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Thursday, October 28, 2010

Interview of Author Alan Nayes

Today it's my pleasure to present an interview of romance author Alan Nayes.

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Alan Nayes was born in Houston and grew up on the Texas gulf coast. After attending medical school at the University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston, he moved to Southern California where he divides his time and energies between medicine and writing. He is the author of the critically-acclaimed biomedical thrillers, GARGOYLES and THE UNNATURAL.

An avid outdoorsman and fitness enthusiast, he is one of only a few individuals to ever swim across Wisconsin’s chilly Lake Winnebago. When not working on his next project, he enjoys relaxing and fishing at the family vacation home in Wisconsin.

Q: What’s the first thing you did when you received word you’d sold a book?
A: For my advance for my first book GARGOYLES, believe it or not, I was going to a fossil and mineral show—I’m intrigued with geodes and fossils—so I bought a $300 dinosaur egg. Wow, and it still hasn’t hatched.

Q: What part of the book is the easiest for you to write? Why?
A: The first sentence—then it becomes difficult. Also THE END.

Q: What part of the book is the hardest for you? Why?
A: Everything between the first and last page. Nothing’s easy for me.

Q: Who is your favorite character in your book and why?
A: My favorite character overall is one from my first book GARGOYLES—Amoreena Daniels. She overcame hell of some odds to survive until the last page. For my recent release, BARBARY POINT, it’s Kelly English. In fact, Kelly and Amoreena could probably be friends—as long as neither had eyes on the same guy!

Q: If one of your books became a movie, which celebrity would you like to star as one of your heroines? Tell us about your heroine.
A: In BARBARY POINT, Kelly English is a young beautiful woman who is also quite ambitious. She thinks she’s found her perfect mate—an older very successful rich businessman—until she travels back to Wisconsin to close out her father’s estate. There she meets Mitch Gabriel, a down-to-earth fishing guide who loves what he does. Kelly is surprised and totally caught off guard by the chemistry that literally explodes between them. Suddenly lavish homes and the high life of Los Angeles don’t carry quite the same panache. Celebrity movie star-that’s too easy—Megan Fox.

Q: What hobby do you enjoy when not writing?
A: I read a lot and enjoy exercising—running, some weights, speed bag jumping rope—love swimming too, but my schedule makes finding pool time difficult.

Q: What’s your strongest point as a writer?
A: My persistence—rejections roll off me like water drops on a well polished Ferrari—no I don’t own one.

Q: You’re on a remote island with a beautiful woman, a computer, and a “mysterious” source of electricity to power your computer. What do you do?
A: I’d fire up the computer and research via numerous science and biogenetic websites to determine the most efficient method of transforming that beautiful woman into a powerfully gorgeous mermaid. Then just prior to this bold audacious experiment I would make mad passionate love to her as a woman, because once she became a mermaid she would safely swim me to the mainland. Later we might even produce a pair of newborn merfants! How…ugly—then maybe not.

Tell us where to find you: website(s), publisher’s page(s), blog(s), Facebook page(s), etc. List them all!

When Kelly English flies back to Oshkosh, Wisconsin, to close out her father’s estate, the last thing on her mind is falling in love. Again. Kelly is twenty-eight and engaged to an older man who is quite wealthy. She’s happy, and only desires to make the trip back brief, sell her deceased father’s place, and return to her stable life in Los Angeles. However, while taking care of business in Oshkosh, Kelly meets a fishing guide, launching her on an emotional journey she never could have predicted or foreseen. BARBARY POINT is Kelly’s story of what happened that one magical week in May on the shores of Lake Winnebago when the ducklings hatch and the walleye run.

Mother always reminded me, “Kelly, love from the mind is nothing more than a pleasurable arrangement, whereas love from the heart lasts forever.”

I had listened to these same exact words beginning in junior high, again in high school, and throughout college. And it always worried me I might not be able to tell the difference.

A man I deeply loved once told me that a fish lunges after an artificial lure solely on instinct. He sees it, wants it, and zappo, he’s hooked.

Love is a lot like that. You see someone you want, the chemistry is there, and zappo, you’re hooked.

Anything else you’d like to add?
Thanks for the interview. That was easy—no stage fright involved!

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