Originally from British Columbia, Author, Wayne Turmel now lives and works in Las Vegas, Nevada. For nearly 20 years he was a stand-up comedian touring throughout North America, headlining clubs and concerts across the US and Canada and opened for bands such as Chicago and Hall and Oates.
In 2003, he wrote his first book, “A Philistine’s Journal, an Average Guy Tackles the Classics”. Since then he has written numerous books. In 2015 he published “The Count of the Sahara”, followed by his latest novel, Acre’s Bastard in January of 2017.
I met Wayne on a great Facebook site for people who love to write. I appeared on his blog last week: www.WayneTurmel.com It only seems right and proper that he should feature on mine too. Take it away Wayne!
What form does your writing take?
It seems like I’m always writing. My job requires a constant barrage of blogs and articles, but if we’re talking about the fun stuff, I write historical novels and short stories in a bunch of genres. I’ve done three novels; one stand-alone (The Count of the Sahara) and two parts of a series (Acre’s Bastard and the latest one, Acre’s Orphans.) I’ve been on a good streak of short stories as well, mostly in Storgy.com.
How often do you write?
I would love to say that I write every day and I’m incredibly disciplined and just a word-machine but that would be SUCH a lie. I write between the cracks of my life. During the week, precious little gets done because making a living is kind of the priority. Because we are empty-nesters, though, I can usually get a few hours in on the weekends. If I can get 3000 words or so I’m pretty satisfied.
How does your writing make you feel?
When I was a younger man, I was in the entertainment business and always felt creative. When I joined the real world, even though I was writing constantly and have published a number of books and countless articles, it doesn’t feel creative. It feels like work. My fiction is fun and makes me feel like my soul hasn’t been completely drained from my body. (DISCLAIMER SO I DON”T GET FIRED: I like my job, but writing about orphans escaping spies is wayyyyyy more fun)
Where and when do you write?
When I moved to Las Vegas, I had visions of sitting on my deck in the sun writing while watching the hummingbirds at the feeder. Nope. I can doodle and outline and plot out there, but when it comes to getting my brilliance (ahem) on the paper I sit at my desk like any other drone. Even on weekends, I gather my thoughts almost anywhere but have to into my office, sit in my official work chair, and crank out the words on my keyboard.
Like I said, I do most of my creative writing on weekends, but I do manage to use a loophole to steal time. Because I live in the Pacific time zone, I have to start my work day very early. Since my east coast colleagues knock off about 2 my time, I sometimes steal the late afternoon to get some words in.
What do you write about?
I basically haven’t changed much since I was thirteen, only now I write the kind of stories I used to enjoy. Historical fiction is often thought of as stuffy and serious, but what are The Three Musketeers, Ivanhoe, or Kipling’s Kim except adventure stories set in the past? My Lucca le Pou stories are in that vein.
My short stories usually start as experiments. Can I do a story in this particular style? Can I capture the thoughts going through someone’s brain during the two minutes of a horse race? How about the action in three rounds of a boxing match? There’s a lot of variety in my short fiction because I’m mainly practicing different techniques.
Lord, that sounds pretentious.
What the best thing about writing?
It just makes me feel creative. There’s also a component most people don’t think about. Writing is thought of as a solitary act, but it’s actually a big part of my social life. I work from home, and can go days without seeing anyone other than my wife. Early on in my fiction career, I discovered the importance of writers groups. Currently I’m a member of a couple of writers groups here in Las Vegas, and it is pretty much the only day of the week I get out among other humans. Talking and laughing with people who understand your obsession is very important to both networking and general mental health.
How long have you been writing for?
That’s kind of a trick question. It’s easy to say “all my life,” but that’s sort of true. When I was a young man, I spent over 15 years a working stand-up comedian, so I was constantly writing, but it was jokes, articles, and trying to break into screenplays and television. Then when I joined the real world, I switched to non-fiction and business-oriented stuff. It wasn’t until I was 51 years old that I decided I wouldn’t be a “real writer” until I did a novel, so Count of the Sahara came out in 2014.
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My website www.WayneTurmel.com
My Amazon author page https://www.amazon.com/Wayne-Turmel/e/B00J5PGNWU/