Interview with Author Alan Nayes

AlansRanch_dec_2012_003_36503912_stdNayes lives in Southern California but still considers himself part Texan by birthright. He was born in Houston and grew up in Dallas. His resided in California since the mid 1980’s but gets back to Texas as much as possible. His first two published novels–GARGOYLES and THE UNNATURAL.  When he’s not working on his next project, he enjoys relaxing and fishing at his family vacation home in Oshkosh, Wisconsin.

Where were you born and where do you call home?
Lisa, I was born in Houston, Texas, but call Southern California home—for now.

What is the name of your most recent book and if you had to sum it up in 30 or less words, what would you say?
My next release is THE LEARNER. THE LEARNER is about an alien from the dark side of the universe who visits Earth and falls in love with a human.

If you gave one of your characters an opportunity to speak for themselves, what would they say?
NayéLi, the main character in THE LEARNER would probably ask me to get her rulers off her back so she can go about her business on Earth peacefully and secretively. She would also tell me she’s sorry the Green Bay Packers didn’t make the Superbowl—lol. (actually that’s me speaking)

What books have influenced your writing?
Lisa, I’m not influenced by any authors or books in particular—I read many authors in many different genres.

What book are you currently reading and in what format (ebook/paperback/hardcover)?
11/23/63—Stephen King. Ebook.  I’m also reading a talented indie author, Heather Marie Adkins—THE HOUSE. ebook

Are there any Authors that have grasped your interest recently and why?
Like I said I read a lot so don’t have any specific names—some are indie and others are traditionally pubbed.

Any advice for other writers?
If you truly believe in your project, finish it, no matter the feedback from other readers. Also—persistence, persistence, oh, did I say persistence.

Favorite toy as a child?
Probably not a politically correct answer but I loved my Daisey BB gun.

An early childhood memory –
Fishing on Lake Winnebago in Wisconsin with my father.

What do you normally eat for breakfast, of do you skip it and get straight to work?
Couldn’t go without breakfast.  Cereal, toast, or eggs, juice or milk.

What are 4 things you never leave home without (apart from keys, money and phone)?
Purse—no, just kidding.  Let me see—credit cards, clothes (can’t go out naked), sense of humor, and sunscreen.

Sleep in or get up early?
Depends—I can’t sleep I real late, but unless I have to, I don’t relish getting up when it’s still dark out either.

Laptop, desktop or old fashioned pen and paper for writing?
I write my initial drafts with pen and paper, then once the draft is typed by a transcriber I edit the manuscript on my computer.

Your thoughts on receiving book reviews – the good and the bad – A necessary part of the business.
I enjoy reading my good reviews and the bad ones—well, I try to convince myself reading is very subjective. Right?

Where is one place in the world that you would really love to visit someday?
Antarctica.

One of your favorite quotes –
“Mr. Townes, you behave as if stupidity were a virtue.” From Flight of the Phoenix, the Jimmy Stewart version.

An actor or a book character you have a crush on –
There are plenty of intelligent sexy female actresses I could easily develop a crush on. Instead I just see their movies.

Is your book in Print, ebook or both?
Ebook

And last, but not least, where can readers stalk you?
My blog
My facebook page
My Goodreads author page 
Twitter
Amazon
Smashwords
Barnesandnoble.com 
Website

 

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