Hi, Welcome to #Chat it up. Today, I’m chatting with my friend and critique partner, G.L. Snodgrass. Recently his short story, Prom Date, was published in Torrid Literature Journal. Congrats! I’m excited you popped over for a visit.
Start out by telling us all about yourself
This is probably the hardest question to answer. I’ve always been the outsider looking in, always been the new kid on the block.. I like it that way. My dad was in the Air Force and I did twenty-three years in the Coast Guard. I’ve seen the world twice over from Europe to Asia, from the Arctic to Antarctic. Met wonderful people and had great adventures. Life has been good. I’m married with four adult children and four grandchildren. – This is beginning to sound like an obituary. – Anyway, I recently retired for the second time and plan on focusing on my writing.
Prom Date is a lovely short story about a young girl who gets dumped the day of her prom and the ‘rescue’ that is the result. But it’s more than that. It’s a story of self esteem, dealing with disappointment, and a potential love story and I loved it. So now that you’ve given us this gem, what else is in store?
I’m making preparations to start self-publishing. I’ve spent the last five years learning and writing five novels and a bunch of short stories. Along with a ton of junk that will never see the light of day. The good stuff though will. At least I hope so.
What is the your inspiration for your work?
I just write stories that I want to read.
Where do you do write?
We turned one of the kid’s rooms into my office / Man cave. It is amazing how much room you have when the kids leave.
Because I’ve seen many pieces that you’ve written, I know you write different genres. Why?
Because I love so many different types of stories.
Any tips regarding your writing process?
Find a great writing group. My critique partners have been invaluable in helping me get better and keeping me motivated to keep my butt in the chair writing.
What’s your muse? Music, books, TV?
Art. Paintings, music, books, it doesn’t matter. I like things that show the many layers of truth in interesting ways.
Ok, now for some fun stuff. If you had a super power what would it be?
The ability to read minds. Imagine how good I could do at the poker table. Of course I’d have to have the ability to block out my wife’s thoughts. There are times when I wouldn’t want to know what she’s thinking about me.
Give us your top 5 favorite books?
– Canary Row and Sweet Thursday by John Steinbeck. The characters and stories resonate, strumming a chord in my soul.
– The Stand by Stephen King. The story pulls me in so deeply that if affects me physically. Mr. King wrote the best Post-Apocalyptic book ever.
– Grey Seas Under by Farley Mowatt. A Canadian Rescue tug in the early part of the last century. I served on similar ships in the Bearing Sea doing many of the same things. This book captured the fear and exhilaration perfectly.
– The Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling. They are the only books that captured each member of my family. We had to buy multiple copies to avoid fights about who got to read it first. Besides, it is just a great story on so many levels. My youngest son wasn’t much of a reader, too much energy to sit still. I told him he couldn’t go to the movie with the rest of us unless he read the book first. He worked his way through it and ended up becoming an avid reader because of it. (I'd like to point out that this is a cheat. I believe this comprises 7 books 🙂 and so you're WAY over your max of 5- just saying).
– Worth Saving by me, G.L. Snodgrass. It was my first book. Writing “The End” when I finished was one of the high lights of my life. Besides, I really like the story. Think Swiss Family Robinson meets Lord of the Flies.
What’s your version of a perfect date (It’s ok, you can say sex)
It doesn’t matter where, it matters who. Great conversation, A night of laughter and song leading to a soaring heart. Of course, great sex only make it better.
What is your next project?
“Paladin’s Choice”. A paranormal thriller with a strong love interest. Full of Monsters, Chivalry, Immortality, and a few modern weapons. I’m at the beginning so things could change. That’s why I write, to find out what happens next.
Thanks for stopping by, Gary. It was a pleasure and I wish you great success as you venture out into the Indie author realm and hope that everyone loves Prom Date as much as I did.
If you want to read more by G.L Snodgrass you should stop by his BLOG. I happen to know that sooner than later- short stories will be popping up there. 🙂
Hope you all are doing well and our paths cross again soon. Enjoy the summer and Keep Moving Forward!