About the Book:
Welcome to Paperback Writer
Will you share with us how you came up with the idea for this book?
With “Beneath a Buried House” I did something I never thought I would consciously do, and that’s start with theme. However, I wanted a book that would complement the first Detective Elliot novel, “Twisted Perception”, which thematically – by accident I think because I didn’t plan on it – explores the lasting effects of child abuse, neglect and the misuse of parental authority. As a result, while the first book depicts an antagonist that was more or less created by his environment, “Beneath a Buried House” unravels a tale of a sophisticated killer who came into the world carrying the capacity for evil.
Do you plan your stories first with an outline or does it come to you as you write it?
I’ve found that it works best for me if I let it come to me as I write. I’ve read that it’s pretty evenly divided between successful authors, some of which outline and some who don’t, and I believe that writers should do what works best for them. I tried outlining with “Beneath a Buried House”, but soon abandoned the notion when it became obvious that it wasn’t working for me.
Do you know the end of the story at the beginning?
Typically I do not know the ending of a story when I first begin. Stories come to me in different ways – seeing, hearing or experiencing something can trigger an idea – but usually they begin with a character. It can be character monologue or dialogue, or character action, but it always hints at some type of problem the character is dealing with. After I start writing, the ending will begin to form, and generally about halfway through I’ll have an idea. When this happens, I begin to skip around in the book, writing bits and pieces of the ending as it occurs to me.
Do you have a process for developing characters?
Writers use many different techniques in developing characters. I’ve read that some use people that they know – friends, relatives, coworkers, etc. – as models, while others take a composite approach, borrowing this trait from Aunt Betty, that one from Uncle Troy and another from a neighbor down the street, rolling all of these into one character. I tend to use a role playing technique, coming up with character types as I need them and later projecting myself into the role, as if I were an actor playing the part.
It is said that authors write themselves into their characters. Is there any part of you in your characters, and what would they be?
Although there are many techniques for creating characters, it still boils down to the writer having to distill the details and recreate them based upon their own life experiences. When you stop to think about it, how could it be otherwise? In that respect, story characters are somewhat like children: We love them no matter what.
What is your favorite part about this book?
I hope this doesn’t sound hokey, but the book came out with an expanded theme, which suggests that love and faith have no boundaries. I like that concept.
When in the process of writing your book did you begin to look for a publisher?
With my first book, I waited until the book was completed to begin looking for a publisher. With “Beneath a Buried House”, I was fortunate enough to already have a publisher.
What struggles have you had on the road to being published?
I could probably write a complete book on that subject alone, but I’ll condense it like this: We writers are an easy lot to take advantage of because we want what we want – to be published and recognized as real writers – so badly that we sometimes allow it to cloud our judgment. Because of this there are people and organizations out there, scattered throughout the process of preparing for and getting published, whose only function is to take your money. I believe I have met them all. My advice: Keep your head about you and stick to your principles.
What has been the best part about being published?
I want to say the feeling I got from having achieved a goal that at one time seemed so unattainable, and I think that probably is the best part, but what comes to mind is how wonderful I felt when I began to receive fan mail.
What do you want readers to remember and carry with them after reading your novel?
I’ll have to sound the hokey alarm again for this one, but what I try to impart is the universality and commonality we share as humans when faced with difficult decisions or struggles and the triumph of the spirit when we overcome.
Do you have plans to write another book?
I have several ideas dancing around inside my head, and I’m trying to hone in on a story. Right now the working title is, “Footprints of a Dancer”.
Would you care to share with us how the virtual book tour experience with Pump up Your Book Promotion has been for you?
Well, I’m just getting started, but from what I’ve seen so far it’s going to be great.
Where can readers find a copy of your book?
“Beneath a Buried House” is available at all of the online stores, including Amazon, and at most physical bookstores and libraries as well.
Do you have a website for readers to go to?
My website address is: http://www.bobavey.com. Please drop by and read chapter one of “Beneath a Buried House”, and “Twisted Perception” as well. You can also register to win a free autographed copy of either book by signing up for my newsletter.
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Thank you Bob for having Paperback Writer be a part of your virtual book tour.
BENEATH A BURIED HOUSE VIRTUAL BOOK TOUR ’08 will officially begin on July 7, 2008 and continue all month. As a special promotion for all our authors, Pump Up Your Book Promotion is giving away a FREE virtual book tour to a published author with a recent release or a $25 Amazon gift certificate to those not published who comments on our authors’ blog stops. More prizes will be announced as they come available. The winner will be announced on this blog on July 31!