Interview with Waldemar Guenter

How do you approach cover design?
I designed the rough draft of my cover myself. I needed to relate it to the topic of ISIS and an honor-killing in my book, thence the title The New Crusades. However, I wanted to show that there was an extreme period in Christianity too, with flames, burning, and torture. That's why I came up with the idea to put a medieval Crusader in the picture with sword drawn and a silhouette of a Jihadist bearing an AK-47 in his hands. The background of the cover had the image of flames and minarets, which yielded the impression of the cruelty and war between the religions.
What are your five favorite books, and why?
I'm an eclectic reader: The Hardy Boys, The Fountainhead, Atlas Shrugged, The Shock Doctrine, and Trouble in Paradise.
What do you read for pleasure?
I like the detective series by Robert B. Parker. Spencer and Jesse Stone.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
an iPad because that's all I've got. No kobo or kindle or iphone. Just not technologically affluent yet.
What book marketing techniques have been most effective for you?
Local Libraries and word of mouth.
Describe your desk
My desk is cluttered. I've got my jot-pad for ideas in front of me. Several papers strewn all over the top of the desk and my eye-glasses to the side. I have everything in place, i.e. somewhere.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in Austria. Learning a new language, i.e. English made me very aware of sentence structure. I love new words.
When did you first start writing?
I started writing in grade 8, poems at first and then research and essays in high-school. I became a newspaper reporter and wrote articles for anything from sports to town council meetings.
What's the story behind your latest book?
My book is a murder mystery, about an honor-killing carried out by the brother in an extremist family because the girls was dating a white Christian boy. Two detectives track him down, but are not successful in arresting him because the parents give him the money to escape to ISIS. He is sent back to Canada with a false passport to sabotage the subway system in Toronto...but you'd have to read the book to find out what happens!
What motivated you to become an indie author?
I wanted my book to be published the way I wanted it to without changes of my ideas!
How has Smashwords contributed to your success?
I'm still waiting for success! When will it come?
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
Writing is therapeutic for me, since I have a shoulder injury. I can no longer play hockey nor play my violin, so with my arms down on the keyboard, I can at least write. Thank goodness I have a modicum of talent in that direction.
What do your fans mean to you?
I'll know what my fans mean to me, when I get them.
What are you working on next?
Actually Alexander Kucharski who is the first author's friend is taking over the writing of a sequel. The sequel to The New Crusades will tie up loose ends tracing where the life journeys of the main characters will take them. Waldemar Guenter, the author of the first book, dies of pancreatic cancer, so the end stages of his sickness are described in the first number of chapters of the sequel. Then on a happier note, the love story is followed between Detective Spencer and the Muslim girl, Abqurah.
Who are your favorite authors?
Mark Twain, JRR Tolkien, C.S.Lewis, Sir Walter Scott
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
My wife. She says, "It's time to get up!"
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
I go swimming twice a week. I design websites. I watch old time TV, especially black and white film-noir, I have a coffee and doughnut with friends, I sleep and I do housework.
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
My wife reads ebooks which she googles and downloads. I get "real" books out of the library.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
Sure. It was a short story on Harry Rittenhouse, a 103 year old gentleman secluded in a senior's home. I used to bring him coffee and a cookie.
What is your writing process?
I stare at the blank Word Document until something comes out of my fingers. If it doesn't I go for a walk.
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
Sure. "Hans Brinker and the Silver Skates," just loved it. The second earliest story, in English was "Moonfleet." I cried when Elzevir drowned.
Hi, how are you?
Geez, I hate that question! It's better if people just say hello, or hi there! Most people don't care how you are. They just want you to say, fine. The Little Prince in Exupery's book befriends the little wild flower. If you befriend somebody, you find out that soon you actually owe them something emotionally!
What's the most important thing in life?
Finding your own purpose, and actually loving somebody.
What about religion?
Why can't we all get along, especially if there is only one God?
Published 2015-12-10.
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Books by This Author

The New Crusades
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 118,900. Language: English. Published: September 30, 2015. Categories: Nonfiction » Religion and Spirituality » Fundamentalism, Nonfiction » Religion and Spirituality » Christianity
Wally, a scenery photographer, stumbles upon a dead woman in the woods off the Bruce Trail, near Ball's Falls. The woman is the victim of an honour-killing committed by her own brother, Aamir. He escapes arrest by fleeing to Syria and becoming part of ISIS. Two detectives bring the parents to trial for being complicit, but are frustrated by not being able to arrest Aamir.