Readers, today we are speaking with Ethan Stone
, welcome to Fallen Angel Reviews. It is so good to have you with us today.
To get things started, why not tell the readers a little something about Ethan
? How does your day begin?
How my day begins depends on whether I have to go to work or not. My weekends I wake up slowly. I start with turning on the computer, checking my emails and saying hello to any online friends. On good days I get right to writing. Other days I tackle the many households' chores and projects that I have.
I noticed that your release, Blood and Tears
, has received a nice review, congrats. Where did the idea for this book come from?
When I wrote In the Flesh the character of Gabe Vargas really grabbed onto me. I knew I wanted to write a follow up story but I just wasn't sure what that story was going to be. A friend read Flesh and asked me when I was going to kill off Violet, Gabe's girlfriend, and have him fall in love. Almost right away I knew the story was going to involve Gabe being in witness protection and falling for an uptight FBI agent named Drew Bradley. More of the story came to me as I wrote Flesh and Blood, which set the storyline up for Blood and Tears.
Why not tell us a bit about your latest release?
Blood and Tears has been getting good reviews and solid sales. It was a bit of a challenge writing wise for me because I wrote it in third person point of view. I believe that I am better at first person POV and I like writing first person better. It allows me to get deeper into the character's brain. But the third person POV taught me about what things I should and shouldn't do with it. At some point I will try third person again and hopefully it will be even better.
Does the future hold more releases for Ethan
in upcoming projects?
I haven't finished any project since Blood and Tears. I don't know if my brain thought it was time to take a break or if I was suffering from block. I spent some time on a project before I realized it just wasn't going to happen. I currently have two Works in Progress. The first is a new Cristian Flesh story. Its more mystery based than romance based, but Colby is included. The other WIP is a light hearted story about an ex-hockey player who becomes a private investigator. It's been fun writing it and I hope if and when it gets published the readers will have fun reading it.
What are the elements that you think make a good book?
I love strong characters. Characters that practically jump off the page. Plot is also incredibly important. I don't need absolute realism and can deal with a little SOD (Suspension of Disbelief) but the plot has to flow. I don't like endings that come out of nowhere and I say "WTF?"
Why not tell the readers what books we would find on your bookshelf?
I have lots of books on my TBR list. Paperbacks and ebooks. Next up on my Kindle is Kate McMurray's The Boy Next Door. I've loved all her other stories and am just getting around to this one. For paperbacks I have Hemovore by Jordan Castillo Price, Hearts of Texas by RJ Scott, among many others. I also like to read comic books and have several Batman and X-Men Graphic Novels. And in an interesting mix of both my reading habits, are the Meatmen anthologies. Meatmen are collections of gay male comics. I have volumes one through nine and am looking for the remaining volumes.
What is the hardest part of writing and the easiest for you?
The hardest part is getting the flow going in the morning. There are always so many other things to do that I can find plenty of excuses not to write. But if I just sit down and write I can usually find my mojo. The easiest? I don't know if there is any easy thing about writing. Its nerve wracking and gut wrenching at times. For me the easiest, and the best, is when I hear from readers who enjoyed what I wrote.
How would you describe your writing area?
My writing area is either immaculately clean or a terrible mess. If I'm in the zone I can ignore the mess, but I usually need to at least start off with nothing cluttering my desk. When writing I will have a pen and scratches of paper. I write lots of ideas and notes down on whatever paper I can find.
Do you have a set schedule for writing or do you just go with the flow?
I usually have to write in the morning. If I do other things throughout the day I'm unable to get into it and write in the evening. I'm the best around an hour or two after I wake up.
What encouraging words do you have for up and coming writers?
Rewrite, rewrite, rewrite. Get several beta readers. Find people who will tell you the honest truth. Because if it sucks, you want to know. So find out how and why it sucks and fix it. Don't take it personally when someone critiques your work. In the Flesh wouldn't have been as near if my friend Marie Sexton hadn't been there to tell me that most of the second half sucked. One of her comments to me was "Is Cristian supposed to be a dirty cop?"
As a single father, what would you say is the one thing you have learned from your son? What is the one thing your son has learned from you?
I have learned patience from my son. I have learned that not everything can go right all the time. I have learned to repeat myself because no matter how loud I speak he always says "Huh?"
I would hope I have taught my son to treat people fairly and most importantly, how to make a peanut butter and mayonnaise sandwich.
, why not tell our readers where we might find more about you, your website, or MySpace, Facebook?
My website is ethanjstone.com. I don't do a lot of posts, because, well, my real life is boring and I don't have too much to say about things. Though I have several friends who would disagree on that. Twitter: @ethanjstone. You can also find me on Facebook.
If you could visit any place in the United States for a week, where would you go?
Kansas. For reasons that a few of my friends will understand.
If you could visit any place in the world for a month, where would you go?
I'd love to go somewhere with beautiful beaches and clear water. I want to be able to sit in the sun with a book or my laptop and watch beautiful half-naked men.
In the story, The Secret Garden
, the children found a lovely garden to go for peace, solitude and complete happiness. Where would you say is your secret garden?
I'll let you know when I find it.
, thanks so much for taking time out of your busy schedule to spend with us today. Readers, be sure to check Ethan's
website to see his news and books.
Thank you very much for having me here.
Interviewed by: Linda L.