Today, we have an opportunity to talk to Glenn Maynard.
Glenn Maynard has written the book, Chatroom With A View.
That is great. Can you tell us a little about yourself and what led you to start writing?
Ever since I remember, whenever something sad and tragic occurred, I would release my grief by writing it down in a notebook. Occasionally I would write about good things or funny things. Then I became an English major in college and took Shakespeare classes with deeply complex poetry. I began writing funny poems as a way to make poetry easier to understand in a rebellious, intereting way. After college, I embarked on a one-year journey through the 48 continental states of America in an RV. It gave me experience and my writing career officially began. I was a travel correspondent for two newspapers and amassed twenty articles, eventually turning my notes into a memoir entitled, Strapped Into An American Dream.
That sounds really cool - your journalling turned into an adventure across America and led to a career. Traveling across the US, you must have seen and experienced so much. Is there anywhere specifically you get your inspiration, information, and ideas for books?
My inspiration and ideas for books come from my life experiences and stories in the news. Then I sprinkle in movies I’ve seen and books I’ve read. All of these pieces when mixed together result in a very unique spin on the world for my characters.
What advice would you give someone who wants to be a writer?
Obsess over writers who have made it and find out what they did to realize their dream. Learn as much as you can about online promotion and get as many reviews as you can. Never stop promoting.
What is the best advice you have ever been given as a writer?
The person who cares the most about your book is you. Hit promotion hard because nobody is going to do it for you.
That is so true. I am told that in today's market even the big five publishers leave a lot of marketing to the writer unless you are their select few. Writing and marketing can take up a lot of time. Do you write full-time or around another job? How do you schedule your time to write?
I have a full time job at an insurance company and I set aside time at night to write. When I’m tackling the first draft of a book, I have a goal of 5000 words per week, which is 1000 words per night for five nights. After 20 weeks, I have a 100,000 word book.
What is your favorite part about writing?
My favorite part about writing is creating a world and then creating people to live in that world. I make them interact with each other in creating a story that has never been told before.
You have created a world for your new book. Please tell us about your current release.
Chatroom With A View is a story about a third generation battling against the possible existence of a murder gene with the fourth generation on the way. Once the family secret gets out, it's a race against time when Troy's ex-girlfriend returns, claiming to be pregnant with his child. Her mission is to change Troy, but his mission is to remove her from his life. This rollercoaster storyline is a thriller to the end.
Can you provide us with a small exert?
he wind gusts reached into the woods and sporadically shifted the little log cabin at its base, and the raindrops thumped the structure with a little more vigor when they did. It wasn’t that it was a threatening storm, but it created enough of a commotion to jolt Troy Cullen back into the world in which he was not a very big fan. The gray, sticky afternoon in late July contained enough heat to bring on this afternoon thunderstorm, but much more accompanied the storm beyond the clouds and the thunder and the rain.
Troy looked around the room from the floor of this log structure and with hazy vision saw his father on the hardwood floor across from him. Neither of them moved like the approaching storm. Turning his head to the left, he could see his house through the window. In fact, he could see the window of his bedroom from his current position inside this little cabin in the back yard. He was on the other side looking in not long ago, but a lot had changed since then. In the matter of an hour, his entire world had turned upside down.
Thank you for sharing. What part of writing and publishing was most difficult for you?
The promotion of a book via social media is the most difficult for me. There are so many platforms in which to promote my books. I find myself trying to stretch myself to thin to learn all of them when I should try to learn a couple really well. I don’t want to be a master of none.
Anything additional you want to share with the readers?
My other books are Strapped Into An American Dream, which is a memoir detailing my one-year journey through the 48 continental states in an RV, and a paranormal trilogy entitled Desert Son.
If our readers want to go check those out or you current release, where can someone go to purchase your book?