A small spot for me to publish random thoughts that might help other writers find that tiny voice echoing feebly inside their heads.
Friday, July 18, 2014
What's Write for Me July 23, 2014 Lindsay Downs, Ken Farmer & Dwight Zimmerman!
I've got 3 great guests on Wednesday, July 23 at 4:00 PM EDT on Red River Radio Network What's Write for Me. Join Dellani and Christina when we chat with Lindsay Downs, Ken Farmer and Dwight Zimmerman.
does it take to be a bestselling author? Determination, skill,
talent, luck or taking a risk with a venture into a totally new
genre. For me it was a little of some and a lot of the others.
2008 when I got two books published I thought it was due to skill;
little did I know it was more luck than anything. Over the next three
years I wrote, submitted, got rejected. I then did what I tell
everyone who asks; I wrote some more. I didn’t give up.
on a dare than anything I tried my hand at a regency, one of the most
difficult genres because of the rules, which I might add I broke
almost every one. Within two days of its release the book was on a
best seller list and stayed there for two months.
out it is all of the aforementioned.
two failed marriages, one from divorce while with the other died
unexpectedly I decided upon retirement to move. That opportunity came
in September 2012 when I migrated to Texas.
me, as a multipublished author, it was one of the best things I’ve
done to date. Now, every day I can write, creating stories to take my
readers to places they can only dream about.
also a member of the Published Authors Network (PAN) by the Romance
Writers of America (RWA).
After proudly serving his country as a
US Marine, Ken attended Stephen F. Austin State University on a full
football scholarship, receiving his Bachelors Degree in Business and
Speech & Drama. Ken quickly discovered his love for acting when
he starred as a cowboy in a Dairy Queen commercial when he was
raising registered Beefmaster cattle and Quarter Horses at his ranch
in East Texas.
Ken has over 41 years as a professional actor, with
memorable roles Silverado, Friday Night Lights, The Newton Boys and
Uncommon Valor. He was the spokesman for Wolf Brand Chili for eight
years. Ken was a professional and celebrity Team Penner for over
twenty years—twice penning at the National Finals—and
participated in the Ben Johnson Pro-Celebrity Rodeos until Ben’s
death in ‘96. Ken now lives near Gainesville, TX, where he
continues to write novels.
Ken wrote a screenplay back in the
'80s, The Tumbleweed Wagon. He and his writing partner, Buck Stienke
adapted it to a historical fiction western, THE NATIONS—a Finalist
for the Elmer Kelton Award. They released the sequel, HAUNTED
FALLS—winner of the Laramie Award for Best Action Western, 2013—in
June of 2013. HELL HOLE was the third in the Bass Reeves saga written
by Ken alone and released April 2, 2014.
Buck and Ken have completed ten novels
to date together including the westerns. Their first series,
Military/Action/Techno started with BLACK EAGLE FORCE: Eye of the
Storm, BLACK EAGLE FORCE: Sacred Mountain, Return of the Starfighter,
BLACK EAGLE FORCE: Blood Ivory, BLOOD BROTHERS with Doran Ingrham and
lastly, BLACK EAGLE FORCE: Fourth Reich. They released a foray into
a new genre...SciFy, on May 30, 2014, LEGEND of AURORA and are moving
toward an early September release of the sequel, AURORA: INVASION.
DWIGHT JON ZIMMERMAN is a #1 New York
Times bestselling author, radio host, editor, and president of the
Military Writers Society of America. He has written more than twelve
books, including Uncommon Valor: The Medal of Honor and the Warriors
Who Earned It in Afghanistan and Iraq which won the 2010 Military
Writers Society of America Founder’s Award, the organization’s
He is the co-author of Lincoln’s Last Days the #1
New York Times bestselling adaptation of Killing Lincoln by Bill
O’Reilly. He has written twelve books that have won numerous
awards, more than 300 articles on military history, and comic book
stories for Marvel Comics and other comic book publishers. His latest
book Area 51: The Graphic History of America’s Most Secret Military
Installation is scheduled for a November 2014 release. He is
presently writing the script for Steve McQueen: Full Throttle Cool,
the graphic biography of actor Steve McQueen.