About Stan Loveday:
As a retired Firefighter/Paramedic, Stan Loveday lives aboard an aging sailboat in the Florida keys. He is the author of “Dark Wave” and the four other novels including the “Fireman Down” series. With over 35 years’ of experience, he now travels aboard his sailboat ‘SE of Disorder‘. An experienced sailor with thousands of sea miles under his keel, he brings real life experiences to the pages of his works. When not traveling the Caribbean, he resides on the waters of Key West, Florida.
“My writing is drawn on real life experiences to immerse the reader into the novel and feel the terror of when things go south. All that is the lacking is the feel of salt water as it hits your face.”
What inspires you to write?
Living in Key West, one cannot help but to feel the inspiration that surrounds you every day. Literary greats like Hemingway loved it here For similar reasons. Both the endless beauty and the savagery of Mother Nature abounds here.
What authors do you read when you aren’t writing?
Clive Cussler. Many of his older works were absolutely great.
Tell us about your writing process.
I would consider myself a totally by the pants writer. The characters of the story lead the plot. Many of the persons in my books are drawn from past encounters. While some people feel forced to write linear, my style allows me to write the sections that play out. I have found the use of an Ipad with the app Scrivener totally ideal. Most of my novels have been wrote while sitting at various locations around Key West and the Bahamas. When times where the piece of the puzzle strikes without a space to sit, verbal note taking allows me to talk thru the story.
For Fiction Writers: Do you listen (or talk to) to your characters?
Its a two way street. I inquire what they might be thinking, and listen to them as the story progresses. This is were being able to translate spoken words into writing with a voice app like notes works well.
You are able to here how it sounds at you carry on the section of your work.
What advice would you give other writers?
Everyone has to come to grips on how they write, where they write or what motivates them. On days that I just don't feel the energy to write, I don’t stress it. Just kick the can down the week til another day.
How did you decide how to publish your books?
If I was 25 and so inclined to go the route of working with a top 5 publisher, then time is well on your side. After you pass the age of 40, the multi year delays from writing to showing up even in a lowly back alley bookstore doesn't give you time to find if your writing is even liked.
Maybe I am a little naive on what works, but for me, self publishing was the key. The ability of control when I want it pushed out, and manage the marketing work for me.
What do you think about the future of book publishing?
I believe you are going to see less and less print, and a greater demand for digital works. Living a more condensed lifestyle on a boat, very few works are in print for me. The shrinking homestead footprint, the greater need to be mobile will push this.
What genres do you write?: Fiction, Comedy, Subtle romance
What formats are your books in?: Both eBook and Print
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