Striving for new heights on the literary landscape, following careers in radio, commercial banking, and real estate, Jon Foyt began writing novels with his late wife, Lois. He holds a degree in journalism and an MBA from Stanford and a second masters in historic preservation from the University of Georgia. A marathon runner (60 completed) and prostate cancer survivor, Jon was born when Herbert Hoover was in the White House and is active in an adult retirement community near San Francisco.
What inspires you to write?
Ideas that come to me while running or hiking, bringing with them characters,events, and historical settings,whether in the past or even recent.
Tell us about your writing process.
I write early in the morning and then edit in the afternoon. I try to express my thoughts and those of the characters in my novels as faithfully as I can. I usually try to outline the novel in advance–at least conceptually–but I find as I go along, the characters tend to influence me, possibly in new directions
For Fiction Writers: Do you listen (or talk to) to your characters?
Yes, almost always, and they talk to me, as well. The characters become companions, friends, sometimes adversaries. They form a whole new world of thought and adventure that accompanies me.
What advice would you give other writers?
Write about what you know or have experienced and what you have researched in the way of history, setting, science, and background for your experiences.
How did you decide how to publish your books?
There are many publisher,both new and old. Today for fiction, it is almost impossible to go the old traditional way of finding an agent and getting a major publisher. The world is into e-books and print on demand,and that’s they way to go, in my opinion. I want to write and not spend time writing query letters to agents.
What do you think about the future of book publishing?
The future is on the Internet with e-books, plus print on demand. The major publishers in Manhattan missed the boat on the changing publishing and writing scene. The future is online and with Amazon.
What do you use?
What genres do you write?
Fiction,contemporary and historical
What formats are your books in?
eBook, Print, Both eBook and Print