Interview with Brian J Walters

Who is Brian J. Walters?
"Hmm. Do I have to answer in 3rd person? Brian J. Walters is a guy that likes to laugh. He was actually a standup comic for over 8 years."

"Comics are just cool people. That was the best part of the 'job' - hanging all day with fellow comics. We/they are a twisted bunch. Always trying to make fun out of everything; good, bad, and all things in between. You can't be a good comic if you don't like to laugh," said 1st person Brian J. Walters. "A lot of my routine was just plain silly, but I did like to slide in the occasional, thought provoking pun from time to time and then sprinkle it with just the right amount of sarcasm."

Brian's move to LA was a little different than the road. "Acting is a whole new game. It's a tough business. I eventually fell out of the creative side of entertainment biz and moved into the business side. It was interesting and exciting and all in all a good experience, but now it's time to write!"
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
"The greatest joy...creating characters. I love to make someone up out of nothing. At first, I have a basic idea of who they are; wife, husband, friend, co-worker, etc. Then, as a scene develops, I start to 'see' what really makes them up. I 'learn' what drives them, their weakness and strengths, goals and fears."

"Names? I don't know how other writers do it, but my 'babies' don't get their names until I know them in and out. Kind of like 'True Blood.' Remember when Sheriff Bellefleur became father to the four fairy girls and named them 1, 2, 3, and 4? That's how I work it. It's tough when I'm working with my Beta Readers, because they'll be referring to the characters by name and I still only know them by what they did or said."

"Yeah. I'm little odd."
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
"Yes. Kurt Vonnegut's Breakfast of Champions. I had no idea books could be fun to read and make you think. The second most important story I read was John Irving's World According to Garp. Wow. I had no idea books could make you feel; a lot. That story still gets to me."
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
"Yes and No - for the record, I have a terrible memory. I had a writing class once in college. I don't remember the story. I do remember the teacher really liked it, but thought it had way too many commas. I got a B in that class. Too bad those grades didn't carry over to all my classes."

"My first story is actually going to be my first novel. I'm reworking it right now. I wrote it a long time ago. It's funny how the subject is still part of today's society. However, the technology references need a little updating. Apparently fax machines and beepers are not nearly as popular as they were when I wrote it."
What's the story behind your latest book?
"The Chaise is actually my first published book. Came out of no where. I was working on my novel and learned about Goodreads.com. I had joined up and was following a weekly, short story contest. There were no prizes, just very talented writers making things up on the fly and keeping it under 7,500 words. I thought I'd give it try and next thing I knew I was at 10,000 words in no time."

"I personally like the story and thought - since it's going to be awhile until I get the novel ready - why not publish this to give everyone a taste of my writing style? It got a little naughtier than I expected, but, when I write, I don't do it with a specific audience in mind. It's just however the story evolves and I hope that people jump on board and enjoy the ride."

"Yeah. I guess that does describe my style; an evolving ride where you never know what is going to be around the next turn."
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
"I'm actually never not writing. That sounded weird. Never not. Hmm. Anyway, if I'm not deep into my next project, you'll see me smartassing - or pretending to know something - on Google+ or Twitter all day long. I like to interact with as many people as possible. It gives me great insight and ideas for both characters and storylines.?

Brian's "handle" on Google+ and Twitter is BrianJWrites. Check him out. I'm sure he'd love to "chat."
Describe your desk
"Ha. Lots of cords. My laptop is my hard drive, but I use a separate monitor. Then there's my printer, external drive, speakers, wireless devices, keyboard and my mouse."

"Yeah. I tried the wireless mouse and keyboard, but it was a pain. Sometimes a single click became a double or multiple click. The worse was with my keyboard. For some reason, when I'd be typing, it would assume control and determine that I needed at least 150 P's, in a row, just streaming across my screen. I couldn't stop it either. I'd hit any key I thought would make sense - escape, return, space, the desk - and nothing. It would just stop when it was good and ready."
What do your fans mean to you?
"I'll let you know after The Chaise get's published..."
Published 2014-08-02.
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Books by This Author

The Chaise
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 9,120. Language: English. Published: August 15, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Contemporary
Bridgette’s obsession for her missing husband starts to spin out of control as the present begins to melt with the pleasures and passions of their past and all she can do is take comfort in the security of her one constant: The Chaise.