Name: Tom Carter
Book Title: "Nashville: Music and Murder"
Amazon Link to Book: http://www.authortomcarter.com/
1) Thanks for letting us interrogate you! Can you give us a go-for-the-gut answer as to why you wanted to be an author?
In 1987, I left a 17-year-old job as a reporter and didn't want
to affiliate with another newspaper. I decided to try my hand at
writing a book. I collaborated with singer Ronnie Milsap to
write his autobiography. The book was a moderate success. My
second collaboration, "Memories - the Autobiography of Ralph
Emery," rose to number-two on the New York Times best-sellers
list, and remained on the survey for twenty-six weeks.
Writing books was the right thing to do, I decided. So here I
am, the writer of eighteen books, seven of which were New York
Times best-sellers and two USA Today best-sellers. Life is good.
2) Tell us (we won't tell, promise) is it all cracked up to be?
I mean what are the perks and what are the demands?
It's easy. Sit down. Let your fingers tickle your computer's
keyboard, and wait for the money to arrive. If you believe that,
I have some ocean front property for sale in Arizona.
3) Which route did you take - traditional or self-published -
and can you give us the nitty gritty low down on what's that's
like? Tell us for real what your family feels about your
spending so much time getting your book written, polished,
edited, formatted, published, what have you?
I've been published by traditional publishers. More recently, I
wrote two self-published books mostly because my self-publisher
paid twice as much as conventional publishers, and I didn't have
to argue with an editor about content control. My family is my
wife. She helped me with the writing, production, and promotion
of my forthcoming, self-published books. She therefore doesn't
resent my overworked schedule as she’s' a part of it.
4) This is for pet lovers. If you don't own a pet, skip this question. But do your pets actually get their food on time or do they have to wait until you type just one word?
Anyone who'd post this simplistic question really thinks that professional writing is easy, and really believe I actually own ocean front property in Arizona. Perhaps the writer here should spend two years writing a book, and then flash it all over social media, thinking its title and a six-word description will sell the book. Let me know how that works for you.
5) In writing your book, how did you deal with the phone ringing, your family needing dinner or your boss calling you saying you're late?
These questions are as trite as asking how many vehicles
comprise a two-car motorcade. I'm through with this silly