Author Interview: John A. Heldt

 
About the author:
 
John A. Heldt is a reference librarian who lives and works in Montana. The former award-winning sportswriter and newspaper editor has loved reading and writing since writing book reports on baseball heroes in grade school. A graduate of both the University of Oregon and University of Iowa, he is an avid fisherman, sports fan, home brewer, and reader of thrillers and historical fiction. Heldt is the author of THE MINE, THE JOURNEY, and THE SHOW, the first three novels of his Northwest Passage time-travel series.
 
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Interview:

~ Can you tell readers a bit about yourself?

I grew up in Oregon and Washington, the third oldest of six kids, and began writing professionally when I got out of college. For about a dozen years I wrote and edited sports articles for daily newspapers. I switched careers in the late 1990s and now work as a reference librarian in a public library. I'm also a married father of three who enjoys sports, fishing, and making homemade beer.

~ Can you share with us your latest news?

I published my third novel, The Show, on February 17. The Show is the sequel to my Amazon bestseller, The Mine, and the third book in the Northwest Passage time-travel series.

~ What's your writing history/journey been like so far?

It has been a lot of fun. I wrote The Mine in the summer and fall of 2011 with the intention of checking off a bucket list item and then moving on to other things. Novel writing has since become my passion, a hobby I want to continue for the foreseeable future.

~ Where do you get most of your inspiration?

I get a lot of inspiration from books, movies, and real life. Several films inspired The Mine, including Back to the Future, The Time Traveler's Wife, A Walk in the Clouds, and The Notebook. The television program Downton Abbey inspired at least part of The Show, which is set in 1918 and 1919. Writing The Journey was a little different. The story is set in eastern Oregon in 1979 and 1980. For that book, I consulted my memory of a time and place that was a part of my adolescence.

~ Do you have a motto for when you're writing?

I don't have a motto, but if I did it would probably be, "Keep at it." When you write, you have to keep at it. You have to focus on the project at hand and work at least a little each day toward completing it. If you don't, you may never finish the work.

~ What book has helped develop you as a writer?

I've learned much from reading writing manuals and the novels of favourite authors but have learned even more by writing my own books. Nothing educates like experience. This is particularly true when you go the self-published route. You develop not only as a writer but also as an editor, publicist, and marketer.

~ Do you have any advice for aspiring authors?

Don't put off any project. Jump in. Listen to those who've succeeded and to those who've failed. You can learn from both. But in the end, write the story you want to write. Don't let the critic overrule the artist.

~ Is there anything I haven't asked which you wish I had?

I have a blog at: http://johnheldt.blogspot.com

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