Gene Myers – Author Interview

What is your most recent book? Tell us a bit about it.

After Hours, Adventures Of An International Businessman – It’s about humorous things that happened to me “off the clock”.

Tell us something about yourself.

I’m from Southern California now living in Indianapolis and partnering with three fellows from NYC in a project for Montana. My education is BSME & MBA and I’m a physical fitness nut constantly training for triathlons. I’ve been writing as long as I can remember, have published three books with two others in the works. I never grew up, and remain a bit of a smart aleck.

What inspired you to write this book?

Amusing things that happened to me–of course, I tend to seek those things out. However, being captured (as a businessman) in Iraq was NOT amusing.

How did you publish this book?

I contacted an agent who asked for writing samples. He then had AEG Publishing contact me.

How did you know you wanted to be a writer? How did you get started?

When I was a youngster I always made up stories for my brothers. Also, my favorite subjects in high school and college (though I am an engineer) were anything to do with creative writing. I struggled with calculus, but got
“A’s” in English.

What do you believe is the hardest part of writing?

Nothing–but maybe keeping a tight story line. I think writing is genuine fun–plus I write for myself.

How do you do research for your books?

Life experience, libraries, on-line, talking with people, etc.

Did you learn anything from writing this book? What?

Yes. What a wonderful life I’ve led–so far.

What are you reading now?

I just finished OPEN by Andre Agassi; before that Harry Truman’s Excellent Adventure.

What types of books do you like to read? Who are your favorite authors? Why?

My taste in very eclectic. Favorite are Maugham, Fielding, Kafka, Sanders, John Kennedy Toole, McCourt, Twain, Grafton, Wylie, and a host of others. I love to get lost in a good story that stimulates my senses and/or makes me think.

Are you working on your next book? What can you tell us about it?

I’ve completed a fictional work about a nerd who terrorizes a small Midwestern town. I’ll send it to editing in May or June (I also wrote a screenplay for it and submitted it to InkTip.com) In addition I have also completed 10
chapters for the sequel to After Hours–planning on a 2011 release.

What is the best advice you could give other writers about writing or publishing?

WRITING: “Mind dump” without judging or editing–that’s what friends and editors are for–and write to entertain yourself. Someone said, “It’s better to write for self and have no public than to write for the public and have no self.”

PUBLISHING: Find an agent who likes you and your work.

What are you doing to promote your latest book?

Signings, On-line articles, book fairs, etc.

Where can readers learn more about you and your book?

www.strategicpublishinggroup.com/title/AfterHours.html or Amazon.com or www.barnesandnoble.com or www.amazines.com (click on “humor” or type in my name–I have 10 articles so far)?