Interview with Dale Thele

What are you working on next?
Currently, I'm working on a full-length novel: CLIPPED WINGS. A story of a zealous high school principal who exploits his position to break Shane Davison's teen spirit. Unrestrained actions result in unforeseen events in this 1970s narrative. Told entirely from Shane's teenage perspective. Inspired by actual events.
Who are your favorite authors?
Difficult question, there are so many authors I like. If I'd have to select just a few, I'd have to go with Timothy James Beck, Mark Kendrick, Michael Thomas Ford, and Bryan Healey. The works of those four authors inspired me to write.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
The urge to pee. Honestly, I have what my doctor calls an "overactive bladder." I'm sticking to that story.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
Reading.
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
Kindle. I just open up the Kindle app and I'm overwhelmed with what wonders await me.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
No. It was in grade school. It's probably for the best I don't remember it.
What is your writing process?
Rough drafts are handwritten by fountain pen into college-ruled composition books. (I am a fountain pen collector and user) Can I get much more old school than that? I do have electric lights, so there is no need for candles or kerosene lamps or anything of that sort. The rewrite is done as I transpose the draft into a digital format on a laptop. The remaining edits are all completed digitally.
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, that's when I decided I didn't like to read. I couldn't concentrate on the text, there were far too many images playing inside my head. It was years later when I was able to appreciate reading AND to learn to master the images in my head.
What are your five favorite books, and why?
CATCHER IN THE RYE by J.D. Salinger -- who can't love Holden Caufield. Don't we all have a little Holden in all of us?

ON THE ROAD by Jack Kerouac -- I could relate to the story. Maybe it was because of the pot and the booze.

SON OF A WITCH: VOLUME TWO of the WICKED YEARS by Gregory Maguire -- the story made me cry.

LEAVE MYSELF BEHIND by Bart Yates -- another tear-jerker for me.

TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD by Harper Lee -- Scout Finch is a real pip.
What do you read for pleasure?
Literary Fiction, Humor, and the Classics
What is your e-reading device of choice?
Kindle, but to be perfectly honest, I prefer to hold a REAL book in my hands. I like to feel the texture of the paper pages and the smell of books. Call me old fashion, but this old fart just likes some of the older tried and true things from the past. (Yes, I do have indoor plumbing and I own a cell phone)
Describe your desk
Cluttered. My desk is a five-foot-long wood desk and just about every inch of it is covered with some type of ornament, plant (not one you can smoke), trinket or fountain pen paraphernalia.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
You know that strip of real estate that separates Texas from Kansas? I was born and raised in a modest little oil company town in the north-central portion of that strip of real estate. Some people call that bit of land: Oklahoma.

I'd say my Oklahoma background influenced me to write my first full-length novel (CLIPPED WINGS). That was about all the influence I got from Oklahoma.
When did you first start writing?
I started writing in 2008. I figured with all the stories jammed packed inside my head and those darn voices chattering all the time, I might just as well put some of that fodder on paper.
What's the story behind your latest book?
Well, CLIPPED WINGS was INSPIRED by actual events. That's about as much as I'll say about that.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
No publishing house wanted me. How's that for honesty?
Published 2018-04-11.
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Books by This Author

Harvest Moon
Price: Free! Words: 1,300. Language: English. Published: April 7, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Literature » Literary
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An itty bitty ditty of encounters under the glow of a Harvest Moon.
Roadhouse Friday
Price: Free! Words: 4,090. Language: American English. Published: March 31, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Literature » Literary
An unidentified individual lets his imagination roam as he weaves detailed fictional stories based on his observations of the folks he encounters during a Friday evening at the Roadhouse Diner.