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Author Interview

6Ws with Author Bob Lampkin

Bob Lampkin, a member of my BooksGoSocial Team, has published his first novel, “American Legends: Memento Mori.”

Bob is a linguist and business professional, who has worked for two Wall Street firms, in international marketing communications and as an educator. As he describes it, “his creative and professional exploits belie his humble beginnings as American-Legends-Cvr-Comps-2the son of a construction worker in a poor neighborhood on the West Side of Detroit.”

Here are Bob’s responses to my 6Ws — who, what, when, where, how, and why. (Yes, how does end with a W.)

Who is author Bob Lampkin? 

Why is this part so challenging? I’m a lost soul trying to find my way? I’m a purpose driven obsessive? I bring light to hidden subjects? I really would like someone else to answer this.

What does he write? 

I prefer to write fiction. Within that broad brush, I lean towards topics of interest in real life like: science, nature, dysfunctional relationships, psychopathy, languages, culture, and social constructs.

When does he write? (Alternative question: When did he begin writing fiction?) 

I’ve been trying to write off and on for a long time, since childhood. I was never satisfied with my work until recently though and actually lost or destroyed several false starts. I just finished my first novel.

How does he write? 

So, my process totally comes from my training in music composition. If I tried it any other way, I don’t know that I would finish. Traditional Music is structured linearly and vertically. Linearly from beginning to end there is a thematic development and a melodic contour. Vertically, multiple melodies are stacked creating depth using harmony and contrast. I write literature with intersecting story lines with multiple characters like a symphony might have a melody, counter melody, bass and so on. So translating the components: Melody is a story line, Bass would be the undertow (an under current either stated or implied), inner voices would be minor supporting story lines to help driving the momentum and complete the worldview within the story.

I make a strong departure from the Western Music composition analogy in having knowledge of structure but completely using a jazz musicians approach to following the inner spirit.

In practice, I find a piece of music I like, set it to loop and enter an almost meditative state and just write. Later, in editing and refining I make it conform to structure as noted above.

Why does he write?

I write to understand, to vent or explore and maintain permanence.

In seeking understanding, I ask questions that puzzle me and then keep digging to try to get to some universal value that rings true. In venting, it’s me processing some injustice I’ve seen or personally experienced. In exploring, I try to challenge suppositions held by me, or others I have met, or even society. In maintaining permanence, I try to capture the essence of some people I have known and have cared about. When I reread my material, it’s like they live forever.

Where does he write?

At home, when it’s quiet and the music is not disturbed.

More about “American Legends: Memento Mori”

Bob offers this description: “A dramatic thrill ride from the very start. In the wake of the most important election in a century, political and economic forces have torn the fabric of the country apart. Families are separated by an ideological war that threatens the existence of the nation, as the United States finds itself in the throes of travail. On one side is the CCL, a band of Modern Day Patriots struggling against oppressive encroachments to freedom. On the other side are The People, Modernist Progressives hell-bent on upending the status quo. In the middle, are Broderick and several families who manage to survive the chaos until the unthinkable happens and all hell breaks loose. How will these families survive? How could anyone escape an impending collapse? Read to find out! If you like ‘1984’ or James Rickards’ The Death of Money, you will love this book.”

Where to buy “American Legends: Memento Mori” in Kindle and paperback versions

American Legends on Amazon

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James Fant
James Fant

6Ws with Author James Fant

James Fant, an author from Charleston, South Carolina, is a member of my BooksGoSocial team. His latest novel is COED, which explores whether a man and woman can be best friends without crossing that line to intimacy. Yes, I read COED eBook Coverand enjoyed his novel very much.

Here are James’ responses to my 6Ws — who, what, when, where, how, and why. (Yes, how does end with a W.)

Who is author James Fant?

James Fant is a creator of fake worlds that make real people ask interesting questions. For example, in my latest novel, COED, the reader will ask: Can a man and a woman be just best friends without at least one of them wanting more than mere friendship? I love to entertain readers; however, I also like to make them think.

What does he write?

I write romance, science fiction, historical, and even mystery. I guess, I’m just a storyteller. I tell stories about everyday people because I want my readers to relate. I write stories about flawed people because aren’t we all striving for perfection and making mistakes along the way. So if I write about a character with a specific flaw, and I show how that character dealt with his/her issue, perhaps readers can identify and say, “Hey, I should approach it this way.” Also, I try to keep it spicy. Keep the prose moving. Give my readers something to look forward to as they turn the page, or swipe the screen.

When does he write? (Alternative question: When did he begin writing fiction?)

I started writing fiction professionally in 2006. I started off with short stories; in fact, my first novel, AN ODE FOR ORCHIDS, was originally a short story called Shawties. I began writing and the characters told me that they had a lot more to say than the confines of a short story could contain. So that story turned into a novel and in doing so, took me completely by surprise. If you would’ve told me that I was going to be writing novels when I graduated from college in 1999, I would’ve laughed at you. Hey! There’s an interesting idea for a novel: a time-traveler going back in time to tell someone that they were going to do X, Y and Z and they were amazed at this because they’re busying doing A, B and C. Hmmm…

Where does he write?

I write wherever I can get to an open document. On the express shuttle while on my phone. In my home office. In the recliner beside my bed. I write while I’m standing in long lines at the grocery store. Wherever! That’s why I am so happy to have cloud computing in my life. Man, where would I be now if I had to lug around a flash drive wherever I roamed. I write it on my phone, it’s saved to the cloud, and I can pull it back up on my laptop. The cloud is where it’s at!

How does he write?

My first draft is always written with my heart. What do I mean by that? Well, one of my favorite movies is FINDING FORESTER, which starred Sean Connery (William) and Rob Brown (Jamal). In the movie, there’s this scene where William and Jamal are writing and Jamal is just sitting there. William asks what’s the matter and Jamal says that he’s thinking about what to write. William admonishes him to just start typing. The first draft is written with the heart, basically whatever your mind tells you to write at that moment. No thought. No pondering. Just write. That’s what I do. Of course, I have a rough outline that I follow. But for the most part, I just start writing without stopping to think about the words I’m typing. Then, the second draft is written with the brain, analyzing what my subconscious mind delivered freely. Keeping things. Deleting things. I love writing in this way because there is essentially no writers’ block. Every day is productive, even if I delete what I wrote.

Why does he write?

I write because I want to make people smile. I write to brighten people’s day. I write to entertain. But above all else, I write to edify.

 Here’s the synopsis of COED.

Can a man and a woman be best friends without somebody catching feelings? Travis Barber and Sade Styles are best friends of the opposite sex. Despite what everyone thinks, they are not getting busy…yet.

Co-owners of a popular barbershop/salon named CoEd, Travis and Sade spend the bulk of their days together. But when Sade’s apartment lease runs out and Travis offers her the spare bedroom of his newly built house, will they end up sharing more than just the utilities?

Best case scenario, nothing happens. Worst case scenario, they get to know each other a little too well and end up hating each other! Are Travis and Sade making the best move for their friendship?

Other works: Simon’s Splinter, Fourteen Pages, An Ode for Orchids, The Mended Fence, The Secret Branch, and Close the Door.

More about James Fant

Website: jamesfantbooks.com

Facebook: Facebook_JamesFantBooks

Twitter: @jamesfantjr

Blog: jamesfantbooks.wordpress.com

Pinterest: www.pinterest.com/jamesfant

Goodreads: goodreads.com/James_Fant

PURCHASE LINKS

Amazon: Amazon_James_Fant

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