About Calvin Bowden:
Calvin Bowden worked many years with juvenile delinquents, adult criminals, law enforcement officials and members of the state and federal judiciary as a probation/parole officer. During that time, he learned much about the various levels and types of criminal behavior, including those offenders classified as habitual criminals and criminal psychopaths. He witnessed the strong points and the tragic shortcomings of our state and federal criminal justice systems, along with the growing anti-social and anti-authority trends in our society. Based on real-life experiences, his novels draw attention to those things and to the many faces of evil which good people are struggling to overcome in order to preserve a life of purpose and harmony
The author holds a B.A. with sociology major, a M.A. with major in Criminal Corrections. He is the author of several other books, which are sold through internet options like Amazon.
He has also written three other novels, The Boys from the Back Room, Showdown on the Frio and Trail of the Butterfly, as well as a book of essays, Brain Teasers & Heart Pleasers.
What inspires you to write?
My real life experiences in the criminal justice system.
Tell us about your writing process.
I’m still learning about writing and the whole publishing process – the process is much harder than the writing!
For Fiction Writers: Do you listen (or talk to) to your characters?
I feel close to all of my characters and have an emotional connection with my writing. The characters are like my children, and like children they don’t always do what I want them to.
What advice would you give other writers?
You have to have a thick skin and lots of persistence to be an author. Be prepared for promotion of your books to take way more time and effort than you could ever imagine. Just try not to get discouraged.
How did you decide how to publish your books?
I published with Fideli Publishing because they offer the author whatever level of participation he/she wants. They have helped me with things I don’t really understand, like social media, as well as making sure my books are formatted correctly and get out to all the ebook markets.
What do you think about the future of book publishing?
The publishing industry seems to be going through some growing pains and things have been changing quickly through the last few years. I think everything will settle down soon, once everyone (big publishers and Indies) figures out where they fit in the new world of publishing.
What do you use?: Professional Editor, Professional Cover Designer
What genres do you write?: Young Adult, Humor, Romance
What formats are your books in?: Both eBook and Print