Today on the blog to kick off the Falling for Chloe Blog Tour I have author D. Stearman for an interview!
Hey David! Thank you so much for agreeing to this interview. I am so excited to have you on Electively Paige to talk about Falling for Chloe.
To kick things off why don’t you tell us a little bit about yourself and your books – I’m excited to hear what you have to say since I was a big fan of Falling for Chloe.
Q: Where did the idea for Falling for Chloe come from?
A: Thanks for the kind words, Paige. The idea…well, I was in the music industry for many years, both as a recording artist (back in the ‘80s), and as a songwriter. The music biz can make a young artist’s dreams come true, but the path to success conceals hidden pitfalls, a few of which can be dangerous and even deadly. Additionally, aspiring artists tend to be highly motivated – something required when working in such a highly competitive field. But that motivation in itself can drive someone to neglect or even mistreat loved ones. A young recording artist needs maturity and a grounded set of values to prevent making big mistakes. I thought a story of a young man who became a star and then wished he hadn’t might provide the makings of an exciting and realistic story about the inner workings of the star-maker machinery we call the Popular Music Industry.
Q: What advice would you give to any aspiring writers reading this interview?
A: Writers lease, write from your heart, rather than from market analysis. Don’t write romance when you want to write adventure, just because people tell you that romance outsells your favorite form of fiction. What I mean is, I don’t think Michael Crichton would have had the same impact on our culture if he’d been talked into writing Elizabethan romances.
Q: If you could go back to the beginning of your publishing career and give yourself some advice based on what you know now, what would that be?
A: Find an author friend or two who might willing to help you by editing the first few chapters of one of your stories. You can learn more craft by doing this than by any other method I know.
Q: Do you have any quirky writing habits?
A: Can’t go to bed any night without reading some good fiction. The kind that sweeps you away into another world. Imho, input = output. I have to read good stuff to write it.
Q: Do you outline your books before writing, or do you go with the flow? Somewhere in between?
A: In between. I like to get a general idea of how the story begins and ends, then lay it all aside, sit down with a laptop, and find out what these people are actually going to do. For me, half the fun of writing is in living the adventure with the protagonists.
Q: What Inspired you to write this genre in particular?
A: Adventure/Romance is simply what I love the most, both to read and to write. It’s who I am, so it’s what I produce.
Q: Do you prefer silence while writing, or do you need some background noise?
A: My fave creative environment is either a noisy coffee shop or a table in the food court of a mall 🙂
Q: What are some of your own favorite novels?
A: The Preston and Child novels, Crichton, Lee Child, and the old-time Louis L’Amour cowboy stories. But I also loved Divergent series and The Hunger Games. Oh, yes, and as a theology student, I wrote my the senior paper C.S. Lewis’ The Chronicles of Narnia. Narnia – yeah, that one was the best of all, but you have to be a child on an adult’s body to appreciate it.
Q: If you were trapped on an Island, which fictional book character (not one of your own) would you want with you? Be sure to let us know what book they are from and why you’d want them!
A: I have a lot of respect for Katniss Everdeen from the Hunger Games trilogy. She’d definitely survive the island and come out better for the experience.
Q: Is there anything else you’d like to tell potential readers of your books?
A: Potential readers…my advice is to ignore the covers and genre tags. Download the free sample, read the first chapter, and if it pulls you in, download the book and let it. And thanks so much for showing interest in my stories!
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