In my opinion, Celebrity Authors are those whose sole purpose is to entertain others with the written word and who have written several books for their audience. On this blog, a Celebrity Author is one who has written at least ten books and is the real star. I will highlight a variety of celebrity authors who I think the readers of this blog will love and enjoy their books. Some are well-known internationally, while others are well-known locally. So, sit back and enjoy! Today is the premiere of the Celebrity Author Interviews.
Author: Tony Lindsay
I invited today’s Celebrity Guest Author, Tony Lindsay, to my Blog to answer a few questions about his writings and his books. Welcome, Tony!
Latest Title: Emotional Drippings: Stories of Lust, Love and Addiction
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Synopsis: Emotional Drippings is a collection of short stories about love, lust and addiction. The stories are real enough to wrap the reader in the common prose of the characters everyday lives. These lives, these characters, these situations are lived by the reader. Moments of desire, anguish, pity, joy and heart-pounding excitement flow from the page. This collection of stories reflects lives lived during these times.
Other Books: Chasin’ It; Prayer of Prey; Street Possession; Pieces of the Hole; One Dead Doctor; One Dead Lawyer; One Dead Preacher; More Boy Than Girl; Fat from Papa’s Head; and Urban Affair.
This is where Tony writes his wonderful books.
CH: How many books have you written? Which is your favorite? Are any of the characters based on you?
TL: I have written ten books, three of them are short story collections. The latest is always my favorite, Emotional Drippings. Well, I would say a little of me is in each protagonist.
CH: The first book of yours that I read was Urban Affair. Then, the David Price Mystery series, which I think are my favorites. Then, I read More Boy Than Girl, which was very different. What do you think makes a good story?
TL: Conflict, resolution, believable events and characters are all needed for a good story.
CH: What are the most important elements of good writing? According to you, what tools are must-haves for writers?
TL: I believe a writer must have something to say, a message, a point, or an opinion on a topic. I think a must-have for a writer is empathy – being able to put oneself in the shoes of others. Another must-have is a confident command of one’s language and the devices used to express one’s thoughts.
CH: If you gave one of your characters an opportunity to speak for themselves, what would they say?
TL: It is my hope that my characters are speaking for themselves.
CH: What motivates you to write?
TL: Having something to say, and the hope that others will read what I have to say; and thereby, buy the book, which will aide my reaching of the American dream.
CH: What was one of the most surprising things you learned in creating your books?
TL: Writing a novel doesn’t make you rich.
CH: Do you have any advice for other writers?
TL: Stay diligent and go outside of your comfort zone.
CH: What would you say is your interesting writing quirk?
TL: Always motivated to write while reading, and I like to eat while writing.
CH: What do you like to do when you’re not writing?
TL: I enjoy movies, plays, and of course reading. I am trying to work-out in the gym.
CH: What are your current/future projects?
TL: I am working on a psychological thriller.
CH: What book(s) or author(s) have influenced your life and writing?
TL: Toni Morrison, Richard Wright, Donald Goines, Walter Mosley, Mike Phipps, James Baldwin, Tananarive Due, Gayle Jones, Sterling Plumpp, Leon Forrest, Eric Jerome Dickey, Terry McMillan and I can go on and on. I am influenced by good storytelling and a love of writing.
CH: Is there an Author that you would really like to meet?
TL: Alive – John A. Williams, Alice Walker, and Toni Morrison; and Deceased – James Baldwin, and Zora Neale Huston.
CH: What book would you like to read again?
TL: That would be an incredibly long list, top five: Sula, Meteors in a Mad House, Whoreson, Voodoo Dreams, and RL’s Dream.
CH: Do you prefer ebooks, paperbacks or hardcover?
CH: Do you buy a book because of the cover?
TL: I have, if the cover stops me.
CH: What book are you currently reading and in what format (ebook/paperback/hardcover)?
TL: A paperback, Flying Home, a collection of short stories by Ralph Ellison is what I am currently reading.
CH: Are there any Authors that have grasped your interest recently and why?
TL: I am reading Men We Reaped: A Memoir by Jesmyn Ward. I enjoy it due to her love of community and black men.
CH: What are your thoughts on book trailers?
TL: All marketing is good; anything that helps get the word out is positive.
CH: Where can my audience find you?
TL: My Facebook page: www.facebook.com/tony.linssay2
My Goodreads author page: http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/137873.Tony_Lindsay?from_search=true
My AALBC page: http://aalbc.com/authors/tony_lindsay.html
CH: Do you have any closing remarks?
TL: Thanks for spending the time with me.
This blog has received several thousand (probably more now) hits because of interviews just like this one – so Thank You!