1. Tell me about your book The Job: A Darklight Chronicle and where you got your inspiration for it?
The Job is a short story prequel to my debut novel, Darklight, coming next March. There is a scene in my novel with a big reveal and a mention of a time back before the novel started. I was challenged at a writer’s conference to write some backstory about my main character, and came up with this short story a couple years ago. When the thought of sharing it for free on Amazon was presented to me, it all clicked.
2. Did you learn anything from writing this book? If so what was it?
I strived to not have this story give anything away in the novel, nor let the novel give anything away in this story. After writing it, I felt I really accomplished that, plus, I felt that if you read this story first, read the novel, and then circle back and read the story a second time, there is even more there to connect with.
3. What is the most influential book you’ve read in the last year?
I have been riveted with The Progeny by Tosca Lee. It’s written in 1st person, present tense, and the action holds my attention. The only reason I haven’t finished it yet, is because I have my own writing deadlines to accomplish.
4. If your book was made into a film, who would you like to see play the lead?
It needs to be a short, young girl, around 19. In fact, if you visit https://www.pinterest.com/greglturnquist/darklight/, you can actually see what I have imagine Snitch would look like. Some kid raised on the streets, with a long coat, lots of pockets, and nimble with her fingers. The best pickpocket around. So while I haven’t answered your question, I’ve hopefully whet your appetite.
5. What is the longest you’ve gone without writing?
When writing my debut novel, there was about an eight month gap where I wrote nothing. A log jam plot hole had formed, and I couldn’t move forward. I thought, thought, thought until I had a revelation and suddenly could move forward. It was tough.
6. Which do you use more often, dictionary or thesaurus?
7. Mountains or the beach?
I LOVE the mountains. Beautiful views, love driving through them. The beach does nothing but drag sand into your car. Yech!
8. You’ve just been kidnapped and the people from the last TV Show/Movie you watched have to save you. Who is it?
I really hope the people from Stargate SG-1 come, because the odds are much higher than the crew from Criminal Minds, or Hercule Poirot.
9. How important to you view maintaining your twitter account?
I am on twitter ALL THE TIME. In my industry (software development) almost everyone I work with lives there with some rare exceptions.
10. What is your best childhood memory?
I once rode around on my tricycle, and deciding to be a little crazy, looked up with my eyes closed and pressed on. Then I whacked the family car. I later grew up to discover, my Dad had captured the whole thing with his camera.
11. If you could travel anywhere, where would you go and why?
I’ve always wanted to visit the castles of Germany and Austria. And believe it or not, my wife has proposed we do that to celebrate our 10th wedding anniversary!
12. What motivates you to succeed as a writer?
I want people to not only read my stories, but to enjoy them. To feel the emotions I feel when I’m writing them. So I seek to improve my craft and communicate this. I hope I can succeed.
13. Do you have a day job in addition to being a writer? If so, what do you do during the day?
I’m a professional software developer. I sling code all the time, and it’s fun! My wife doesn’t understand what I do. At. All.
What if a pickpocket had a change of heart? Snitch and her partner in crime decide to knock over a pawn shop. But something goes wrong. What should she do next?
Greg has read scifi since he was a kid including Asimov, Herbert, Saberhagen, and Del Rey. Years ago, the idea of a futuristic world reduced to a medieval existence began to bounce around in his head. He also loves slinging code as a software geek, and has written several non-fiction books. He lives in middle Tennessee with his wife and family.