About Dean Kutzler:
Philadelphia’s Thriller Author, Dean Kutzler, writes fast-paced thrillers entrenched with surprisingly true facts hidden around the world. Brownstone is the first book in The Jack Elliot Series.
Dean Kutzler started out in the annals of accounting, fully submerged and drowning in a sea of boring analytical journals, he decided that a non-creative life was not the life for him.
In 2012 he finally found a life preserver and pulled his way to the top of all that boring data and quickly (and happily) dove right into the creative world of…well?
He invites you into the world of Jack Elliot and his fictional adventures where he twists real-life secrets into his path, enlightening every reader!
What inspires you to write?
Mysteries of the world. Anything that has been hidden by the ages of time (and foolish men) seems to blip brightly on my radar. While I’m certainly not a Christian writer by any means, the bible is definitely a big source of inspiration. Reading that manipulated text sparks a desire within me to learn what really happened back in the beginning. Which is what Brownstone, the 1st in the Jack Elliot series, is about.
Tell us about your writing process.
My process seems to change with each book but I always start out with an interesting core idea and work from there. I research all there is about that topic and eventually, I discover what I call Ah-Has! Things that make you go, “Oh” or “Ah-HA!” Those I work throughout the story because I feel if there is nothing interesting in a book, why read it? And accordingly, why write it?
<p>From there, I’ll sometimes do a very BASIC, bare-bones outline. It took me a while to discover what worked best for me. Total seat-of-the-pants produces interesting prose, but never an ending. Total outline and nothing interesting is written. So, a combination of the two allows me the structure that I need in order to finish the novel in a timely fashion, yet allows for the creativity that I thrive on.
For Fiction Writers: Do you listen (or talk to) to your characters?
No, that’s just creepy. (*grins and looks away) I don’t really talk or listen to my characters, so much as I sit back and watch what they do. If I try and force them into doing something that is “out of character” they do not cooperate.
Okay…like that isn’t creepier than talking to them. (*grins and turns red)
What advice would you give other writers?
If you’re serious, you’ve heard this a thousand times (at least.) READ & WRITE: Everyday. That is the best piece of advice ANY writer, beginner or otherwise, will ever receive.
On top of that, writers should always seek to improve. By that, I mean reading everything in the publishing world that you can get your hands on. There is a world of knowledge out there. Get your hands dirty!
How did you decide how to publish your books?
Okay, this is a tough one. And I don’t mean tough to answer. I mean tough to refrain. When I started out, I said to myself that I’d allow at least five years worth of pursuing the traditional route of publishing (agent/publisher).</p>
Then I woke up.
I read an extremely useful article about traditional publishing. The times…they’ve changed and any fool stuck in the past without the will for forward momentum is just that: a fool.
That article said (and this was the clincher for me) that agents only look at writers with a following of 10,000+ before they’ll even entertain taking on a writer.
I understand that everyone has to eat and make a living. But that sickened me. Writers, if they’re serious, work very hard. It’s a career and for some of us, a very meaningful one.
I asked myself: Do I really want someone that cares only about making money representing me? When I can do all of it on my own?
Right there and then I decided it was time to take things in my own hands and catch up with the times. It’s tough work, people, I won’t kid you. There is a rocky road on which to travel and if you don’t put on your hiking boots, things can get tougher. There is so much to learn and do. Then once you think you’ve done that, you discover that you’ve done it all wrong.
But…the benefits are definitely worth the toil and trouble. I promise.
What do you think about the future of book publishing?
I think I’ll leave that up to the publishers and focus on writing the next Jack Elliot novel. Did that sound like a plug? Yes? Well, it was. (*grins) But it was with purpose. No matter what happens in the world of book publishing, none of it matters if you don’t have a good book. Making money should never be your ultimate goal. And before I get all Gandhi on you, what I mean is that life is more than money. In reality, it’s a stupid piece of paper that we all value way too much. If I focus on writing the best book that I can, so that my readers will be taken away from reality for a short time and let’s face it…that’s what they want, then I’ve done my job.
What do you use?: Beta Readers
What genres do you write?: Thriller, Mystery
What formats are your books in?: Both eBook and Print
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