Wednesday, November 10, 2010
Wednesday Promo- Alan Nayes
Alan Nayes was born in Houston and grew up on the Texas gulf coast. After attending medical school at the University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston, he moved to Southern California where he divides his time and energies between medicine and writing. He is the author of the critically-acclaimed biomedical thrillers, GARGOYLES and THE UNNATURAL. His most recent release is BARBARY POINT, a love story.
An avid outdoorsman and fitness enthusiast, he is one of only a few individuals to ever swim across Wisconsin’s chilly Lake Winnebago. When not working on his next project, he enjoys relaxing and fishing at the family vacation home in Wisconsin.
Do you find your medical background helpful in writing your stories?
Yes, I find my medical knowledge helpful in many of my stories. It was especially useful in my first two novels, GARGOYLES and THE UNNATURAL—both biomedical thrillers. In BARBARY POINT it did not really come into play as this is really a love story which involves emotions of the heart and mind and not prescriptions or medical procedures. But it’s nice to have handy anyway—never know when a broken heart will need a bandaid—or more!
Everyone has a reason for why they write. Either to get on paper a story,exorcise demons, or because it makes them happy. Why do you write?
I write because of the feeling of satisfaction I experience when I complete that tough first draft of a novel. For me, it’s much easier to rewrite than write. It’s also such a challenge to create a story that people will actually spend their hard earned cash to read. Plus that little boost to the ego when you walk into a barnes and noble and see your title on the shelf. I’ll know I’ve made it when I walk through an airport and see a complete stranger reading one of my novels. Hasn’t happened yet.
What are you working on now?
Two projects: HEMLOCK POND is a horror story about a young woman who brings her terminally ill child back from the dead. THE LEARNER is a love story that I’m still in the process of developing. More to come! Thank you for checking out my interview.
BARBARY POINT Blurb
When Kelly English flies back to Oshkosh,
Wisconsin, to close out her father’s estate, the last thing on her mind is
falling in love. Again. Kelly is twenty-eight and engaged to an older man
who is quite wealthy. She’s happy, and only desires to make the trip back
brief, sell her deceased father’s place, and return to her stable life in
Los Angeles. However, while taking care of business in Oshkosh, Kelly meets
a fishing guide, launching her on an emotional journey she never could have
predicted or foreseen. BARBARY POINT is Kelly’s story of what happened that
one magical week in May on the shores of Lake Winnebago when the ducklings
hatch and the walleye run.
Mother always reminded me, “Kelly, love from the mind is nothing more than a pleasurable arrangement, whereas love from the heart lasts forever.”
I had listened to these same exact words beginning in junior high, again in high school, and throughout college. And it always worried me I might not be able to tell the difference.
A man I deeply loved once told me that a fish lunges after an artificial lure solely on instinct. He sees it, wants it, and zappo, he’s hooked.
Love is a lot like that. You see someone you want, the chemistry is there, and zappo, you’re hooked.
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