Interview with Don Wooldridge

Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
I don't remember the first book. I do remember Brer' Rabbit and I loved that story
How do you approach cover design?
I search for the soul of the story and try to have the cover reflect that feel. I'm more of an impressionist, so the cover doesn't have to be perfectly realistic
What do you read for pleasure?
I like mysteries by a number of authors.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
I like my iPad the best
What book marketing techniques have been most effective for you?
There are two. First of course is one-on-one contact with readers at an event or show. When there's a lot of traffic I have a brochure about the book, the author and an inside presenting a piece of the book's chapter to share my writing style with prospective buyers.
Describe your desk
First is my laptop computer and two printers.
Second is an MP3 player and speakers
On my left is a mail holder with the things I should be doing
In front of that is a stack of critiques I need to utilize to correct chapters I've already written
On the right are files of stuff I need for author critique groups, my radio shows, etc.
Sprinkled around this well organized desk are my sunflower seeds, iced water, to be filed stack, etc
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up on the Mississippi river in Davenport, Iowa
The clearest influence is an appreciation for common, hardworking people who don't need money, frills, or public notice to feel they are living a worthwhile life.
There was no "politically correctness" when I grew up. There was a very strong sense of right and wrong. The right way to treat people, and what was inappropriate.
I think this basic clarity comes through in my attitudes, assumptions, and beliefs...thus they find their way onto the pages that I right.
What's the story behind your latest book?
My 42 year battle with bipolar 2 disorder. I felt I had something to offer patients and loved ones, with respect to the things I've learned and experienced in managing this incurable disease.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
My age. I've got stories I want to share and I'm too old to wait for agents and publishers to decide my fate. I could die in the process.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
When a reader relates to one of the characters I created. It's like introducing your friend to someone.
What do your fans mean to you?
They are a blessing. They share their favorite characters. The question my motives. They suggest other stories. There is a very easy, comfortable interaction...it's like we're talking about old friends when we discuss characters in a book. I always have time for my readers.
What are you working on next?
I'm writing a story about a rookie guardian angel.
Who are your favorite authors?
Tony Hillerman
Jan Karon
J.A. Jance
Sidney Sheldon
John Grishsam
Ken Follett
Tom Clancy
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
A fresh idea, or a mischievous twist to something I've written.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
Spending time with friends and neighbors, traveling, visiting family
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
Based on need, usually. Either pursuing a subject, or studing writing techniques
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
Yes, it was terrible
What is your writing process?
I prefer to write in the morning before I'm clogged with reality
I tend to write in layers.
1. the characters and dialogue
2. the individual actions furing the dialogue
3 Setting the scene
4. Environmental issues like sun, rain, wind, etc.
What are your five favorite books, and why?
The “Eye of the Needle,” Sidney Sheldon is my all time favorite
Other than the Bible, I can't think of any specific books.
When did you first start writing?
In 2011 just after I completed pace maker surgery; I was 67 years old
Published 2015-09-20.
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Books by This Author

Yankee Settlement
Price: $1.97 USD. Words: 19,320. Language: English. Published: September 18, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Historical » Western & American frontier
Historical fiction and the Iowa Territory – the perfect background for a beautifully written history that enlightens readers with a story of family, adventure, and love that spanned several decades. A story that unfolds... “Women were strong; men were stronger, and each was determined to swallow the bitter disappointments of pioneer life and push on... building their farms, families, and homes.”
The Money Tree: When You Fail to Plan, You Plan to Fail
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 8,240. Language: English. Published: August 23, 2015. Categories: Nonfiction » Business & Economics » Insurance / risk assessment & management, Nonfiction » Business & Economics » Personal finance / retirement planning
Everyone needs and deserves a financial plan, yet most people are not sure where to begin. The Money tree is the ultimate reader’s guide… taking readers through the basic key components of a healthy financial plan. Don Wooldridge believes the ideal plan has two prongs: generating revenue and protecting one’s assets. The highlights of the book are the author’s strong and pragmatic approach to life.