How did you know you wanted to be an author?: As I kid, became interested in history by reading Landmark Books. I became fascinated with stories about “man at his brink.” Stories highlighting these emotions are best captured in military literature (fiction or non-fiction). Think of The Red Badge of Courage and A Bridge Too Far. I’ve always loved reading and wanted to write a book since college. My demanding career prevented me from tackling a novel, but now that I have left Corporate America, I have the time to devote to the writing and creating my own man at his brink stories.
What is your advice for aspiring authors?: The writing journey is the reward. Write because you love it and not to make money. Writing is a craft. There are rules. Know how to use them, when to break them, and why. Respect your genre and study those authors who are successful. Learn from the best. Understand their magic, but make the writing yours.
Do you have any writing rituals or practices?: When I write action scenes, I close my eyes and try to visualize each movement. Sometimes, I even try to act it out. By doing this, the words flow more easily onto the page and details jump out naturally. Three editing tips: • Read the text out loud. This is particularly helpful with dialogue. • Before you re-edit text, change the font to something entirely different. It will give you a different look, making it easier to spot mistakes. • Read the last sentence (paragraph) and the opening sentence of the following chapter to check if your transitions are strong, logical, and compelling.
What message do you want readers to remember?: I’m often surprised by how little the younger generation today understands (or even cares about) The Great War. My World War One thrillers bring the reader into the passions and controversies of the times. Enjoy the books but remember how World War One has shaped the world, even today. Between 1914 and 1918, America suffered many of the problems we experience today: terrorism, immigration, and the staggering cost of war.
How can fans get in contact with you?: Check out my website: www.jameshockenberry.com Or contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org