Welcome to our monthly feature for authors.
The author for the month of June is the Bentley Turner, author of the ‘The File On Thomas Marks’ and several other books. I have reviewed ‘The File On Thomas Marks on this blog and you can check it out in “Book Reviews”.
The author used the pseudo name ‘Bentley Turner’ to write this work of fiction which made me curious and immediately wanted to feature him here. I am grateful that he obliged and I hope you enjoy reading his answers to the ten questions about his life as a published author.
So here we go…..
Bentley Turner grew up in a small town on the Ohio River. However, he left home when he served in the armed forces during the Vietnam War. After service, he attended several colleges and universities, earning several degrees. He taught for more than 30 years. When he retired several years ago, he wrote and edited “The File on Thomas Marks,” his first mystery.
WHEN DID YOU START WRITING?
Bentley: Decades ago, before I attended college.
WHAT IS YOUR WRITING KRYPTONITE?
Bentley: The occasional writer’s block.
WHY DO YOU CHOOSE TO WRITE USING A PSEUDONAME?
Bentley: I write nonfiction under my legal name. I write fiction under another name. The reason: to separate the two.
WHAT WAS THE INSPIRATION FOR YOUR RECENTLY PUBLISHED BOOK – THE FILE ON THOMAS MARKS?
Bentley: I wanted to try writing a mystery primarily because I enjoy reading mysteries. In short, I wanted to see if I could write one.
DO ANY OF THE CHARACTERS HOLD A SPECIAL PLACE IN YOUR HEART? IF YES, WHO?
Bentley: The character mentioned in the title. Although very intelligent, he is extremely innocent when it comes to understanding the legal system.
AS AN AUTHOR WHO HAS PUBLISHED SEVERAL BOOKS, IF YOU COULD TELL YOUR YOUNGER WRITING SELF ANYTHING, WHAT WOULD IT BE?
Bentley: Editing can improve one’s writing.
WHAT IS THE MOST DIFFICULT PART OF YOUR ARTISTIC PROCESS?
Bentley: For fiction–getting started.
WHAT ONE THING WILL YOU GIVE UP TO BECOME A BETTER WRITER?
Bentley: Spending time in front of the television.
HOW DO YOU HANDLE LITERARY CRITICISM?
Bentley: I accept it. However, I do not accept literary criticism from those who do not know what they are talking or writing about. Twitter has allowed anyone and everyone to be a critic these days, if you understand my meaning.
ARE YOU CURRENTLY WORKING ON ANYTHING YOU WOULD LIKE TO SHARE WITH YOUR READERS?
Bentley: I am working on another mystery and a spy thriller.
Many thanks to the author for granting this interview. I hope you all enjoyed reading his responses to the questions as much as I did.
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