Friday, June 08, 2007

TGIF June 8, 2007!

TGI Friday! I have uploaded a new show to my podcast this week.

Author Jamie Beckett joins Yvonne Perry today on Writers in the Sky to discuss his book Burritos & Gasoline.

Click here to listen to Part One now ...

For two decades Jamie Beckett earned his living by playing guitar and singing, pressing apple cider on the family farm, working as an auto mechanic and marketing records for the likes of Guns and Roses and Keith Richards. By the 1990s he was flying small airplanes with student pilots at his side and working to restore WWII era airplanes to flying condition. His freelance writing was showing up in aviation magazines on a regular basis, too. By 2000 Jamie was writing a weekly newspaper column for a central Florida daily. As his first novel began to take shape, Jamie’s work had seen publication every month for almost 15 years.

Jamie wrote his first novel, Burritos and Gasoline, when he couldn’t find a book in the little grocery store in his tiny home town. He went home empty handed and started thinking about stories that were more universal than the murder mystery genre. He came up with a simple story that revolved around a deep friendship between two boys. After establishing that basic human premise he began to explore the idea of isolation, personal failure and the possibility of redemption.

Click here to listen to part two ...

Mr. Beckett says he is perfectly happy with his decision to publish with a POD because he wanted control of everything from the cover design to the plot to the development of the characters - and that’s exactly what he got. And, the results are fabulous. The book is well made and the story is very compelling.

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Each show has multiple parts which last about 15-20 minutes each. The short-length classes are a great way to learn about the craft and business of writing while driving to work or sweating at the gym!

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Next Friday I will upload my 2-part interview with Valerie Green.

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