Saturday, May 9, 2015

Interview with David Burnsworth

David Burnsworth is here today to answer questions about writing and his new book, Southern Heat. David is giving away an e-copy of his book. To enter to win, simply comment below about anything having to do with South Carolina...even if you've never been there. 

Where did you get the idea for this book? How did you know that it was the book you wanted to write?

I lived in Charleston, South Carolina for five years on Sullivan’s Island.  Because of that, I already had the setting.  It was news to me that I actually wanted to write a book in the first place.  My wife is to thank for that.  She made the mistake of asking me what my true passion was.  And I made the mistake of telling her what I had trouble admitting to myself which was that I wanted to write a book.  Southern Heat came out of my love of Charleston, Mickey Spillane, and noir.

What is the best thing that has happened to you as a result of your novels?

The best thing is getting to meet readers.  It is great to discuss my writing and other authors’ books with them and to get to know them via social media.  I’m so happy that they take the time to read my book.  As I get older, I value time more than I used to.  There are so many reading choices out there so I am truly blessed when someone spends their time with my work.

If your protagonist were actually a real person, would you be friends with him?  Why or why not?

I’m going to say no because Patty would kill me if I were friends with someone as trouble prone as Brack Pelton.  For me, marriage has brought a lot of stability to my life.  I love Patty and wouldn’t want to jeopardize anything.  So instead, I get to live vicariously through Brack.  And that is not a bad thing at all.

Do you share any traits with your protagonist?

Sure do!  Brack Pelton is quick with his mouth sometimes, and sometimes so am I.  To be clear, that is not necessarily a good trait.  Neither is using frontal assault as a tactic, which both of us are prone to do.  And we both have (had) issues with control and booze.  Gee, it seems as if I’ve saddled him with most of my baggage.  Poor guy.

How long did it take you to get your first draft done of this book?  How much time do you spend in revisions?

The first draft took about four years because I had to learn to write a book while I was writing it.  The revisions took two more years.  Book two, Burning Heat was a lot faster.  First draft in about a year with another year for revisions.  I am trying to do book three in twelve months.  I may miss the mark by a month or so, but it will be faster than the first two.

Tour Participants
May 6 – A Blue Million Books – Interview
May 7 – readalot – Review
May 8 – Tea and A Book – Review, Guest Post
May 9 – Mystery Playground – Interview, E-Book Giveaway
May 11 – fuonlyknew – Review, Print Giveaway
May 12 – Lori’s Reading Corner – Guest Post, Print Giveaway
May 13 – Omnimystery News – Guest Post
May 14 – View from the Birdhouse – Review

May 15 – Brooke Blogs – Review, E-Book Giveaway

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