Interview with Alan Nayes

30 Sep

With multiple novels under his belt as well as new upcoming releases Alan Nayes is a very busy kind of guy. He’s writing, he’s fishing, he’s relaxing … then goes back to writing. From thrillers like “Gargoyles” and “The Unnatural” to a romance like “Barbary Point”, he’s delved into a vast array of genres. And since he’s so multitalented, I can’t help but wonder what makes Alan, Alan—the writer.

First, Camelia, I want to thank you for hosting me this week. Now to your questions:

CMS: Your best memory as a writer is …

AN: That’s a tough one.  I think I would have to say it happened when my first novel was traditionally published. I had just come home from work and I saw my answering light blinking.  I listened to the message and it was my agent at the time asking me to call.  Didn’t say why. That had never happened before. I called and he revealed that a trad 6 publisher had just purchased one of my manuscripts. That was pretty cool.

CMS: Do you have a routine when you write and if yes, please describe it. 

AN: No real routine. I try to get down at least a half page a day. I write long hand so I measure my progress by pages, not words. On a really good day, I might crank out four or five pages.

CMS: How long does it take you to complete a novel from concept to publish?

AN: I work (not as a writer) so it usually takes six months to a year to complete a first draft, then another few months for polishing. If I wrote full time, I’m pretty confident I could crank out two or three books a year.

CMS: Your next release “Smilodon” comes out this month. What inspired you to write the story?

AN: I’ve always liked creature thrillers—both movies and books, Jaws and Alien to name a few—and always wanted to try and write one myself.  Smilodon is that effort.

CMS: Your main character, Smilodon, the cat terrorizing a town in Pacific Northwest; tell me about it. What’s the back-story?

AN: An animal and fossil collector hears about a rare find in Siberia. But it’s not a fossil, but a living animal—a cat. He flies over and purchases the feline and on his way back to his huge private animal preserve in Idaho, his private jet crashes. All on board are killed. Except, of course, yours truly. Then the story jumps seventeen years to the present.  The rare “kitten” is no longer just a kitten. That’s when all hell breaks loose!

CMS: General question related to the romance genre. As a male author, how hard is to write from a heroine’s point of view?

AN: I didn’t find it difficult at all—if I had any “female” questions, I had some good women beta readers who would set me right if I got something wrong, i.e. dialogue, responses, etc.

CMS: How do you promote your novels?

AN:  Not enough—I use Facebook, twitter, and belong to groups such as IWU! to get pointers on promotion. I’m also a member of a nine-author group called the Indie-Eclective. We recently put out a short story anthology called the “Halloween Collection” which we hope will help promote our work. I’ve done some ads also. I keep waiting for something to just take off on its own. And I’m still waiting. And waiting…

CMS: What’s the project you are working on right now and when can we expect to see it on the market?

AN: Finishing the formatting for SMILODON and hope to get it out by early October. I originally planned on a September release but …you know how that goes.

CMS: What do you do for fun in your down time?

AN: Movies, exercise, and that old stand by—reading!

CMS: Close-up and personal, who is Alan Nayes:

Night owl or morning person? Night.

Coffee or tea? Tea.

Music or silence? Music (though when I write I prefer quiet)

Sea or mountain? Mountains.

Cat or dog? Dogs.

Thank you again, Camelia, for having me on your blog.

To find more about Alan Nayes and his books please visit ALAN NAYES





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