Saturday, May 4, 2013

@OBBookTours Author Interview – Maj. Ray Gleason

Do you recall how your interest in writing originated? A nun standing over my with a ruler.
What genre are you most comfortable writing? Prose fiction, poetry, historical-cultural, blogging, graffiti and men’s room walls…
What made you want to be a writer? Knowing my high school English teacher wouldn’t be going over my work with his red pencil.
What do you consider the most challenging about writing a novel, or about writing in general? Getting the time and staying focused.
Did writing this book teach you anything and what was it? The dangers of having a family member edit the work.
How did you come up with the title? From Apollinaire’s poem, La jolie rousse, “Suddenly summer arrives the violent season / And my youth is as dead as the spring” (my translation).
Why did you choose to write this particular book? That’s like asking a mother, “Why did you choose to have this particular child.” What was the hardest part about writing this book? Re-living the experience… bringing my dearest friends to life only to watch them die again.
Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp? What you’ve been told about the men and women who fought the Vietnam war is wrong.
What contributes to making a writer successful? Having a message and saying it beautifully.
Do you have any advice for writers? Don’t take literally agents personally.
What do you do to unwind and relax? Glass of red wine, a pile of chocolate, a comfortable chair, a purring cat and a good book.
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Genre – Literary / Historical Fiction
Rating – PG13
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Follow the tour:

5th May – Book Review at Farm Girl Reads
6th May – Book Review at Reading the Dream Life
7th May – Book Review at My Life in Books
8th May – Book Review at Dreaming Pages
9th May – Book Review at Book Lover’s Dream
17th May – Book Review & Book Feature at Deal Sharing Aunt
18th May – Author Interview at Books Are Magic
21st May - Orangeberry Book of the Day
1st June – Tweet Me A Storm with OB Book Tours
5th June – Book Feature at Reviews by Karen

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