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BLOGWORDS – Thursday 25 July 2019 – CHAT THURSDAY – AUTHOR INTERVIEW – DAVID CORBETT – GIVEAWAY WINNER

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CHAT THURSDAY – AUTHOR INTERVIEW – DAVID CORBETT – GIVEAWAY WINNER

 

“What can you learn from a murderer? How one moment of your life can change it for the worst forever. How some mistakes can’t be corrected.”

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“What I discover as I’m writing a given scene or chapter is that the first couple of drafts only descend so far into the emotional, dramatic, and experiential truth of the situation. I sometimes describe the process as working out a preliminary sketch then gradually, slowly, layering on the color.”

 

WINNER! WINNER!

 

Congratulations to

TRACY URSCHLER

and

JODI HASSELL

David will be in touch with you to send your gift!

Thanks to everyone who entered!

 

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

David Corbett is the award-winning author of the writing guides The Art of Character (“A writer’s bible” – Elizabeth Brundage) and The Compass of Character, which Writer’s Digest will publish in October 2019.  He has published six novels, including 2018’s The Long-Lost Love Letters of Doc Holliday, nominated for the Lefty Award for Best Historical Mystery. His short fiction has been selected twice for Best American Mystery Stories, and his non-fiction has appeared in the New York Times, Narrative, Bright Ideas, and Writer’s Digest, where he is a contributing editor. He has taught at the UCLA Writer’s Program, Litreactor, Book Passage, and at writing conferences across North America and Mexico, and is a monthly contributor to Writer Unboxed, an award-winning blog dedicated to the craft and business of fiction.

 

http://www.davidcorbett.com/

https://www.amazon.com/David-Corbett/e/B001HD3GQY?

https://writerunboxed.com/

https://www.facebook.com/David-Corbett-157804457579661/

https://twitter.com/DavidCorbett_CA

https://www.instagram.com/davidroguedogcorbett/

 

“Those of us who have made major changes in our lives can most likely point to a moment when death or mortality made an indelible, inescapable impression on how we thought about ourselves and our lives. Basically, we found ourselves saying, “I can’t do this anymore. I don’t want to be this person anymore… whether you rise up or give up, it’s your choice.”

 

GIVEAWAY

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David is offering a print copy of The Long-Lost Love Letters of Doc Holliday to two winners.

 

…what makes a journey truly memorable is defined largely if not entirely by what happens that wasn’t or couldn’t be planned.

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#Blogwords, Chat Thursday, Author Interview, David Corbett, Giveaway Winner, #WINNER

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BLOGWORDS – Thursday 18 July 2019 – CHAT THURSDAY – MANLY MAN BLITZ AUTHOR INTERVIEW and GIVEAWAY – DAVID CORBETT

 

CHAT THURSDAY – MANLY MAN BLITZ AUTHOR INTERVIEW and GIVEAWAY – DAVID CORBETT

What can you learn from a murderer? How one moment of your life can change it for the worst forever. How some mistakes can’t be corrected.”

 

What I discover as I’m writing a given scene or chapter is that the first couple of drafts only descend so far into the emotional, dramatic, and experiential truth of the situation. I sometimes describe the process as working out a preliminary sketch then gradually, slowly, layering on the color.”

 

Please join me in giving a feathered welcome to David Corbett.

FAST FAVES

Beer in a bottle or a can: nitro can, preferably British ale

Dogs or Cats: Dogs (I have a Wheaten terrier named Hanley and we’re looking to add a pup in the coming weeks)

Eggs or Pancakes: I like the occasional pancake or waffle, but eggs are a staple (soft boiled with toast)

Fishing or hunting: Fishing, though my fishing buddy just passed away very suddenly and unexpectedly, and I’m a bit lost (rem: so sorry for your loss)

Vacation—mountains or beach: We just returned from 2 ½ weeks in Ireland, and I’d go back in a heartbeat, so—oceanside mountains?

 

rem:  Hullo, David, and welcome to my little nest. Tell us a little about yourself. Where were you raised? Where do you live now?

DAVID:  I grew up in Columbus, Ohio, parochial education through high school, Ohio State for college (B.Sc. in mathematics), came out west to Berkeley for grad school then dropped out to escape the ivory tower, looking to “get my nose bloodied and my heart broken.” I’ve lived in the San Francisco Bay Area ever since.

rem:  That’s some kind of switch up from math to words! #winkwink  Tell us three random things about yourself no one knows.

DAVID:  I played football in high school until my mouthing off became an issue with the coach (the weasel). I played guitar in a traveling bar band in the Midwest and in several folk duos during college. And in second grade I was called “an evil boy” by Sr. Alphonsa for signing my own report card (I had straight A’s, btw).

rem:  Them’s some fun factoids! Do you have a favorite Bible verse? And why is it a favorite?

DAVID:  John 8, especially the often quoted line: “Let anyone among you who is without sin be the first to throw a stone at her.” (Though modern scholarship has indicated that the earliest known version of the Gospel of John did not contain this passage, I still find it compelling, because quickness to judgment very seldom arises from just intensions.)

 

rem:  Seems this verse is conveniently overlooked in our culture today. Calling out sin is one thing (also Scriptural) but condemning someone for it is not Scriptural at all! What is your favourite quotation and why?

