Bradley Guire

An accomplished print production professional, he’s spent half his life in Idaho and has just published his first book, The Write Prescription.

Do you have a writing routine? Where and when do you write?

Nope. I write whenever the mood strikes me. I don’t want to structure it to feel like a job. I’ve got two of those already.

Do you have any patterns or rituals associated with your writing time?

I used to chain-smoke when writing, but I gave it up. I do like to pick a song that will set the mental mood of the chapter or scene, listen to it on repeat, to keep me in the mood I need to write it.

What do you do when you hit a wall with your writing?

I don’t. I don’t get “writer’s block.” I just write. If I don’t like it, I’ll rewrite it later.

Do you plan your book in advance (plotting and outlining) or are you a “discovery writer” (AKA “writing into the dark”)? Or are you somewhere in between?

A little of both. Once I have an idea and start outlining my characters and a story, I draw up a rough outline by chapter, coming up with scenes that will develop the character along the way, fun bits of dialogue, whatever. When I start writing, I may get new ideas. Or I may get them randomly while working or grocery shopping. Then I revise the outline. The outline is a “living document” that can change at any time. But I always have some kind of idea of where I want to end up.

What’s the last book you read that made you go “wow!”?

“Murder With a Capital C” by Max Cherry. It’s not out yet. I did a proofreading job on it and really enjoyed it. Great private investigator murder mystery.

What book or author do you find yourself recommending and why?

Some of Gregory Mcdonald’s “Fletch” novels. Rick Bragg. Kim Cross

What’s on your To Be Read pile?

I need to finally read “Salem’s Lot” by Stephen King. Usually, it’s the next Jesse Stone or Sunny Randal crime novel.

What advice do you have for readers?

Read for fun. Look for fun stories. They’ll make you love reading.

What author, past or present, would you wish to have a long conversation with? Why?

Rick Bragg: He’s more of a non-fiction writer and columnist. But he’s just Southern comfort for this Alabama native. He writes about things only my dad’s generation of the South can relate to. I met him briefly about 20 years ago and wish we had more time to talk.

Do you have early memories of reading or writing you’d like to share?

I grew up on Superman comics. Everyone though I was just looking at the pictures, but I actually followed the storylines.

What books and/or authors have most influenced you as an author?

Gregory Mcdonald, Stephen King, Rick Bragg, Robert B. Parker

What do you most enjoy about being a writer? What do least enjoy about being a writer?

I like telling a good story with interesting characters struggling with real problems, internal and external. I like tackling things I have experienced in life or seen during my years as a reporter. I’m not one for the world building needed for sci-fi or fantasy. I like the real world. It’s crazy enough.

What would you tell a new writer?

Don’t over-write. Just tell the story and let people enjoy the journey at a good pace.

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