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Interview With Author Ian Conner

Reading is a series of human emotions. Writing is the gift of sharing these emotions.


1. When did you first realize you want to be a writer?

I have always dabbled with writing, short stories, magazine submissions and the like but in 2015 I sat down and was serious about completing a novel. Now in 2022 I have completed six.

2. What do you think makes a good story?

Drawing the readers in with relatable characters. You can have a not so great tale that readers will LOVE because of characters they are rooting for (or hate with a passion). Do they see themselves in the writing, can they identify with the trials the characters face? Draw the reader in and get them lost in the story and more importantly, the people in it.

3. How long does it take for you to write a book?

Depends on what is happening in my life at that point. Marketing, Social Media, working with Cover Art, formatters, from promoters. It is all a time sink and takes away the time I could be sitting with my notepad in my garden.

4. What inspires you to keep writing?

I draw a great deal from what is around me or what has been. People like to be able to relate to the story and what is more relatable than twists on reality.

5. Which of your books is the closest to your heart and why?

I enjoyed writing Griffin’s Perch most. I created new creatures, incorporated familiar ones and kept the humans to a minimum. I wrote it during a very difficult time of my life and it was such a labor of love.

6. What is your favorite book by another author and why?

Frederick Forsyth’s The Odessa File for the reasons I stated above. I got completely lost in his stories and characters and surprises. He wrote several books like that. Recently I learned that he did not really like to write, how amazing is that.

7. What would you say is your interesting writing quirk?

I seem to have an ability to write compelling lesbian characters. I have found it rather fun and oddly empowering.

8. What do you like to do when you’re not writing?

I have a fabulous garden. We have taken a blank backyard and turned it into something of a Bali like environment with hummingbirds, a Koi Pond, Bird of Paradise and Ginger.

9. Have you experienced writer’s block? If yes, how did you overcome it?

Oh gawd yes. Worst sort of thing! The aforementioned garden, shutting down the computer and clearing my mind final breaks through. Fortunately I have only run into block a handful of times.

10. Do you have any suggestions to help new writers become better at what they do?

Writing is a muscle, you have to write every day. Ask for criticism and take it to heart.

11. How do you deal with negative reviews?

They are hard to take, I have a bit of an ego and it’s easily bruised but I take what I consider valid and try to improve. If it is useful feedback, use it. The rest, flush down the you know what.

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12. Are you a pantser, or a plotter?

Oh. I am a pantser. All those years in the military of planning everything, I like to fly by the seat and see where my imagination leads.

13. What is the most difficult part of your writing process?

Starting the book and finishing the book. I think getting started is even harder than finishing. Committing to the idea is kind of scary.

14. What’s your favorite and least favorite part of publishing?

Querying. The industry is sooo brutal. Agents are so busy most won’t even reply. Agencies have changed even from when I first started writing, now so much of the marketing falls to the writer.

15. What is your latest book? Please tell us something about it.

My working title is Solaris. Hopefully releasing late this fall. It is a quasi-space political thriller. As with all my political thrillers, the failures in Washington by the elitist there are up for full punishment. This one will certainly take a new bloody twist.

16. Which of your characters can you most relate with and why?

I would say “Flinch” from Griffin’s Perch. I can be more than a little clumsy these days and his goofy personality made me laugh.

17. What inspired the idea for your book?

Cardinals was inspired by a little statue. The idea that God had a wife his equal was fascinating. I was looking for a new angle for a vampire novel and I sat up at 3am one morning after reading about the statue of Asherah being found.

18. How much research did you need to do for your book?

I tend to do a fair amount of research, but do not feel bound by what I find. It is fiction after all. Why let facts get in the way of a good tale? Locations, actual history I spend a great deal of time on so I can meld the fiction in.

19. What do you need in your writing space to help you stay focused?

NO TV. Somewhat quiet. I love my patio for writing. The birds and chickens melding in with the sounds of the water allow me to get lost in my thoughts and get them down on paper.

20. If you could spend a day with another author, who would it be and why?

I would love to pick John Grisham’s brain. His stories all have the same slant, but are completely different at the same time.

21. How do you celebrate when you finish a book?

Ironically, I almost immediately start another.

22. To readers who haven’t read any of your books, which book would you first recommend and why?

The Price of Partisanship, I think most readers will immediately identify with Alex Conway and Tara Snow. The current state of our political landscape and rooting for the underdog will draw the reader into the tale.

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