Hey, there! What’s crackin’? One of my favorite things about running this blog is handing out prizes for the random (and awesome) contests. And it’s even better when the winner happens to be a friend and long-time supporter of the blog.
The names were put into a hat. (Okay, I actually just typed them into a website that does the drawing electronically… I’m so 2013.) The winner of Bleed on Kindle and Quixotic: Not Everyday Love Stories in paperback is… Sandy Shelonchik! Thank you, Sandy, for supporting the blog and for simply being you. (If you know her, you know what I’m talking about!)
Now, let’s dig into the shadowy recesses of Jerry McKinney‘s mind…
How long have you been writing?
As far as I can recall, I have been writing seriously for about three and a half years.
Do you write every single day?
I wish time was permitting to do so, but life takes precedence and the bills must be paid. I would like to think I could write full-time, but I have this habit of living in a house and eating.
Do events from your past play a role in your writing?
I believe every writer draws upon their pasts or memories to bring our stories to life. Not that I’m writing a self-biography, but I know there is a lot of me left on those pages. We write what is familiar to us. It’s comfortable and not a lot of research is necessary that way.
Do you try to put messages and morals into your fiction, or do you write simply to entertain the reader?
I have been known to stand on my soapbox a little in my tales, but assuredly the reader’s entertainment is paramount on my mind.
Where can we find your work?
I can be found on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Smashwords etc. Basically Google my name and it will lead you to my dementia.
Are character names important to you? How about settings?
Ha! If it’s a main character, you will be typing it often, so short is best. I’d hate to type Bartholomew consistently.
Do you remember the first thing you ever wrote?
I began writing with a piece called Mementos, Ramblings of a Fool. As yet, it is totally uncompleted. I did a dramatic reading of it on my phone one day, which can be found here:
What are you working on at the moment?
I am writing a sequel to my story Flesh & Blood, there was great interest in the continuation of that tale.
Do you enjoy collaborating with fellow authors?
I haven’t as of yet, but there might be something in the works soon.
Please tell us about yourself. What are your hobbies? What inspires you?
I’m a 50 yr old milkman from Central Florida. It is a very physically demanding job that’s at least 12-14 hours a day. That being said, it’s the reason I’m not as prolific in writing as some others. I still feel the need to tell my stories though.
Hobbies? Hmmm… I enjoy napping and eating. HA! I do try to keep up with my son on his video games, yet fail miserably.
Inspiration comes from life; everything and everybody we meet are forever part of us and may sneak into our work. Furthermore, it’s best not to irritate an author or face certain death within the pages.
Where do you see yourself in ten years from now?
Hopefully getting close to retirement and then I will unleash my demons full time.
What advice do you have for aspiring writers?
READ, EDIT and DON’T SUCK. Major stress on editing. Sloppy work can destroy the best stories.
Where can we find you on the web?
I’m always on FaceBook