Greg Jolley, author of
Book One: The Obscurité de Floride Trilogy
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What is the hardest part of writing your books?
Most every part is enjoyable, but selecting the theme or themes is where I’m slowed up the most and for good reason. While “Thieves” and all the Danser novels are a twisted blend of roller coasters and haunted house rides, I try to give each of these stories a thematic undercurrent, such as the price of a life of crime. I typically spend a month or more researching such questions, which is always interesting and often frightening.
What songs are most played on your Ipod?
During the “Thieves” write, it was Neil Young’s “Arc” and “Weld” albums, which are rich in wild distortion and melody, his guitar tipping at times into madness and close to chaos. Working with Molly and April Danser and their own slippery grasp on reality and purpose, it was a perfect and disturbing soundtrack.
Do you have critique partners or beta readers?
The closest I come is my work with my privately hired editor prior to sending the books to my publisher. We’ve done several novels together and it’s always a dance, a back and forth, concerning grammar, punctuation and continuity. She is brilliant at what she does and it’s always a humbling learning experience, one I welcome with open arms because we are both driven to the same goal: making the story the best it can be for the reader.
What book are you reading now?
Except for book club selections, I’m reading and studying every non-fiction book I can find on 1959, focusing on the history of hotels and motels with a notoriety for crime and homicides. This is research for Chas Danser’s second novel, where he’s staring in the movie “Snow Blind” set in that strange era.
How did you start your writing career?
With a dare to myself. I was always an obsessed reader, plowing through everything I could get my hands on, preferring the written world to real life experiences. As a young songwriter, I loved the magic of the brevity of lyrics, the challenge to say so much with so little. One day I asked myself, “Why don’t you move over to prose and stretch your legs by wadding into a novel?” The decision was as simple as that. Without genre in mind, there were characters and locations I knew I wanted to work with so I began with sketches and research, filling a hundred or more index cards with penciled notes. After months of this, the story spoke up for itself, saying, “Now write me.”
Tell us about your next release.
Following “Thieves” the second book of the Obscurité de Floride Trilogy is “The Disposables,” scheduled for publication on June 1st of this year. The third book of the trilogy is “City of the Dead” coming out on October 1st of this year. It’s an aggressive publishing schedule and will continue through 2022, with four works coming out during that year. I’m jazzed by this, loving how my catalogue is getting into the hands of readers so quickly.
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All the best,
The Danser Novels