Today we extend a warm welcome to novelist Alan Vandervoort.
Thanks, Book Squirrel, it’s great to be here with you!
What inspired you to write, Alan?
Stories and thoughts bounce around in your head, pleading to be expressed in the form of ink on paper or letters on a computer screen. Wanting to be a writer pales in comparison to having to be a writer.
What’s your favorite thing that someone else has written?
Dakota – A Spiritual Geography by Kathleen Norris
It inspired a technique in writing I want to use: location as a main character.
What’s the best book you’ve read this year?
Can’t stop at one. I read three kinds of books:
- How to become a better writer: Save the Cat by Blake Snyder
- Indie friends to learn, enjoy, and write reviews: 100 Wild Mushrooms by Eva Pasco
- Favorite genre – history: Goodbye, Sarajevo by Hana Schofield and Atha Reid
What are you working on now?
My second novel, Key Largo Summer – the story of two young people, each with a personal challenge, overcoming difficulties together in a threatened area of beauty. Publication is planned for February.
Do you have a favorite food or drink that helps you write?
Coffee, coffee, coffee. Any coffee lover will understand.
What’s your favorite TV show?
Band of Brothers – a brilliant mini-series on the European theater of World War II. The story has significance in history and is important for the personal connection. A relative was killed in the Battle of the Bulge.
What movie can you watch over and over again?
True Grit – both versions. Also read the book. It’s a period piece with well-developed, interesting characters and plenty of action.
Who are your three greatest literary inspirations?
Jeannie Richards – her extensive research, storytelling, and all she does for the indie community.
Oh! I’ve read her books! She’s a great writer! Who else?
Ernest Hemingway – more of a student than a fan – style over story.
Edgar Allen Poe – represents something I consider in writing – you don’t have to believe anything, but you must explore everything.
What’s your favorite quote ever?
“Follow the compass, study the charts, and pray for fair winds.”
Know where you’re going, do the work to get there, and be prepared for things out of your control.
What would you like people to know about being an indie author?
I’ve noticed a lot of criticism about authors who do not use traditional publishers – questioning their intelligence and the quality of their work. I’ve also read many book by indie authors – the quality is there! In my opinion, there are three main reasons to go indie: desire for total control, become established as a published author, and impatience. I’m guilty of all three.
Where can we find your book?
Great! And where can we find you on social media?
Fantastic! Thanks for being here today, Alan!
Thank you for having me, Book Squirrel. Bye for now.