Interview with Alan Guzzetti

Who are your favorite authors?
I became a serious reader after dropping out of school and then awakening with a great thirst for knowledge. So, I was stuck in Korea, living in a tent with more or less nothing to do, and I read. The few things I'd read in school were Steinbeck and Hemingway, so I went through the list and read everything I could get my hands on. I still like classics, but the more modern people like Michael Creighton, Robert Crais, Stephen King also light me up. Oh, I don't want to forget Isabel Allende.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
My aching body. I hate to be flip, but I'm an old guys now and I have to spend more hours in bed to get enough sleep.
You write both fiction and non-fiction. Why?
My first major work was No More Smoking in Bed - my memoirs and stories of my travels. Once that was finished, I went through a several year period when I found myself making up stories that were exciting and fun to write. So, with the exception of the first book, all the rest are fiction. They say that fiction is harder because it has to be believable, whereas there are so many things in real life that seem incredible we seem to just accept them. In addition to my books, I've written numerous short stories, essays, and articles, some of which are fiction and some a bit of literary reportage (a fancy way of playing at journalism, but allowing a little creative license to creep in). The short answer: Because it's fun!
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
I still love travel, although I'm cutting back. Those interminably long flights to far-aways are grueling. I spend too much time playing poker.
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
I don't discover them - I get interested in a book and then find it. But, if you meant what do I think of them, I have to go along with the growing popularity of convenience and economy.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
Hell no! I do remember the first one I was proud enough to shout about. I was in college, taking a Dramatic Literature class. We were given forty minutes to write a complete story and I nailed it. Got an A+
What is your writing process?
This probably answers why I write mostly fiction. I don't sleep well, and half the time I'm in a hypnagogic state. You know - working entirely out of the right brain hemisphere. I've trained myself to remember most of the crazy things I dream and think of while in that condition, and the next morning I bang out as much as I can. Then, I develop it from that point. Most of it is garbage, but some is pretty good.
Published 2015-10-05.
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Books by This Author

Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 43,330. Language: English. Published: October 6, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Crime thriller
A story of crime and punishment, featuring some of the most vicious and despicable characters whose lives intertwine to show their soft side, their devious and clever survival abilities, and their ultimate fate. A story of violence and love, misfits and victims - all dependent in one way or another in precarious relationships that could blow up at any time.
Never Far From Danger
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 54,250. Language: English. Published: October 5, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Spies & espionage
Shannon and Mike, retired Homeland operatives, move to Switzerland and marry.The plan is to have babies and live the good life. But, Al Qaeda has revenge in mind.At times they are hunted and the hunters. Threatened and attacked constantly, they must prevail and eliminate the source. They find support in friends, but also betrayal by some. Find out how they prevail and survive.
Dangerous Professions
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 66,650. Language: English. Published: October 5, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Spies & espionage
A beautiful well educated girl from a wealthy and dysfunctional family becomes a highly paid call girl. She's forced to defend herself time and again from crazy clients and is ultimately busted by Homeland Security. Recruited as an operative, she's forced to take dangerous assignments, including tracking and terminating an Al Qaeda leader. She is now in two dangerous Professions. Can she survive?
The Reluctant Nazi
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 54,210. Language: English. Published: October 5, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Historical » United Kingdom
Adolph Hitler had several siblings. Brother Arnold lived in London during the Blitz. Terrified, he left, planning to travel to Berlin and take the chance that his brother would take him in. After eventually succeeding, he is now a Nazi officer. His assignment: Infiltrate a secret British facility, pass on secrets, win for Germany. But, Arnold has a conscience and a struggle with war as a concept.
No More Smoking in Bed
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 75,750. Language: English. Published: October 5, 2015. Categories: Nonfiction » Travel » Essays & Travelogues, Nonfiction » Biography » Personal memoir
A part memoir, part travelogue that spans over sixty years of humorous episodes and adventures. Whether as a young boy attempting to blow up a bridge, or a straight-laced businessman and his crazy Texan friend entering the dark world of the Casbah to buy hashish, the author finds trouble and somehow prevails.