VBT- Love Spell by Stan Crowe INTERVIEW

21 Jan

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Clint Christopherson’s love life is a running joke. When a crazed gypsy curses him with the best wish he could ever ask for, the punchline stops being funny. Now, even his barest touch drives girls mad for him. Desperate to reverse the curse, he turns to his last hope: an attractive private investigator who may be able to locate his missing gypsy. If only Clint knew who it was he just hired…

INTERVIEW with Author Stan Crowe

Stan thank you for stopping by my blog. Tell us what’s a day in the life of author Stan Crowe.

I’ve learned there’s real value to having an “ordinary life.” I have the pleasure of spending priceless time with my children before they make their way to school and I to my day job as an engineer. I come home from work, save my wife from the kids, feed them, put them to bed, and spend quality time with my lovely wife. Somewhere in there I make time to hit my daily writing goals, which means much more to me considering the number of obstacles that stand in the way of those goals.

I get easily distracted therefore when I write I need complete silence, door closed. The only person allowed in my office is Bella, my dog. When you write do you need complete silence around you or noise?

I find that I like at least a little noise—typically music, though I’m okay without it. With eight kids in my house, I’ve adapted to a steady thrum of background noise. In fact complete silence has become its own distraction; it makes me feel as though I’m in some sort of mental vacuum.

I have all these ideas and voices in my head, but for some reason I struggle sometimes to put them on the paper. Do you find yourself at one point or another at a loss for words?

I don’t know what to say to that.

Seriously, though, I think most writers face this issue at some point. Some ideas sound great in your head, but getting them on the page is a struggle. When that happens, I find that forging on is the best thing I can do. Even if that results in me writing poorly, I’ve still written something, which is immensely easier to shape into what’s in my head than a blank page would be.

How did you celebrate the sale of your first book?

In all honesty I can’t remember. Knowing me, I probably gave a little cheer, kissed my wife, and maybe went out to dinner. My fault for not being a good journal keeper, I guess.

What hobbies do you have?

Obviously I write, but I also draw, enjoy the outdoors (my family does an annual camping trip), model building, photography, and gaming. 

I’m not identifying myself with any of my characters, yet each one of them has a part of me. Can you see yourself in any of your characters? Which one and why?

I absolutely see myself in several of my characters. There’s less of me in the characters in Love Spellthan in my previous book (The Cinderella Project), but I rely heavily on personal experience and interaction—and also upon how I would like to be—to help inform my characters. Most often, my first draft of some characters are very much like me, though that usually changes considerably in later drafts, as was the case in Love Spell.

What’s one piece of advice you would give aspiring authors? 

Work hard, and remember the three “Ps”: patience, persistence, and planning. One of the biggest differences I’ve noticed between writers who are published and selling and those who are merely “aspiring” is that the published authors got the job done. Set realistic goals (planning), and then work toward them as best you can (persistence) while making peace with delayed gratification (patience).

What has been the toughest criticism you’ve been given as an author? What has been the best component?

I won’t repeat the toughest criticism I’ve received because my old mentor wasn’t family-friendly about saying it. The gist of it was that I had retrogressed in my skills and had no idea of how to make a good story.

I suppose the best component of the aforementioned criticism was that it didn’t leave me an easy way out. At the time, I had even more to learn about storytelling and writing than I do now. It was good to be called on my deficiencies so that I could actually address them, rather than continuing along the wrong course, blissfully ignorant.

Do you prefer ebooks, paperbacks or hardcover?

I’m a big fan of print books in general. E-books have their place (all of my works can be purchased as e-books), and I think they’re great, but I’m still pretty old fashioned. I’m most accustomed to paperback and prefer their portability and price. However, I really like the durability and weightier, more serious feel of a hardcover.

What projects are you working on and when should we expect another release? In a few words what is this story about.

I’ve actually got a few projects I’m working on in one stage or another. As of now, I’m about 45,000 words into my next book (yet to be titled), and really enjoying it, even though I’m hitting those “muddling middles” that tend to slow progress.

I’ve also got a mid-grade fantasy novel that is in the planning stages (still so much world building to be done—oy!) that I really look forward to finishing and publishing, hopefully while the market is still hot for that kind of material.

I have several spin-off and sequel ideas, and other stories all screaming to be told.

My current project, well, I’m hoping to complete the first draft by the end of February. After that, it’s the usual process of drafting, editing, marketing, etc. It’s somewhat difficult to put a release date on it this early.

As for Love Spell, it’s the story of a guy with a flat-lined love life and a bit of a past who gets a second chance. Granted a single wish, he soon finds that what should be a blessing is actually a curse. When his attempts to solve the problem fail, his only recourse requires him to cross a bridge he deliberately burned years earlier. Along the way, he learns what it means to really love someone and the value in being a good guy.

Unfortunately, the solution to his problem may end up costing him his life.

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Author Stan Crowe

Stan had a pretty normal, middle-class American youth. He was lucky enough to change that by convincing an exceptional woman to marry him in 2000, setting him on a much more fulfilling life course.
Four years later, Brigham Young University awarded him with a Bachelors of Science in civil and environmental engineering. He then he spent several years designing homes, prescribing work for bridges, and even exploring the mortgage industry.
In the midst of all this, he produced two science fiction anthologies in 2006 and 2007. In 2012, Breezy Reads Publishing picked up his romantic comedy The Cinderella Project. And thus he transformed himself from Captain Kirk into Don Juan.
Stan lives with his wife, children (final count to be determined) and two cats in Utah.

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One Response to “VBT- Love Spell by Stan Crowe INTERVIEW”

  1. Cindy C Bennett January 22, 2014 at 2:29 am #

    This looks like a really cute book. I’ll have to check it out.

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