Interview with Thomas L. Hay

Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I was raised in the Golden Valley of Clinton, Missouri during the fabulous 50's. During these times Clinton was the 'Baby Chick' capital of the world.
When did you first start writing?
Most of my life I had an inspiration to write, but never could find the time. So when I retired from TWA/American Airlines, time was no longer an excuse. A subject or plot became my obstacle. To motivate me, my wife suggested I start with a memoir. "After all," she said, "you have had an intriguing life."
The more I thought about it, the more it made sense. Everyone else seemed to be writing theirs, so why not me? I am the only person who knows all my memories. When I pass into the after life, those memories will evaporate and turn to ashes. Writing them down would provide a history book for my future desendents. They may discover just where their idiocy comes from.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
I golf and fish a lot. I sing Karaoke to whoever will listen and if I can't find someone to listen, I sing to myself. Singing can bring joy to my soul, but it can also make me cry. In my books I relate my events to songs. How often we hear a song that reminds us of a person, a place, or a time in our lives. My wife and I like to travel.
What's the story behind your latest book?
I have only written and published two books. My memoir, "The Comeback Kid," and "An Abduction Revelation."
The second book was inspired by my first wife, who has always claimed that we were abducted by aliens, during our short marriage. I never believed her claim as I suspected she had to of had some loose marbles. After publishing my memoirs, I became tormented to investigate the probability of her claim. I would search the world for the truth, only to find it buried within my subconscious.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
I must confess, I am really not a writer. I like to think of myself as a story teller. Both my books are written in a conversational style. It is similar to folks sitting around a campfire drinking beer and telling ghost stories. My listener's give me the greatest joy when they can't figure out whether my story is real or if I am just pulling their legs. It's a very thought provoking story and by the fourth beer, everyone is on the edge of their seats and wanting more.
What do you read for pleasure?
I read memoirs. Especially those of our American war hero's.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
This is going to come as a shock to most who will be reading this. I don't have or want a cell phone. I have never used a ATM machine. I only have a computer because when I started writing I was using a notebook. After fifty or so pages, the arrows and notes became confusing. My wife convienced me that it would be much easier to use a computer. But then the computer and I had issues! Until we finally came to an agreement that I should take some computer classes. We still have issues, but they can usually be resloved.
I'm telling you all this because I have no e-reading device and if I did, I wouldn't be able to figure it out. Besides, a book in the hand is a much better friend.
What book marketing techniques have been most effective for you?
I am still trying to figure that one out. With so many books to choose from, what's an author to do? I think the best technique is to figure out what to do to become famous. That seems to be the key marketing tool.
Published 2013-10-29.
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