Today I’m delighted to be welcoming Larry to my blog, to talk about his writing process.
Every Monday, authors blog about how and why they write, then pass the baton to three more writers. You can find Larry’s hand0vers at the bottom of the page, but first, here’s a little about the man himself.
What am I working on?
The Kerr Construction Company is about a period of my life where I was in transition. I went to college, but was looking for something. I was restless. I am of the sixties generation and there was a lot of turmoil in my day. I was of the ilk though that believed in the war in Vietnam.
I grew up in rural Texas and had a father that was a hero in World War II. I did not relate with most of my generation. I chose to go to Vietnam and quit college to join the Marines. When I got out of the Marines, I traveled, trying to sort things out. I came home, finished college, and worked in prosperous, booming Houston. I had nothing against wealth or capitalism or the industrial age, but the rat race and materialism, mixed with so much of my generation being on drugs and into the fast lane and parties, turned me off. I wanted to get away. Not to rebel, but to find my head, as the saying back then portrayed.
I went out to the desert in western New Mexico and worked for minimum wage as a laborer on a construction crew, living in the back of a panel truck. I worked with Navajo Indians and illegal aliens. And loved it. No one could figure out what I was doing there. I didn’t belong. Or at least wasn’t supposed to belong to this scene. But it was the America I loved and missed much more than the materialistic one I left behind.
And I met a girl while there. A gorgeous Hispanic girl. Also in transition in her life. Just divorced and trying to find herself too. She was precious. Even me being an Anglo and her Hispanic added to the allure. We weren’t trying to be politically correct. We weren’t trying to be anything. Just ourselves. Whatever that turned out to be.
How does my work differ from others of its genre?
I do have an imagination and I do write fiction. I like the definition of fiction I heard in that, artistically speaking, you can tell the truth better through this medium. Most of my stories are based on events I lived in my life. I will give an artistic expression and flair, but not for the sake of fantasy, or fabrication. But for insight. I want to be entertaining, but lived in the sixties generation and love having a message in it all.
Why do I write what I do?
I need to relate things. My feelings and insights. Share things I’ve experienced. I need to say things. I have to do it in an entertaining and marketable manner, but with all this in mind.
How does my writing process work?
I start off just trying to get the ideas out there. I put forth effort getting it in a presentable way at the beginning, but mostly start off just trying to get it out at all. Then I go back and smooth it up and add new ideas, or improve on the old. I layer my writing in this manner.
Dalhart McIlhenny is restless after finishing college. With old school values from his rural upbringing in Texas and a chip on his shoulder from being a Marine during the Age of Aquarius, he sets off on a quest. He wants something different in his life. Something others of his generation wouldn’t understand.
The Indian Capital of America. That’s what they call Gallup, New Mexico, and that’s where he’ll search for whatever it is he wants. But first he must find a job. One no one else wants. One as a laborer for minimum wage for the Kerr Construction Company, working with the local Navajo and with illegal aliens.
Far away from the fast cars and parties he doesn’t care about like others do. He becomes best friends with an ex-bullfighter from Durango and finds allure in just trying to survive in a world that doesn’t care. Then he meets Carmen.
“Quitting time, McIlhenny,” I heard Ira shout.
“Another five minutes,” I shouted back.
“I’ll load up,” he answered. “Oh yeah, another thing.”
“What’s that?” I asked when he didn’t follow through.
“Didn’t you say you used to play football?” he asked.
“You’re a fast runner, right?”
What does that mean? “Yeah,” I answered again.
“You better be. This is a stick of dynamite here in my hand.”
He lit it and threw it my direction. I didn’t look back until I heard the explosion. There was a hole ten yards from where I used to be.
“Come on,” he shouted again, not bothering to laugh. “Let’s go home. Go get your shovel if it’s still there.”
The Kerr Construction Company is available on Amazon.
Next bloggers are Angela Hayes, Michael T. Curd and Daniel Schlueter
A married mother of two, I split my time between bringing characters to life by computer, and yarn to life with needle and hook.
You can find me at my blog. I’d love to hear from you.
Angela will post her My Writing Process on her blog on Monday 12 May.
Heart, Soul, and Happily Ever After
Love’s Battle- available on Amazon.
Michael T. Curd, D. Min., BCC, LMFT, DP.
Michael spent sixteen plus years as a clinically trained chaplain in all levels of health care chaplaincy and twenty years as a U.S. Army Chaplain.
He has been a psychotherapist for forty years and is a Subject Matter Expert in the resolution of trauma, Post Traumatic Stress/PTSD, grief and conflict.
Dr. Curd developed and wrote the first approved “Protocol for the Role of Chaplains in a Trauma/Medical Resuscitation” in 1993 which continues to be used throughout the Armed Forces.
He is the father of four adult children, grandfather of three and an avid angler.
Blogsite: Pages of Wonder
Through the Valley is available on Amazon.
Michael’s My Writing Process post will appear here on 5 May 2014.
Daniel Schlueter received both his BS in Nuclear Engineering and an MS in Computer Science from Texas A&M University.
He served on active duty in the U.S. Army attaining the rank of Captain.
He then received his MA in Theological Studies from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary.
After working as an engineer for GE Aircraft Engines for more than 28 years, he received his DMin from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary in Spiritual Formation.
He and his wife, Lita, have been married for more than 40 years.
Blogsite: In the Crucible by Dan