Interview with Terrance Bramblett

Published 2013-10-10.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
I loaf mostly. Three days a week I go to the gym for some hard core exercise. I might drive to the mountains or go ziplining. Maybe I will put a pork shoulder on to smoke all day. Maybe I will take a nap. Like I say, I am retired and gave up planning my days some time back.
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
I don't read e-books. I write them, but for reading I prefer a paper book. Not because I am a Luddite; I have an e-reader. But just because I mostly read old stuff I already have, like Catch-22. I am on my second Catch-22 book, having read the first one to pieces.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
Of course, it is on Smashwords, the post-apocalyptic thriller, Civilization Ends. While I was working I wrote many zillions of words but they were all non-fiction, technical manuals and such.
What is your writing process?
I use MS Word and always a desktop PC. I am a two finger typist and need a full size keyboard. I just open my brain and let the words fall out onto the page.
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
I cannot remember that far back. I grew up in a small town in South Georgia of the United States. One summer in early high school, I nearly went through the entire town library, which was probably five hundred books. But they all just went into the hopper to grind up and become formative material for me as an adult.

I do recall going through a Nevil Shute period, you know, the guy that wrote 'On The Beach'. The library for some reason had four novels of his, and I read them all. I believe the one that had the most impact, or at least the one I remember best, was 'Trustee From The Toolroom'.
How do you approach cover design?
I try to use some theme from the book, and I always try to use my own photography. I am a shadetree photographer and have thousands of photos of landscapes and such I have taken over the years. Whenever possible I use one of more and merge them into a cover. My son, Corey, who is a graphic designer, helps me with the fine graphic details.
What are your five favorite books, and why?
Catch-22 by Joseph Heller
Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas by Hunter Thompson
Roughing It by Mark Twain
Space Chantey by R/A. Lafferty
Retief: Envoy to New Worlds by Keith Laumer

All these have one thing in common: a zany, twisted slant on life and the evants that happen to people as they go through it. These authors write the way I wish I could.
What book marketing techniques have been most effective for you?
None. I am not selling many books. Marketing is not for me. I am an introvert, and doing the social thing is not in my repertoire. I just assume that people will find my stuff on their own.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
South Georgia, the basis for my somewhat autobiographical book, Tales of the Coastal Plain. I had an interesting child and teen age time. The American South is filled with characters and strange events. I don't think I would be the same if I had grown up say, as royalty in England.
What's the story behind your latest book?
It was a news story about the accelerating ice cap melt. The science-deniers can say what they please, the world is warming. And pretty soon we will be up to our eyeballs in salt water. So I took it to it's logical, and certain end: all the ice melts, and the world climate changes. Bad news for those that are left here.
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