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Tuesday, March 22, 2011

AUTHOR ALAN NAYES

Welcome everyone! Yes it's Wednesday already and you know the routine sweeties... LOL Thank you so much for agreeing to do this interview, Alan. It's been a while since I've had a man (oh pull your heads out of the gutter peeps) on BRB. LOL I was beginning to think the whole erotic/romantic and every other writing scene was under the control of secretly horny and spiteful women. Thank goodness there is some testosterone out there! Let's get down to it. 


First Blak, I want to thank you for having me on your blog today.

Not a problem, Alan. It is truly my pleasure. Tell us, who is Alan Nayes? And don't be shy.

I grew up in Texas but have resided in southern California for almost three decades now. Wow, time flies. I work in an occupational medicine clinic to support my writing habit. I have always enjoyed writing—I used to write some music in college but gave that up when I realized I couldn’t sing. I began with short stories, then tried a couple of screenplays without success and finally progressed to novels. I’m still searching for that elusive bestseller.

When did it hit you - 'I want to be a writer?'

I think I’ll paraphrase this question to read when did I know I wanted to become a professional writer. In college I never really took writing seriously, it was just for fun. It wasn’t until I took a creative writing class and wrote a short story that was received well by my peers and the teacher in the class that I thought “hey, I might really be able to get something published.” And though it took awhile, I finally did.

Who and/or what prompted you to write your first novel?

My first novel actually arose from a rejected screenplay titled HARVEST. No one seemed to be interested in the concept so I thought to hell with everyone, I’ll just change the title and transform my screenplay into a novel. That’s how GARGOYLES came about. I eventually sold GARGOYLES to Tor/Forge for a nice little advance.

Where and/or how do you find the greatest inspiration?

I get inspiration mostly from within me, I think. Sometimes I might read an article in the newspaper or hear a topic being discussed that draws my attention but still the inspiration to transform any idea into a written work comes from within. And believe me, there are times I really have to dig down deep to find it. Also, I get inspired when I read about others’ successes—I tell myself, hey I can do that. And music—if I’m really having a difficult time getting started, I’ll go to youtube and listen to some of my favorite tunes. Then usually I can get back to my work in progress. Usually…

What made you chose to write erotic/romantic literature in particular? And is there any other genre you’d like to write? And if so, why?

Actually Blak, I don’t write much erotic literature, though there are scenes in BARBARY POINT that could certainly be called erotic. I label BARBARY POINT more a love story and it was originally conceived when a former agent suggested I attempt to write a love story, which is a far different genre than my previously published works—both biomedical thrillers and horror.

Which appears first when contemplating a new project: A character, the plot and/or the title?

I’d have to say a concept comes first for me. I may not have a plot or characters or even a title but I have to have a general idea of what the story is going to be about. From the concept arise characters, major plot points—which always seem to change as I write—and working titles. Usually by the time I’ve completed the first two or tree chapters I’m pretty sure about a title, though. When I’m beginning a new story I like to be able to summarize the entire book in one sentence. For instance BARBARY POINT is about a woman who flies back to Wisconsin to close out her father’s estate and falls in love with a fishing guide.

What’s the hardest part of a novel for you to write: Beginning, middle and/or end? Why? 

Personally, I don’t find any part of a novel easy to write. If I had to choose one aspect that is the easiest, though, it would be the beginning. Having said this, many times the beginning changes as I draw near the conclusion. The middle is always the most challenging I would say because before I actually begin the story I usually know the ending or have a good idea of how I want it to end. Getting from that beginning to that end though is never easy—many times I find myself losing that excitement with the story and I just want to “get it over with.” So I plow through that “middle” telling myself how good it will feel when I reach the end. And it really does feel good when I reach that last page. Then begins the rewrites!

Has your own life influenced your novels? And if so, how?

My professional life as a physician definitely had an influence in my first two published novels—GARGOYLES and THE UNNATURAL--because both stories had  strong medical settings. Not so much in my recent stories, though BARBARY POINT  is based upon a real location that I am intimately familiar with. The cottage on the lake actually exists and I visit there every year. Never met a Kelly English there, though I wouldn’t mind it if I did!

Writing sex/romantic scenes can be a challenge for some authors. Do you find it difficult? If yes, how do you compensate? If no, where do you draw your inspiration?

