A native of the south, Glenn Trust was born in Columbus, Georgia in 1951, the son of a young Alabama girl who left home to join the United States Air Force at a time when young girls from Alabama did not go into military service, and a young boy from Philadelphia who had done the same. While stationed in Cheyenne, Wyoming, they met and married. Glenn was the first of their five children.
His father’s work as a salesman filled Glenn’s early years with moves from the banks of the Chattahoochee River in Georgia to Philadelphia, Los Angeles, Petersburg, Virginia and Baltimore, until finally returning to the Atlanta area in 1965. From then on, he remained a Georgian, going to school and growing up in the Atlanta area.
Out on his own in 1969, he was restless, working at construction, driving a truck for a dairy and then serving as a police officer in DeKalb County, Georgia, one of the metro Atlanta counties, from 1977 to 1987. When the opportunity to go to work for a financial services company with a subsidiary in the Atlanta area presented itself, he left law enforcement in order to provide more for his young family. He worked himself up through the company’s security department until he was promoted to the position of North America Regional Director of Security. He frequently comments that he was the dumb luckiest guy that ever walked through the door. He also learned quickly, sitting in business conference rooms with senior executives, that he was usually not the smartest, never the best educated, and absolutely not the most attractive person in the room. He also learned that he didn’t have to be, and that the willingness to work harder than everyone else was more important to success than the traits he felt he lacked. Taking assignments that others did not want and responsibility without additional pay, he gradually proved himself to corporate leaders. Eventually he was promoted up the chain of command to a fairly senior position in the security division, ending his time with the company as a Senior Vice President.
His work gave him opportunities he had never anticipated. It took him across the United States, to most of the states and virtually every major city, and gave him opportunities to travel to Europe, the far east and South America, gaining experiences a poor, dumb boy from Georgia had never imagined. After twenty-one years with the company, he took a separation package during a period of company downsizing, and his retirement, and moved to northern Nevada. When his retirement began dwindling in 2007 as financial companies’ stock prices began plummeting in advance of the 2008 crash, he realized that it was time to go back to work, eventually becoming the city manager for a small city in the heart of gold mining country. He currently resides in Spring Creek, Nevada.
His varied work and life experiences gave Glenn an appreciation for the virtues and faults of people at all levels of society. He has worked beside laborers, scuffled with bad guys, and stood beside presidents at corporate events. This exposure to such disparate groups exerts a strong influence on his writing. Hard working construction laborers, truck drivers, and farmers fill his pages alongside law enforcement officers, small town politicians and corporate bigwigs in leather chairs, filling boardrooms with their egos. He finds people interesting, at all levels of society. Respecting the strengths of people and understanding of their human frailties, his desire above all in writing is to bring life and reality to the characters in his books, exposing readers in a real way to a side of life and our society with which they may not be familiar.
There is an honest simplicity and grittiness to the characters in his books. The white hats the heroes wear are spotted and grayed by their own demons and struggles. The bad guys are not always misunderstood Robin Hoods. Sometimes they are just truly bad with no possibility of social redemption. In the end, the books are fiction, about fictional people. His desire is to bring a believable reality to the characters that populate the pages.
The characters he paints are not completely good and rarely completely evil. Like most of us, they lie somewhere in between.
What inspires you to write?
Life and people, equally.
Tell us about your writing process.
The process begins with a very fluid outline of chapters that take the story rumbling around in my head from beginning to end. I simply use a numbered Word document so that I can move chapters and ideas around and keep them numbered and ordered correctly as I move through the writing process. This basic outline changes as the writing of the story progresses. It is a very dynamic process.
As I begin writing a chapter, I review where the storyline is, what may be missing and where the characters are taking it. I mention this because, as the characters develop their own personalities they don’t always follow the mold I had created for them in the beginning.
The actual writing begins as I see the chapter action in front of me, almost like watching a scene from a movie. The best way fro me to describe it is that I try to capture the, action feelings and personalities acting out in my mind’s movie screeen.
For Fiction Writers: Do you listen (or talk to) to your characters?
Absolutely. They become real people. My readers seem to appreciate that as well and I have frequently received comments about characters as if they were real people. I find this particularly gratifying.
What advice would you give other writers?
Write. Sit down and write. Write right now. Stop standing (sitting) there and write.
How did you decide how to publish your books?
While I would have loved to have an agent or publisher pick up my work, none to this point have been interested or noticed. So, as I am probably a bit older than many new authors, (okay maybe a lot older) I felt that if I wanted to get my work in front of anyone besides my family I would have to self-publish.
I am now a complete convert to self-publishing. It is the great equalizer. I have discovered there there are many great authors in the Indie world who probably would never have had a chance to share their work if it were not for the revolution in ePublishing and gaining readership.
New authors, explore all possibilities. Self-publishing today is not the “vanity press” of old.
What do you think about the future of book publishing?
There will probably always be a place for tradional publishing houses and the agent system. I also, think that those traditional methods of publication will become more receptive to those who have already self-published their work, and will seek to acquire rights to previously self-published, ePublished works. This is already happening.
As in everything else, given enough time, things evolve. The stigma of self-publishing and the perception by “tradional publishers and agents” that self-published works are unworthy of consideration will, and is changing now.
Regardless of what they may think of my work, there are too many other good authors in self-publication to be ignored. In the end people, the readers, decide who the best authors are. Publishers will follow.
What genres do you write?
Mystery / Thriller / Suspense …so far
What formats are your books in?
Both eBook and Print