April 7, 2011

Q&A Thursday - Interview with Larry Payne

Week #2 of my Thursday Q&A!

A special thanks to Larry Payne for stopping buy!

Enjoy & Comment!

What is the worst thing you’ve written, how did you learn or know it was bad, and what did you learn from it?

A: The worst thing I’ve written is now wadded up in some landfill never to be viewed by human eyes. I learned, “when in doubt, throw it out.” I forget who said it, but it fits.

Why did you start writing and when did you decide to go professional?

A: I started writing about 15 years ago and was my first and only attempt at Science Fiction. I didn’t take writing seriously until I started writing Western Fiction. I posted a story on a writer’s site one day and a comment came back that I wrote in a style similar to Elmore Leonard and was advised to read a Leonard western and learn. I went to the local used bookstore and bought every Elmore Leonard western I could find and read them all. I re-edited the piece I was working on with what I learned and when I was happy with what I’d done, I submitted it. That piece was Ride The Savage Land. The rest is history.

Do you write in more than one genre? Which ones and which do you like the best?

A: My passion is Western Fiction, but I’ve recently entered the world of Crime Fiction and am putting finishing touches on a hardboiled PI short story, featuring my newest character, Private Investigator Blake Tanner.

Do you read other author’s books when you’re writing? If so, do you read the same genre or something different?

A: Since I’ve read most of Elmore Leonard’s, when I’m writing westerns I read mostly Ralph Compton. And my author of choice when writing the Blake Tanner short story has been Mickey Spillane

What is the most difficult part of the entire writing process for you? Queries, pitches, editing..etc.

A: Waiting has been the most difficult part of the writing process for me. Queries, pitches, blurbs, etc., you can work on and perfect. There is no remedy for waiting. You submit, you wait and you hope for the best. Weeks seem like years to me.

If you could have the same type of career as any author currently publishing who would it be and why?

For obvious reasons, if my writing career came anywhere near Elmore Leonard’s, I would die a happy man.

Author's Biography: Larry Payne grew up in East Chicago, Indiana and now resides in Chandler, Arizona with his wife, Susan, and two cats, Emily and Molly. He is a US Navy veteran where he served as a Hospital Corpsman. He is currently employed at Banner Heart Hospital in Mesa, AZ as a Cardiac Monitor Technician.

Wild Child Publishing has agreed to publish his debut western fiction novella, Ride The Savage Land. A release date is yet to be determined. He is currently working on Books 2 and 3 of his Savage Land Series.

Book blurb: When his wife is abducted by a Comanche raiding party, Jake Hollister unpins his badge and ventures out on a quest to find his beloved, Suzanne. Now, six years later, his close friend John Henry Parker’s wife, Sarah, has befallen the same fate.

Agreeing to ride with his friend until Sarah is found, Jake and John Henry enlist the aid of ex-buffalo soldier Zac Benson, to lead them. But, an encounter with a Comanche war party forces them to return home to recover from their wounds.

Their relentless search resumes when Jake visits an old friend, Charlie Bold Eagle, and persuades the Comanche tracker to help them. A chance encounter with a trader soon brings them face to face with the feared Comanche War Chief, White Buffalo.

Find Larry Online!

Website: http://larrypayne.jimdo.com

Blog: http://larrypayneauthor.blogspot.com.


Larry Payne said...

Thanks Jenn, for letting me visit and share some of your spotlight.

Jenn Nixon said...

Thanks for participating! Great interview.

Terri Talley Venters said...

I enjoyed learning more about my friend, Larry. I love the advice, "when in doubt, throw it out." Although deleting your own words proves difficult, I agree the waiting is the probably the hardest part. But I'm an optimist and Spend the waiting time doing things I enjoy, like writing and quality time with my family. I look foward to reading your debut Western!

Jenn Nixon said...

Glad you stopped by Terri! Thanks!

Cherie Reich said...

It's nice to learn more about Larry and his book. I agree waiting can be really difficult when it comes to writing. Great interview.

Larry Payne said...

I spent my waiting time well. It gave me a chance to develop my newest character, PI Blake Tanner and also start work on Book 2 of my Savage Land series.