*This issue’s featured author is Truman Beaver. Truman began writing at the young age of eight and recently received an honor from his alma mater high school. Read more about Truman’s accomplishments and upcoming projects here.
How old were you when you knew you wanted to be a writer?
Although from an early age I loved to make up tales and share, it was after a long dark stormy night on the 8th year of my life I found my life's passion in the written word.
Who are your favorite authors? (Please limit your answer to five or ten.)
I love to read across the literary spectrum, and with so many great authors out there, I find it hard to narrow down to just five. But, if I had to pick it would be: Clive Cussler, Mark Twain, Agatha Christie, Jules Verne, and Ray Bradbury. They all have been influential in shaping who I am as both a person and a writer.
What are your greatest sources of inspiration?
I find many things that inspire me in this world; the best metaphor for this is the coffee cup on my desk with: "I am a writer; anything you say or do may end up in a novel." printed on it.
If I were to be more specific about what brings me to the keyboard with an idea, I would say real life experience, especially those things that cause peak emotions.
Now that I have started to get more interaction with the public, I can also say it’s the fans. I love seeing someone light up when they excitedly tell me the way my work has affected them. As an author, that is the best feeling and definitely the strongest motivator!
What genre(s) do you write?
I am currently writing an action thriller, filling my love to keep people on the edge of their seats, but I am also working on a new top-secret mystery series that feeds my need to keep readers guessing. I am hoping, one day, that I will have the words "Master of the Macabre" associated with my name! One step at a time.
Do you have any current or future projects?
I have a new action thriller series launching mid-January 2018 called RESCUE 1, over at Pen It! Publications. It's an edge of your seat thriller with something for everyone that leaves you guessing and having fun at the same time with a dash of romance to spice it up.
I am currently writing the next two books in that series and a new, exciting mystery project at the same time!
Looking to the future, I have several outlines waiting to go, but who knows what my grey matter will come up with next, so keep watching!
Do you have an author website?
I am afraid I am starting to show my age a bit with this one. I had a site going, but I botched it and took it back down. The good news is I am working on a new one and hope to get rolling very soon; follow me on Facebook to hear the unveiling announcement.
Do you have any blogs?
I have an e-blogger page but, with my ambitious writing schedule, I leave it neglected for time reasons.
Where can people find your work? (To purchase or just to read)
Starting mid-January 2018, you can find my new book Rescue 1 in e-book and print formats at Pen It! Publications, Books-A-Million, Barnes & Noble, Amazon, and a few other great retailers. Follow my Facebook page to find out the official launch date and where my 2018 signing events will be.
You can also find my book Off Course in print and e-book formats at Amazon. It's also in several libraries near me.
If you could feature just one title, what would it be?
RESCUE 1 for sure. I hold this series very dear because so much of my character, Chance Blackwell, comes from my own adventures or, perhaps, I should say misadventures.
Do you have any pseudonyms?
Depends on who is asking. Just kidding. I do, indeed, have a pseudonym and a reason why. Perhaps, one day, we will make a contest to figure out just who Truman J. Beaver is. In the meantime, if anyone does figure it out, could you tell me; I am kind of forgetful. Wait, what were we talking about again?
Do you have any other hobbies besides writing?
I am a very active person, or maybe it's just that I have ADHD and can't sit still. I love to read, scuba dive, travel, fly small airplanes, water-ski, tinker around in the garage, and craft with woodwork.
Much to my wife's dismay, I recently started looking into buying a powered parafoil. Her first response was, "You will end up breaking your leg on that thing!" I merely smiled and, without missing a beat, I replied, "If I do, I will have more time to write."
Tell us something interesting about yourself.
I was severely burned as an infant; my recovery process of many years lead me to my life philosophy of #bepositive. The most important thing to remember in life is that, no matter what, we must challenge negative thinking. If we do that, then anything's possible!
Is there anything else you would like to share?
I was just honored by being nominated to the distinguished alumni class of 2018 from my high school for my work there. I was also asked to come in and speak to the kids about writing as a part of an e-cod training class. This fits in well with my life philosophy to help and mentor others.
by Jen Selinsky