Today Lovely Books Shines The Author Spotlight On…
Following a college internship with The Florida Today newspaper, G.W. Pomichter joined the writing staff at The Hometown News, read along Florida’s Central East coast, where he penned more than 400 byline stories.
In his early 40s, G.W. Pomichter began his career as a full-time author. His first published work, a handbook on political campaigning, was a long-time labor of love. Having spent much of his early years politically active, the writer chose to author a collections of common tactical and strategic elements to successful political campaigns, and released “Mapping the Road Less Traveled,” as his inaugural work.
Although his background was firmly entrenched in the familiar non-fiction, and technical news reporting style, G.W. Pomichter chose to flex his writing muscles to enter the fiction writing universe with another long-time project that was near to his heart. “Lucky,” a short homage to the classic Detective Noir novels of the 1930s and 1940s, was a project that was born out of his love of the genre and a lamenting of a lack of modest “escapist” stories that simply entertain audiences.
“Words do have power. They can change the shape of the world in which we live. But another power that words have is to transport us briefly to a place where, for just a few hours, we can escape our busy lives and enjoy an adventurous journey through the imagination. That is what we call a straight read. It’s a place to set aside the complications of real life. It’s a place where the good guys might still wear white hats and the bad guys, black hats, and where for one fleeting moment all is right, and you return home to pick up the daunting tasks of daily life rested and with a little more enthusiasm.”
How long have you been writing? When did you decide to become an author?
I’ve been writing since I was in high school, but only decided definetively to become an author a few years ago with the encouragement of family and close friends.
How do you find inspiration?
I find inspiration in passing things. It’s on the news. It’s in a line from a speech. It’s in observations about life or work. Inspiration isn’y lacking for sources, it’s our willingness to be inspired that we must challenge.
How do you go about writing a book? Do you have any schedule, tricks or tips to share?
I start with an idea. I’ll draft a short essay on the topic, the universe its set in and then move to a very flexible outline. Then it’s just me and the key board.
What kind of books do you read? Who is your favorite author?
I really love science fiction and mystery books. I enjoy fantasy stories. I’d say I’m fond of Stephen King, Anne Rice and only after some HBO, I’ve discovered and realy dived into George Martin’s universe.
What are you currently working on?
I’m working on a semi-appocolyptic political thriller, I’ve titled “Yesterday’s Tomorrow.” It’s going to be a real study in American political and social and family dynamics in a time of crisis. It’s a lot of research, but it’s a real complex tapestry of events that I’m enjoying writing.
If you could have any superpower, what would it be?
I’d love to be able to get my words in the computer without typing. (Laughs) I hunt and peck out 200 pages at a time, and would love it if I could just think it and it would appear on the page.
Do you listen to music when you write? If so, what kind of music?
I do listen to some music when I write. I prefer to have the TV news in the background. It fuels that next big idea. Although that will sometimes distract me, I admit.
Who is your favorite villain?
I don’t rally have a favorite vilian. I just really enjoy more 3 dimensional baddies that have real human reasons for their villiany.
If you had to pick between receiving a million dollars today, or $1000 a month for the rest of your life, which would you choose?
Oh, I would definately take the $1000-a-month. I would be real trouble with too much cash on hand. I’d get a bit lazy and writing would turn to day dreaming, and I prefer to be just a little bit hungry.
If you could take anyone out for coffee, dead, alive, or fictional, who would it be?
I’d like to have coffee with Ben Franklin. I admire his combination of tinkerer, writer, diplomat, inventor and so much more. I’d love to talk about what it really is to be a Rennaisance man.