I am a practicing attorney in Portsmouth, NH. i have now published two books: “Command Influence. a Story of Korea and the Politics of Injustice” and “Secrets in a Time of Peace. I have a bio on my web site:www.rshaines.com.I live in Rye, NH with my wife, two Bichons and nine horses.We are looking to sell three horses.
What inspires you to write?
My age and experiences have inspired me to write about people and places with whom I have connected in life.
Tell us about your writing process.
I outline my stories, then I compose various chapters as my research permits. I am an extensive researcher of facts and places, even though I may have lived there for a time. I use my knowledge of places in my stories. I also try to use real characters or similar characters to those I know. Once I write I continue until my story has been created. I then try to sequence my chapters to make the book interesting. I also rewrite after I sequence the chapters, to make the story more understandable and interesting. My wife is a good critic and reads chapters and gives an up or down review without being specific.l She either likes or dislikes a chapter and call those she dislikes “boring.”This is good for me as I then reread and find out why she didn’t like what I wrote and try again with her. If she likes it, I keep it. After all is again reviewed and edited for grammar and punctuation i submit the manuscript for professional editing. After many discussions with my editor I either accept otr reject the edits and we sweep the manuscript once more for errors and then call it complete.
For Fiction Writers: Do you listen (or talk to) to your characters?
Both, I also like to have them express what they are thinking, as well as what they are saying.This makes them more accessible, as most people do not say what they are thinking in any given situation and often the words hide what they really mean or think.
What advice would you give other writers?
Think about what you want to convey to your potential reader and keep the theme alive through your writing to create your story.
How did you decide how to publish your books?
In my first effort after getting several letters telling me nicely that the particular editor or publisher didn’t handle memoirs; and then in the second book,which was fiction, being told my story was terrific, but they wanted someone who could produce a litany of fiction stories every six months, etc. I felt the excuses were so much talk.. I decided what I wrote was worthy of publication and I self published. As an aside I never was exposed to so many pompous people as the agents with whom I spoke.The group seems to exhibit an aura of grandiosity that is fitting for a Hollywood movie. From the direction of the movie industry and the sheer crap produced I understand the level of mediocrity desired. So, don’t give up, if you have something valid to say in youor writings press ahead.
What do you think about the future of book publishing?
I think that inasmuch as the publishers want authors who can write or ghost a volume of fiction like Patterson, that the book publishing industry will be relegated to that type of production and the rest of us will have to self publish and self promote our works.
What do you use?
Professional Editor, Professional Cover Designer
What genres do you write?
Military. Legal, International intrigue
What formats are your books in?
Print, Both eBook and Print