I became acquainted with California author, Alan Nayes, around the same time I was introduced to his book titled, Gargoyles. It was a riveting read, keeping me turning pages long into the night.
I wanted to learn more about the man behind such an intriguing bio-medical thriller so I fired off a few questions which he gratefully answered; I'm going to share those answers with you.
Budden: What does being an author mean to you?
Alan: Wow, that’s not an easy answer, Norma. Let me answer from two perspectives. First, as a writer, being an author means I have the chance to create something all my own from scratch. I love taking a blank page and turning it into a story.
Now from the reader perspective, being an author means I have a responsibility to create the best, most entertaining story I’m capable of. In the final analysis, that is what writing fiction is all about to me — entertaining the reader. I want anyone who spends their hard earned cash for one of my stories to feel they received their money’s worth.
Budden: When did you first realize that you wanted to write and publish a book? How old/young were you at the time?
Alan: I’d moved to California from Texas several years ago and decided to take a creative writing course at a local community college. I wrote a short story that was well received by the class and it was then I knew I wanted to write a novel and get it published.
Budden: From its inception, how long did it take you to write and publish your first book? Was the experience mostly rewarding or filled with varying levels of frustration?
Alan: GARGOYLES was my first novel published. From start to finish - including that terrible first draft, rewrites and then more rewrites - it took me about a year to ready the manuscript for agents and publishers. Along the way, there were both highs and lows, and frustration was a constant companion. But that goes with being an author — at least for me, anyway. Was it all worth it — you bet!
Budden: Are you currently writing another book which you hope to publish at some point? If so, we'd love to hear more about it.
Alan: Yes, Norma, I have several titles published, including PLAGUE and RESURRECTION, the sequels to my biomed thriller GARGOYLES which was released in January, 2012. I also have an erotic horror story, GIRL BLUE, which was released by Samhain Publishing in March of 2012 as well as a few other titles published. I do have other titles in the works.
Budden: Which book is your favorite and why? If you can't decide on one favourite, that's OK; break the rules and give us two or three.
Alan: I’ll probably have to go with GARGOYLES. I love the character Amoreena and it was also my first published novel — my other novels come in at a close second!
Budden: Who has been a major source of inspiration for you as a writer/author?
Alan: Without trying to sound egotistical, most of my inspiration has come from within. If I don’t make it happen, it won’t happen. I have no choice but to inspire myself. Every time I read or hear about an author who struggled and suddenly makes it “big”, though, that also inspires me.
Budden: What is your ultimate dream, in terms of being a writer/author?
Alan: That’s easy to answer - write that proverbial bestseller. Will it happen? Don’t know, but I can’t say I’m not trying.
Budden: What is one of your favorite quotes? It can be from a book you wrote or something you heard throughout your life.
Alan: I don’t really have a favorite quote, though taped to a window beside my computer I have this list of failures by Abraham Lincoln. It’s titled, Lessons in Rejection. I don’t know who compiled the list but there are about 10 or 11 failures ending with Elected President of the United States in 1860. Whenever I start feeling a little down, I read Lincoln’s, Road to the Whitehouse.
Budden: Tell us a little about your life. What does an average day look like?
Alan: An average day depends on whether I have to work at my real job; I’m in the healthcare field. On weekends, I try to get in at least four or five hours of writing. This may include editing, research or tackling brand new material. If I’m working, then I will try to write at night. It may only be a half hour but at least I try to get something down.
Budden: What are three of your favorite hobbies?
Alan: Reading, exercising and enjoying the outdoors.
Budden's closing thoughts: It has been a pleasure getting to know more about you Alan Nayes and I wish you continued success in your writing endeavors. If I enjoy all of your titles as much as I did Gargoyles, I'm sure I'll be a fan for life.
Take a look below to see all of the titles Alan Nayes has published. Click on either cover to be taken to the book's page on Amazon.