Interview with Terrance Bramblett

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.
Published 2013-10-10.
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Books by This Author

Stories of Interest Too
Price: $2.00 USD. Words: 24,050. Language: English. Published: October 19, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Anthologies » Short stories - single author
Short Stories by the author covering many genres. Perhaps SF, maybe pathos. Some oddness. A dab of whimsy. These were written over a period of three years for writing contests.
Love Hurts
Price: $1.00 USD. Words: 10,320. Language: English. Published: October 12, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Adventure » Action
James and Marie were happily married until a drunken party trip to New Orleans threw their lives into turmoil. A strange encounter with a stranger changes their lives James is ultimately forced to employ skills he hasn't used since the Army. Action ensues. A runaway teenage girl complicates things ...
Rain Never
Price: $3.00 USD. Words: 20,020. Language: English. Published: September 1, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Adventure » Action
The sea has risen and covered much of the inhabitable land. There is a shortage of food and fresh water. Salvage and re-use are the order of the day. Former SEAL Jack Harper and his crew do that salvage work. But others want those items as well ...
Stories of Interest
Price: $3.00 USD. Words: 21,640. Language: English. Published: August 12, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Humor & comedy » Parody, Essay » Sociology
Short and long stories of many genres. I have written most of them for writing forum contests. But they are gold, in my iopinion. I am biased. See for yourself.
Different Drum
Price: $5.00 USD. Words: 24,860. Language: English. Published: March 23, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Adventure » Action
This book contains much excitement involving espionage, terrorism, government chicanery, and plot twists. A twist at the end may change your perspective.
Edison's Dope
Price: $1.50 USD. Words: 18,630. Language: English. Published: July 7, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Adventure » Action
Edison Quigley has found some dope, he thinks. Now he wants to use it to get into a hipper crowd. His sidekick Leviticus is OK, but a bit weird. There are other odd characters that crop up, such as teenage hippy heatthrob Sunshine and her boss, a dance instructor.
The Cooper's Hawk Mission
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 19,250. Language: English. Published: April 29, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Spies & espionage
A thief makes a startling find in a safe and takes it to an acquaintance that he believes is some type of undercover agent. He is that and more and a serious terrorism plot is uncovered.
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 20,890. Language: English. Published: April 3, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Adventure » Action
Recently retired military man John Carver gets crossways of a drug gang and pays the price. But his backlash is not what they expected ...
Monkeyshines, Otters, and Drunks
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 13,310. Language: English. Published: January 6, 2014. Categories: Essay » Literature
Short stories with humor and insight into some of the title characters.
Price: $2.00 USD. Words: 34,500. Language: English. Published: December 29, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Adventure » General
Casey Jameson is a loser. Until he wins the big casino, the lottery. But he finds that money does not make all things better ...
Rain Tomorrow
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 50,520. Language: English. Published: October 10, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Adventure » Action
Global Warming. Ice melting. Sea level rise. All happening now. This novel explores what happens to the world after this unstoppable event is done.
Gray Stone
Price: $2.00 USD. Words: 32,770. Language: English. Published: May 24, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Adventure » Action
A young writer inherits an old house on an isolated peninsula in Maine. When he goes to in investigate it, he discovers a family secret from centuries back. Danger and surprises abound.
Rebel Gold Part Two
Series: Rebel Gold. Price: $2.50 USD. Words: 47,000. Language: English. Published: May 8, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Historical » Western & American frontier
Further adventures of Lucas Stone. After the Civil War, Lucas heads West to seek adventure, still rich with Confederate gold he stole.
Rebel Gold Part One
Series: Rebel Gold. Price: $2.50 USD. Words: 56,490. Language: English. Published: March 27, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Historical » USA, Fiction » Historical » Western & American frontier
Lucas Stone grew up in Georgia, learning to hunt and shoot just in time for the Civil War to catch him. When his commander saw his sniping and creeping skills, he sent him on a special assignment.
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 20,330. Language: English. Published: March 21, 2013. Categories: Nonfiction » Entertainment » Humor & satire
This book is a collection of essays o various subjects. I have written these over a period of a few years, but all are still valid.
Jury Duty
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 10,860. Language: English. Published: March 19, 2013. Categories: Nonfiction » Law » Criminal
A first-hand account of a real jury trial. A short while ago, the author was called for Jury Duty and was selected for a jury on a murder trial. The author tires to convey the feeling of a real trial, which is very much unlike the TV version.
Tales From The Coastal Plain
Price: $2.50 USD. Words: 45,650. Language: English. Published: March 8, 2013. Categories: Nonfiction » History » Modern / 19th Century
A boy grows up fast in rural South Georgia. He learns about girls, guns, alcohol, and cars. And Fun.
Crime & Payback
Price: $1.00 USD. Words: 24,880. Language: English. Published: March 4, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Short Stories
Justice sometimes isn't blind. Sometimes it takes the form of payback. Here are three short stories of southern crimes and the payback they incurred.
The Cabin
Price: $2.50 USD. Words: 28,770. Language: English. Published: February 18, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Adventure » Action
Twenty-nine year old doctoral candidate Jake Hunter contracts with the government to man an isolated cabin in the Rockies, reporting back weather data. He expects it will be harsh living, and is prepared for that. But he is not prepared for the unexpected visitor who upends his plan and leads him into danger and a survival situation.
Manhunter, Last Roundup
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 13,080. Language: English. Published: July 21, 2011. Categories: Fiction » Plays & Screenplays » American
A bounty hunter in the Old West makes a last journey to remote Gizzard Rock to try to catch a few bad guys and make money to retire.
Civilization Ends; Surviving Begins
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 52,740. Language: English. Published: July 6, 2011. Categories: Fiction » Plays & Screenplays » American
Nearly everyone goes blind. Civilization collapses in days. A few lucky survivors band together to try escaping from the city to a safe haven.