Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Tidbit Tuesday: J.R. Lindermuth & his book, THE LIMPING DOG

Hey beautiful people!

Sorry for the delayed post today - first day of blogging with the kids at home, and I got run down, as was to be expected. :)

But I'm pleased to bring you a 'new' author today. His name is J.R. Lindermuth, and I had the pleasure of meeting him on Goodreads. I offered him a spot on my blog, and he accepted... giving me his very candid and refreshing take on my interview questions. Read on and meet someone whose words and persona leap off the screen!

Tell us a bit about you, and something we don't know/wouldn't expect about you.
Okay. After more than 40 years in the newspaper business, working almost every beat as a reporter and a number of editing desks, I retired and set out to accomplish my long-delayed dream of publishing a novel. I’ve now published 10 and have contracts for two more. Aside from writing and spending time with my children and grandsons, I’m also librarian of my county historical society where I help patrons with genealogy and research.
Something you don’t know about me? At heart I’m an Indiana Jones who would rather be digging artifacts of lost civilizations, dinosaur bones or other fossils than be wealthy. Of course I wouldn’t turn my nose up at money if anyone cared to offer.

What’s your favorite moment of the day, and why?

I consider any hour of the day a person is alive as a blessing.

Why become a writer?
What could be better than creating your own world? It’s fun. I think the same thing might be said of any form of creativity. You’re not doing it because someone makes you or even in hope of financial reward. You do it because you must, because it defines you, because it makes you who you are.

As writers, we are bombarded with ideas every minute of every day. How do you sort through these ideas, to stick to the 'viable' ones?
I can’t speak for others, but I’m constantly bombarded with ideas. They generally go into a notebook for further consideration. A “real” idea, though, will be so gripping it can’t be put off. It will begin to assimilate until it has my full attention and can’t be ignored.

How do you develop an idea into a book?
I fit more into the pantser category. I usually know where the story is going to end up, but don’t want to have every step of the way carved in stone. The story develops in my head. I may jot a few notes before proceeding, though they’d be no more than hieroglyphs to anyone else. I like the surprises my characters offer as the story unfolds.

If there's one book you wish you had written, which one is it and why that book in particular?
There are books I truly love and can read over and over, getting something new from them each time. But if I had written them they wouldn’t be the same. So, no, I prefer them as they are, written by that other person.

POV of predilection? Which POV mixes with you like oil and water?
I’ve written a few books in first person because it seemed the right vision for those particular works. My preference though is for what Loren Estleman has termed the “shotgun” approach, where the story is told by several characters, each in his/her own scene and limited to their own ability to know what’s happening.

Preferred genre to write?
I’ve written both mysteries and historical fiction. Occasionally I mix the two. Since I love mysteries of all sorts I’d have to say that genre has the edge.

How do you get into your characters' heads and shoes?
As I get to know them they allow me to empathize. Characters, like stories, are built from a combination of experience and imagination.

Drafts, edits, polishing – love or loathe? Can you please explain?
I love all phases of writing. The draft, for getting it down the first time. Editing, for catching and correcting errors. Polishing, so you can make it the best you can (and no writer is ever satisfied a work is perfect).

What unique factor do you think you bring to the book/story market?
I’ve been told I create multi-layered, memorable characters and intriguing, suspenseful plots.


Best advice you've received, and that you'd want others to know?

I’ve said this many times before and still think it’s the best advice I ever got. When I was young and thought I’d like to become a painter I wrote Thomas Hart Benton and asked his advice. His reply was one word: Paint. The same applies to writing. If you want to be a writer, then write. The only way to learn anything is by doing.

 Tell us about your latest release
My most recent book is The Limping Dog, a mystery set on the rugged New England Coast. Here’s a blurb:

Gavin Cutter, an artist living in an isolated village on the New England coast, witnesses the crash of a sailing ship onto a reef. The first aboard the wreck, he rescues a dog, the only living creature on the vessel. Ron Myers, wealthy owner of a growing computer firm, and the ship’s crew have disappeared without a trace.
When insurance investigator TJ Flood questions Cutter and others, he learns a sheriff’s deputy denies knowledge of a woman who also witnessed the incident.
Myers is alleged to have developed a radical new microprocessor system. Some assert the system was lost with its creator, others believe it exists and have devious plans to profit from the invention.
Flood is attracted to Cutter’s daughter, Dee. Together they investigate the ship incident and strange coincidences surrounding it. The result is threats, danger—and several murders. 

In 5 words:

      Your book: Atmospheric, suspenseful and cleverly plotted.

      Your heroine: pretty, sympathetic, bold, resourceful, appealing

      Your hero: experienced, talented, resourceful, bold, brave

      You as an author: I’ll let the reader be the judge of that.

Let's say your book is a movie – which one does it most closely resemble?
A reviewer recently compared The Limping Dog stylistically to the kind of suspense movies Alfred Hitchcock did. I like that comparison, though I don’t have a particular film in mind.

What real-life actors are playing the roles?
I never model my characters on actors. If one of my books ever became a film it would be the director’s job to do the casting.

Now this movie needs a soundtrack – what songs/tracks best fit your book?
My son is in the process of creating a trailer for The Limping Dog and hasn’t come up with music yet. I would think something echoing the sea and a mysterious atmosphere, though I don’t have any particular music in mind at this point.

 Where can we find you and your books?
Thanks for the answers, and for coming over! I'm totally stoked to have you visiting J
Thanks for providing this opportunity for me to talk about my books and writing.


From Mauritius with love,

Zee

13 comments:

Paula Martin said...

Great interview, Zee - and hi, John. I especially like your comment about your characters allowing you to empathise with them as you get to know them. That's a perfect description!

jrlindermuth said...

Thanks, Paula. Sometimes they just want everything their way.

margaret blake said...

Lovely interview John, I loved your answers to these intriguing questions. I do agree, writing certainly defines you!
Lots of luck with this new great book.

jrlindermuth said...

Thanks, Margaret. Appreciate the support.

jrlindermuth said...

Thanks, Margaret. Appreciate the support.

Jennifer Lowery (Kamptner) said...

Wonderful interview! Always nice to meet new authors! Adding your book to my TBR pile, John!

Patricia Gligor said...

Great interview!
John, it's always nice to learn more about you. As a writer, you are talented, experienced, resourceful, entertaining and informative.

jrlindermuth said...

Thank you, Jennifer.

William Doonan said...

Sounds like a hit, John. If it's anywhere as good as Fallen from Grace, I'll give it a shot!

William Doonan
www.williamdoonan.com

jrlindermuth said...

Thanks for the support, Patricia and Bill.

Augie said...

Loved the interview, good seeing you here John. Augie Hicks

Eileen Obser said...

Very enjoyable interview, John. Lots of luck with Limping Dog!

Aurana Books said...

Well written article, well researched and useful for me in the future.I am so happy you took the time and effort to make this article. Very nice post

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