Today and tomorrow, we feature Robert Whitlow, best-selling author of legal thrillers set in the South and winner of the prestigious Christy Award for Contemporary Fiction. His novel The List is being adapted into a motion picture starring Malcolm McDowell and Will Patton. His latest novel is Mountain Top (WestBow):
Supernatural visions ... An eccentric old man arrested for robbing a church ... A lawyer turned pastor ... How much will one man risk to defend another, when the truth lands him in prison ... and the only evidence proving his innocence comes by a dream?
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WHAT ARE YOUR WRITING HABITS?
I try to write approximately 1,000 words a day; however, if I do not have the time to do this and write 500 words that make it into the final draft of the novel, it is a good day.
ARE YOU AN "OUTLINE" OR "MAKE IT UP AS YOU GO" WRITER?
I have a general idea in my mind of the direction of a story, but I allow the characters to surprise me along the way.
WHAT IS THE BEST THING ANYONE SAID ABOUT YOUR BOOKS?
That it encouraged them in their walk with God.
WHAT IS THE WORST THING ANYONE SAID ABOUT YOUR BOOKS?
That they were so upset with the ending of one of my books that they wanted to throw it in the fire.
HOW MANY BOOKS DO YOU READ A MONTH?
I read about 10 books a year.
AS A READER, WHAT MAKES A BOOK INTRIGUING TO YOU? (WHAT DOES A BOOK NEED FOR YOU TO PICK IT UP?)
Many of the books I read are about the creative process. I am particularly interested in use of archetypes in fiction.
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Come back tomorrow for the conclusion of our discussion with novelist Robert Whitlow. Visit him online at RobertWhitlow.com. More info about The List movie at the official site.
Q&A: ROBERT WHITLOW, PT 2
Q&A: ANDREW KLAVAN (Damnation Street)
Q&A: LINDA GILMORE (short story writer)
Q&A: BRANDT DODSON (Seventy Times Seven)
Q&A: ERIC WILSON (The Best of Evil)