Interview with Henry Blue

When did you first start writing?
My love affair with writing came around the first grade when I wrote a short story surrounding Halloween. My teacher was so blown away that she had the short story published in her hometown newspaper, The Athens Herald in Athens, Ga. Since then, it's been article writing, music writing, etc. But writing fiction and non-fiction stories have once again caught my imagination at this point in my life.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
I feel it is an underrated and growing genre that provides the author with complete control of their brand with no deadlines in place.
What's the story behind your latest book?
It's a story about an actual event concerning a soldier from my hometown. The plot includes other characters for dramatic effect, but the overall heinous act actually occurred.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
The process itself is a great joy. Writing is a beautiful expression that has no bounds. We can be whatever we want to be or create whatever we want to create.
Who are your favorite authors?
I would have to say Wally Lamb and Edgar Allan Poe, even though Poe is mainly considered a poet. Wally Lamb touched a part of my soul with his book, "I Know This Much Is True." The reader is left with a feeling that some soul searching is truly in order. As far as Edgar, one would need a thousand words to describe him. It's been rumored that Edgar was so far out because of opium use, but I beg to differ. "The Raven" is sheer brilliance and very chilling. Poe was the precursor to Stephen King and so many others in my opinion yet his contributions are often overlooked.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
My children and the fear of starving for the lack of effort.
What are you working on next?
I'm working on a series called a "A Soldiers Story" at this time. The first installment (Book 1) is already complete for consumption at this time. It is a non-fiction work based around a soldier from my hometown born years before me in a very different time period. Extra flair has been added for effect and names have been changed as to not offend the parties involved. Before (Book 2) of "A Soldier's Story is complete, I have a How To manual on cleaning practically everything that's already finished that I will separate into different books.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
Great question. When baseball season has commenced I'm writing as usual. If not writing articles and short stories I'm writing music compositions.
What is your writing process?
It normally begins by simply observing the world around me, then it's the way I feel. Happy people can't give the authenticity to an angry piece and vice versa.
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
I was enamored with "The Great Gatsby" in the way that you could give your all for people and have it not returned in kind, which is the state of the world as we speak. It just reminds me that a person's fall is just as dramatic as their entrance.
How do you approach cover design?
I just try to include elements from the book while keeping the design simple and straightforward.
What do you read for pleasure?
Egyptian history. Anything that has to do with history.
Published 2013-11-18.
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Books by This Author

A Soldier's Story (Book One)
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 3,410. Language: English. Published: November 12, 2013. Categories: Nonfiction » True Crime » Murder
When Roger Smith returns home for a short break from his military duties, seeing his high school sweetheart was his top priority as usual. But this time, forces were working against Roger that he had no idea of. Roger's forbidden love has finally set the wheels in motion for an explosive outcome.