Today I have the pleasure of having Author Tony Lindsay on my channel today. Please welcome Tony.
- Can you tell us a little bit about yourself?
I was born and raised in Chicago. A married father of three and grandfather of two. I started writing stories in fifth or six-grade. Met Gwendolyn Books when I was twelve and she told me my stories were good; that was an important event for me. I was first published in 1999 by Black Words Press. That book, One Dead Preacher, was just rereleased – the twentieth anniversary edition.
- What do you do when you are not writing?
I enjoy walks, plays, movies, puzzles, and traveling with my wife. I also edit manuscripts.
- Do you have a day job as well?
I teach English composition, creative writing, and African American literature.
- How did you choose the genre you write in?
I was first published in mystery followed by urban, thriller, and short story. When I start a story, unless it is a mystery, I don’t know the genre- that develops while writing.
- Where do you get your ideas?
From life events, reading, movies, plays and from my opinions. I put my thoughts into my writings.
- Do you ever experience writer’s block?
When I am not sure what happens next in the plot, I go back and edit or jump ahead and start a new scene – that usually helps with the pause; I don’t believe in writer’s block.
- Do you work with an outline, or just write?
I use a tentative outline, but it always changes – the outline helps me see that there is a story in the idea. If I can write an outline, then there is a story.
- Is there any author or book that influenced you in any way either growing up or as an adult?
Gwendolyn Brooks, Donald Goines, Chester Himes, Walter Mosley, and Toni Morrison to name a few. When I can hear a writer’s message, understand what they are telling me, they influence me. I learn from how they told the story and why they told the story.
- Can you tell us about your challenges in getting your first book published?
I had been sending the manuscript out for over a year with no success or so I thought; I went to a writer’s conference and met a publisher who told me he had heard about the manuscript. I was shocked when he asked me to send to him. I did and he published it.
- If you had to go back and do it all over, is there any aspect of your novel or getting it published that you would change?
Nothing, I believe what is supposed to happen happens.
- How do you market your work? What avenues have you found to work best for your genre?
I use social media, release press releases, go to events, and I rely a lot on word of mouth.
- Have you written a book you love that you have not been able to get published?
Not yet, I have been lucky.
- Can you tell us about your upcoming book?
The newest is the twentieth anniversary edition of One Dead Preacher, a murder mystery set in Chicago. It is a very good read – the first of the three. There is also One Dead Lawyer and One Dead Doctor.
- Is anything in your book based on real life experiences or purely all imagination?
There are some actual events in all my novels; I leave it to the reader to decipher what is fiction and what really happened.
- What project are you working on now?
I am going back and forth over the title – It will either be One Dead Race Man or One Dead Activist.
- Will you have a new book coming out soon?
I released ODP this month and I am hoping the new one will be released for November 2020.
- How can your readers find you?
Facebook, Twitter, Linkedin, and www.pen-4-hire.com