Interview with Gene Hartley

When did you first start writing?
In 2014
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up on the Texas/Mexico border. I believe in forces of good and evil and you will see it in my work. Reading books and watching movies with a dystopian view to me is a good reminder of how we DON'T want our future. But I haven't seen much stuff showing us how great our life CAN be. Read "The Road Not Taken." The Wiki page states "In 1961, Frost commented that “The Road Not Taken” is “a tricky poem, very tricky” implying that people generally misinterpret this poem as evidence of the benefit of free thinking and not following the crowd, while Frost’s intention was to comment about indecision and people finding meaning in inconsequential decisions" To me, both are important. We need to be free thinkers and not follow the mainstream media propaganda like mind numbed robots. And we should also get off our butts and take action, and forget about the small inconsequential things. The butterfly effect in chaos theory most of the time doesn't apply. Always keep your eye on the big stuff.
What's the story behind your latest book?
This book is a view of how much better life would be if we followed a different path. I created a 30yr old Hispanic mother and her three daughters to introduce you to the benefits of having a society controlled by the People. Also brought in a 14yr old and her Dad to give you a real perspective of being homeless. Turned out this girl is a genius who was held down like millions of others by the greedy super wealthy of our society who have absolutely no social conscience. We Americans finally had enough and changed our way of life. To accomplish this we needed tech giants to help us along. And to underscore the opening up of talent by eliminating the restrictions imposed by money, I created the Young Pioneers who achieved unbelievable things. Things that greatly improved our future. Of course the story is exaggerated for effect. In the book, I reflect on the bad and ugly, but promote the good inherent in every living human being. I grew up in an impoverished neighborhood next to the Rio Grande River, where sometimes people had to lie and steal to survive, but underneath that hardened crust imposed by this crappy non-inclusive society, I saw beauty in every living soul.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
Being able to put my thoughts down in an organized easy to read fashion was very difficult. The reward was an important political statement that hopefully was an enjoyable read.
What are you working on next?
I'm on volume three.
Who are your favorite authors?
I've never really been an avid reader of books. Maybe Zane Grey, Robert E Howard, Jack London, Melville, Crane, Irving, R L Stevenson, Conan Doyle, Kipling, Hemingway, A Christie, Defoe, L'Amour,Thoreau, Swift, Dickens, Clemens, Erskine Caldwell, Marvel comic books.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
The alternative of being stone cold sucks.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
Just going out and having fun.
What is your writing process?
Thorough research. Write a very general outline. Start writing the story in idea segments. I create the characters and plot in my mind over a period of several months. Add life to the characters as I'm writing. For a difference, l also included hyperlinks to web pages, primarily YouTube videos. Sometimes the vids go down like at the beginning of the "Pause and take a break" segment. The song is "Green Eyes" by Edmundo Ros. There are several vids of this on YouTube. The instrumental version is the best. Periodically I'll go through and replace the vids.
Describe your desk
Messy. Thank God for computers.
Published 2017-03-20.
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Books by This Author

The Big Change Vol 2
Price: $2.50 USD. Words: 184,360. Language: English. Published: July 2, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Adventure » Action, Fiction » Science fiction » Adventure
This is a fun adventure story full of surprises. And it has lots of science fiction. I get fairly technical in some parts which adds to the experience. And who knows, many of the predictions may actually come true. The story will make you laugh, cry, get angry, feel powerful, feel love, and believe there are invisible things out there that you really don't understand.
The Big Change
Price: Free! Words: 124,670. Language: English. Published: June 23, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Adventure » Action, Fiction » Young adult or teen » Sci-Fi & fantasy
This entertaining story will forever change the way you look at your life. Frankly, I don't know why a book like this hasn't been written before. It's so obvious.