Continue to learn about the creators of Broken Arrow Mercenary Force in part two of the five-part interview series.
- How long did it take you to write your first book, and is it published?
Rick: My first book took most of my junior year in HS to write and not only is it not published, it got thrown away. Which is good, because it was horrible.
Drew: The first book I completed took me twenty-four days to finish the first draft. I took all of December off, and took two months to edit it before publishing. I should have taken longer with the edits though, lol.
- Is writing for you like eating a Lay’s potato chip, can you not write just one?
Rick: Writing for me is more like going to the library when I was a kid. So many books and you want to take them all home but you can only check out so many at a time. I have so many ideas and not time enough to write them all.
Drew: I’m like Rick. There are so many possibilities that it’s hard to make a decision, so the only real option is to try and write them all.
- How long does it take you to finish a book?
Rick: Typically, 2 to 2.5 months.
Drew: It depends. If all goes well, two or three months is average, but I’ve stopped working on a book for several months before getting back to it. I think Rise of the Syndicate took two or three years to complete.
- What personal traits do you give your characters that you take from yourself?
Rick: A sarcastic sense of humor and a loyalty to their friends.
Drew: I think some people would say the demeanor of the protagonist, and the use of foul language…
- Do you have a favorite book you’ve written?
Rick: I think Honor Bound, the second book in the Duty, Honor, Planet series is still the best thing I’ve ever written.
Drew: Skye Byrn was fun because I put so many of my author friends in as characters, but it’s hard to say which book is my absolute favorite.
Learn more about Rick Partlow at his website.
Learn more about Drew Avera at his website.
Stay tuned for more questions and answers in this five-part series!
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