Writing the sex/love scenes in BARBARY POINT was not difficult—developing the plot was more challenging. Sex is a natural act whereas plot development is not only not natural but a hell of a lot more boring. Definitely doesn’t feel as good. I think most writers would rather have sex all night than think about plot development.

Do you have a method you use to write the sensual parts? Do you prefer the sex to be open and bold? Or left to the imagination?

I think somewhere in between at least for me as a writer.  Right in your face can be nasty sometimes [literally—lol], where  leaving something for the readers imagination gets the reader more involved I think. Bottom line—it all depends on the scene and the story.

Are your characters based on people you know? Or are they completely fictitious?

Completely fictitious always. Don’t wish to be sued.

Who is your favorite character, which you’ve created? And why?

I would have to say my favorite character overall is the protagonist from my first novel GARGOYLES. Amoreena Daniels overcame hell of some odds to survive until the last page. For my latest release, BARBARY POINT, my favorite is Kelly English. In fact Amoreena and Kelly could probably be good friends—as long as neither had eyes for the same guy!

Can you tell us about your latest release? Give a synopsis.

BARBARY POINT is a love story, not a romance in the typical genre sense. The story revolves around a young, beautiful, ambitious woman, Kelly English, who is engaged to an older wealthy businessman. She is living in the fast paced world of Los Angeles when she receives a call from her mother that her father has suddenly died. Kelly never knew her dad growing up because her parents were divorced when she was quite young. Kelly must fly back to small town Oshkosh, Wisconsin to close out her father’s estate. When she does the unexpected happens—Kelly meets and falls in love with a fishing guide. BARBARY POINT is the story of what happens to her that one week in May on the shores of Lake Winnebago when the ducklings hatch and the walleye run.

What’s your newest WIP? And when we can expect a publication date?

I’m currently finishing HEMLOCK POND, a horror story about a woman and her young son who move into a farmhouse with a haunted pond. Guaranteed to make you keep the lights on if you’re reading late at night. Publication date—when I can sell it. Stay tuned.

How many novels do you have, that are currently published? Please list all the publishers, so the readers can locate you.


GARGOYLES Tor/Forge  Gargolyes at Amazon

THE UNNATURAL Tor/Forge The Unnatural at Amazon

BARBARY POINT xoxopublishing.com  Barbary Point at XOXOPublishing.com


THE RED, WHITE and BLUE KITTY The Red, White and Blue Kitty  This is a bizarre tattoo short story with a twist--for mature audiences and it’s free!

Where do you see your writing career in the next five to ten years?

Wow, that’s a tough one. I know where I’d like to see it—further along than it is now. Hopefully a bestseller or two....or three…or…yeah, I’m wishing!






       PROLOGUE
   Mother always reminded me, ―Kelly, love from the mind is nothing more than a pleasurable arrangement, whereas love from the heart lasts forever.

   I had listened to these same exact words beginning in junior high, again in high school, and throughout college. And it always worried me I might not be able to tell the difference.

   A man I deeply loved once told me that a fish lunges after an artificial lure solely on instinct. He sees it, wants it, and zappo, he‘s hooked.

   Love is a lot like that. You see someone you want, the chemistry is there, and zappo, you‘re hooked.






ABOUT THE AUTHOR

          Alan Nayes was born in Houston and grew up on the Texas gulf coast. After attending medical school at the University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston, he moved to Southern California where he divides his time and energies between medicine and writing. He is the author of the critically-acclaimed biomedical thrillers, GARGOYLES and THE UNNATURAL. His most recent release is BARBARY POINT, a love story.
         An avid outdoorsman and fitness enthusiast, he is one of only a few individuals to  ever swim across Wisconsin’s chilly Lake Winnebago. When not working on his next project, he enjoys relaxing and fishing at the family vacation home in Wisconsin.


Once again, thank you so much for doing the interview, Alan. You're a very fascinating man. I had no idea you're a physician. Your medical knowledge must add the quintessential reality to your novels. I wish you the very best!

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4 comments:

  1. Enjoyed the interview. I'm intrigued by doctors who want to write novels. Years ago I knew an author who had both medical and law degrees and he wanted to write fiction as well (I guess he was an overachiever).

    I'm adding Barbary Point to my TBR list. Got a long vacation coming up and I'm looking for some good reads.

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  2. Thanks for your comments, cara. let me know what you think if you read BP.

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  3. Great interview Alan. A day late but still supportive.

    Congrats on all of your success!

    S.Lira aka Michael M

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