Cover Artist: Tiferet Design
Scattered Thoughts and Rogue Words is happy to host John Inman back again, talking about his latest release Nightfall. Welcome, John.
~ Scattered Thoughts and Rogue Words Interview with John Inman ~
Q.–Does research play a role in choosing what genre you write.
A.–Well, research certainly had a lot to do with writing NIGHTFALL. One of the reasons I had never tried writing science fiction before was because I knew that to write about a scientific subject, you have to know a little bit about it. Even with science fiction where the plot may not be exactly realistic, you still have to have a basic knowledge of the real subject before you can start skewing the facts. Even so, I’m sure I made a few factual goof-ups. So if there are any scientists out there looking to read a gay romance, you might want to pick up SHY instead. In that one, at least, I knew what the hell I was talking about. Haha.
Q.–How do you choose your covers?
A.–I’m glad you brought up book covers, because I think the cover for NIGHTFALL is absolutely beautiful. It was done by Anna Sikorska at Triferet Designs. I love the colors, the panorama of the red sky, and the two characters in silhouette are perfect. The way I choose a cover is just try to pick a moment from the story that will maybe translate visually. I give the idea to the incredible artists at DSP, and they come up with a few choices for me to pick from. I’ve been happy with all my book covers. Some are memorable, some are just nice, but I really have liked them all. I’ve often thought how hard it must be for writers who self-publish to find the artwork for their stories. I’m so glad I have a publisher behind me to make that job so much easier.
Q.–Do you have a favorite among your own stories, and why?
A.–I think some of my best stories are SHY, THE HIKE, LOVING HECTOR (love the donut fight) and the Belladonna Arms series, all five of them. But my absolute favorite is THE BOYS ON THE MOUNTAIN. That’s the book that got me to New York City with a nomination for the Lambdas, and that’s the book I fought hardest to write while my lover at the time was dying of cancer and my business was going to pot. Everything at that point in my life was falling apart except for that book. It’s my longest novel and it took me a flat year to write it, but that’s the one I’m most proud of. I know it’s horror, but I love it anyway. Maybe just because it was so hard to finish. But most definitely because of the Lambda nomination. That meant everything to me. Even losing didn’t hurt. Getting there was the main thing. A highpoint of my life. And having my husband there with me made it even better.
Q.–Why do you write?
A.–That’s the $64,000 question, isn’t it. I think I write just because it’s something I’ve always had to do. It’s like a compulsion. Even when I was a kid I was writing stories. I don’t remember exactly, but maybe even with crayon, haha. I’m happiest when I’m writing. I love the solitude of it. I like the fact that I can go anywhere I want and I can bring anybody in the whole wide world of imagination along with me when I go. Some people talk about how they struggle to write. Not because of the turmoil going on in their lives, but just the simple problem of putting down one word after another. I get hungup sometimes in the middle of a story, but I never come to a screeching halt. Knock on wood, not yet anyway. I just plod along, move the story forward a little bit to get away from the problem area, and go back later to repair the damage. Stopping is the worst thing a writer can do. I think basically, the main reason I write is because I have never found anything else that makes me happier.
Q.– If you could imagine the best possible place for you to write where would that be, and why?
A.–I think the best place for me to write is right where I am right now. I have my own office overlooking a birdbath and fir trees in the backyard. I have the beautiful weather of Southern California shining down on the house. I have a cat sleeping on either side of me. I have total silence except for the sound of birds outside, and I have my husband piddling around in some other part of the house, humming to himself sometimes but always trying to be quiet about it. I think if a writer is happy with himself inside, it doesn’t matter where he is physically when he tries to write. The real story comes from the heart. If he has peace and happiness there, then he’s got it made. Nothing else should be a problem.
Q.: Any last words about your new release, NIGHTFALL?
A.: I just hope a decent percentage of the people who read it, enjoy it. Book releases are always a little nervewracking. A few reviews will hurt, a few others will make you feel good. Then one day you get an email from some farm kid in Podunk, Arkansas, telling you how much your book meant to him, and all the other stuff is forgotten.
I want to take a minute to thank everyone at Scattered Thoughts and Rogue Words for letting me spend a few minutes talking about my new book. I hope NIGHTFALL finds a welcome home in a few laps and I hope everyone who gives it a chance will find a smile or a gasp here and there as they travel through the pages.
Keep reading, everybody!
Joe Chase and Ned Bowden are damaged men. They each bear scars from surviving the world they were born in. Deep scars, both physical and emotional.
When fate offers its first kind act by bringing the two together, suddenly their scars don’t seem so bad, and their lives don’t feel so empty.
Yet that kindness comes at a price.
Just as Joe and Ned begin to experience true happiness for the very first time, the world turns on them again.
But this time it turns on everyone.
About the Author
John Inman is a Lambda Literary Award finalist and the author of over thirty novels, everything from outrageous comedies to tales of ghosts and monsters and heart stopping romances. John Inman has been writing fiction since he was old enough to hold a pencil. He and his partner live in beautiful San Diego, California. Together, they share a passion for theater, books, hiking and biking along the trails and canyons of San Diego or, if the mood strikes, simply kicking back with a beer and a movie.
John’s advice for anyone who wishes to be a writer? “Set time aside to write every day and do it. Don’t be afraid to share what you’ve written. Feedback is important. When a rejection slip comes in, just tear it up and try again. Keep mailing stuff out. Keep writing and rewriting and then rewrite one more time. Every minute of the struggle is worth it in the end, so don’t give up. Ever. Remember that publishers are a lot like lovers. Sometimes you have to look a long time to find the one that’s right for you.”
John has generously agreed to giveaway with this post, a book from his DSP backlist to whichever reader we choose. So leave a comment for John, along with your email address should you be chosen. And may the force be with you! Happy Reading!