Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Author Interview & eBook Giveaway: Ray Gorham & Giveaway

On a Friday afternoon before Labor Day, Americans are getting ready for the holiday weekend, completely unaware of a long-planned terrorist plot about to be launched against the country. Kyle Tait is settling in for his flight home to Montana when a single nuclear bomb is detonated 300 miles above the heart of America. The blast, an Electro-Magnetic Pulse (EMP), destroys every electrical device in the country, and results in the crippling of the power grid, the shutting down of modern communications, and bringing to a halt most forms of transportation.

Kyle narrowly escapes when his airplane crashes on take-off, only to find himself stranded 2,000 miles from home in a country that has been forced, from a technological standpoint, back to the 19th Century. Confused, hurt, scared, and alone, Kyle must make his way across a hostile continent to a family he’s not even sure has survived the effects of the attack. As Kyle forges his way home, his frightened family faces their own struggles for survival in a community trying to halt its slow spiral into chaos and anarchy. 

77 Days in September follows Kyle and his wife, Jennifer, as they are stretched past their breaking point, but find in their devotion to each other the strength to persevere.

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Ray Gorham lives in the small, farming community of Shepherd, Montana with his wife and five children. He runs his log home business by day and writes in the evenings, on weekends, and whenever the weather keeps him inside.

Favorite quote of the book: “Sounds like how my grandfather used to talk. He was married to my grandmother for sixty-one years. He died when she did; it just took his body six months to realize it.”

Author Interview

Are you a full time writer or do you have a day job?
For my day job, I own and run a log home business in South-Central Montana, which involves the selling, building, designing, and advertising, so that takes most of my time. As things stand currently, writing is a part-time hobby.

Is this your first book?
77 Days in September is my first book. I had started a different book about 10 years ago, but I didn’t get that far on it. Personally, my educational background is in accounting, and then I went to work in retail management for about a decade. From there I became self employed, first with a restaurant, then with the log home business. When the economy crashed in 2008 I found I had a lot of time on my hands, so I decided to give writing another shot.

What is your favorite book?I can’t say that I have a favorite book. Seems like I have a lot that I like, but none really stand out. I really enjoy historical fiction, and Steven Pressfield and Collleen Mccullough are two authors who I enjoy and who I have read a lot of.

What advice would I give to aspiring authors?
I’m still learning, so take everything I say with a grain of salt. Work hard, get feedback from honest individuals, trust your instincts (but not too much), have likeable characters.

Do you have any future projects?I have several book ideas plotted out that I would love to get down on paper when time permits. I have one book about 60% written, tentatively titled “The Futurist,” that I hope to release some time this year. It is about a man who can see into the future, and how he affects the people that he interacts with.

What inspired you to become an author?I was reading regular novels when I was about 10 years old, and always thought it would be neat to write my own book some day, then, about 10 years ago, I put writing a novel on my bucket list. I guess it’s always been a thought in the back of my head, but never a driving passion. Now that I’ve done it once I’m excited to do it again, because I enjoyed it more than I expected to.

How long did it take to write this novel?

From the time I wrote the first word, until it was for sale on Amazon was 31 months. A lot of that time was in querying agents and publishers, with large doses of re-writing and editing mixed in.

What is your writing process?I have a computer set up in the corner of my bedroom that I do all of my writing on. I like to write in big chunks, so when the weather is bad I’ll spend all day writing, sometimes churning out as many as 5,000 words in a day (but words that definitely need some polishing). Other than just pounding away at the keyboard, I really don’t have any rituals. I guess I’m a pretty bland “writer.”

In your words, what is your book about? My book, 77 Days in September, is about a man trying desperately to return to his family after a devastating terrorist attack. With all the stories out there about men who are lousy individuals and husbands, I wanted to write a book in which the main character gives an amazing effort to be a good father and husband.

My main character, Kyle Tait, is an average, lower-middle class guy just getting by in life when his world is completely turned upside down by a terrorist attack. In the new situation he finds himself in he has to decide what is important in life, and what he’s made of, as far as his character goes.

Do you identify with your main character?I guess in some ways my character is an idealized me. He does the things I hope I would be strong enough to do in similar circumstances, but not sure that I am. As far as personality goes, there is probably a lot of me in him

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