Interview with Author Geri Buckley Borcz

Name: Geri Buckley Borcz
Website: http://www.geribuckley.com/
Contact: geri@geribuckley.com
(Originally published in my old website, Writester.net in 2005)

Questions:

Q: Where are you originally from?
A: I’m a military brat who was born in Georgia, USA.

Q: Can you tell us your latest book news?
A: My new contemporary romance release from Berkley is in the stores now. It’s titled For Pete’s Sake. And I’ve just contracted to participate in Berkley’s Hot Ticket anthology due out next year, which will also feature
contemporary stories from Julia London, Dierdre Martin, and Annette Blair.

Q: How old were you when you first started writing?
A: I was in my teens when I first started writing stories, but I started making up stories at a younger age.

Q: When did you first realize you had the potential to be a writer?
A: After I had published a dozen or so short stories and three novels. I decided then that maybe I had some talent, that it wasn’t a fluke.

Q: What was your inspiration to write your first novel?
A: Two sacks of books I purchased at a Friends of the Library sale. By the time I had read to the bottom of the second sack, I knew I wanted to try my hand at fiction.

Q: Is there anyone or anything that inspired you to write?
A: Just about every writer I have ever read inspired me.

Q: How has your environment/upbringing colored your writing?
A: I’m a southerner for one – we don’t have conversations, we tell each other stories. For another, I’ve had the good fortune to grow up exposed to living history. I listened whenever my older relatives spoke of the
days when the world was young.

Q: Do you have a specific writing style?
A: If I had to tag it, I’d say I’m on the minimalist side. I don’t indulge in lush descriptive passages or wallow in metaphors.

Q: What genre are you most comfortable writing?
A: Romance, definitely. I prefer stories that end on an upbeat note, and romance, no matter what else may happen in the story, must have a happily-ever-after.

Q: How do you come up with the title(s) for your book(s)?
A: The titles I give to my works-in-progress always stem from theme. However, the title on the finished book is usually decided upon by the marketing dept. Sometimes they agree with me. Sometimes they don’t.

Q: Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp?
A: All of my stories carry a message, and that message differs depending on the book’s theme. But if a reader doesn’t grasp it or grasps a different message, that’s okay. I don’t feel the need to articulate message on every page. First and foremost, I want readers to be entertained.

Q: How much of the novel is realistic?
A: All of it at one point or another, I hope. I like to show people in their world.

Q: Are experiences based on someone you know, or events in your life?
A: Sometimes, but when they are, it’s very loosely based. Real life is boring. I may take a moment and then add details to it or exaggerate it to achieve the story effect I’m after.

Q: If you had to choose, which writer would you consider a mentor?
A: The creator of the Caz Flood mysteries, British crime writer Alex Keegan. I learned a lot about craft in his company.

Q: What are you reading now?
A: A fantasy novel, Shadow Gate by Margaret Ball. I read pretty much across the board, except horror. Horror scares me too much.

Q: What new author has grasped your interest?
A: Kerry Newcomb. Although he’s not a new author, he’s new to me. His westerns are gutsy adventures that I thoroughly enjoy.

Q: Is there anything additional you would like to share with your readers?
A: Yes. Feel free to drop us a note now and then and let us know how we’re doing. Writers really do like to hear from readers.

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