Time for another author interview! Today on my blog I have a special treat for you fans of Dark Fantasy and Horror. Please welcome to my blog - Mr G.S. Luckett.
Thank you for taking the time to appear on my blog. Can you tell my readers a little about yourself?
Thank you for having me. Well a little about myself; I went in the Army shortly after high school and after getting out of the Army, I worked public utilities and studied creative writing and screenwriting at U.C.L.A. and Pierce College. I have self-published two books so far, Gates and Alpha Hunter. Now, I live outside of Portland, Oregon with my wife and two sons.
So what first inspired you to get into writing?
I have always loved writing and had an overactive imagination so it seemed like a natural progression. It also helped to get ideas out to make room for new ones. I like the idea that when I write a great story the reader will use it to direct their own film in their imagination and be compelled to live in the world I created for them.
I can relate to the having an overactive imagination part! Who are your favourite authors?
I like Steven King, Edgar Allan Poe, George R. R. Martin, and Bram Stoker, to name a few. These are just the ones I can think of off the top of my head in no particular order.
Anyone who mentions Edgar Allan Poe is ok in my books! Do you have any other hobbies other than writing or is that your whole world?
Sometimes it feels that my whole world is writing but when I have time, I love to spend time with my family. We enjoy the outdoors here in the Pacific Northwest. I also participate in martial arts and kettlebells. If not that, I am researching and brainstorming new ideas.
Do you have a particular favourite genre to write in?
I currently write in the Dark Fantasy, Horror, and Action/Adventure genres. With my new book, To the Gallows, you can add action western to the mix.
Why don't you let the nice people know about your latest novel - without giving TOO many spoilers away of course.
My latest book, To the Gallows, is a Historical Fiction/ Action Western based on one of the first African-American U.S. Marshals. Cole Winters finds out that his estranged Native American brother-in-law is wanted for murder and bank robbery in the territories. In order, to protect him from being hunted down by hired guns, Marshal Winters does the only thing he can. He hunts down his brother-in-law himself. I am also pre-writing Dystopian/Zombie book, Mortem.
Sounds interesting. Where did you get the inspirations for this?
I have always liked the action western and saw a show on the History Channel, while in the hospital as my son was treated for Jaundice. It was about the first African-American Marshals. I just ran with it and created Marshal Cole Winters.
Do you have any favourite characters in the story?
I like Cole Winters, his brother-in-law, Joseph Two Guns, and a Jessie Wainwright, a female long-gun shooter. I like the teaming of the three and the ending is an action packed last stand.
If your book were turned into a film/TV series, who would you get to play the characters? Do you have a favourite director you would choose for this?
Idris Elba for Cole Winters would be awesome. John McTiernan as a director would be great. I hope he would want to do an action western.
Ah, yes - Idris Elba. Awesome choice! So this is a question that I like to ask that often gets mixed reaction - but it's also interesting to see what people think. Which, in your opinion is more important – story or characters?
I feel you have to have both to make a great book. I think if you have, a story that has an original hook people will be interested but when you have that together with a character you love so much that you want to see them in other adventures then people flock to that book.
What do you look for in a good story?
I look to be caught up in it and to have to know what is going to happen to the characters and feel like I am in their world. It also helps to have great twists that spin the story in a new direction.
This next one is a bit of cliche, but I still think it is important to know. What’s the best advice you can give to authors?
I would tell you to stay at it. Keep at the craft of writing and always strive to better your work. Learn to bear criticism and rejection, because they will give way to praise. Also, do not be afraid to get your book reviewed. While I value what my friends and family say about my work, there is nothing like having someone who only knows you for your writing and love it.
Ok, now for the REAL questions of the interview – and these are real life or death here! The fate of the world rests on these questions and could cause a time collapse that will wipe out all life in the Universe. So think carefully before you answer.
What DOES the Fox say?
Frak-kaka-kaka-kow. At least that is my favourite from the song. I have never personally spoke with a fox but it is on my bucket list.
Why DID the chicken cross the road?
To avoid the KFC down the street.
How much wood would a woodchuck chuck if a woodchuck would chuck wood?
Seven cords of wood, no more, no less… Nailed it, right?
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