About Never Turn the Page Too Soon:
Abandoned on the donation cart by his author, self-published Little Book sets off on a journey to prove he has what it takes to be a bestseller. But first, he must prove he can rival the best the bookstore has to offer. With only twelve hours until the bookstore reopens, he’ll have to work fast or risk being shredded into a pile of confetti. Will he make everyone a believer before his time runs out?
After twenty years of writing screenplays and competing in online screenwriting competitions, I’m a retired police officer who switched genres and adapted my award-winning screenplays into books that I have self-published. I rather like the idea of being in control of one’s destiny, to tell the story you always want to tell without interference from the industry’s gatekeepers. Sure, stuff-shirt gatekeepers may know more about which genres bring in the most in sales, but I’m a firm believer that a good book will eventually find an audience— if given enough time. Once an idea takes root, I find and listen to music to help stimulate my creativity. Usually, an instrumental or movie soundtrack will get me going on the right track. Once I’m in the creative zone, I take out my laptop and start making notes. It may take a few weeks to a few months, or on rare occasions, a few years to “break the story.” I like to let an idea percolate in my head before committing to that specific storyline because usually, the first story idea I come up with is not the best storyline to pursue. Thus far, this has been a proven tactic for me to follow—in my head. Then comes the hard part: taking the story in your head and committing it to the page (or laptop). Sometimes, the whole creative process makes me want to scream. But I can’t seem to quit. Enjoy!