A writer once said he spent 10% of his time writing and 90% of his time marketing. I disagree. I spend 2% of my time writing and 98% marketing. Writing DOTQOH was the easy part, sitting at home at my computer and conjuring up characters and situations with complete autonomy…pure paradise. Marketing, I’m a cog in a machine and we’re trying an infinite combinations of ideas that might help the book succeed. There was a press release which was sent to over 2,000 media entities: print, radio and TV, and there are requests for review copies of the book.
A little bit about writing. I always start with a beginning and an ending. But anything can change. In this case the beginning changed but the ending stayed as I first conceived it.
When writing, I would get up at 2AM and write until I had to go to work because after working I didn’t have the energy to be creative. On my days off I would write from the minute I awoke and write until afternoon then go for a 3 mile run. I rarely ate breakfast. Any problems I would mull in my mind while running, and the increased blood flow and oxygenation would allow me to consistently come up with a solution. Then I would have lunch. With this book, I came up with characters and a plot, and you work hard to breathe life into them but then something happens. A miracle that I call the “Writer’s High” occurs. The characters come alive then all I had to do was follow them. I was almost just a passive medium for the story and their actions.
Regarding eating, I try to eat as healthy as possible…organic, non-GMO with food that’s alive with a high water content…fruits, vegetables and salads. The result being mental clarity and energy.
On Labor Day Sunday in 1997, like many others, I was shocked upon awakening to hear that Princess Diana had been killed in an automobile crash in Paris. Though I wasn’t yet a Diana fanatic, I was stunned and saddened. Because I work in the health care field, I researched what had happened that night in the Alma tunnel and I was disturbed and skeptical about the medical treatment Princess Diana received. I decided to write a book on my findings but in order to make it a compelling read I would write a fictional retelling and change all the names. Thus, “Death of the Queen of Hearts” was born.