Jack is a husband, father, and grandfather, as well as a soldier, sailor, amateur historian, and writer. The order is by his sense of their importance rather than their order of occurrence in his life. Born in Baltimore in 1943, he joined the Army after graduating from law school, and served in Vietnam. He has lived in Hawaii, Colorado, and now California since 1975.
What inspires you to write?
I have always been inspired by great storytellers. I grew up in an age when the spoken story still existed and I knew several. This explains why some critiquing my writing, have commented on my conversational style. I am inspired to draw characters from the people I have known. I am fortunate to have known many interesting ones, both good and bad. And, I am inspired by the events I have lived. I have walked many paths less taken as an entrepreneur and consultant, rather than working as an employee. I delayed marriage and family responsibilities later than most of my contemporaries and began adventuring at a young age. It’s given me a wealth of experiences to draw upon.
Tell us about your writing process.
I find a basic premise of conflict as a foundation for a story and then populate it with a collection of characters. I sketch these characters in detail, not by appearance, but by traits. I then set them to the task of resolving the conflict and sit back as a passive observer.
For Fiction Writers: Do you listen (or talk to) to your characters?
I’m a passive observer. Once I populate a story and set them to a task, I simply report on what I see going on in my head.
What advice would you give other writers?
Write. Write a lot. Read, too, a lot. Learn the basics of good writing but don’t worry overmuch about the rules espoused by other authors. If you follow one, you”ll most likely be breaking some other’s rules.
How did you decide how to publish your books?
I wish I could claim to be a visionary, but I simply followed the path of least resistance. I may publish my future work as an independent, but chose to work with an ebook publisher for my first novel. It’s comforting to have someone to share this journey with.
What do you think about the future of book publishing?
There will always be a place in our homes and hearts for the printed page. Folios and coffee table books cannot be duplicated electronically. Collectors will always seek out antiquarian editions of the classics. However, ebooks will predominate in popular literature in the future. They are already beginning to do so now. Coincidentally, we will probably see the demise of the super bookstores. Borders is gone and Barnes & Noble is on questionable ground. The corner bookstore will return to satisfy the needs of collectors and the few print editions of popular literature that do not pass through Internet booksellers. Libraries should endure if they can escape the economic vagaries of intemperate politicians their proclivity to waste money buying votes without regard for the needs of our communities.
What do you use?
What genres do you write?
Historical fiction, action/adventure, romance, memoirs
What formats are your books in?