Hey there everyone, I hope you are all having a very chilled weekend.
My Author Interview Series has a treat for all you Westerns genre lovers tonight, so let’s kick back and enjoy some insight into the mind of author Jim Christina, as he takes us on a journey through his epic thriller novel series.
Thanks for reading, as always appreciate your time, have fun and enjoy your evening.
Hi there Jim, a real pleasure to have you here today to discuss your novels, along with your own passions, influences and writing experiences.
Let’s start first with your Westerns novel series “The Hunter”, which are stories of an aging man hunter and his protege in Arizona in the last half of the nineteenth century. Please tell us all about the plot and themes of your books, along with background behind the narrative thread that links all of these novels together as a series.
The plots are simple. Each story is its own story and they can be from chasing down a virulent killer like La Fantasma (The Ghost) or The Deacon. Most take place in Arizona, but some in New Mexico and The Return takes place in Arizona and Lousiana.
If your novels were to be made into films (or even a TV series), who would you cast in the lead roles?
I think I would pick Kevin Costner as The Hunter, Stacy Keach as Jolly, a good young actor for the part of Jeff Stryker.
If you could invite any one of your characters to dinner, which one would it be and what would you cook for them? (Since you have multiple different novels in your series, feel free to pick more than one if you prefer 😊)
Jonah Blue, The Hunter, Jeff Stryker, Caleb Stringfeld and possibly Kieran O’Connor.
What would you choose as your own personal mascot or spirit animal when it comes to you and your style of writing?
What do you think most characterizes or defines your writing? Do you have any writing quirks or themes that constantly crop up in your stories?
Strange characters, situations and the realism good strong research allows.
What do you find the most difficult thing about writing? And what do you find the easiest?
Most difficult, is getting started on a project. Easiest is dialogue.
Who are some of the authors, musicians, poets and/or historical figures that inspire you?
John Sanford, James Patterson, Richard Paolinelli, musicians; CS&N, Gordon Lightfoot, Leonard Cohen.
Do you listen to music when you are writing and if so then what type of music do you listen to?
I do listen to music and it’s usually contemporary easy listening like Henry Mancini, Montovani, etc.
What sort of research do you do to write your books?
I do a lot of research about the areas the books go, the type of businesses that are thriving about, terrain, anything important happen then, things like that.
Why do you write? What inspired you to become a writer?
Usually I write in the early morning. I started because I had stories to tell.
What keeps you motivated during creative slumps? How do you deal with Writers Block?
Telling the story keeps me motivated enough to finish. I don’t really get ‘writer’s block’, I get more a writer’s pause.
Jim on his show on LA Talk Radio “The Writer’s Block”
You have access to a time machine. What advice would you give to your younger self?
Go back and live it as well as write it.
What are your own views on audiobooks as a storytelling platform and will you be looking to get any of your books made into audiobooks too? Who would be your dream person to read them aloud?
I don’t have a thought one way or another about audio books. If I had to hire someone, it would probably be Sam Elliott.
How do you spend your free time when you are not writing?
Reading and preparing for my radio show, The Writer’s Block
Tell us more about your upcoming projects. Are you working on anything specific or have plans in the pipeline?
Jefferson’s Chance is my latest novel release. Right now, we are going to be getting ready to move, so probably no new projects until at least September or October!
Finally, are there any nuggets of wisdom that you can impart to other aspiring writers?
Write your story. Take your time and tell it your way. Let your editor do the clean-up, you focus on putting down your story. And NEVER EDIT YOUR OWN WORK! Take the leap and hire a good editor, it pays in the long run.
And that’s a wrap! Thanks for joining us Jim, we will have to mosey on down to the book store and saddle up to enjoy your tales soon 🙂
Jim Christina was born into an Air Force Family in 1949. Living all over the world before finally landing in Del Mar, California.
A musician, historian, writer, poet, playwright…all things describing Jim Christina. A graduate of San Dieguito High School in Encinitas, Ca, and Old Reliable University in Washington State, Jim spent almost ten years in the US Army before joining his father in the family’s paint business.
While managing a territory in Washington and Oregon, Jim began composing music and writing the lyrics. Forming a band in Tacoma, Washington, “Sundown”, Jim’s music and the melody of Sundown played up and down the state before Jim moved to California.
For years a character had been rolling around in his mind and in 2008,, the character became the Hunter and the series was born. They are stories of an aging man hunter and his protege’ in Arizona in the last half of the nineteenth century.
The stories are gritty, raw and accurate in their depiction of the lives and times of the main characters. “If you are looking for Louis Lamour, you won’t find him here.” If you are looking for a walloping good story, turn the pages and start reading.
And, listen in every Thursday evening at 7 PM pacific time for “The Writer’s Block” on www.latalkradio.com.
You can connect with Jim via the following Social Media channels:-
LA Talk Radio:- JIM CHRISTINA – LA TALK RADIO – THE WRITER’S BLOCK
Website:- The Website of Author Jim Christina
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