Interview with A.D. Hall

What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
Coffee.
What are your five favorite books, and why?
Steinbeck - Cannery Row is my favorite because of the dialog. He tells it through wonderful dialog. And I think you would be hard pressed to find many three or more syllable words in the book. Which means I can read it.
Hemingway - Islands in The Stream. In that book he describes a lunch of grilled fish on a boat in the gulf stream that always makes my mouth water, and is my reminder not to forget taste, smells and sounds when writing descriptive narrative.
Elmore Leonard - everything - having just come off a summer-long Zane Grey and Louise La'mour binge as a teen, I was amazed to find his early westerns - books that were so much better! If I learn to write half as good as Elmore Leonard I'll be happy.
Charles Bowden - Frog Mountain Blues. Those who don't know him, go check him out. He passed away only last year, bless him. His writing is vivid, meaningful and informative - all the things I want to do.
Sir Ernest Shackleton - Endurance. The most incredible story ever told.
Wait, only five? I haven't mentioned Mark Twain!
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
I do what anybody else does. I buy the books with pretty covers. I also look at the writer's blurb. If it isn't well written, or sounds like it came from a can, I don't go any further. I have a high standard for fiction writing. Non-fiction is more about information content, so I'll excuse wooden writing. But not in a novel. That's a bold statement having just written my first novel, but we're talking about reading here. I hope I can live up to my own standards as a writer, too.
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
Br'er Rabbit and the Briar Patch - 'Please, whatever you do Br'er Bear, don't throw me in the briar patch!' And Billie Goat Gruff. I remember reading along with my Mom and learning the words. But the cunning and humor of Br'er Rabbit and the ne'r do well bunch of the Uncle Remus stories has always inspired me. There was a dark, funny reality in those tales.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
Yes, it's very clear in my mind. And should be yours, too, if you just read 'Lapse of Reason.' That is truthfully the first completed work of fiction I have ever written, other than a few short stories in high school and college.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
Thinking about what to write. Now that I'm a writer - I haven't always been - I find it's hard to take the eye-shade off and see the world without questioning: how can I use that? Therefore, I find it's best to engage in what makes me happiest, which encourages me to write in that same vein. Cooking, eating, riding motorcycles and enjoying life in the southwest. Mountains, camping and backpacking. Let's see, I covered all that in the book. Have I left anything out?
What is your writing process?
Can I be incriminated for what I say, here? Let's just say, I will never do again what I did on this first novel. I outlined nothing, and let it pour forth in real time from wherever it comes from onto the keyboard in fits and starts and long, epic binges, and then I fixed it. No, I will not say what I binged on. In the future, I will outline before I start and this may focus my muse and avoid some of the rewriting.
What do you read for pleasure?
Non-fiction. I love a good fiction read, but real life is far more bizarre than anything writer's dream-up. Were do you think the material comes from? I have a science and technology background so I gravitate to science - theories of cosmology and the quantum world, and what it might mean for us. I love true stories of the arcane, weird and incredible. I also love exploration and true adventure, from Shackleton at the South Pole to climbers on K2 to astronauts on the moon and the men and women that put them there. I like to read about people stretched to the edge and coping with it.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
I read on my Mac. I need people to buy my book so I can get an iBook.
What book marketing techniques have been most effective for you?
I offer it for pre-order at $.99, so I'm hoping all my friends and family buy it at that price. Otherwise they'll expect me to give it to them free - at least this way I'll get a few cents out of those turnips. If you haven't bought it yet, the $.99 is only for pre-order. I will jack the price up after release, July 1st. In addition, my daughter Ashley is helping me set-up a website and blog and other social media to get the word out for my book. Links to these are featured on my book page. Please visit.
How do you approach cover design?
My daughter Ashley and her partner Seth drew and painted the psychedelic cover which relates a lot of things featured in the book. Some of the detail is hard to see in the thumbprint size, which is too bad; it's very cute. Take a look at the bigger size on the book's page before you click "Add to cart".
Describe your desk
Yikes! Again, I have to ask, can I be incriminated? There is a Mac on it. There is my father's old Burroughs adding machine with the crank handle I played with as a kid. I'm taking this and that off the desk so I don't have to talk about it. There is a lot of paper, crumpled notes, the Smashwords Guide printout, several books and an empty bottle of Stella Artois. There is a lot of dirt, too. I've made a pledge to be honest, so my heart is also laying on the keyboard.
Published 2015-06-16.
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Books by This Author

Lapse of Reason
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 88,520. Language: English. Published: July 1, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Psychological thriller, Fiction » Humor & comedy » Black comedy
One would expect to remember cold blooded murder, but when the consequences are inconvenient, it's easy to forget. Ian Stewart did, but that didn't stop bad things from happening - he just stopped noticing. "Lapse of Reason" is a mature, humorous adventure about someone who tried to take a fork in the road, and ran off a cliff.