Interview with Arlon Boozer

Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I was born in Nacogdoches, Texas. Dad worked in construction, so we moved a lot in my early years, mostly living in the east Texas area. I was always new in school and mostly behind the other kids. I was also shy and could not answer teachers questions in class. I normally just froze when asked a question. I could not even contribute to group discussions. I went through high school and college like that. I was in my mid thirties before I could talk in front of a group or even talk effectively on a phone. I suppose I was considered anti-social, That was never my intent. My behavior was a defense mechanism.
When did you first start writing?
I started writing a short story when I was in high school, but never completed it. During high school I began writing poetry. I wrote a lot of poems for the next ten year. I have a published poetry book called ABC Poems for Kids available at Amazon. I did not write from about thirty five to seventy years old. At seventy I began writing and publishing short stories and poetry. Then, I combined my first three short stories into a novel. My plan is just to write novels in the future.
What's the story behind your latest book?
I am a full time RV traveler, so I started writing about what I was most familiar with. I wrote in first person, but it soon become obvious to me that I was not the character I was writing about. That gave me freedom to let my mind wander and that's what the character does -- just a continued search for his place in the world. Of course a character has to have some problems or you don't have a story. Unique solutions to problems defines the character.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
I did not have a choice. I have wanted to publish some of my poetry for thirty years, but did not know how. I may have been too busy or even afraid to submit it. I'm not sure. I have always heard how difficult it is to get a publisher to pay attention, so when I discovered self publishing, it finally gave me a way to contribute.
How has Smashwords contributed to your success?
My short stories were published at Amazon with limited success. I learned their formatting requirement, which made learning Smashwords formatting easier. I decided to publish on Smashwords to reach a broader audience. I may never find success, but I feel like it provides additional opportunities. I am still learning and growing as an author and publisher. I am considering a paperback version of my novel and possibly an audio book.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
The excitement comes when you publish something and see it available on line. The disappointment so far is that it is difficult to get anyone to notice outside my own family. I am trying to learn to market better, so I am stretching my mind in more ways than I can keep up with.
What do your fans mean to you?
So far I don't have a lot of fans. People that have read my stories are approving. I think the more reviews I get, the better I become as an author. I read everything people say and never take it personal -- it's just a learning opportunity.
What are you working on next?
I am going to write another novel disguised as a memoir. It is going to be about duplicity. I'm thinking of calling it Two Memoirs. What a person says publicly about them self and the truth. I get my inspiration from Barack Obama.
Who are your favorite authors?
I haven't read much outside of work for the past thirty years. I have three authors I love to read. Robert B Parker, Craig Johnson and Lee Child. I also like the history books written by Bill O'Reilly and Martin Dugard. I hated everything I had to read in school. I am not of fan of "The Classics". I read a lot of Louis L'Amour stories in my late twenties.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
My wife, Kathi. We have been good friends since I met and married her in 1964.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
We have been RV travelers for eleven years, since I retired. We love being in the mountains, Casinos are fun, but more so for Kathi, than for me. We spend summer on the Oregon coast and winter in Texas where we have two sons. You never stop being a parent.
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
I started with the Spenser character created by Robert B Parker. I read all of his books, then saw Longmire on TV and became a fan, so I read all of the Longmire series, then Tom Cruise made Reacher and I had to find out who he was.
Published 2014-07-26.
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Books by This Author

Turmoil to Redemption
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 68,400. Language: English. Published: July 25, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Plays & Screenplays » American
Follow Averal when he is wronged and plots revenge. Follow him as he is torn between being a moral person or being a vengeful person. Follow Averal when his daughter is wronged and feels the need to enact retribution. Averal may be socially isolated, but is politically aware of the conditions in the country. Follow Averal as he makes an effort to atone for his transgressions.