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Gordon, when did you realize you were more inclined to writing than to anything else? Did something happen at an early age, or did someone say something to open your eyes.
I grew up in
For a moment I thought you were referring to the great NZ short story writer Katherine Mansfield, but I checked. Mansfield was her maiden name. It wouldn't have surprised me, though.
I suppose it was my mother, Mary. She always had her nose in a book. My father never read a book in his life. Mom liked to tell me stories of her young life in
Is writing ever a chore?
I’m a real lazybones. I love doing research and plotting out stories. I can really get into developing the characters, hearing the dialogue passages inside my head, and figuring out all the scenes and plot twists and surprises.
I know exactly how this is. We should be more diligent because we are depriving the reading public of some exquisite work. Well...you are, for sure.
That’s probably why I never sold much in my life. I didn’t fill the pipeline all the time with new work. But I’m not a one of those talking writers. I hate writing classes and seminars where group members never really turn in assignments when it’s their turn. They just want to hang out, gabbing with other would-be writers
Yes this is true, 'Talk writing!' I say. Chit chat is for the phone or over lunch. But we want to read more of your work, Gordon. An internet writers group is the way to go, if you want a writers' group, that is.
I’m surprised that as much as I try to stop doing it, it won’t let me. I think writers are born with something in their gut, or their head. If I deny it and stop, even for years, something will trigger a memory or a feeling. And I’ll go around the house looking for a pen and a writing pad, so I can get that thought down before I forget it.
haha. You caught the bug early.
Great cast for a classic movie. And what a coincidence, Tyronne Power influenced my novel too (I'll Never Forget You - 1951 with Ann Blyth)
There's nothing like first hand experience to enrich a story and make it authentic.
That whole bullfight scene was surreal, especially the partying at the Sierra Motel after the corrida, where a strolling mariachi band trumpeted out hot songs and equally hot senoritas in tight leather pants and flat-brimmed sombreros clapped their hands and wriggled their butts to the delight of a raucous audience of movie stars and starlets. Much of that found its way into The Seventh Bull.
This real life excitement is sure to come through in the pages of your story.
Name the last two books you read. Are they from the genre you write in?
THE HUNGER GAMES by Suzanne Collins. And LEGEND by Marie Lu. I thought both were well written and exciting concepts. I hope to get around to reading the other books in each series when I can block out some time. Or I might just have to catch them when they come out as movies at my local cinema. Now, when I go to my local bookstore, the Young Adult section seems to be growing and growing. I suppose the Twilight Series, True Blood and The Walking Dead are fueling much of it. YA is not my genre at the moment, but I think perhaps it should be.
Up until recently I had two dogs that I had raised since they were puppies. They were totally opposite in temperament.
Aspen sounds like a wonderful dog. I'm sorry for your loss. Australian cattle dogs can scare you. She'd make a irresistible character in a story.
Dreamer gave me a big scare a short time ago, when she was bitten on the neck and developed a lump there the size of a small bar of soap. I posted that story on my blog. She had it drained and is fine now.
When I went to my neighborhood drugstore later and picked up a copy of Cavalier, I opened it up to see there was one short story featured by this new writer. It was entitled: The Boogeyman, and the author was Stephen King. Who knows what might have happened in my literary career if they had only chosen me?
Wow! That must have given you goose bumps. You were so close. Timing is so important in Destiny, isn't it. If only Stephen King hadn't contributed at that time. If only the editor had bought both short stories at the time. Thank goodness you didn't give up!
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It's been a pleasure to have you here today, Gordon, and I really enjoyed reading The Seventh Bull.
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