Saturday, September 13, 2008

Author Glenn Rambo - Crossing the Line - Free Book

My friend Candace Speare connected me with Glen Rambo. I'm happy to introduce you to him and his book.

Welcome, Glenn. Tell us how much of yourself you write into your characters.

I started out doing quite a bit as I knew nothing about writing characters. I think there is a little of me in ALL my characters but they took on their own personalities and traits.

What is the quirkiest thing you have ever done?

I walked around Disney world talking like Forrest Gump for a whole day. Drove my wife nuts but she laughed…. A lot.

When did you first discover that you were a writer?

When I got suspended as a young patrolman in 1990 for not doing a report completely. I quickly became a fan of writing reports and actually I embraced it, and it became a challenge to me. I never knew good report writing would transfer over to fiction writing.

Tell us the range of the kinds of books you enjoy reading.

I’m a fiction reader. I enjoy action/adventure mostly police/military novels. I enjoy reading what I can relate to and understand.

What other books have you written, whether published or not?

The Sequel to my first book is completed and at the publishers. It’s called Holding the Line. I am half-way done a domestic terrorist novel called Monkey Task Force One which is actually my favorite work. I have three more project outlined and in the works.

We need to schedule you for an interview with the next one. How do you keep your sanity in our run, run, run world?

Pure humor. I love to laugh and have been blessed with a sense of humor that I can’t believe. Adding humor to things helps. Music is a help and I use my writing to relieve stress. It allows me a place to get lost in and relax.

How do you choose your characters’ names?

They are almost all people I know… I mean all my characters are fictitious of course like my disclaimer says… They are just about all people I know. I probably have 10% that are just made up in my head.

What is the accomplishment that you are most proud of?

The birth of my daughter Jordan Marie in 2007. I was Police Officer of the Year 2000, and some of the criminal cases I have worked in and solved over the years.

If you were an animal, which one would you be, and why?

A Killer Whale. Very powerful, strong, confident, no enemies, but gentle, trainable, and affectionate.

What is your favorite food?

Chinese, Chinese, with a side of Chinese.

What is the problem with writing that was your greatest roadblock, and how did you overcome it?

Time, I think. There is never enough time. I had to make specific hours which are usually early Saturday mornings where I can just totally focus on my work. Its tough, but I think that would be it. I’ll think of a dozen things after I answer this.

What advice would you give to an author just starting out?

Don’t quit! Believe in your work. Believe that your story is excellent and strive to make it better. Look to friends for help. My friends Candy and Misty have helped me and I couldn’t have done it without them.

What would you like to tell us about the featured book?

It’s a page turner, you’ll love it. I like to write stories and characters that you, the reader, can relate to. No superhero’s, just everyday people and how they respond to the unexpected.

How can readers find you on the Internet?

My website is www.glennrambo.com and for whatever reason I love when people sign my guest book. My numbers counter is great but it means something to me when I see they signed the guest book.

Thank you, Glenn, for spending this time with us.

Readers, leave a comment for a chance to win a free copy of Glenn's book, Crossing the Line. Then go over and sign his guest book on his web site.

13 comments:

Jo said...

Thank you for the interesting interview. Now I am going over to check out the website. Please enter me in the drawing.

Blessings,
Jo
ladijo40(at)aol(dot)com

Lauren said...

Sounds like an interesting book. Please enter me in the drawing!

Glenn said...

Hey everyone! Thanks for taking the time to read about me. Thank you Lena, this is great and I hope to see all of you who are able to attend ACFW. I'm very excited and looking forward to being there. Stop by my website and sign the guest book!!!

ladystorm said...

Nice interview, I would love to be entered into the contest. I love reading new authors.

Thanks,
Stormi
ladystorm282001@yahoo.com

windycindy said...

An interesting author and I enjoyed his site! Please enter me in your drawing for his book. All is appreciated.....Cindi
jchoppes[at]hotmail[dot]com

Sarah/Robert said...

I loved the interview. To think, that writing up police reports led to writing fiction! A little scary, but funny. Please enter me in the drawing.

Stacey said...

The book looks amazing! Please add my name to the drawing. Thanks.

stacey_dale[at]yahoo[dot]com

Glenn said...

Thanks again for your comments. I appreciate the website hits as well. Had to laugh at the police reports to fiction "scary" line. You'd be suprised...LOL Actually a very hard transition that I had to overcome was "telling" opposed to "showing" Police reports are ALL telling. That I think was my hardest obstacle.

photoquest said...

Please enter me in your drawing Crossing the Line

photoquest said...

Sorry i forgot to leave my email please enter me.
photoquest(at)bellsouth(dot)net

Norma said...

This book sounds very interesting - I like the "ordinary people not super heroes" kind of story.

Carolsue said...

This sounds like a great book. I'd enjoy reading it if I win!
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blueviolet said...

What a terrific interview. The author is super likable although if I had to listen to Forrest Gump's voice out of my own husband's mouth all day in WDW, I would have pushed him into the water on the Pirates of the Caribbean ride.
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Elizabeth