Interview with Troy Klein

Who are your favorite authors?
Larry Winget stands out high on the list. No one says it better or more straight forward. Jesse Ventura is also a great read written from the perspective of an ultra patriot.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
I look for an opportunity every day to do at least one thing that could help better my staff, community, or country. I especially love to pass on my skills and knowledge to the next generation of leaders and patriots.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
I have a passion for travel and seeing news things and cultures. I read a ton and love to cook when I have time.
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
I look for a genre and browse looking for something that will increase my knowledge or skills on a given subject. I am always looking to improve as well as learn something new.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
Like it was yesterday. I was in high school at the time and was eating lunch at Goalpost Pizza in Birch Run Michigan. A massive explosion rocked the entire block and, as I looked outside, I saw that the Mobil gas station across the street went up in a ball of flames. I work part time as a freelance writer for the Bridgeport news and set out to contact the community leaders, fire and police department, and family of the victims . This was first opportunity to write a news article on something of substance and to do the work of an investigative reporter.
What is your writing process?
My first book, I Can Do Better By Mistake, was a journey of commitment and endurance. The process took about 4 years total. I started by banging out the chapter on immigration in a few hours. After that I was pretty spent. I had no idea what I was getting into. Over the next 6 months I researched what appeared to be the political issues on the minds of most Americans. Over the next 2 years I would start and stop frequently and months would go by with no activity. About 18 months ago it just came to me that the wisdom of ages was at my fingertips. So I went through what I had already written and added quotes from our founding fathers and others. At that point it all just came together and I could not write fast enough. About 75% of the way though, I had the idea of Percy the Liberal and created a dialog throughout the book with Percy as my struggling counter point. Now, having gone through the experience, I feel that I could bang out the next book in a month and I already have ideas for, at least, the next 2 books. Stay tuned.
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
Wow, I have read literally thousands of books. What stands out the most was when I was 8 years old my mother bought me a set of encyclopedias on American History and I drank those volumes up like a kid dying of thirst. Even at a young age I was not satisfied. It was clear that I was only getting part of the story which set me on the lifelong course of discovery.
How do you approach cover design?
I look for something that is both eye catching and extremely relevant to the subject matter. In my book "I Can Do Better By Mistake" the dunce cap on the capitol building and the letter F report card speaks directly to the lack of leadership in our nation.
What are your five favorite books, and why?
1. Larry Winget-Shut Up, Stop Whining, and Get a Life. He tackles personal accountability like no other.
2. Any Clive Cussler book. I love how he mixes history into fiction.
3. Alexander Hamilton-Ron Chernow-In my view, the influential and productive of our founding fathers. A true American life of a man who came from nothing to become our most far-sighted and controversial founding father.
5. The Iliad and Odyssey of Homer-At only 7 years of age, these two books opened my eyes to different cultures and life lessons embedded in their mythology.
5. The Lord of the Rings-Tolkien-To me, the story is this; no matter how humble and small, anyone may rise to do great deeds.
What do you read for pleasure?
Any fantasy. Especially Terry Goodkind and Harry Turtledove. I also harbor a secret love of William Johnstones "Ashes" series.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
I don't e-read often as my time is limited but Kindle is where I am at for the moment but I am always looking at the options available.
What book marketing techniques have been most effective for you?
I am just getting started but I am looking at personalized press releases, especially locally, Facebook, and I am looking into public speaking at both high schools and universities.
Describe your desk
Ha ha ha. It can go from cluttered to OCD organized in a matter of minutes.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in Saginaw Michigan in the heart of the auto industry. I lived around very plain speaking people that were concerned more with the content of your words rather than how politically correct you could voice them.
When did you first start writing?
I started writing while working for the school newspaper and parleyed that into a part time gig doing freelance for the local newspaper.
What's the story behind your latest book?
Again, the book is titled, "I Can Do Better By Mistake." Over the years I have become increasingly disgusted by ALL politicians and how they insult the American people by suggesting that the solutions to most issues are more complex than they really are. It only takes people with enough fortitude and integrity to see it through. I swear to God, every time I hear a politician attempt to shut someone down claiming that the other person is over simplifying an issue, I want to smash their nose. To break it down in terms that are relevant to most of us: if you don't have money, you don't get to spend money.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
I have managed business for 25 years watching one company after another make huge profits and that I don't mind. My issue is the lack of compensation to the people on the front lines that make it possible for them to enjoy the lifestyle that they have. It was time to step out and say NO MORE. This is my work and I, and I alone, would benefit from the fruits of this labor.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
to know that by putting my thoughts into written word I may have a positive impact on someone's life.
What are you working on next?
I have 2 books in mind at the moment. I am going to write a book which blows up the Constitution by first of all explaining it in simple English but also by re-writing it to clarify what our founders meant each law to mean. I then want to write an entire word of fiction chronicling the journey and misadventures of Percy the Libtard.
Published 2016-07-05.
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