Interview with Chris Covert

Published 2013-09-07.
What is your writing process?
I had a young Mexican writer ask me that very question, after he asked should he write the beginning first, how should he plot the book, or should he even write an outline. My reply was you can do all those things, but at the end of the day, you still have to sit down before a writing pad, typewriter or word processor and pound your text out. My process is when I can get to it, I will write.
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
My first novel was so bad, I hoped it never saw the light of day. And it never did.
What are your five favorite books, and why?
The Battle for Moscow by Albert Seaton and Scorched Earth by Paul Carrell, which are two of the best descriptions of fighting in WWII I have ever read.

The Bible.

Fiction works include Life and Fate, by Vassily Grossman and The Choir Boys by Joseph Wambaugh.

Life and Fate is especially poignant for me since the author, a loyal part of the political regime in the Soviet Union paid for his description of WWII with his life.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
I use a Linux laptop and Calibre for reading e-books.
Describe your desk
I have two. I use a laptop at my kitchen table to do my Mexican news reports and for fiction writing, and a steel table I bought at a military surplus store where I do my editing. Both are messes.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in Oklahoma City during the late 1960s. My influences were friends at school who had or at least claimed leftist associations, who wanted to do violence to the political system. I loved those people, their passion and at least some of their ideas, and I went over the cliff with them ideologically, but not with the violence.
When did you first start writing?
I hve been writing since I was in junior high school, professionally since 1978.
What's the story behind your latest book?
My latest book, set for release next year is set in Tulsa, Oklahoma in the 1980s, where I lived between 1980 and 1986. Now, you'd think a backwater such as Tulsa could not have provided much material for a story, but, surprisingly, my life then was rich. I wasn't. But my life and my associations were.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
Many, many many years of trying to convince agents and publisher to publish my books, and then a long hiatus until I downloaded Calibre for Linux and read about Smashwords. Smashwords set my imagination afire and motivated me to write again. I may not have much of an audience, but that doesn't matter. My views and descriptions of the world through my fiction are now part of the public record.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
Writing is work, hard work. You can take joy in what you are doing be it writing or some other endeavor, but no mistake that writing is hard work.
What do your fans mean to you?
Fans are a pesky bunch. You gotta please them but you have to be true to what you are when you write. Fans that have bought my work mean the world to me.
What are you working on next?
I am attempting to finish Volumes 3 and 4 of the Wounded Eagle: Three Years in the Mexican Drug War. Next is my novel set in Tulsa in the 1980s.

I will give you a brief synopsis:

Calvin Wright has lost his girlfriend to another man. But he has a plan to get her back that includes 110 gallons of gasoline and a sitting US president.
Who are your favorite authors?
Vassily Grossman, Joseph Waumbaugh, Albert Seaton, Alexander Solzhenitsyn...
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Books by This Author

The Wounded Eagle: Volume 4
Series: The Wounded Eagle, Book 4. Price: $4.90 USD. Words: 150,440. Language: English. Published: February 1, 2014. Categories: Nonfiction » History » Latin America / Mexico, Nonfiction » True Crime » Drug trade
The fourth and last volume of a multi-volume chronology and reference guide set detailing the Mexican Drug War in 2012
The Wounded Eagle: Volume 3
Series: The Wounded Eagle, Book 3. Price: $4.90 USD. Words: 94,660. Language: English. Published: December 1, 2013. Categories: Nonfiction » True Crime » Drug trade, Nonfiction » History » Latin America / Mexico
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The Wounded Eagle: Volume 2
Series: The Wounded Eagle, Book 2. Price: $4.90 USD. Words: 116,120. Language: English. Published: September 1, 2013. Categories: Nonfiction » History » Latin America / Mexico, Nonfiction » True Crime » Drug trade
The second volume of a multi-volume chronology and reference guide set detailing the Mexican Drug War in the first half of 2011, January to June, 2011
The Wounded Eagle: Three Years in the Mexican Drug War, Volume 1
Series: The Wounded Eagle, Book 1. Price: $4.90 USD. Words: 146,620. Language: English. Published: July 7, 2013. Categories: Nonfiction » History » Latin America / Mexico, Nonfiction » True Crime » Drug trade
A multi-volume chronology and reference guide set detailing three years of the Mexican Drug War between 2010 and 2012.
The Sunday War
Price: $4.90 USD. Words: 161,220. Language: English. Published: November 11, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Historical » General
A Russian colonel and a German sergeant cross the lines of war to rescue the colonel's family trapped behind enemy lines in the winter wastes during the WWII Battle of Moscow. The Sunday War is the story of Sergei Zalovskiy, Nadezhda and little Clara as an internal war and then a Sunday war threatens their very existence, until an act of kindness committed by a German soldier.
Newtonville
Price: $5.90 USD. Words: 140,510. Language: English. Published: August 4, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Historical
Shootings and a threat of war hangs over the isolated ficticious southeastern Oklahoma town of Newtonville. Follow the story of young Honey Rimeola, her family and her friends as they encounter crooked lawyers and mountain men as well as the revolutionaries trying to arm them.