About Bruce Calhoun:
I am a literature-major drop out who received a Bachelor’s degree in biology and science education from the University of Wisconsin. I taught marine biology in Puerto Rico, worked as a diver for the Australian Institute of Marine Science, wrote an award winning play and founded Save the Rainforest in 1988.
What inspires you to write?
I am inspired by nature and the classic works of writers like Muriel Sparks who wrote THE PRIME OF MISS JEAN BRODIE
What authors do you read when you aren’t writing?
Victor Hugo, H.G. Wells, John Steinbeck, Virgil, Oscar Wilde, Pearl Buck, Albert Camus, Rachel Carson, Miguel Cervantes, Carl Sagan
Tell us about your writing process.
I am an early bird who writes best just before sunrise. Then I go for a long bike ride on the back roads and ruminate on what to write next. I don't make outlines, I just start with a good idea that comes from who knows where and start writing.
For Fiction Writers: Do you listen (or talk to) to your characters?
I sort of fall in love with some of my characters, especially the quirky ones who aren't the main protagonist. But it never goes further than that; that is I never talk or listen to them.
What advice would you give other writers?
Keep writing until the cows come home and don't waste your money on expensive marketing packages. These days many people in the publishing business make their money by exploiting writers, not making a commission on book sales. when if comes to marketing; if you want a job done right do it yourself.
How did you decide how to publish your books?
My process is to give agents a chance to represent me. If that fails I look for that rare traditional publishing company that accepts unagented submissions. When that fails I self-publish and get a street team together to help me launch my book by writing reviews and promoting my book on social media platforms.
What do you think about the future of book publishing?
I think it will continue to become more digitalized and more diluted as more and more people are encouraged to write by an ecosystem that feeds on them. Bookgoodies doesn't do that, so my hat is off to you.
What genres do you write?: Historical fantasy
What formats are your books in?: eBook
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