About Geoffrey M Gluckman:
Geoffrey M. Gluckman is the author of the award-winning thriller, Deadly Exchange (2007). The Secret Keepers is the sequel to Deadly Exchange. In 2013, he released Murder of Sex, a steamy romance suspense. For 2011 and 2012, he acted as a second level judge in the Maryland Writer’s Association Novel Contest, critiquing entries for fiction selection. He has been a featured author for Foothill College Author Series, Kathy Patrick’s Girlfriends Weekend, and presented at numerous book clubs, as well as radio and online interviews. In the past, he wrote full-length features for various print publications in the U.S., Canada, and Australia, such as Iron Horse Magazine and Law Enforcement Technology.
What inspires you to write?
Probably the greatest inspiration is telling a wonderful story that intrigues, tantalizes, and enchants readers. Time with nature offers much inspiration as well.
Tell us about your writing process.
Usually, a character begins telling me his/her story and I let it unfold from there–sometimes I am told the ending, sometimes not. I do chart an outline as the story progresses because it is a critical reference and important for the element of pacing in thrillers and mysteries. I hand write first drafts. I do lots of character sketches, some get in, some don’t.
For Fiction Writers: Do you listen (or talk to) to your characters?
As mentioned above, the character begins telling me his/her story, so I am definitely listening. In fact, I let the character guide the story.
What advice would you give other writers?
I think reading a lot (I mean tons) is critical, and not only from the genre you prefer. Let curiosity be your guide.
How did you decide how to publish your books?
With Deadly Exchange (2007), I had been working with a big New York publisher for 18 months when they decided they did not want it, I had to scramble to find something else because some of the technology in the story would become obsolete. For Murder of Sex (2013), a steamy romance suspense, I wasn’t sure of how to market it, so I put it out myself, sort of an experiment. The story is really fantastic (my bias). Finally, the latest novel, The Secret Keepers, the sequel to Deadly Exchange, I released myself because the industry has changed so much, especially with marketing, which I am not that adept at, but I try. And I had a base of readers/fans built up, somewhat. I love meeting, talking with readers.
What do you think about the future of book publishing?
That’s a tough one. I do know that reading is critical for people of all ages. Story and character are essential for human existence.
What do you use?: Professional Editor, Professional Cover Designer
What genres do you write?: Spy, thrillers, mystery, suspense, romance
What formats are your books in?: Both eBook and Print
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