Today, the conclusion of our discussion with novelist Robert Whitlow, best-selling author of Mountain Top (WestBow) and The List (soon to be a motion picture). A Furman University graduate, Whitlow received his J.D. with honors from the University of Georgia School of Law where he served on the staff of the Georgia Law Review. A practicing attorney, Whitlow and his wife, Kathy, have four children. They make their home in North Carolina.
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WHAT ADVICE DO YOU HAVE FOR ASPIRING WRITERS?
Learn the rules of grammar and break them only when you intend to.
WHAT DO YOU WISH NON-WRITERS UNDERSTOOD?
I have never thought about a question like this. I give non-writers complete discretion to evaluate and respond to one of my books as they deem appropriate.
WHAT DO YOU WISH OTHER WRITERS UNDERSTOOD?
My hope is that writers will follow their passion and desire, not chase after a market fad.
FOR THE WRITER WITH A NEW BOOK, WHAT DO YOU CONSIDER THE BEST THING TO PROMOTE IT?
Participating in discussion groups and book clubs.
WOULD YOU RECOMMEND JOINING AN AUTHOR GUILD?
I am a member of CHI-LIBRIS, an invitation-only group dedicated to encouraging and praying for one another as we seek to improve our craft and creativity in writing. The prayer and encouragement aspects of the group are its key components.
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Many thanks to novelist Robert Whitlow. Visit him online at RobertWhitlow.com. More info about The List movie at the official site.
Q&A: ROBERT WHITLOW, PT 1
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