I was confident that she was impressed with my writing (she had said as much - I know, I know, they all say that, but she asked 3 times for my work), but rejected me because I sent the manuscript, for the second time, (a miscommunication) in the wrong format. I was devastated. That devastation remains.     

One reason for the rejection from the aforementioned agent was that I submitted to her both a novel and screenplay of the same project (I believe the main source of our miscommunication). In doing research on writing a screenplay, I read ADVENTURES IN THE SCREEN TRADE, by William Goldman. Not just a great book on the screen trade but a great read on its own. Highly recommended.    I am currently writing a novel that is a small departure from TRACK THREE and my first thriller, DUMMY. It is a sort of thriller/family saga hybrid. If it lives up to the images in my head it will be a very good book. I hope so.    

What’s your favorite book on the writing craft or your favorite piece of advice to writers?
Again, ADVENTURES IN THE SCREEN TRADE, by William Goldman. Highly recommended.   

To visit John online, go to...

Oaktree Press

Goodreads giveaway:

Amazon Author Central

And to buy John’s books, check out…

Oaktree Press

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Thanks so much for joining us today! It was great having you. Come back when you release your next book!     

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