About Gary Bullock:
Gary Bullock is an actor/writer, originally from east Tennessee. In past lives, he has been a software engineer, radar operator, science teacher, Hollywood apartment manager, DJ, and actor in film and television. He got his lucky break as Sheriff Cable in "Twin Peaks–Fire Walk With Me." One of his lifelong passions is building and flying scale model airplanes. He now lives in western North Carolina and records audiobooks with his soul mate, and love of his life, Mil Nicholson.
What inspires you to write?
If I am lucky, a unique "what if?" question passes through my brain long enough to take hold. From that point it is a question of whether or not this is a story I would to read myself. Once my characters are clear to me, and their goals are at least somewhat defined, I can sail along. They soon take over and begin to inform me of what they want.
Tell us about your writing process.
I am a proud pantser. I usually know what my opening scene will be, and often I also know the final scene, but I do not outline, other than sketching out a timeline if needed.
For Fiction Writers: Do you listen (or talk to) to your characters?
They often talk to me. And I talk to them too, often to try out their speech to see if it rolls off the tongue comfortably and realistically. There is nothing worse than cute or artfully clever dialogue that is totally unlike anything a real person would say. I tend to see my scenes cinematically, and I want my characters to be real and relatable to the reader.
What advice would you give other writers?
You have written your wonderful book. Now hand it over to a professional editor. I thought I was a great editor of my own work. Wrong. Someone else's, perhaps, but I have seen my words too long, and am blind to my own errors. There is nothing that will turn off a reader quicker than a stream of avoidable errors. I have no patience for them either, and I have made plenty myself.
How did you decide how to publish your books?
I self-published. It would have been nice if a traditional publisher had taken it on, but the wait time for a response is very long. If you self-publish, be very careful who you choose. There are many who be happy to take your money and print whatever you want, without ever reading a word of your work. Hence the market is bloated with low quality works, unedited and worse. Go with no one who has not read your book and given their frank and honest opinion. If they do not advise you to seek professional editing, do not use them. Look for a hybrid publisher. There are some honest ones out there.
What do you think about the future of book publishing?
It is possibly a more competitive business than Hollywood. Millions of books are published each year. Few of them ever make money. I think that ebooks will dominate the market, and if audiobook prices can come down, these will also. There are those of us who will always love the paper in our hands too.
What do you use?: Professional Editor, Professional Cover Designer, Beta Readers
What genres do you write?: romance, science fiction
What formats are your books in?: Both eBook and Print
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