Author Interview with Bart Hopkins

What is your writing process?
I usually begin with a single character that reveals herself/himself to me in some way, and I begin to learn about their personality. Then I help them tell their story—and as part of that process, conflicts arise—and things mesh together. My overactive imagination polishes all the rough edges.

Who or what influences your writing?
Everyday events. Extraordinary events. Things people say or do. Could be anything, or it could come straight from the imagination.

What do you consider your best accomplishment?
Writing accomplishment – completing Texas Jack, my first solo novel.
Personal accomplishment – being a good father & husband. (Best overall)
Professional accomplishment – serving in the US Air Force for almost 20 years now.

How have personal experiences influenced your writing?
My time in the Air Force has given me (a regular guy from Texas) the opportunity to meet thousands of people and travel all over the world. It’s all given me a deep well of experience to draw from in regard to character and conflict development.

What’s the best thing about being an author?
The convergence of my dreams and reality—doing what I always wanted to do—what I was made to do.

Which authors inspire you?
Stephen King, John Irving, Charles Dickens, Harlan Coben, and Ken Follett. I recently had the good fortune to meet both Stephen King and Harlan Coben. Hearing them talk about writing was incredible and a huge inspiration.

What is your favorite genre to read? Write?
Choosing a favorite genre to read is tough … I’m torn between Thriller, Horror, and Historical Fiction. Only recently, I began writing in the Thriller and Horror genres, and I’m really enjoying it!

What is the hardest thing about writing?
Finding the time to do it. I’m married with three kids and have my day job to work around…

What is your favorite quote?
“No matter how many times you save the world, it always manages to get back in jeopardy again. Sometimes I just want it to stay saved! You know, for a little bit? I feel like the maid; I just cleaned up this mess! Can we keep it clean for for ten minutes!” – Mr. Incredible

What advice would you give to your younger self?
Less beer, more writing.

What would you like to say to your readers?
Endless thanks for the support and giving me a chance—I love you for it!

 

Bart Hopkins is originally from Galveston, Texas, but has called an eclectic mix of places home, such as Mississippi, Louisiana, Tennessee, Kentucky, South Korea, and Germany. He was born in the middle of the 1970s.

He has served in the US Air Force for 19 years as a meteorologist. His passions include reading, traveling, photography, writing, and sharing time with his beautiful wife and three awesome children.

Bart feels that his background as a weatherman bridged naturally into the world of fiction—he’s seen fire, and rain, and sunny days that he thought would never end. He hopes to one day achieve global peace through his writing—one individual at a time—one book or article or post at a time. For now, and possibly forever, he writes across multiple genres.

Bart has written two novels—Texas Jack and Fluke—and has a book of short stories, Dead Ends. He blogs. He’s on a permanent quest to find the time to be lazy.

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