Archive for February 21st, 2017


Bestselling author Tom Carter is a longtime Nashville who lives with his wife, Janie, a few miles from Nashville’s legendary Music Row.

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Q: Congratulations on the release of your latest book, Nashville:

Music & Murder.  To begin with, can you give us a brief

summary of what the story is about and what compelled you to

write it?


A: The book is scheduled for release on February 7, 2017.  It’s

a murder mystery set in Nashville, Tennessee, the home of recorded

country music.  In part, I wrote the book due to the popularity

of country music, as 107 million Americans now listen to that

genre of music once daily, according to the Country Music



Q: What do you think makes a good mystery book?  Could you       

narrow it down to the three most important elements?  Is it even

possible to narrow it down?


A: Try to make each page magnetic.


cover-low-resQ: How did you go about plotting your story?  Or did you discover

it as you worked on the book?


A: I discovered it as I worked on the book.


Q: Tell us something interesting about your protagonist and how

you developed him or her.  Did you do any character interviews or

sketches prior to the writing.


A: My protagonist is an insecure and neurotic celebrity whose

popularity is dwindling.  I’ve met many such folks in Nashville,

Tennessee, my home.


Q: In the same light, how did you create your antagonist or

villain?  What steps did you take to make him or her realistic?


A: I won’t identify the antagonist.  That would spoil the




Q: How did you keep your narrative exciting throughout the novel?


A: I did not reveal the villain’s identity.  But, on many

occasions, I almost did.


Q: Setting is also quite important and in many cases it becomes

like a character itself.  What tools of the trade did you use in

your writing to bring the setting to life?


A: The setting is “Music Row,” that part of Nashville, Tennessee

where the production of country music lies inside recording

studios, celebrities’ offices, and music publishing houses.  I

used to live on Music Row among its people.  I still visit that

neighborhood and its people regularly.


Q:  Did you know the themes(s) of your novel from the start or it

this something you discovered after completing the first draft? 

Is this theme(s) recurrent in your other work?


A: I did not know the theme of my novel until I’d written most of

  1. This theme is not recurrent in my previous books. Those

books were mostly non-fiction.


Q: Where does craft end and art begin?  Do you think editing can

destroy the initial creative thrust of an author?


A: I don’t know where the craft ends or art begins.  To me,

masterful crafting IS an art.  Editing didn’t destroy my creative

thrust.  I allowed only copy editing, nothing else.


Q: What three things, in your opinion, make a successful



A:  A vivid imagination, daily writing, and promotion.


Q: A famous writer once wrote that being an author is like having

to do homework for the rest of your life.  Thoughts?


A: I agree with that statement as long as the writer writes.  If

he retires from writing, he’ll hopefully return to spare time and

what to do with it.  I’ve been writing professionally for 47

years.  I still write daily.


Q: Are there any resources, books, workshops or sites about craft

that you’ve found helpful during your writing career?


A: I earned a five-year, Bachelor’s Degree in Journalism.  I

learned more about writing in one week while working at a daily

newspaper and by reading other newspapers and novels.  I found

that workshops or sites are largely inhabited by failed or

inferior writers who want to sponge from other failed souls.  To

me, those venues are friendly but inefficient.


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Hugh Aaron, born and raised in Worcester, Massachusetts, was a Seabee in the South Pacific during World War II. After the war he graduated from the University of Chicago where his professors encouraged him to pursue a literary career. However, he made his living as CEO of his own manufacturing business while continuing to write. He sold the company in 1985 to write full time. To date he has written two novels, a travel journal, a short story collection, a book of business essays, a book of his WWII letters, a child’s book in verse and a collection of movie reviews. The Wall Street Journal also published eighteen of his articles on business management and one on World War II. He resides by the sea in mid-coast Maine with his artist wife.

His latest book is When Wars Were Won.

You can visit his website at www.StonesPointBooks.com.

About the Book:

Hal Arnold, a professor of English, returns to the Philippines after forty yewhen-wars-were-wonars yearning for the unity, spirit and optimism he knew as a 19- year-old member of a Seabee battalion in the South Pacific theater during World War II. Trying to recapture that experience, he writes this story, vividly portraying members of the battalion who impacted his life. Searching for his own identity, he finds it in the warm, rich culture of a small Filipino village where love and dignity thrive among a people who have suffered under the Japanese yoke.


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Would you call yourself a born writer?

Yes, I consider myself a born writer. Both in high school and college teachers encouraged me to become a writer.

What was your inspiration for When Wars Were Won?

My inspiration for When Wars Were Won derived from the men I served with as well as the natives I come to know, and in one case fell in love with.

What themes do you like to explore in your writing? How long did it take you to complete the novel? 

I concentrate on relationships, fate, and both successes and failures.

I took two years to write the complete manuscript. It was reduced during editing.

Are you disciplined? Describe a typical writing day.

I wrote the novel from 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm six days a week, then rejoined the family afterwards. I’d call this being disciplined.

What did you find most challenging about writing this book? 

Most challenging: Writing about people I have known throughout my lifetime. Each book poured out of me, as if it wrote itself.

What do you love most about being an author?

I simply love writing, both stories, plays and essays.

Did you go with a traditional publisher, small press, or did you self publish? What was the process like and are you happy with your decision? 

I both self-published and used small press publishers. I am happy with some publishers and not happy with others, but self publishing was consistently rewarding..

Where can we find you on the web? 

Most of my books with reviews and reader comments can be found at www.StonesPointBooks.com.


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