Jeff Horton – The Great Collapse

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

THE GREAT COLLAPSE is an apocalyptic novel in which the reader is able to experience what life might be like if one day, a man-made and natural disaster conspire together to rid the world of all modern technology. The reader experiences a world where all electronics disappear overnight, leaving the world a very different place.

Tell us something about yourself.

I am originally from the Midwest, born in North Dakota, but I was raised in North Carolina. Including THE GREAT COLLAPSE, I have written three novels, two of which are part of a series.

What inspired you to write this book?

I have always enjoyed writing; but I have never really considered the possibility that I might strike out as a novelist, until now. It seems only natural I suppose, considering how I always seem to have so much to say!

Since I live in the south, we tend to get hammered every few years with serious ice storms, which inevitably end with power being out, typically one to three days. When the power is out our way of life is always impacted, though not quite as much as in the novel, of course.

I also wanted to write about topics that interested me, namely, politics, science, and martial art.

How did you choose the title?

THE GREAT COLLAPSE, though the first in the series, was actually written after the sequel entitled, THE DARK AGE, where I had already mentioned The Great Collapse as the period when civilization began to unravel immediately following the arrival of the Pulse.

What obstacles did you encounter in getting this book published? How did you overcome them?

Regrettably, I found that finding a reputable agent or publisher was considerably harder than writing the novel, including the edits, and the re-writes! Eventually Tate Publishing took me on as an author, my novel was born.

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

There came a point in my life when I asked myself what I would enjoy doing if giving a chance. I decided that writing was something I wanted to try. After some prayer and consideration, and nothing but a loose outline of a plot, I began typing one letter after another until eventually; the SURVIVORS OF THE PULSE series was borne!

Do you have any writing rituals?

I do have a loose set of rituals I use when I write. I write, I outline, and I write some more, before finally ending up with a complete (or semi-complete) outline, which I can now tweak easier. I like to use chapter titles and numbers when I am developing the manuscript. It makes it easier to develop. I have decided to try something different when I start my fourth novel; I plan to try some software that will assist with plot development.

How do you come up with the names for your characters?

Some of the names of characters in my novels are from friends or acquaintances, some are from people I respect greatly, and others are names that I have never heard before, that I made up because I had never heard of them before.

Did you learn anything from writing and publishing this book? What?

Absolutely. I now use tools to help with the editing, I understand the publishing industry much better than before, and I understand how competitive the industry is.

If you were doing it all over again, what would you do differently?

I’m not sure whether I would do anything different if I had the chance do it all over again. I suppose I would I would have educated myself some more up front if I had the chance, but I’m not sure that I would have known what questions to ask without the experience first.

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

I like a variety of books. I enjoy reading the Bible, and I’ve enjoyed reading a number of related books from JOSEPHUS and THE FLAMES OF ROME to Lee Strobel’s CASE FOR … series. I also enjoy reading non-fiction books from men like Einstein and Stephen Hawking (at least what I can understand) to books like Tom Clancy’s SUM OF ALL FEAR and RAINBOW SIX, and Michael Crichton’s JURASSIC PARK and NEXT.

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

I am. I am working to complete my final edits on THE DARK AGE, before seeking publication for it. I also have some very promising ideas for a handful of novels, including a couple of series. But for now, I’m focused on mu current novel, THE GREAT COLLAPSE.

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

If you enjoy writing and you believe you have talent, then write. Don’t let anyone tell you it’s too competitive, you’re not good enough, or any other such nonsense. You may have to self-publish, but if you’re willing to roll up your sleeves and market yourself, and you book, I believe it can be done.

Who is the perfect reader for your book?

I believe anyone who is fascinated with history and/or with science, anyone that enjoys reading near-future/near-reality books like Michael Crichton’s, or readers that enjoy asking themselves what they would do in various unusual and challenging situations, will enjoy my books. After all, in the end, isn’t all writing really about people?

Where can readers learn more about you and your book?

Interested readers can learn more about my book, THE GREAT COLLAPSE, and my other two books by visiting my website at www.hortonlibrary.com. From there they can link to my Facebook Fan page or follow me on Twitter!

Comments

  1. Rachel Ariel :) says

    Good job on the interview. I liked the questions and the answers were great. Sounds like a great book and it is.