Arkansas Author: Denton Gay
FAN: You have a wealth of writing experience. Can you tell us about your major projects including what each is about (short synopsis) and why you chose to write each one?
A: The first project published was a novel titled Fatal Mistakes. It is a psychological story about four characters who deal with unforeseen consequences of teen pregnancy in different ways. A therapist guides the main character on his journey to understanding how repressed emotions affected his life in a negative way.
I wrote this as a bit of fantasy fulfillment. Years ago, I wanted to become a psychotherapist but by the time I obtained a BA degree in Psychology, that dream had been stifled. As writers of fiction we can create our own world and be who we please.
The second project was American Highway Roulette; Driving Risks and Consequences of Automobile Accidents. This non-fiction book takes a broad view of automobile accidents and offers ideas for accident prevention and reduction of consequences for those accidents that do occur. This is written from a consumer point of view and contains much useful information. I worked in the auto insurance claim operation of a large insurer for almost 17 years so I know the subject matter.
On March 9, 1980, I lost a very close friend in an automobile accident. Since then, I’ve harbored a strong desire to write about the topic. Most people go through life thinking myths such as: “that won’t happen to me; when it’s your time to go, it’s your time to go; and it’s an accident, right? Accidents happen regardless of what anybody can do.” None of these thoughts are accurate.
My most recent project is a novella titled Tailspin. It is a political satire about a canny canine that rises from obscurity to power with the aid of technology. It spoofs politicians, celebrities, and “news” reporters. My dog may have transmitted this story to me telepathically.
One day I was sitting on my deck and observing my dogs when the thought occurred to me that they could do a better job than our politicians in running our country. My first thought was, how could that happen? The answer soon followed and that led to other questions and answers. Next thing I knew, there was the story.
I have written several screenplay projects but since none have been made, I’ll refrain from commenting on them.
FAN: What inspires you to write?
A: The main inspiration for me comes when I see an opportunity to share insight about an issue(s) that might benefit others.
FAN: What advice do you have for others in the Natural State who might want to
A: If they want to write, then they should write. They should not quit their day job and it would be helpful if they joined a writer’s critique group. Many people think writing is easy and that they have the talent and material to create a best seller. If they had any idea how difficult it is to find any financial or literary success, they probably wouldn’t spend the time to do it.
FAN: Any other thoughts?
A: In this day and age there are many venues in which to write about your passion. Consider them all before you decide on a particular way to get your message across. Determining your audience or market will influence your choice of medium. These days it could be anything from an ink and paper book or magazine to a blog, ezine, e-book, or even a cell phone app.
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