JB: Lovely concept. What haven't we covered yet, John? Now's your chance!
JL: In closing, I'd just like to say that being able to make a living as a writer is one of the great opportunities a person can get in life. And because it is such a privilege to be able to do this at all, I try never to cheat on the process itself which, truth to tell, can sometimes be onerous. You've got to find and (more importantly) recognize the really good idea, as opposed to the slew of pretty good ones, and then you have to go scene by scene into the story until you've got something worthy of sharing with a devoted readership. This is also why I tell prospective writers to spend whatever time it takes to learn the craft, the actual nuts and bolts of putting down sentences and writing dialogue and arranging a plot so that it is compelling.
I hope to be able to continue writing, and to continue to improve, with every book. I'm flattered and delighted that you've chosen to have this dialogue with me. It's another wonderful perk of the job to have people such as yourself and your readers who care about my work, my life, and my writing process.
JB: Good luck with The Keeper and please keep writing! I can't wait to see what else you have up your sleeve. And I must tell you that I still listen to your CD, Date Night*. I put it on at bedtime and it lulls me into a great night's sleep. What a versatile fellow you are! It's always wonderful to chat with you. Thanks so much.
prior interview with John:
* link to John's music, including this CD