I’m so excited to bring to you all a personal sit down with author, Jack Spearman following his debut novel, Sandy’s Place, a western-inspired erotic romance.
Jack, I can’t tell you how much I’ve looked forward to this interview. Thank you so much for being here.
First, I have to ask if you’re working on anything else? I know your fans would love to see more from you.
My "real" job is running a hang gliding school, and we’re super busy in the summer, so I’m not writing much at the moment. I have started on a sequel to Sandy's Place, introducing a new character as a love interest for a familiar character. This one will be a romantic thriller, and I plan to get back on it hard in the fall.
I’m so glad to hear it, and I won’t give anything away too soon, but I sure hope that familiar character is who I think it is!
Now, a common misconception entwined with writers is that they’re socially inept. How true is that for you?
In my opinion, everyone is socially inept in one way or another! In a room full of writers, a writer is probably perfectly normal, and I’d imagine writers spend a lot more time "daydreaming" than non-writers do. If that’s considered "inept" count me in!
Ditto for me, boy!
Along that same line, writers are often associated with loner tendencies; is there any truth to that?
Depends. Writers spend time in their heads with the characters they create. Does that count as people time?
Do you think writers have a normal life like others?
Some probably do have a normal life. How sad. I avoid "normal" every chance I get. The road less taken thing, ya know?
Another misconception is that all writers have to be grammar Nazis. What say you?
I'm not. I wouldn't know a dangling participle if it swam up and bit me in the ass. I think I’m one of those writers who has a decent eye and ear for what sounds right. I write fiction, so I don't think dialogue has to be so grammatically correct. Not my characters, anyway. A bunch of language butchering rebels in my books! I understand the need for the rules of grammar, though, and that's why God made editors, I guess.
Now there’s a sentiment I can agree with!
I’d like to give your readers a hint of who the author behind Sandy’s Place really is, so I’m going to throw out a series of quick questions.
Do you read much, and if so, who are your favorite authors?
I read in spurts. Ed Abbey, Charles Bukowski, Jimmy Buffett, Wayne Dyer, ans Larry McMurtry to name a few.
If you could have been the original author of any book, what would it have been and why?
Alexandre Dumas, The Count of Monte Christo. Revenge, romance, suspense, redemption. Just one of the coolest books ever and its stood the test of time. And Edward Abbey, Desert Solitaire. I love the American Southwest. He was there before the tourism got all crazy. Or Charles Bukowski’s Women. He was a foul-mouthed, drunk, brawling, gambling, womanizing... Who doesn't want to be Bukowski from time to time?
What would you say is your most unusual tradition, superstition, or writer quirk?
I like to mispronounce words on purpose. Instead of saying "author" I like to say "Arthur." I know its stupid, but it gives me a kick.