I am really excited to welcome Hawk to the Flight Deck once more and thrilled that he has agreed to share some more about himself and his books.
Hawk: Read historical non-fiction or the latest scientific quantum revelations out of CERN…some outstanding quantum physics authorities that have a writers-gift few ‘scientist-researchers’ possess…they express their work in terms the person in the street.
latest release and what you think readers will enjoy about it.
HAWK: Probably Travis van Winkle…he started young in castings I’ve never heard of, but I’ll watch R&R action films to get my mind off edits and manuscripts. Character(s) developed during the film(s), as in any of the creative arts, he brings confidence and experience and crafted tools added to screen presence that makes his role(s) living-real. In my sci fi series The Cairns of Sainctuarie, for the Murian protagonist…Keanu Reeves…eyes, facial and physical expression, he can become a poker-faced stoic in a crisis. Same with books. My Since women characters are some my favorites…I’d have to think on that...they’re very special.
HAWK: Ingrid Bergman, Katherine Hepburn, Olivia de Havilland…I’m dating myself, but these actresses don’t need paparazzi or media blitz to be so-called stars. These actresses let their craft speak for them…most certainly not available to cast as young widow of a SEAL.
HAWK: Characters that step off the pages can hold any plot…example sci-fi OR any tale well-spun.
HL: Oh I couldn't agree more Hawk, I love it when characters become so real they 'step off the pages' as you say. So what’s you’re writing process? Has it changed since writing your first book?
HAWK: Yes and no. Editing is the key. Honesty, sometimes brutal honesty with the figure in the mirror is essential. I don’t think there is “a” single process. One does what is comfortable; writing is so very private. My man-cave solitude is my world when I’m interweaving characters with each other, the plots and within themselves.
HAWK:…the great classics, Chopin, Beethoven, Sibelius, Smetana’s Má vlast
HAWK: Listen to your heart/Learn from those that want to help/Turn mistakes into learning opportunities.
HAWK: Depends a lot on the settings/characters/plots I’ve visited BUT not grown up in and around. Example: being born and raised in the SoWest (Tex/Ark/Ok) gave me little firsthand touch and feel for the history of The Late Great Unpleasantness…i.e. The War Between the States. Placing ancestors of the serial protagonist in the Ingram mystery series into/against dealing with such a background, and especially in So.Carolina, demanded not stumbling over relevant facts. Being a history nerd was a plus; knowing the details of that upheaval as a background for Moccasin Trace was De rigueur in the French meaning…in strictness. Southron <Scottish origin which you might well be familiar] families in the deep heart of Dixie know their history cold…most of it from family ties. The same for creating a world/language/race/DNA of a species foreign to our spaceship Earth…one can stumble all too easy in such artificial, yet not quite artificial, worlds. Research—digging where the dust-trails take BUT digging in detail. “Ain’t it fun!”
HL: Absolutely, I love research! Now, just for fun, if you were an animal, which one do you think you would be, and why?
HAWK: Probably a German shepherd…they’re elegant animals, smart, alert, easily trained & just enough wolf to be loyal to the pack, giving way more than we give them. I miss mine terribly.
HL: Aw, I've never had a German shepherd, although I've had dogs (and horses) all my adult life. Shepherds, as you say, are so smart and elegant. Beautiful animals. Getting back to books, many authors relate their characters to people they know. Is this the case with your characters and do you see yourself in any of them?
HAWK: Absolutely…characters related to other people are usually victims in my mystery-thriller series. To write from the heart is the only write. To paraphrase Mark Twain, “If you want to know about me, read my books.”
The Ingram Mystery-Thriller Series
Craige Howelle Graeme Roynane Ingram – Craige Ingram serial protagonist
The Cairns of Sainctuarie
Vol – I The Bleikovat Event *
Klarvkaa Etkaa Celovaa Bremanovaa – The Dowager Empress Klarvkaa
Herklo Korvo Celo – Korvion Elder/Korvon clan
Vol – II The Missing Planets
Eklam a’Qoc – Teratoan apprentice Outpost Terato/from the hamlet of a’Qoc
Herklo Korvo Celo – (same clan name/descendent) Chief Oligarch/Grand Duke
Vol – III [untitled]
Eklam a’Qoc – League Judikarr/Commander Terminus Terato
Herklo Korvo Celo – (same clan name) Chief Oligarch/Grand Duke
Vol – IV [untitled]
[characters not assigned]
HL: Who is your most favorite character of all time from any book?
HAWK: Bernadine Eugénie Désirée Clary, one-time fiancé of Napoléon Bonapart. Discarded in favor of Josephine; she married General and Marshall of France Jean Baptiste Jules Bernadotte. She became Dowager Queen of Sweden and Norway, founder of the Bernadotte Dynasty on the throne of Sweden to this day. Ahhh…a tale worthy of Walt Disney…a lesson in history…if we care to look. Even better…if we read.
HL: Is there a question you really, really wish someone would ask, but they never do?
If so what would be your reply?
HAWK: Perhaps the connection(s) that stretch from the romance of Moccasin Trace straight thru the descendant(s) of that bloodline & the traditions/duties that shaped the serial protagonist Craige Ingram. Ditto for the dual protagonists in the Cairns series…Eklam a’Qoc & Korvo.