The writing spark was first initiated by reading the works of Harlan Ellison. A. J. Gallant is now inspired by such authors as Steven King, J. K. Rowling, Dean Koontz and many others. He’s the writer of more than a dozen screenplays.
What inspires you to write?
Getting words down on the page and creating one’s own world is part of an uncontrollable urge to create, especially satisfying when I manage to entertain myself. Just as a singer has to sing an author has to write. There’s no better feeling than sitting at the laptop and watching those words expand into a novel, hopefully one that will outlive the author by many years. Sometimes my characters take on a life of their own, heading west when I want them to go east and surprising me.
Tell us about your writing process.
I don’t usually outline too much; I get what I think is a good idea and run with it. I never get writer’s block and I’m not sure why although I imagine that sooner or later it’ll probably come for me. With Madman in the Mirror, which was my first novel, the idea just came to me and I ran with it. I wanted to create an insane killer but one that was so tormented by his father that the reader would actually care for him. When he had finally killed his father and dug a hole and threw him in and he was still frightened of him even though he was dead I thought it was a great idea.
Ah the writing process. I’ll write chapter one, two and three. Then I’ll go back and polish and add to the first chapter and then the second. Then I’ll writer chapter four and five and again go back to chapter one and add a little more detail to it When I get up to chapter thirty I won’t feel like going over chapter one so much but I will still go back and add to other chapters. So I recommend that if you have writer’s block just go back and improve what you have so far.
You are never so fresh and inventive than when you first wake up in the morning and if that means getting up at 5 in the morning so be it. My brain always works better after a good night’s sleep.
For Fiction Writers: Do you listen (or talk to) to your characters?
My characters often have a mind of their own and I love it when they entertain me in the process. I write to satisfy an urge and to entertain, often good ideas will simply pop up as the scene progresses or when I go back and polish.
What advice would you give other writers?
Advice that I would give to others writers is to get down at lest 500 words a day, every day. Pay attention to the reviews and learn, although not all of them are genuine.
How did you decide how to publish your books?
The fact that it’s FREE to publish on Amazon made it easy to decide.
What do you think about the future of book publishing?
Buy an eBook and save a tree. But seriously, I think that one day all the books will all be electronic but I’m guessing that still might be 50 years in the future.
What genres do you write?
fantasy, thriller, crime fiction
What formats are your books in?
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