Hello and Welcome to Bruce A. Stewart!
It is so nice to meet you! Tell us a bit about you where are you from and other than writing what else do you enjoy?
I am from Louisiana. Born and reared. I used to say ‘born and raised’ until another author pointed out that cattle are ‘raised,’ children are ‘reared.’ Thanks Eva Marie. Something I enjoy other than writing is crappie fishing.
How did you start writing? What was your inspiration to create?
I started writing seriously after I retired from the Louisiana State Police in 2009. I’ve always enjoyed writing. I wrote songs back in the 80’s and always thought lyrics were my strong suit. With no formal training, it didn’t take me long to figure out I didn’t know what I was doing. And I’m still a work in progress.
If you’ve published a series, what is the series about?
It’s not published yet, but I do have a series and I’m almost finished with the third book. These are mysteries featuring a small-town, Louisiana sheriff.
What was it like creating back to back stories that link?
Not bad at all. As long as you don’t forget what you wrote in an earlier book. In case that topic surfaces again.
What has been your most proud moment as an author?
Can I have more than one? My first was signing with my agent, Cyle Young. As most writers know, acquiring an agent can be a lengthy, sometimes disappointing process. And so it was for me. Signing with Cyle and Hartline has truly been a blessing. My second most proud moment was getting my first book, Sing Me Something Happy, published.
Was there ever a time you wanted to pick up your laptop, and then launch it out the window with frustration?
Only once or twice a day.
Are you a “plotter” or a fly by the seat of your pants “pantster” as a writer?
I’m definitely a ‘seat of the pants’ kind of guy. Sometimes the direction a book takes really surprises me.
What are you working on now? What will you release next?
I’m working on the third book of the series I mentioned. I just had my second release with Clean Reads on March 13.
So… where can we get your books?
Sing Me Something Happy at all most ebook outlets, paperback at Amazon and Barnes & Noble.
Hurt Road ebook available on Amazon Kindle, paperback at Amazon and Barnes & Noble.
How would you define what being a successful writer means?
My dream was to have a published novel and I’ve achieved that. Everything else is lagniappe. Someone not from Louisiana may have to Google that. (I had to, cool word!)
Does a big ego help or hurt writers?
I don’t think a big ego helps anyone. Even unsinkable ships sink, right? Regardless of how good you are, or think you are, there’s always someone out there who is better.
What kind of research do you do, and how long do you spend researching before beginning a book?
No more than absolutely necessary. My first book featured a dentist. I didn’t want to bog the story down with too much detail about the profession, so I concentrated on him as a person.
Do you read your book reviews? How do you deal with bad or good ones?
Yes, I read them. Of course. And I salivate over the good ones. Thankfully, I haven’t had any bad ones yet. When I get bad one, and I know I will, I’ll take it personally. Just my nature. Probably read it repeatedly. Scream a bit. Throw my laptop out the window or something. We shall see.
What was your hardest scene to write?
I wrote a scene in Sing Me Something Happy where a young boy visits his comatose sister in the hospital. Yes, it’s hard to write with tears in your eyes.
How do you go from an idea for a book to the birth of the story? Is the process the same for every book you write? How long does it take you to write a book?
The way I go about it is pretty much the same. I’m one of those who tend to edit as I go. Then when I finish, I don’t have tons of revisions.
Do you tend to base your characters on real people or are they totally from your imagination?
Some of both. I think it’s natural to draw from who we know and what we’ve experienced. Usually if it’s some really wacky character, it’s a relative. Just kidding, family.
Where would you like to travel and why?
Scotland. I’m a Stewart. It’s the motherland.
Tell us about how you develop your characters?
I stick with the people and places I know. I am on my sixth novel and all of them are set in Louisiana.
What would you like readers to know?
That I love and appreciate them. I am humbled that someone would spend their hard-earned money on a book I wrote. Or if they didn’t buy it, that they would spend time reading my book when they could be doing anything else.
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