Bruce A. Borders was born in 1967 in Cape Girardeau, MO. Bruce’s childhood years were spent in a number of states, including Missouri, Oregon, Wisconsin, and Wyoming.
During his high school years, he was a member of the football, basketball and track teams, involved in various non-athletic activities such as school yearbook production and photography, and won numerous awards for his artistic creations. Bruce graduated Valedictorian in 1984
While in school, Bruce held three part-time jobs; a store clerk, a janitor, and a dental technician, working about 60-70 hours per week. After graduation he became employed full time as a dental technician. Other jobs have included restaurant manager, carpenter and grocery store cashier. For the past sixteen years, he has worked as a commercial truck driver, logging more than two million miles.
At the age of fifteen, Bruce decided to become a writer. He began by writing songs, news articles and short stories. Eventually, books were added to the list. Over the years, he continued to write and currently has a catalog of more than 500 songs, numerous short stories and over a dozen completed books. He writes on a variety of subjects such as the Bible and politics, as well as fictional novels of legal issues and westerns. Titles include: Over My Dead Body, Miscarriage Of Justice, The Journey, and in The Wynn Garrett Series – Mistaken Identity, Holy Terror, Remote Control, Judicial Review, and Even Odds.
What inspires you to write?
I try to take inspiration from every day things in life. I hear things in conversation or on the radio, and I try to imagine the whole story. I’m constantly working out scenarios in my head, playing “what if” trying to find something to write down.
Aside from that, I’ve always had a dream of being a writer. Not just a writer, but a successful writer. I’m still not sure what defines that success, or at what point I will reach it, but the journey is exciting.
Tell us about your writing process.
My writing process is rather old school. While I absolutely love computers and digital technology, I can’t use any of it to write. I still write everything out longhand on a yellow pad. Lots of yellow pads. The first two drafts of my books are written this way. Then, for the third draft, I transfer it to a computer. In the past I’ve used voice recognition software but lately, I’ve gone back to typing.
Outlines are not really my thing. Never were. It used to drive my teachers crazy in school. I’d write my article or report and then make the required outline after the fact. I still use that process on books. After I have the first draft written, I make an outline. As I go through the many rewrites, I modify the outline as needed, which I then refer to for the next re-write. Same goes for character development. I create character sketches after the first draft is written. These are then used to further develop the characters in the successive drafts.
I realize this is probably a very slow method of writing but it works for me. I feel much more creative with a pencil in my hand than sitting at a keyboard.
For Fiction Writers: Do you listen (or talk to) to your characters?
I do not really talk or listen to my characters. Instead, I try to become them. Or maybe they are an extension of me. In any event, I write the words and actions of each character as if I were there. That doesn’t mean everything they say or do is what I would personally do in any given situation, I just try to imagine the scene from their viewpoint.
What advice would you give other writers?
Keep writing. Never stop. Write every day. Don’t let anyone discourage you. If you have your own unconventional methods of writing, embrace that. Don’t try to change what is working in order to satisfy someone who doesn’t appreciate your process. There is no wrong way to write a book. Of course, there is always room to learn and grow as a writer but that shouldn’t mean you have to abandon what you are comfortable with.
How did you decide how to publish your books?
I tried for years to get either an agent or publisher interested in my books. This is a very time consuming endeavor, often taking months to receive a response. When ebooks came along and the ability to self-publish became more feasible, I chose to become my own publisher. That is probably more work, and takes more time than trying to find a publisher! The upside is there are many benefits; my books are available, people read and talk about them, leaving reviews and ratings. I even get some fan mail now – that’s a little odd! So eventually, all the hard work pays off. Although I’m not looking at retiring from my day job any time soon, at least I do receive something for my effort rather than laboring away with nothing to show for it.
After my ebooks were released, I concentrated on making all the titles available in print as well. There is a little more expense involved in that but it’s nice to let readers have the choice.
What do you think about the future of book publishing?
I do not think print books or even physical bookstores will be going away. Ebooks are still a growing market but not to the exclusion of those in print. There are still many people who prefer a book they can hold in their hands; to touch and feel it allows them to connect with the book. That’s hard to replace with a digital book. Recently, I’ve noticed that a lot of readers will purchase an ebook, read it and like it, and then have to buy the physical book too. I think both formats are here to stay.
One notable change that has occurred is that indie publishers are starting to become more acceptable. I think that will continue. The big publishing houses will not be closing their doors but there will be an ever-increasing place for self published books, both ebooks and print titles.
What genres do you write?
Fiction, mystery, crime, suspense, non-fiction, childrens, action,
What formats are your books in?
Both eBook and Print
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