Hi all, Let me introduce you to Jack Strandburg. If you need a break from the daily, pick up one of Jack’s books.
- What genres do you enjoy writing?
Although my first published novel was a Western Humor, I prefer mystery and suspense, with some paranormal.
- Tell us about your latest book:
My latest book is a novella titled The Monogram Killer, a mystery/ paranormal.
- What inspired the story? Where did you get that first bit of “ah ha” inspiration.”
The inspiration came while on the treadmill listening to “Hollywood Nights” by Bob Seeger. The first two lines of the song are, “She stood there bright as the sun on that California coast
He was a Midwestern boy on his own.” My initial idea was for a man to travel to another place to meet a woman, and brainstorming led me on
various paths to write the story.
- Give us an insight into your main character. What does he/she do that is so special?
The main character is the antagonist whose behavior is guided by one of his ancestors, a noted serial killer, who leads him through vivid dreams to follow in his footsteps.
- How much research did you have to do for this book? Any travel involved?
I needed to research for the character’s ancestor, who was a real person, but I watched a documentary a few years ago, and was very interested in the history.
- What does your writing process look like?
I’m extremely detailed and use a combination of writing software with my own Word and Excel templates developed over a number of years. My background is in IT and I’m always “tinkering” to streamline my process.
Outlining for me is an absolute must, because I’ve experimented with free writing techniques and usually stall at some point. I need to have a blueprint to feel comfortable.
- What are you working on at the minute?
I recently signed a contract with Solstice Publishing for A Head in the Game, my first mystery novel, and am awaiting an editor. In the meantime, I also edit for Solstice, and am working on a short story titled A Matter of Honor.
- How important are names to you in your books? Do you choose the names based on liking the way it sounds or the meaning? Do you have any name choosing resources you recommend?
I spend time with naming my characters, and also keep track of first and last names to ensure I don’t have too many starting with “J” or “S,” for example. The more significant the character to the story, the more time I spend. I keep a spreadsheet with first and last names I use to name my characters.
- Is there a certain type of scene that’s harder for you to write than others? Love? Action? Racy?
Love scenes are the hardest to write, so I usually limit the word count. I
love writing actions scenes.
- When did you decide to become a writer?
I wanted to write since my teenage years, but only since 1990 did I decide I wanted to be published.
- Why do you write?
God created people with gifts, talents, and dreams to use those talents. Writing is mine.
- Where do your ideas come from?
Web sites, reading, writing, newspapers, TV shows, movies, driving, literally everywhere. For me, it’s simply a matter of looking at a character, setting, or situation and asking, “What if?”
- What is the hardest thing about writing?
There are two roadblocks. The first is, since I’m so focused on outlining and answering all the questions, issues, and brainstorming to have the story all laid out nice and neat, I tend to procrastinate before writing actual draft. The second is letting it to and submitting, although as time passes, I’m realizing I don’t have to be as perfect as I think.
- How can readers discover more about you and you work?
Jack Strandburg was born and raised in Cleveland Ohio. He is a degreed professional with a background in Accounting and Information Technology and recently retired after more than 33 years working for a Fortune 500 company. He has been writing since his teenage years.
He self-published an inspirational titled An Appointment With God: One Ordinary Man’s Journey to Faith Through Prayer, by Trafford Publishing.
His first published novel by Solstice Publishin
g is Hustle Henry and the Cue-Ball Kid, a parody of the movie, Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid.
His third work, a novella titled The Monogram Killer, published by Solstice Publishing, was released in May, 2016.
He is currently working on a short story titled A Matter of Honor, revising his first mystery novel, A Head in the Game, writing journals for an upcoming inspirational non-fiction book; and completed 70% of a first draft for a second mystery novel titled War Zone.
He is an editor and proofreader for Solstice Publishing.
Jack currently lives with his wife and two grown children, in Sugar Land, Texas. He has three grandchildren.
The best place is my website – https://jstrandburg.wordpress.com/.
https://jstrandburg.wordpress.com/ (Author website)
http://www.amazon.com/-/e/B00CM9P9L2 (Amazon Author Page)
Links to buy: Hustle Henry and the Cue-Ball Kid:
Links to buy: The Monogram Killer: