Interview with Edward Curnutte

Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
It wasn't actually a story; it was a documentary. The volunteer group I was involved in were restoring an old airplane from WWII. It was my job to dig up photos, interview crew, and search public records about this aircraft. I had a blast putting all the material together and writing the story. All the proceeds ended up going to the restoration effort. All good fun.
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
I'm a voracious reader and so I'm always looking for new stuff. I generally search within my favourite genre, historical fiction/fantasy, but I've also been caught reading classic literature, drama and comedy.
What is your writing process?
Writing, to me, is like a walk through the forest. I've got to stop and really observe everything happening around me, and the ideas are like the wind blowing through the branches. There's lots to see in a forest, and in the world around me. For example, I could be teaching a lesson when an idea springs up. So, I write it down before it blows away in the wind. It's strange how these ideas pop up!
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
The first story I read was "Jaws" by Peter Benchley. Everything was so vivid I was even dreaming about it! Though horror isn't my thing, I did realize the importance of good story-telling and descriptions that put you right there in the middle of the action.
How do you approach cover design?
This is the first impression a reader gets, so I approach it very seriously. I may not get a second chance, so spending time, money and effort on a knockout cover can never be understated.
What are your five favorite books, and why?
Charles Lindbergh: His Life by Chris Morley - because an ordinary guy can do the impossible;
Duma Key by Stephen King - great supernatural suspense!
Never Cry Wolf by Farley Mowat. It awakened in me a sense of the great natural world. Excellent story telling!
East to the Dawn by Susan Butler - The story of Amelia Earhart's life. This book really captured the passion Amelia had for aviation and the obstacles she had to overcome in a field dominated by men;
The Way of a Ship by Derek Lundy. I could feel myself getting seasick while reading about the last of the square-riggers rounding the Horn. Couldn't put it down!
What do you read for pleasure?
I've been called an information junkie because I like keeping up with local and world events. I also like reading old, out-of-print books. I love those old writing styles. Yes, I smell the books, too, and don't care who's looking!
What is your e-reading device of choice?
It depends where I am. If I'm home, I prefer paper books. When traveling, I prefer using my tablet or smartphone.
What book marketing techniques have been most effective for you?
I've discovered that people like to see a face, so book signings have been particularly good. I've also pushed my book on my website, business cards, book markers and even the signature line on emails. Anything that gets my name and the name of the book out there is a very good thing!
Describe your desk
I don't like being confined to a desk. My laptop really brings me a lot of freedom, so I can write anywhere in the house or pack up and go to a cafe. I tend to like a bit of noise when writing. It gives me more of a connection to the real world.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in the southern Canadian city of Windsor, Ontario. Much of the history of this city has been lost, and I always thought someday I'd try to capture some of what it must have been like to live there before everything changed. Yes, I'm a bit nostalgic!
Published 2018-03-20.
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Books by This Author

Aydy's Fiddle - The Memory Thief
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 84,660. Language: English. Published: May 9, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Inspirational, Fiction » Fantasy » Historical
(5.00 from 2 reviews)
Music has a way of bringing back the deepest memories. In 1887, a twelve-year-old girl inherits her grandfather's violin and soon begins to get strange visions of the people who hear her play. Over time, the visions become stranger and she learns a disturbing series of family secrets. Is her uncle responsible for the death of her beloved grandfather? Who would ever believe her?