E. B. Davis's "Ice Cream Allure" contained in the new anthology, Carolina Crimes: Tales of Lust, Love, and Longing is now available at http://www.amazon.com/Carolina-Crimes-Nineteen-Tales-Longing/dp/1479408832 Look for the trailer on YouTube at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZVkSYbgD7V0&feature=youtu.be Nineteen tales by SinC members!

James M. Jackson's
new Seamus mystery, Cabin Fever was released last week. Look for the WWK Interview on 4/9.
Check here for a list of online retailers or to order a signed copy from Jim.

Linda Rodriguez's
new Skeet Bannion mystery, Every Hidden Fear, is available for preorder at her website:

http://lindarodriguezwrites.blogspot.com/
Look for the WWK Interview on 4/30.

KM Rockwood's new Jesse Damon novel, Brothers in Crime, will be released on May 2. Look for the WWK interview on May 14th.

Gloria Alden's
short story, "The Body in the Red Dress," has been accepted by the Bethlehem Writers' Roundtable for publication in March/April. Look for the story under the section called "and more" at the top of the featured author of the month. Also look for her third Catherine Jewell Mystery, Ladies of the Garden Club available at all bookstores in print and ebook.

Welcome Wednesday guests for April: Kathleen Dalaney 4/2, Jim Jackson 4/9, Janet Evanovich 4/16, Teresa Ingle 4/23, Linda Rodrigues 4/30.

Paula Gail Benson's short story
"Confidence in the Family" is featured in the Mystery Times Ten 2013 anthology, which can be bought at Amazon. http://www.amazon.com/Mystery-Times-2013-Linda-Browning/dp/0984203583/ref=tmm_pap_title_0?ie=UTF8&qid=1387240857&sr=8-2 ____________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________

Sunday, February 19, 2012

Eyes on Bull—An Interview with Warren Bull


This all started several weeks ago when I got nosy about my fellow blogger’s WIPS. Check out my last three blogs about the WIPs of our other bloggers. This week, I’m interviewing Warren Bull, who is an accomplished story teller with many works in publication. I’ll let Warren tell you about them in his own way.

Please tell me about your work in progress: the title, blurb, cover, and where you are in the process of writing it.

Thanks for asking, Elaine. Since I have four books published, part of my work as a writer involves promoting sales and increasing readers’ awareness of those works. I would include  promoting those works as part of works in progress since promotion is part of being an author.

I have one talk/reading scheduled for Abraham Lincoln for the Defense on Valentine’s Day. It was published in 2003, and I am down to the last few author copies of the paperback first edition. I am considering self-publishing a second edition because I still sell a few copies from time to time. It is available on Smashwords, Amazon and Kindle.

The publisher of Murder Manhattan Style has decided to go out of business. I am trying to get a business license so I can sell through my website http://WarrenBull.com. I have not done that before so as it goes along I’ll be able to blog about it. I am in negotiation for two additional potential signing/speaking events. Murder Manhattan Style is available at I Love a Mystery Bookstore, on Untreed Reads, Smashwords, Amazon and Kindle.

Hmm, I guess I’ve been neglecting Death in the Moonlight. It is a second mystery involving Abraham Lincoln. It deals with the Lincoln-Douglas debates and his most famous murder trial. It’s up on Smashwords, and Kindle, but I don’t have anything scheduled on its behalf. I hesitate to bring it out in paperback since no publisher has expressed an interest. It would be a lot of work to do it entirely on my own.

With my newest published work, Heartland, I am seeking reviews, applying to for it to become a Kansas Notable Book, and I have scheduled two talks/readings in March. I Love a Mystery bookstore sold out of the first batch of books (Yah) so I have taken more in. It is available at Avignon Press, on Smashwords, Amazon and Kindle. I have a few guest blog scheduled where I will give away free copies.

As for works in progress, I am having an editor look over a small noir short story collection, tentatively titled SALVAGE.. Once I get it in shape so that I’m willing to have it published, I will send it around to see if I can get blurbs from other authors. I have to decide if I want to self-publish or to offer it to a publisher. I have to decide if I want it to be a small paperback or an e-book. It’s the sort of book that Snub Nose Press might consider, but they are not open to submissions right now. There seems to be a market for dark fiction. Both Untreed Read and Trestle Press are possible markets. They have published my work in the past and done a good job with editing and promotion. This is very different from most of my published work.

