JQM PRESENTS A BLOG POST INTERVIEW WITH AUTHOR Wayne Turmel
TELL US ABOUT YOURSELF:
I’m Canadian by birth but live and write in Las Vegas now. I spent nearly 18 years touring North America as a standup comic before having to get a big boy job. Now I’m the author of 10 nonfiction books and four (soon to be five) novels. Most of what I write is work-related in the area of remote work and such, but my real love is fiction. My latest novel is my first Urban Fantasy story, Johnny Lycan and the Anubis Disk. The sequel is out in December.
WHAT INSPIRES YOU TO WRITE?
I write fiction to save what’s left of my sanity. You can only spend so long being a responsible grownup before your head feels like it’s going to explode. Turns out I vent into word docs that become novels and short stories. Also, it gives me an excuse to hang out with other writers. Here in Las Vegas that’s a pretty diverse community, but as an old cis-het white guy they let me hang out because I’m a writer too.
WHO ARE YOUR FAVORITE AUTHORS? WHY?
SOOOOOOOO many. This is an unfair question. I think my first influence was Alexander Dumas- 3 Musketeers, Count of Monte Cristo and the like. Hunter S Thompson corrupted me early and taught me that there’s humor in everything. If I’m feeling high brow, I read Mark Helprin, just because his prose is so lovely it makes me feel unworthy. I think R F Kuang and Fonda Lee are two of my favorites right now.
WHAT ARE YOUR FAVORITE BOOKS? WHY?
All time? That’s hard because i am bibliographically promiscuous (which is a nice way of saying I’m a book ho.) The 3 Musketeers has been my favorite book most of my life, I don’t know how many times i’ve read it. For the beauty of the writing it’s hard to beat A Winter’s Tale by Mark Helprin but then I read a lot of silly pulp fiction stuff. The Dresden Files is a favorite, and a big influence on my Johnny Lycan novels.
WHO ARE YOUR FAVORITE LITERARY CHARACTERS? WHY?
How do you not love D’Artagnan? Or Kipling’s Kim? I’m a sucker for young guys who think they are unworthy and become heroes despite constantly getting in their own way. If I had a therapist I’m sure she could explain that.
DO YOU HAVE ANY ADVICE FOR FELLOW AUTHORS AND/OR ASPIRING AUTHORS?
Read everything. Read outside your genre. Pick a book you’d never in a million years think you’d read but people seem to like and try to find out why. I don’t write romance, but I’ve learned how to write subplots that appeal to an audience outside of the usual suspects because people like my romantic interplay. Cross pollinating ideas is how you avoid writing cliches, especially in genres that are really trope-heavy.
IMAGINE ONE OF YOUR BOOKS IS ABOUT TO BECOME A FILM OR TV SHOW. WHO IS YOUR “DREAM CAST?” AND WHO DO YOU ASK TO CREATE THE SOUNDTRACK?
That’s tough, because Johnny Lupul is a young guy, and actors keep getting older. Basically either Robbie Amell or Jon Cor from The Flash would make a good Johnny. Nurse Ball was always Yancy Butler in my mind. She’s the right combination of sexy and badass.
IS THERE ANYTHING YOU WANT TO SHARE WITH POTENTIAL READERS?
I hope the fact I write in multiple genres doesn’t scare anyone away. I’m as proud of my historical fiction as I am of my urban fantasy novels. I hope if they like the way I write they’ll go along for the ride even if it isn’t a story they thought they’d enjoy. Allow yourself to be surprised.
WHERE CAN WE GO TO LEARN MORE ABOUT YOU AND YOUR LITERARY WORKS?
My website is WayneTurmel.com and focuses on my fiction. My Amazon page has all my work, fiction and nonfiction and you can find it at https://www.amazon.com/Wayne-Turmel/e/B00J5PGNWU/ of course, i’m on Twitter @Wturmel