Interview with C K Blair

What's the story behind your latest book?
It is a recollection of childhood memories from a humorous slant.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
After having queried dozens of agents with only one response and then speaking to some indie publishers, I decided it would be more benefiicial to do an e-book. The publishers told me that since competition was so fierce in the market, more agents were simply skimming the listings of e-books to find books they wanted to publish. Also, it would give me more creative control of my story.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
I have been writing since I was a child, short stories mainly. As I moved into adulthood, I chose to pursue other lines of work to support a growing family. Even so, the stories flowed in my head or were put into outlines to be written later. Now being retired I am free to follow without interference every story idea that comes to me. I enjoy how a story flows and sets its own pace with me. I find that I am really the first reader, not just the writer.
What are you working on next?
I am continuing the series of a character named Alfred Crow, a reluctant psychic investigator. Having solved a case in the Southwestern desert of Arizona he now finds himself heading to Texas. After an accident on the roadway outside a cattle ranch in the high desert country of east Texas, he befriends a young woman who is haunted by her grandmother.
Who are your favorite authors?
Stephen King comes to mind first, not so much for his macabre stories as for his memoir: "On Writing; A Memoir of the Craft."
Patrick F. McManus is a delightful humorist that I have enjoyed for years. Dean Koontz, of course, and Tony Hillerman. These are but a few I can name at the moment.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
Knowing another day is an opportunity to tell my story. It's coffee and clearing my head for the first hour then I am at the computer. The story I am working on at the moment sets its own pace which helps me immensely. One day I might get ten pages while another might be forty. I seem to naturally find the end point of each day after around 6 hours of writing, or better said: it finds me. I write with the hope that people will find my stories enjoyable and give me positive feedback so i can improve each time. There is a certain excitement in the the idea of being able to present myself to the world.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
Listening for stories. Excursions to the ocean are special. Visiting with friends and family offers opportunity to relax.
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
The first stories I ever read were children's books of course and the impact was entertaining I am sure. The one story that I remember was an autobiography of Dr. Albert Schweitzer and his work in Africa as a missionary. I viewed it with all the creative ideology that a ten year old could muster and fantasized largely of also traveling to a foreign country and accomplishing some great work.
How do you approach cover design?
It is shown to me while writing a book. As I wrote the mystery/thriller: Alfred Crow and the Shadow Killers the description of a crime scene in the story played out as a film in my head and I instantly felt that it was to be the cover design for the book. I asked several friends who were artists if they might be able to depict the scene based on what I had written and ended up getting a partial depiction of the scene that I thought was workable. When I wrote "No Girls Allowed", the scene of a tree fort from my childhood popped up and below it a girl bent on its destruction added the element of surprise.
What are your five favorite books, and why?
"On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft" by Stephen King. I found in it the inspiration to release my stories onto the world without attachment. I could easily identify with his personal story of how he came to write and the trials he faced within himself.
"They Shoot Canoes Don't They" by Patrick F. McManus. Humor at its best. Lighthearted, tongue-in-cheek observations of life with a twist of seriousness weaved throughout.
"The Secret Teachings of All Ages" by Manly P.Hall. Insightful and informative on any and all things spiritual. The facts of ancient belief and traditions brought into modern thought as doable alternatives to the rigid dogma of religion. It showed me the roots of human belief should not be confined to the restraints of a society that had lost its sense of creativity. The possibilities were endless if one was willing to explore with an open mind.
Published 2014-05-17.
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Books by This Author

Alfred Crow and the Shadow Killers
Price: $5.49 USD. Words: 40,300. Language: English. Published: October 12, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » General
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Life just won’t give Alfred Crow a break until he moves to a small desert town in Arizona and the local police pick up on his special ability to speak with the dead. With his psychic affinity the P.D. is at last on the right track to closing an open case. But in this small desert town, is everything what it seems? Or is somebody trying to involve Alfred Crow too much into this case?
No Girls Allowed
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 26,120. Language: English. Published: May 17, 2014. Categories: Nonfiction » Biography » Autobiographies & Memoirs
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In Hessville, Indiana, Kevin Blair learns that the girls around him are not all they seem to be as he finds himself in one disaster after another. When the onset of puberty strikes, he is left at the mercy of all things feminine and his naive view of the world; a cross between Curious George and Godzilla. A humorous recollection of events that made growing up in the Sixties so unforgettable.