Kindle Author Interview: Terry Galanoy

Terry Galanoy, author of Blood Gold, discusses his book, his journey as a writer, and self-publishing on Kindle.

DAVID WISEHART: What can you tell us about Blood Gold?

TERRY GALANOY: Blood Gold is an adventure-thriller featuring an intriguing new type of protagonist, a rogue New York network TV news cameraman who is dragooned into covering a National Geographic-type TV special searching for the billions in lost gold and emeralds of Eldorado in a mysterious lake at the 10,000 foot level in the South American cloud forests. What he finds is guns, gold, greed, treachery and the enigmatic and beautiful Celia who might be the biggest danger of all. It's 300 plus pages of nonstop action is early Cussler meets Jules Verne or latter day Indiana Jones with its richly distinctive characters, nonstop action, treachery du jour, underwater, land, and sky combat, unbelievable riches found and lost, and even a love-making chapter which Richard Eadie, publisher of the noted Silver Moon romance novels, calls, " of the sexiest trysts ever written..."

DAVID WISEHART: How do you develop and differentiate your characters?

TERRY GALANOY: Fictional characters exist in two places; on the computer or typewriter or foolscap of the writer and in the imagination of the reader. However, the reader can only become involved with the characters if the characterization is handled with skill and specific knowledge of individualisms as defined by the expository devices of narration, action and dialogue. The most believable characters are faced with problems not only of major importance to them but of primary or secondary identifiable significance to the reader as well; creating involvement and page-turning intrigue in which they identify with the characters in their struggle to reach the story's resolve.

The best characters I ever found to emulate were on the public buses or any rundown bar in any city.

DAVID WISEHART: Who do you imagine is your ideal reader?

TERRY GALANOY: Anyone intrigued with the real dramas of history processed through the makeover mill of "What If...?"

DAVID WISEHART: What was your journey as a writer?

TERRY GALANOY: Started as a Ben Hechtian-type reporter—slouched brim, dangling Lucky Strike, frayed tie—on a small town paper (see below) went into magazine editing, freelance magazine writing, then books. Now teaching creative writing, most recently at Stanford University.

Newspaper, General
Sports and features, Los Angeles Press-Times, 2 years. Stringer, Time Magazine, 1 year. Feature writer; spotrs writer and columnist, Chicago Tribune Sunday Magazine, 2 years. General assignment Columnist; ("Terry Galanoy's Chicago"); Chicago Tribune, 1 year. Staff nomination for Pulitzer Prize for children in prison series.

Magazine Freelance
Writer of over 200 articles published in major periodicals or newspaper feature sections or magazines including: Playboy, Esquire, Time (stringer), Cosmopolitan, TV Guide, Sports Illustrated, The New Yorker, Readers Digest, True, San Francisco, Redbook, This Week, American Weekly, Chicago Tribune Magazine, Tropic, Parade, American Way (American Airlines In-flight), Argosy, Sir, Dude, Gent, Road & Track, Motor Trend, Cars, Wheel, Classic Auto, True Detective, etc., plus online articles for AOL/Autos.

The Basset System (Contemporary, hard cover)
Sports Cars in Action (Holt)
Down The Tube (Regnery, hard cover; Pinnacle, soft)
Tonight! (Doubleday, hard cover; Warner, soft)
Leisure Alternative (Holt, hard cover)
Blood Gold (American Literary Corporation, Trade Paperback)

DAVID WISEHART: What is your writing process?

TERRY GALANOY: Ideally, when "in season," at Mac computer with tray of protein (meats, cheeses,coffee, etc.) by eight am, write until two or so, then lunch, maybe workout or bike ride, dinner read, to bed. How often "ideally"? When faced with gun barrrel deadlines.

DAVID WISEHART: What authors most inspire you?

TERRY GALANOY: James M. Cain, Kurt Vonnegut, Paul Gallico.

DAVID WISEHART: What one book, written by someone else, do you wish you'd written yourself?

TERRY GALANOY: The Prophet by Gibran.

DAVID WISEHART: How have you marketed and promoted your work?

TERRY GALANOY: Self-effort and paid promotional specialists have placed  me on a total of over 400 national and local TV and radio news and talk shows including two appearances on Johnny Carson, singles on Charlie Rose, Tom Brokaw, Larry King, Today, etc. also have made dozens of guest talks at universities, book clubs, social organizations, etc.—guest spots gained by dramatizing contents of my books.

DAVID WISEHART: Why publish on Kindle?

TERRY GALANOY: Absolutely no doubt this is the coming-on-like-a-freight-train method of book publishing, distribution and reading and Kindle is the best and the leader in this literary revolution.

DAVID WISEHART: What advice would you give to a first-time author thinking of self-publishing on Kindle?

TERRY GALANOY: Make sure your book is the best you can do because as more "name" authors switch to ebooks, Kindle readers will become more and more discriminating in what they buy and read.

DAVID WISEHART: Thanks, and best of luck with your books.


Terry Galanoy is the author of seven major hardcover books (three reprinted in softcover) issued by major publishers including Doubleday, Putnams, and Warners.

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