Interview with Gerry Aubrey

How has Smashwords contributed to your success?
Exposure. It puts my book in many venues at one time.
What's the story behind your latest book?
The nineteen sixties. I lived through that decade and it was insane. The country was being torn apart on many levels while at the same, world wide, it may have been our greatest decade for creativity. I tried to show America on three levels. There was the alienation created by the Draft. There were the emotional scars on us created by well meaning parents who were never treated for the psychological problems seared into them by World War II, and there was the racial unrest that was tearing our cities apart. The book focuses on the first two and touches on the third item in the form of exposing the imbedded racism that our parents had. With that backdrop, I presented a love story that crosses cultural barriers and the tension is created by an untreated mentally ill person who wreaks havoc on innocent people. Its a book about ordinary people in extraordinary times.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
Its an outlet for my creativity. I can create a scene. I then write the scene and two things happen: the story always takes on a life of its own and goes places I hadn't expected. The second is, I sit in front of my computer typing and find myself laughing out loud, smiling at no one, or tears running down my face depending on the scene.
What do your fans mean to you?
Gratitude. I am incredibly grateful if anyone takes time from their lives in order to read what I write.
What are you working on next?
I have been kicking around a few ideas. It will be some variation on a younger Tom, most likely just out of high school and the year before he went to college.
Who are your favorite authors?
Fiction, John Grisham. But I actually read much more non fiction. Chris Matthews has written some incredible biographies. He says when he starts one, he begins with the question, "What was this person like?" I feel I know JFK or Tip O'Neal far better when I finish his books.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
I still work full time. I also ride a bicycle a lot. I've ridden across Iowa, across Pennsylvania 4 times. I did a 150 mile fund raising ride for MS for twenty years. And I love to chill on the beach in Florida every chance I get.
What is your writing process?
I sit down and write. I do not find posting a story line very helpful. I wrote somewhere around 400 pages for this book. Writing is easy, rewriting difficult, and editing is painful. It's like weeding. Every day you go back you find new things to edits, just as you find new weeds in your garden.
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
The Birds. I was a junior in high school. The movie was considered a classic at the time. I always remember the ending when the lead character crumpled up a piece of paper and threw it in the fireplace. It took you to the edge and left you there.
How do you approach cover design?
KISS. Keep it simple stupid. The less said, the more read. I want it to entice the reader to pick up the book. Create curiosity. I was hoping to create a haunting atmosphere. Nebraska winds are unforgiving. They are filled with dust, tumble weeds, and dust devils. When you come inside out of them, you have grit in your hair, your nose and your ears. Nebraska is also the west. Chimney Rock is an iconic image of the West and I wanted to present that as well.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
Junior year in high school. It was a story of two friends breaking into an abandoned mansion and being scared out of their wits by a squirrel that was living in the chimney of one of the fireplaces. The jumped off a 2nd floor roof and one of the broke his arm. My high school English teacher told me if I ever got serious and disciplined, I could write.
What are your five favorite books, and why?
Warriner's English Grammar And Composition, Complete Course. Got it freshman year in high school and I still have it and use it. Steven King on Writing. Excellent tips on writing. The DaVinci Code by Dan Brown. It is the definition of a page turner. Life's a Campaign by Chris Matthews. Good life lessons, and Chris and I went to same high school. If The Trees Could Talk by me, because I writing.
What do you read for pleasure?
Mostly biographies and autobiographies. I pick up a book about a famous person and I say to myself, "What was this person really like?" A well written autobiography will do that. It will include all sides of the person.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
Tablet, but I greatly prefer picking up a book.
Describe your desk
Mish a gosh. Not sure about the spelling but its a Jewish word that means "crazy" or "chaos," I think. I'm not Jewish but I play one in real life. The word sounds like what it means.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
My father wrote for a newspaper in his early years. He drank a bit too much and when he did, he would always lament that he didn't write more. I always thought its never too late to start, so writing was often a family discussion. I decided to keep writing. I ride a bicycle for my body and I write for my head.
When did you first start writing?
Sixth grade I won an essay contest on Thanksgiving.
Published 2018-05-15.
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Books by This Author

Nebraska Winds
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 68,470. Language: English. Published: June 12, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Adult, Fiction » Historical » USA
It’s Thanksgiving week, 1966. Tom is at a small Nebraska college far from home. His loneliness drives him to try and hitchhike home but meets Judy instead. A love story emerges. Tom goes to their Thanksgiving dinner. Dysfunction prevails. Terror is on the horizon as Wendy and Nick haunt them. A car chase and gun fire punctuate the finale. Who will survive? Who will not? The ending will shock you.
If Trees Could Talk (It's Not About The Hike)
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 81,390. Language: English. Published: July 31, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » General
Six lifetime friends go on their semi-annual backpacking trip only to find themselves thrust into a life and death challenge they never expected. There is never a dull moment as the mountain and the elements present them with one hurdle after another in their effort to save Drew’s life. Travel to Hawaii and smuggle drug from Afghanastan while never leaving Pannsylvania. Oh the places you will go.