wrightmor is a relative newbie around these parts, with a whopping 28 posts to his credit. I first came across him in the NaNo forums, and was intrigued by this guy who seemed to fit in without having been here all that long.

I was also impressed by his slow but steady approach to writing, and I thought, "This is someone who I don't know that well, but would like to know better." Hence the interview.

So here goes:

Tell us a bit about yourself. What would you like us to know about you?

Raised in rural north Georgia (Lilburn).
Grad of Decatur High School (Decatur, Ga)
Finished BA at Southeastern Bible College (Birmingham, AL)
Spent about 10-13 years on South Texas border doing missionary work.
Pastored churches in GA & FL
Worked as electrician here in FL.
Then as Medicaid Eligibility Specialist.
Then as Probation Officer.

What are you doing now? (Career? Married? Single? Children? Pets?)

Retired in July. Signed up for substitute teaching, but so far not much is happening.
Married for 45 years (same beautiful woman), 3 grown children (baby is 32). Two pets- Lady (our laid back cat) and Julie (our hyper rat terrier).

When did you first realize you had a talent for writing? When did you start to believe it could be a viable career option?

I remember writing short stories when I was in 4th and 5th grades, just for fun, of course. When I was in high school I sent a letter to our church headquarters in Nashville and asked how I could submit some Christian writing I had been working on. He wrote me a nice letter, but it said I would have to take years of training, blah, blah, blah. I had mixed emotions. I was thrilled that he would take the time to read my letter and even more that a big important man like that would respond. (Somewhat akin to the way I take rejection letters now).

What do you write? Novels? Short stories? Poetry? Non-Fiction? Which do you prefer and why?

Right now, I am tackling nothing more looming than short stories and fillers. I am also trying my hand at Biblical devotionals.

What is your favorite genre to write in? To read in?

I like to read suspense, mystery and espionage.

How do you generate story ideas?

Years ago I read something about Right Brain, Left Brain (wish I could remember her name- it’s a classic with at least one sequel). Anyway, she suggested writing the word for your focus in the center of a piece of paper and then circling the word. Then draw sticks to smaller circles around the focus word with words that you associate with the focus word. The picture comes out looking like one big spider, but I have had some success finding a story in there.

Give us an example of a typical writing day.

I have made it an iron clad habit to go to the library from 10:30 to 12ish. I spend at least an hour of that time writing or editing what I wrote the day before. The first half hour is spent reading Writing Instruction or Inspiration books. Then I spend time at night (not so regimented) at home at my Dana, either journaling or polishing my work. I normally make a to do list for the next day so I won’t be looking for where to start.


What are your strong qualities as a writer?

I like to read. I like to analyze what I read.


Your weaknesses?

I like to read too much.

If you could go anywhere in the world right now, where would it be and why?

Northeast Tennessee. That location is our (wife and mine) ultimate destination.

We like that area of TN because of the beautiful view of the mountains. (I had mentioned my trips to see Uncle Bill when I was a kid. Even back then I dreamed of one day having a place in the mountains). Also, I just want to go someplace where there is a definite division in the seasons. Florida is not that place!

What inspires you to write and why?

Reading the jackets on the books written by favorites such as Dean Koontz, Tom Clancy, Michael Connelly, David Baldacci. Also any biographical or even interview material by these authors is of real interest to me. I think because so often, their normality impresses me. I reason they really aren’t that different from me.

What is your favorite book and why?

Probably Lord Jim. This is a book I was forced to read in High School and I fell in love with it. I had to write a paper instead of taking final exam and it was more a pleasure than a chore. I like all of Joe Conrad’s books.
He had a knack for painting the settings and moods that I haven’t found in any contemporary books.

What is your favorite genre and why?

I like suspense and mystery. I also like some borderline spook or science fiction. I guess the suspense/mystery is my favorite. I guess Agatha Christi introduced me into this genre years ago. I like the puzzle of trying to figure out who did it and why.

List your three favorite authors (any genre) and why?

Joseph Conrad- Moodiness, isolation, puts me there in the scene almost literally.
Dean Koontz- Realism, his books are so well researched.
Tom Clancy- A little heavier and at times hard to follow, but I like the way he continues the story of some of the main characters into the sequel novels.


What do you think makes a writer successful?

Practice, patience and perserverance.

What are your goals as a writer?

Bylines in some major magazines.
A few good novels, probably mystery
Some biblical articles of note.
Would like to have a fairly nice supplemental income
from my writing.

How long did it take you to write your book(s)?

N/A unfortunately.

If you could meet anyone in history, who would it be and why?

The patriarch Abraham. I would like to learn more about his lifestyle of faith so unswerving. I would like to hear it from him how he managed develop such insight.

What is your favorite food?

Almost anything Mexican.

What is your favorite color?

Red

What is your favorite place?

Blue Ridge Mountains

What is your favorite memory?

Visiting my great uncle Bill in the North Georgia Mountains during the summer. He was an rare individual and he loved entertaining us kids when we came visited. that’s been a lifetime back but is still vivid on my memory.

If you could have any talent in the world besides writing, what would it be?

I would like to play the flute (Native American Music)