You may have read my review of “One Moment in Time” on Friday, and now my readers have a chance to get know the man behind the book a little bit closer with a chance to win a copy of your own:
Where did you find your inspiration for writing “One Moment in Time?”
The idea for One Moment in Time actually came to me from a dream. It was one of those dreams where you remembered every detail long after you were awake. That dream gave me the premise for the twist as well as the general structure of the story. The rest of the story was inspired by research. I travelled to Italy, Mexico, Pacific Grove, and Sonoma. Physically being there allowed me to see the world through Jack’s eyes and experience the sights, sounds, and smells that Jack would experience. I hope the authenticity of Jack’s experiences came through to the readers.
Your main character “Jack,” does he remind you of anyone in your real life?
I didn’t write Jack with anyone in mind, but I have been told by my friends and family that certain aspects of Jack are similar to me. I guess when you’re writing your first novel, it’s hard to escape putting a little of yourself into your characters. With that said, I think the only real connection between me and Jack was his career in finance and his quirky sense of humor. Is there one message/theme you’re trying to bring awareness to in your book “One Moment in Time?” The one theme that I hope everyone can take away from One Moment in Time is the idea that anyone can have a huge impact on the world, and all we have to do is try. I believe that every day, each of us has opportunities to do something that has an impact on those around us and our community. However, it’s up to us to take advantage and act on those opportunities. Jack is an example of what can happen if you take advantage of opportunities rather than letting them pass you by.
Do you have any advice for aspiring writers?
I actually have two pieces of advice… (1) Never give up, and (2) Don’t take any shortcuts.
The first is really about determination and perseverance. If you want to write, then write. If it’s just a page a day or a page a month, don’t let anything or anyone discourage you from what you want to do.
The second is advice that I received when I started writing. There’s a lot of personal excitement and impatience when it comes to having your words published. But you have to remember, once it’s out there, it’s out there. So make sure that everything is buttoned up. I would recommend hiring a professional editor, someone you don’t know who would take a truly objective approach at your book. If you publish too many errors, your reputation can be hurt before you can establish anything else.
What would you say is the hardest part about writing a book?
Writing a book is not easy. It’s a tough and long commitment. For me, the first struggle was finding the time to write. With a full-time career, it took me 2 ½ years to finish my first draft. My second struggle was recognizing that a first draft is just that, and I went through three more drafts until my book was finally ready. It was really hard to accept that once I finished the first draft, I had to go back and write it all over again, and again, and again. Finally (and this is where I am today), the marketing. I’m a finance geek by day, and it’s very difficult for me to market the book. It’s very expensive to hire a full-time publicist, especially when there are no guaranteed results, so marketing is all about exposure. That’s a good roundup of questions, so I will leave this last one open ended, is there anything you’d like to add that I may have missed?
I would like to thank you and your readers for taking an interest in One Moment in Time. I also love to hear feedback directly from the readers, so please feel free to send me an email through my website www.OneMomentInTimeNovel.com and let me know what you think.
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