Winfield Strock III – After a successful 23 years as a navy submariner I struggled for a new career and identity. A massive brain tumor taught me the importance of love, faith and hope. With my bride of twenty-five years beside me, I plunge headlong into my second love, writing.
When did you know you wanted to be an author? Do you remember and can you share a specific time or story of when you knew?
I’d joined a writer’s group where we shared bits of our work. The first time my fellow writers debated the content of my story instead of the mechanics of it, the joy that came from hearing people discuss the issue I addressed instead of my ability to convey it, that’s what got me excited to write.
What do you love reading? What are some of your favorite books and authors? Why?
Early Stephen King, Isaac Asimov, and the original Dune works by Frank Herbert: those are my faves.
Tell the readers about who has been influential in your writing career and why?
Rod Serling’s Twilight Zone inspired me to write about universal conflicts outside of normal settings. Changing the characters and settings to put the reader in a different perspective can help them see a conflict from a new perspective.
What are your favorite craft books? (For example, Stephen King’s On Writing). Why?
Anne Lemott’s ‘Bird by Bird,’ is what I call, the writer’s pocket therapist. She shares personal stories about her struggles, successes, and failures. Through these examples, she helped me in my earliest days writing.
What goes through your mind as you are writing?
My stories unfold as movies in my head; I just jot down what I see and hear, except I hear the character’s thoughts too, and feel their emotions.
What do you wish you had known when you first started writing? Why?
Finish the damned thing before you look at it. A thing not made is an unfixable thing. Don’t worry that it’s garbage in the beginning. Among the garbage there are golden nuggets. Find the nuggets and save them. Brush away the garbage and find more nuggets to take there place.
Do you have anything else you would like to share with the readers?
I welcome questions, criticisms, all of that, provided there’s a kind purpose behind them. We should all try to find what we’re passionate about, dive into it, and be open to opportunities to improve.
Who knows what the future brings? What would you do to ensure a favorable outcome? In the midst of the American Civil War, Mary found herself tempted to save her husband and her country through a deal with dark powers. She thought she knew the hidden price and was prepared to pay it, but the depths of evil plumb deeper than mortals can fathom.
Nothing is ever as it seems. Ill-begotten wealth, fame, and glory come at a high price.
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