Anthony Mays


Probably not, but you should. Anthony Mays, the author of the ‘Halfway to’ themed books, chose to use the ‘halfway to’ expression based on his road travels around the country. Seemingly, he was halfway to his destination when a character, plot, or location came to his imagination taken from things he saw along the way. Throughout the remainder of the trip, a strong, mental outline followed on how he planned to use those elements.

RECENTLY HONORED to be added to the Illinois Authors Wiki, a project of the Illinois Center for the Book. It is a comprehensive resource for information on authors, photographers and illustrators who have published books and have lived in Illinois or written about Illinois.

Writing books became a natural extension from Anthony’s career in the U.S. government where he wrote briefings, operating procedures, and instructional guides. His biggest challenge in making the transition was moving from writing succinct, factual, bulleted ideas to writing prose narrative for a fully developed novel.

Anthony's 4th novel, HALFWAY TO MAGNOLIA HOUSE, was released on March 10, 2016 to coincide with the start of the 1864 Red River Campaign, which formed the story plot of this modern-day thriller. He tried to give balance to the historical aspects so that all readers could find it an enjoyable read.

Along with his wife, Sherry, he lives in southern Illinois and enjoys sharing the experiences of their three children, their significant others, and four blessed grandchildren. Most vacations are spent near water where Anthony envisions finding the next great treasure trove. In the meantime, he is excited to take pieces of his life experiences and mold them into fictional works of art.

Smashwords Interview

Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
About thirty plus years ago I wrote a children's story called 'Zephyrus' and then followed it up with a few others that were going to be part of a anthology, but life got in the way. I didn't get back into writing until about eight years ago when I started my first novel, Halfway to a Southern Heart. That was five years in the making.
What is your writing process?
Generally, I've already chosen a story plot, and then make an outline of the chapters and choose the characters and their names. But I treat all my notes as living documents, as I inevitably make changes along the way. When I am in writing mode, I try to generate about 1,000 words a day, but I've learned not to force anything.
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