Hardback Publications: WHAT YOU SHOULD KNOW ABOUT RECLAMAS, BUT COULDN”T FIND OUT, Exposition Press, 1974, 143 Pages, non-fiction.
Paperback Publications: Eagles Cry Blood, Zebra, 1986/2003, 494 pages, fiction; Survivor of Nam series (Warner Books) Baptism, 1988, 188 pages, fiction, P.O.W, 1988, 183 pages, fiction, Black Market, 1988, 201 pages, fiction, Court-Martial, 1988, 201 pages, fiction; Fields of Honor series (Signet Books) The Medal of Honor, 1990, 318 pages, fiction, The Distinguished Service Cross, 1991, 301 pages, fiction, The Silver Star, 1991, 301 pages, fiction, The Soldier’s Medal, 1991, 316 pages, fiction, The Bronze Star, 1992, 320 pages, fiction.
E-Book Publications (Amazon.com kindle editions): The Jester’s Club (Dec2012), War Sins (Jan2013), WWIIAR EAGLES (Feb2013), MYK: Prince of the Vends (May,2013); DAVID’S CHILD, RED TABS, Son of War, Rabbit Hunt, The Amerasians (July 2013); EMOTIONAL VAMPIRES (August 2013)
Newspaper Columns: Byline: THOUGHTS FROM THE RIGHT, 352 weekly columns published (1,000-1,250 words per column) Troy Somerset Gazette and Northwest Gazette. (Detroit suburbs) 150,000 readers. (1987-1995)
Zlotnik served nine years with the United States Army Special Forces with 31 months in combat during the Vietnam War. He served as the executive officer of two Special Forces A Teams; Duc-Co (A-253) and My-An (A-426) and he served with the elite MACV-SOG’s northern operation—Command and Control North (CCN)
Zlotnik left the military and was hired by the General Dynamics Corporation as an executive where he served as a public relations director marketing the highly successful M-1 and M-1A Abrams main battle tank.
Zlotnik taught creative writing for five years at Tiffin University and Rhodes State College in Ohio.
Zlotnik founded his own treatment level foster care agency in 2000 to help troubled teenagers find and focus on a positive success-based future. He sold his agency and retired from foster care in 2003 and writes novels and screenplays full-time.
Zlotnik has lived eleven years overseas in; Italy, Germany and Southeast Asia and is constantly expanding his knowledge on different subjects he selects to write novels and spec movie scripts about and has established an extensive network of; company executives, government employees, mercenaries and savants from around the world.
What inspires you to write?
I am a truth seeker. I write non-fictional events as fiction in order to reveal the truth.
Tell us about your writing process.
Life events mixed with RESEARCH, RESEARCH and more RSEARCH followed by a mental digestion process that can take months or years. I usually outline a novel by writing the title of the proposed chapters on 3×5 cards. The chapter titles are my clues as to what’s in the chapter when I start writing, but everything is very flexible. I write a novel chapter to chapter. I do not know how long the novel will be or how it will end. The storyline pulls me along. I started writing my epic saga, MYK: PRINCE OF THE VENDS as a short story and it turned into a 1,000 page novel.
For Fiction Writers: Do you listen (or talk to) to your characters?
I BECOME each character; male/ female, animal or reptile. I remember once when I was writing about a reticulated python lying on a flat rock, I laid down on the ground with my chin in the grass to get a snake-eyed view of the world.
What advice would you give other writers?
LIVE life; OBSERVE everything; LISTEN, WATCH and touch…
How did you decide how to publish your books?
My first ten novels were published by New York publishing houses, until the bottom fell out of male action adventure novels. I then decided to publish eBooks and formed my own limited liability company; SERAPHIM & ANGEL LLC. I felt with eBooks I could reach more readers and the price for the novels can be much lower than hardbacks. Also, the reader has an instant download worldwide. I’ve published ten eBooks. Sadly, 500,000 authors a year have the same idea–mostly one book Jennies. The huge drawback with eBooks is absolute trash gets mixed in with classics and separating them is based on “reviews” which can be “purchased” from professional review writers.
What do you think about the future of book publishing?
Dim–very dim. With the advent of self-publishing the filters have been removed; professional editing, story-editing and professional marketing. The eBook market is flooded and the readers are dwindling going over to video games and movies for instant entertainment and escape. Those who do read are very selective and prefer non-fiction. Of those reading fiction the largest group are adult women and they prefer romance novels.
The hardback book market will shrink even further as iPads, Kindle and electronic devices take over.
What do you use?
What genres do you write?
Historical Fiction, military, crime, mystic, true life.
What formats are your books in?
Both eBook and Print