Authors Interviews

My conversation with Author Gregg Bell

Gregg Bell
Gregg Bell

Tell us a little more about yourself?

An easy-going guy who lives just outside of Chicago and is hooked on writing.

Quickly, tell us about your upcoming releases?

Do you have any specific inspiring incident that turned you out as an author?

Yes, several friends and I (grown men) just jokingly had a snowball fight in the middle of one long, brutal Chicago winter.  We laughed till we cried. But then a week later I saw one of those friends and he said, “Yeah, the snowball fight was fun, but I lost my diamond ring during it.” I felt so bad. Anyway, long story short, a week later after a rain, for the heck of it I went out looking for his ring–and found it! When I gave it back to my friend he wept. I wrote a story about it (“The Ring”) and that got me started writing and I haven’t stopped since.

Who designed your cover art? How did you choose the image?

I did. I loved the image of the magnifying glass over the map of Chicago. The story for THE FIND is set in Chicago, and the magnifying glass suggests the image of finding something. It was perfect!

Do you outline your work before you write?

Sometimes yes, sometimes no. No, for THE FIND. Everything surprised me in that book.

How do you like spending your leisure hours?

Well, golf and spending time with friends. But at the end of a long day, when I’m nearly brain-dead, lol, I love to listen to books on CDs or classical music. (Wagner and Liszt are favorites.)

Which genre is far more appealing to you as a reader?

I’m not a genre reader. I will read genre books, but the key consideration for me reading is if the book will change me.

What inspires you to write? Is there any level of similarity with the events or characters in your book and real life?

What inspires me to write is some sort of injustice that I can set right through my writing. In THE FIND I just despised the glorification that the mob gets in the popular media. “Scarface” “The Sopranos” what have you. Mobsters are heartless cowards and I wanted to show that.

Which is your current read?

INFINITE JEST by David Foster Wallace

What, in your opinion is the toughest part while carving your book?

Not getting too excited that I’m going to ruin the good work I’ve already written. lol

Share a word of advice with our readers and authors, if any?

Read and write what you want to. There’s such a temptation to read what everybody else is reading or, for writers, to write to market. Life’s too short to do what everybody else is doing. Be an original!

Share one of your favorites from your music band collection, if any?

I love Santana.

If you’re a foodie, tell us about your favorite dish?

List any giveaways or surprises in mere future?

Where can we find your books?

Amazon, iBookstore, Kobo, Barnes & Noble, Smashwords

We would love to reach out to you, please share your social media active platform

I’m on Facebook but I really like and am much more active on Twitter.

Love to hear from you :)

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