Saturday, 28 July 2018

Author Interview3 - Todd Allen Smith

Today I welcome Todd Allan Smith to the blog to answer a few questions for Author Interview³.


Todd Allen Smith Author Interview³
 
1) Tell us 3 fun facts about your writing history
a. My first story that I wrote was a super hero team story when I was in eighth grade. I read a lot of comic books when I was a kid. The team consisted of a lady who had the powers of the sun, a half-human and half-android, and the twins, a young man with the power of laser beams and a girl who could read minds. I wrote out the dialogue, scenes put together simple illustrations and created back-stories for the characters along with character descriptions. I still have a few of their issues I hand wrote on notebook paper in a vanilla folder somewhere.
b. I’ve been shot in two separate incidents, once in 1997 during a robbery and again in 2009 during a mass shooting, which led to my memoir Murder, Romance and Two Shootings that is available now.
c. I was a journalist for about 15 years and even once was an editor for a newspaper that covered a Native-American reservation and learned about their culture, government and I even attended their powwows.

2) Describe your writing style in 3 words

a. Learning to improve my skills with each book.
b. Start with a general idea for a story and I go quickly from there.
c. Love putting in specific details about real places in my memoirs.

3) Name 3 of your literary influences

a. Mark Twain
b. David Sedaris
c. Elizabeth Gilbert

4) Share your 3 favourite books

a. Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail by Cheryl Strayed
b. Confessions of a Prairie Bitch: How I survived Nellie Oleson and Learned to Love Being Hated by Alison Arngrim
c. What I was Doing While You Were Breeding by Kristin Newman

5) What are your 3 essential writing tools?

a. “Oxford American Writer’s Thesaurus”
b. MacBook Air
c. Pen and paper by the bed for that late night “Eureka!” thought for the book!

6) Where are your 3 favourite places to write?

a. On our deck that overlooks the lake
b. At the coffee shop in town
b. In Munich next summer

7) Name 3 items on your writing wish list

a. Young Adult
b. Sci-fi
c. Travelogue

8) What are your top 3 tips for aspiring writers?

a. Read what you plan to write in – like if you are doing sci-fi – check out tons of these types of books.
b. Write it all out first.
c. Then edit, let your friends read it, edit and then other friends, edit, other writers, edit, and then.. edit some more.

9) Tell us 3 of your writing plans for the year ahead

a. Publish a Travelogue on our family trip to Europe with my son and husband.
b. Write a memoir about my friend who is a drag queen.
C. Work with a producer on turning my memoir into a movie.

10) Tell us about your latest release

Todd Allen Smith’s Murder, Romance and Two Shootings weaves a tale of recovery from violence. In a hail of bullets, I was shot in a mass shooting in Kirkwood, Mo, on Feb. 7, 2008. This was the second time I had faced a shooter. The first was in an attempted robbery in 1997. With each bullet that entered my body I faced the struggle to reclaim my life.
Along with these two tragic incidences, I faced the killing of my close friend in a gay bashing in which the murderers have still not found justice.
With each tragedy I learn survival skills and find out more about myself. The book is also about gay friendship and who you turn to in times of need. My gay best friend helps me through two shootings and finds success as a popular drag queen.
David walks into my life just in time to help me reclaim my life after the second shooting.  He could be the love of my life, but only if I give him a chance
This all may seem too much to be true, but it is my life in my memoir.

Murder, Romance and Two Shootings 
Todd Allen Smith
NineStarPress
18 June 2018
304 pages
MM/Contemporary/Memoir
Heat Rating: 2

Amazon / NineStar Press / B&N

 

The scent of his own blood shakes away the disbelief of the gunman entering the city council room. Todd remembers that smell and can't deny that he is once more the target of a gunman’s bullet.

Healing from his physical wounds is the easy part, grounded in gratitude for his very survival. Rebuilding his life will be the hard part. But he is reminded he is luckier than others whenever he thinks of his friend Rick.

After the first time he was shot, Todd had to learn to walk again, but now he faces the bigger challenge of learning how to love.
 

About the Author
Todd Smith brings a unique perspective to his writing having survived being shot twice. These shootings, along with the unsolved gay bashing murder of his friend form the basis of his first novel. While recovering in the hospital from the second shooting he proposed to his husband. Theirs is a mixed marriage of Missouri Baptist and New York Jew. Together they are raising a son and are trying to replicate his feat of travelling to all 50 states. Most of his writing career has been for newspapers, including the GLBT paper in Kansas City. He continues to work on new projects and writes with a group affectionately known as the Eville writers. 

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