DAVID:  Ecclesiastes 7:9 “Do not be quickly provoked in your spirit, for anger resides in the lap of fools.” (I was raised in a family where the unspoken rule was: “The angriest person wins.” It has taken me a very long time to learn to check my anger and instead seek patience and understanding.

rem:  There’s also the adage (verse) about a soft answer turns away wrath. Remarkable feat, overcoming a heritage of anger. Methinks your life is not only happier but much more productive for it. What’s the most random thing in your car or on your desk?

DAVID:  I don’t know that it’s random, it was a gift from my wife, but I have a pen with the head of a toucan within easy reach.

rem:  Mary Poppins’ talking umbrella comes to mind—I recently watched the remake. (thoroughly enjoyed it, I might add)  If you could spend an evening with a fictional character, who would it be and why?

DAVID:  I’d like to meet Scout from To Kill a Mockingbird and see who she became when she grew up. It’s one thing to be the child of Atticus Finch. It’s quite another to have to live up to his example as an adult.

 

rem:  That is too uncanny! Last week Harry Wegley answered this same question with Atticus Finch.  When reading, what makes or breaks a story for you? Your fiction pet peeve?

DAVID:  Poor prose, faulty logic, or authorial self-absorption.

rem:  “Authorial self-absorption.” Gee, that sounds rather pompous! The author, not you, and yes, I agree, makes for rather “rolling my eyes” reading. What are you reading right now?

DAVID:  Joseph O’Connor’s Star of the Sea about a group of Irish emigrants sailing to America in 1847 at the height of the famine.

rem:  Sounds intriguin’ it does. Methinks I shall hav’ta read it for meself.  What do you munch on while you write?

DAVID:  I have a cup of coffee almost always at hand, though I try not to munch it.

 

rem:  I dunno, coffee brownies or coffee shortbread cookies are quite tasty and quite munchable.  You were a private investigator in a past life. What was the most fascinating case you worked?

DAVID:  The People’s Temple trail. I became quite close with several Temple survivors, and witnessed their having to come to grips with being part of something they had thought would be so altruistic, just, and transformative, only to become a living hell.

rem:  HOLY OY!!! I remember that. I can well imagine the trauma suffered by the members—mind control and behavior modification—had to be a difficult road to recovery. How does your P.I. mind play upon your writing?

DAVID:  Keep questioning. Appearances far more often give way only to more appearances than the truth. The truth often takes a lot of patient, honest inquiry to discern, because the things that deceive seem to beguiling and convincing.

rem:  Such a profound truth, David, in far more than doing an investigation. You also have several non-fiction books on the craft of writing. What prompted the switch?

DAVID:  I began teaching and it was a natural transition to write books on the subject matter I’d developed in my courses.

rem:  Makes perfect sense. You teach a class on writing at the California Men’s Facility (CMF) in Vacaville, California. How did that come about?

DAVID:  Kent Zimmerman and his twin brother Keith had been teaching at San Quentin for nearly a decade when they decided to seek a grant to teach in more facilities. The grant was awarded just as Keith’s wife insisted on returning to Scotland to live, so Kent needed a sidekick to help him at the various new locations. Vacaville isn’t far from my home, so I agreed to join him. It’s been one of the most rewarding and transformative experiences of my life. (For more on that, see my blog post for Writer Unboxed, “What Teaching in Prison is Teaching Me.”

rem:  I did read that post, and it inspired me.  What is your most meaningful moment from this experience?

DAVID:  One of the students is in for 25-to-life for having killed the man who was using him for sex when he was a meth-addicted teenager desperate for money to buy drugs. The story of the day he committed the murder, and his own reaction as he read it out loud—at that point he had spent 30 years inside prison—was profoundly moving. If someone ever tells you people don’t change, they don’t know what they’re talking about.

rem:  What a deeply profound story. And what an honor for you to be a part of that. David, thank you so much for visiting my little nest today.

 

 

http://www.davidcorbett.com/

https://www.amazon.com/David-Corbett/e/B001HD3GQY?

https://writerunboxed.com/

https://www.facebook.com/David-Corbett-157804457579661/

https://twitter.com/DavidCorbett_CA

https://www.instagram.com/davidroguedogcorbett/

 

 

Those of us who have made major changes in our lives can most likely point to a moment when death or mortality made an indelible, inescapable impression on how we thought about ourselves and our lives. Basically, we found ourselves saying, “I can’t do this anymore. I don’t want to be this person anymore… whether you rise up or give up, it’s your choice.”

 

GIVEAWAY

David is offering a print copy of The Long-Lost Love Letters of Doc Holliday to three winners. U.S. addresses only.

Winner will be notified within 2 weeks of close of the giveaway and given 48 hours to respond or a new winner will be chosen.

Giveaway will begin at 12:oo A.M. on Thursday 18 July and end at 12:oo A.M  on Thursday 25 July. Giveaway is subject to the policies found on Robin’s Nest.

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…what makes a journey truly memorable is defined largely if not entirely by what happens that wasn’t or couldn’t be planned.

 

#Blogwords, Chat Thursday, Manly Man Blitz Author Interview and Giveaway, David Corbett

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