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What is your writing process?
Nothing ground shaking here. I wake up, get some coffee, hit the power button and wait for the brain and fingers to start working.
Do you plan ahead / outline each scene, or do you prefer to let the story unfold on its own?
I know what the chapter will encompass, but how the action transpires and develops as the scene unfolds takes on its own mind. At times I feel like a referee or a traffic cop. Characters have a way of trying to dictate what happens. Keeping them on point can be trying at times.
I have a general idea where I would like the story to go, but that doesn’t mean the characters will co-operate. It’s a joint-venture to say the least.
Do you stick to a daily word count?
No. I know there’s a lot of talk about 2000 a day, even if it’s bad. I’m not a subscriber with this thinking. Some days I won’t write a thing, while others, I might top 5000. It all depends on how well the juices are flowing.
What is your novel Occupation about?
Plain and simple. Two warring vampire clans unite and take on an opponent more evil than themselves: The Third Reich.
Do you only write horror / thrillers, or do you dabble in other genres?
I have no particular genre. Two autobiographies, one science fiction work, two baseball manuals, a short story of humor and one on erotica.
How do you come up with new ideas?
The most recent work, Gateway: Pioche, was pitched to me by a friend. He’d been thinking about the idea for over two years. After describing his premise, I worked out an outline, and nine months later we released it.
The WWII vampire story was a collection of ideas. The woman taking care of my mom, (RIP, July 2011) suggested I write a love story about WWII. Not happening. It’s been overdone: Enemy at the Gates and Pearl Harbor. I called my fiance’s daughter (RIP Debbie, July 2009) and asked her if vampires were still hot. She emphatically said yes. I took their thoughts, my knowledge of WWII and created Occupation. Never close off the doors to ideas. You never know where they’ll come from.
What are you currently reading?
Dwells in Darkness by Glen R. Krisch, Shadow of Time by Jen Minkman and At Drakes Command by David Wesley Hill. I’ll read almost anything.
If you could invite any five authors from any time period to dinner, who would they be?
Bram Stoker, David Glantz, Earl Ziemke, Cornelius Ryan and Tom Clancy. The stories they could tell.
Do you remember the first thing you ever wrote?
I wrote a play in Junior High about the last ten days of Hitler; a parody along the lines of Mel Brook’s The Producers. Needless to say, the school didn’t show a lot of enthusiasm for the play.
Have you been involved in other writing projects you’d like to talk about?
I’m currently talking to two gals who want to write an autobiography. They contacted me after reading Loves True Second Chance. Each story is unique and interesting. This should be fun.
A sequel to Occupation and a novel surrounding the largest tank battle in 1943.
Your book has some rather scary elements, so I’m wondering… What scares you?
Ants. Ever since I placed my foot on a red ant pile at the age of twelve, causing them and myself much distress, resulting in being bitten multiple times, the memory haunts me to this day. Imagine looking down and noticing your jeans had turned the color red. Those pinchers really hurt!
Where can we find you on the web?
Amazon author page: http://www.amazon.com/Jeff-Dawson/e/B0054DRYIO/ref=ntt_athr_dp_pel_1