Have you ever had writer’s block? If so, what do you do about it? Writer’s block just happens from time to time, and I usually put my manuscript aside and work on other book related activities such as marketing, social media, cover design concepts, video trailer ideas, etc. Since I follow a regimented work schedule, I won’t allow myself to go do something mindless, but I’ve found that concentrating on other tasks allows my subconscious mind to work on “the problem”, and I’m eventually able to return to the manuscript with the fog lifted.
How did you come up with the title of your book? I decided to follow Lawrence Sanders’ lead with his Archie McNally detective series where he used the name “McNally” followed by a word that related to the story like McNally’s Secret or McNally’s Gamble. This book is titled Lazar’s Mission, which follows Lazar’s Intrigue and Lazar’s Challenge. The book I’m working on now is titled Lazar’s Target.
How important do you think villains are in a story? In my particular genre, I think villains are very important. However, I try to make them human and somewhat relatable. At the very least, I think it makes them more true to life. In Lazar’s Mission, however, I don’t think anyone will be able to sympathize with the bad guy. As much as I wish it weren’t true, there are people out there with his set of beliefs, so despite his lack of appeal, he’s nonetheless quite realistic.
Do you have any advice for writers? Treat your writing like a business, whether you have the luxury of a full-time gig or just write during the evenings and weekends. That means setting regimented times to write, to market, to blog, etc. Make to-do lists, set specific goals and achieve them one by one. No one will ever finish a book by writing whenever they get around to it. There are so many distractions in life, and because writing and creating is hard work, it’s so easy to gravitate toward other things and “get to the writing later”. Discipline is the key.
If you could leave your readers with one bit of wisdom, what would it be? If you aren’t doing what you love, start doing it, even if it’s just in your free time. Feel it, believe it, see it in your future, and the universe will eventually make it your reality. Just don’t let anyone who doesn’t share your reality sway your intentions.
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Genre – Action, Mystery, Suspense
Rating – R
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