I am also working on an untitled novel trying to do more planning than “pantsing.”The hero is a psychologist working in a small town, which I know something about but which has never interested me enough to devote the years it can take me to write a novel. I may have a new take. I’m trying to use Story Engineering by Larry Brooks and How to Write Killer Fiction by Carolyn Hart as guides.

How many hours per week do you work at writing?

At present, I had a cataract removed from one eye so I cannot read for more than a few minutes without getting a headache. I can barely type; I close one eye or the other and make lots of mistakes. So I am  not able to write much at the moment.(You should have seen the first few drafts of this blog.)

What are your aspirations for your work?

I want to continue to publish work I’m proud to have written. I want to entertain and to express my opinions and values through my work. I may never have a  “major” publisher. I haven’t been required to write a novel per year and I honestly don’t know if I could.

Where do you want to be a year from now in terms of your writing?

My immediate goal is to get surgery on my other eye so I can work. My general goal is to continue to write and publish and  gradually build up a “presence” in the writing and reading community. I don’t have a particular writing goal for the calendar year.

When I was in New Zealand for four months, where the phone did not ring, and I had few social responsibilities, I was able to sit at the computer and make mistakes, try again, make different mistakes, try again, make new mistakes and repeat the process getting closer and closer to what I wanted to achieve. I need to develop a different rhythm now that I’m home, and I would like to accomplish that as soon as possible.

19 comments:

Warren Bull said...

Thanks, EB,

I have a pair of sunglasses just like the bulldog in the picture. How do you think I would look in a dog collar?

E. B. Davis said...

Don't go there, Warren. I'm afraid you'd look like Rosie O'Donnell in Exit to Eden. Maybe you could pull it off with a few tattoos and an earring. No, you'd scare children. Forget it.

Warren Bull said...

EB,

I spent four months in New Zealand but I didn't get a tattoo. Even my picture of me as a pirate didn't scare anybody. I couldn't pull it off.

E. B. Davis said...

That's okay, Warren. Neither did Rosie!

Anita Page said...

Warren, if some brilliant soul figures out how to balance promoting with writing, I hope he or she lets the rest of us know. My goal now is to put in two or three solid hours of writing very early in the morning, which sometimes actually happens.

I wish you the best in recuperating from the cataract surgery. I had it done years ago, and was very glad I did. I'm sure you will be too.

Polly said...

Wow, Warren. What a body of work. You seem to be very prolific and versatile. Get that other eye fixed and keep doing what you're doing. I'm in awe.

Warren Bull said...

EB,

Being clueless about popular culture I did not even know Rosie was still around,

Warren Bull said...

Anita, Let's promise each other if either one of us figures it out we will tell the other person.

Warren Bull said...

Polly, Thanks but I haven't been able to work lately. I have to get back into the swing.

Sherry Isaac said...

Ah, Warren, lol on the mistakes, try again, make more mistakes...

Your books on Abraham Lincoln sound very intriguing. I shall go in search of.

Linda Rodriguez said...

Warren, how's that second eye surgery working out? You probably look cooler than the dog in the sun blockers they've got you wearing right now, but I'd stay away from the dog collar.

Great post, EB! I've really enjoyed this series!

Gloria Alden said...

I'm quite impressed with all you've written and published, Warren. I'll have to go to Amazon and see what's available there, at least if it's in print.

From what I've heard, people who've had cataract surgery are always happy they had it once they've recovered. Here's hoping your recovery goes quickly.

Thanks EB for posting these interviews.

Warren Bull said...

Sherry,

I work mistake by mistake.

Warren Bull said...

Gloria,

You can check out my kindle page.

Warren Bull said...

Linda,

Every one agrees that Gothic/Punk is not my best look.

Gloria Alden said...

I don't have a Kindle and am not planning on getting one any time soon. Still like to curl up with a print book. Sorry.

Warren Bull said...

Gloria,

Good News. I also have print books out.

jenny milchman said...

You have so many irons in the fire, Warren, and and I love how you're going after so many things--the Kansas notable, a new publisher, and ever pushing the bonds of your own work.

I hope your other eye can be treated successfully soon.

Here's to great books!

Warren Bull said...

Thanks, Jenny,

Both eyes are doing well. Let's hear it for great books/