mad_cat’s Interviews — Adam Santo

BioMeI recently got the opportunity to interview Adam Santo. I, like many others on Twitter, know him for his retweeting of our posts, but he has a few books on the market worth noting.

This is my first time doing this, so I apologize for some of the technical difficulties, and I hope to improve in the future. The format of this is two fold, I will do an informal video interview, and a formal text interview. Adam was kind enough to do both. So enjoy the video and check out his further responses below.

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1. Tell us a bit about yourself.

This is always a hard question for me. I guess one thing about me is that words come to me when I least need them. In other words, I can be pretty verbal when I write sometimes. Another thing would be drinking coffee, lots and lots of coffee. And, where would I be as a writer if I didn’t read.

2. Do you consider yourself a character driven writer, or a plot driven writer?

I like to split my writing down the middle. Plot drives the character to a destination; the character is at the steering wheel guiding the plot to their agreed upon destination. Would you say that’s a vague enough of an answer? Answered your question with a question. My bad…

3. What is your favorite sport and team?

I don’t watch a lot of sports, preferring to play them instead. When I do watch sports, I root for the Denver Broncos.

4. Where were you born, where did you grow up, and where do you live now?

I was born in the wee hours of the morning in a hospital. Sorry, I’m a very poor comic with raging bad tastes. Let’s start again. Growing up in southern California near Knott’s Berry Farm put me about an hour from Huntington Beach and the Pacific Ocean. Now I live in Florida between the Gulf and Atlantic Ocean.

5. If you could live anywhere in the world, where would it be and why?

The United Kingdom is where I’d love to visit most. There is a fondness in me for the history and lore around that little island.

6. What writers inspire you?

There is a long list of authors I’ve grown to love reading over the years. I’ll have to give up the short list to save time: Robert Jordan, Terry Brooks, Piers Anthony. Three other authors I plan to read more of are Fred Saberhagen (after I immersed myself in The Swords Series), Dan Simmons (with his unique twist on vampirism in Children of the Night), and a new comer to my catalogue – Chuck Wendig’s Blackbirds.

7. What is your favorite food, color, and ice cream flavor?

I should answer the last first: Mint Cookies and Cream ice cream hooked me in sixth grade. For no particular reason I like the color green, not to wear, just the color itself. Did you have to use the singular for these items? Mexican food in general and pizza are top contenders for me. I once found a family owned pizza place in Colorado Springs, Roadrunner Pizza, which married my two favorites together into a Mexican pizza and sullied any other Mexican pizza for me forever.

8. When you write, what is your drink of choice?

Dr. Pepper, although I’m trying to cut back. More than a six-pack a day has had adverse effects on my writing chair, so coffee is my current addiction for the moment.

9. Tell us about your current books and future releases?

Currently available everywhere are: The Temperature Trilogy (Temperature: Dead & Rising and Temperature: Bitter Cold) with the third installment being run down by grammar police for major violations to the English language, Ocean’s Fury is a short tale of a vacationer’s worst nightmare aboard a cruise liner. I hate to admit this, but there are 8 unmanned manuscripts waiting in the wings for my time management skills to improve. Three of which have priority above the rest.

County Road 14 is a book I am still working on for a friend that originally made as a movie he asked me (without a deadline) to write. The second is the upcoming third installment I mentioned earlier for the Temperature Trilogy, and lastly is a story my wife has been begging me to finish called Payout.

10. How much control do you feel you have on the outcome of your story? Do you have complete control or are you along for the ride?

With County Road 14, I am along for the ride except where I have to fill in structural storyline gaps. As for what brews in my head, I have full control. I piece the writing puzzle together like a painter with a blank canvas, starting with the background, moving to the foreground, then subsequent action taking place within the canvas borders.

Website: http://www.adamsanto.com/
Twitter: @AdamSanto
Smashwords: https://www.smashwords.com/profile/view/adamsanto
Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/4186057.Adam_Santo

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