It is with Great Pleasure and an Honor to interview Author Raymond Gustavson.
Author of: "A THIRST FOR WAR"
Genre: Historical Fiction
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Geri: What inspires you the most to write?
Raymond: I get up early in the morning, and the ideas are just there. I've often
sensed that someone is standing behind me, looking over my
shoulder as I write. When I first started writing, someone would tell me
what to write. I would argue that it's not what I want to write, and then
ultimately, I would see the wisdom of their suggestions, and write what
I was told to write. Now, I just listen and write.
Geri: Who is your favorite author?
Raymond: I can't pin this down to one answer. It's sort of like asking, which
President is your favorite. One runs the risk of offending someone.
So, I've always liked Hemingway. I learned to write from him. D.H.
Lawrence, John Passos, and many of our present day authors. They
all have something to say, and possess a unique way of saying it.
Geri: If you were to write in a different genre, what would it be?
Raymond: Poetry, as I've written quite a bit of it, often serving as a catharsis,
after a love affair gone southwest. Also, a satire with animals, like
Animal Farm. Science fiction too, has always intrigued me, but I find
it has its limitations.
Geri: Did you enjoy reading as a child?
Raymond: Immensely! My father and mother read voraciously. When I was a
teenager, my mother enrolled me in something like the Book Of The
Month Club, only for young adults and each month I would get this
fantastic biography, like one on Ethan Allen and the Green Mountain
Boys. Things like that fired my imagination as did stamp collecting,
because sometimes a new stamp would come out on a book that
I just read.
Geri: Do you have current work in progress?
Raymond: Currently, I am working on a self-help book to aid veterans, seeking
benefits from the Department Of Veterans Affairs(VA). Also, I have a
sequel in progress for "A THIRST FOR WAR." The title is called, "IN
THE HANDS OF THE WOLF." When I was a social worker in Ohio
prison some forty years ago, I wrote a prison novel. Recently, I dug
out my old 5" floppy disks, got them converted to CD-ROM, and started
making an outline. This is something I didn't do before. Now, I'm
rewriting the book. I'm outlining several more books: a thriller on
Chartres Cathedral; a VA critique; fiction: the Monet Merchants, about
people working for the VA; a book on my ex-wife's idiot family; a book
called FINDING LOVE AGAIN, about how my wife and I met. Also, running
around in the back of my mind is a satire on our society, something
like Animal Farm.
Geri: Thank you kindly for your time. I wish you much success.
Raymond: You're welcome.