Today I have Dickie Weckerly here to talk a bit about him self and his new novel Legal Action. I'm particularly excited about this one since I was allowed to read some of the early drafts of this book and had several moments of snort laughing.
Let's start by getting to know Mr. Weckerly:
Let's start by getting to know Mr. Weckerly:
1. What first interested you in writing?
I’ve enjoyed horror and suspense books and films since I was young. In an English class in junior high, I was assigned to write a short-story of sorts on whatever I wanted. I chose horror.
My make-shift masterpiece was called Misery, and it was about a person who committed suicide in the most drastic way I could imagine at the time. It was literally the best working definition of over-kill I could think of. This person’s plan consisted of an elaborate scheme whereby death would be ensured, and any evidence thereof wiped completely out by flame. In my creative naivety, I was un-aware at the time that forensics stretched beyond the flame, so to speak.
During this project, I realized I had a talent for description. I also found creative writing to be both fun and entertaining. My story ended up roughly 36 hand-written, double-sided lined pages in length—all in my horrid chicken-scratched print in blue-black ink with one of my $4.00 Sheaffer fountain-pens—and stretched well beyond the requirements of the assignment. I received high marks on the assignment and decided to pursue this new-found ability at my leisure, and have since done so.
2. What is your favorite book and why?
I’m greatly embarrassed to say that I haven’t the time to read as much as I should like with work and school going on. Out of the few books I’ve read that aren’t of the over-priced educational variety, I would have to say Acheron, by Sherrilyn Kenyon. This is part of her Dark Hunter series—which came highly recommended to me and which high recommendation I echo—and is a paranormal romance of sorts. It wasn’t the first book in the series, but the main character, Acheron, makes various appearances in the other books.
From the beginning of the series, Acheron is a mystery, but readers learn more about him with each book until they reach his. That is where the reader learns who and what Acheron is, as well as what experiences made him the way he is currently. I will refrain from disclosing any more about the character in terms of that because I don’t want to spoil any surprises. I will say there are many reasons why I like the character. Acheron is a terribly mysterious individual. He’s quite vague and has rather an ominous air about him all the time. He’s level-headed, composed, sophisticated, ethical, honourable, kind and has a rather interesting sense-of-humour, but considering what and who he has to deal with, it’s almost to be expected. Everything about him evokes an odd sense of awe.
3. Who is your all time favorite fictional character and what would you do if you met him/her?
That’s a toss-up, really, between either Acheron or Jake Sully from James Cameron’s Avatar (in his Avatar body, of course). In all honesty, if I was able to meet either character, I would be overjoyed at first, but upon the initial meeting, I would probably stand there frozen and grinning like a complete idiot un-able to say anything until I would most likely pass-out and spend the rest of my life cringing horribly from embarrassment. Let’s face it, I’m a realist, even to my own painful detriment. If, however, by some miracle, things went better than that, I would probably just sit down with either of them over a cup of tea and just chat with them about life in-general.
4. What one piece of advice would you give aspiring authors?
There are so many tid-bits of this and that I could say, but I suppose—if I had to pick just one thing—I would say take the chance and write. Don’t give up or worry about everyone liking your material. Not everyone has the same preferences in terms of reading material. Don’t be afraid to be heard. You never know whose world you’ll change with what you have to say.
Find out more about Dickie Weckerly:
When Skylar Wyndham’s girl-friend breaks up with him for something completely stupid, he decides to take himself off the dating market, but his resolution is soon foiled when he meets a girl under embarrassing circumstances who turns his world upside-down. Battling deeply-rooted and new-found feelings for her, Skylar struggles with a relationship that seems to be moving all too rapidly for his taste. With support from his quirky friends and flat-mates, Skylar must decide if his new relationship is worth pursuing, or too good to be true.
You can find Legal Action:Smashwords: https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/175143
Barnes & Noble: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/legal-action-dickie-weckerly/1112040842
Diesel Bookstore: http://www.diesel-ebooks.com/item/SW00000175143/Weckerly-Dickie-Legal-Action/1.html
iTunes (UK): http://itunes.apple.com/gb/book/isbn9781452467276
iTunes (US): http://itunes.apple.com/us/book/isbn9781452467276
iTunes (CA): http://itunes.apple.com/ca/book/isbn9781452467276iTunes (FR): http://itunes.apple.com/fr/book/isbn9781452467276
iTunes (AU): http://itunes.apple.com/au/book/isbn9781452467276
iTunes (DE): http://itunes.apple.com/de/book/isbn9781452467276