G.L. (Gary) Rockey keeps himself busy with the work of writing

Thanks for being with us today. First, would you tell us a bit about yourself? What area of the country do you live in, do you have a family, pets, etc.

I live in northern Ohio thirty miles south of Lake Erie and frequently travel to my hometown (have a house there) in Creekside PA. I live with wife Connie; cats, Boots and Vito; eight tomato plants (September about done)

Tell us about your most recent publication/whichever book you’d like to talk about today?

Most most recent fiction/novel is Truths of the Heart published as an ebook by London Circle. 2005  I-930677-55-3 Romantic Suspense

Rachelle didn’t know that her life was missing anything, until he walked into her classroom at the beginning of Fall Semester. One glance was all that it took and she found that she couldn’t get him out of her mind.

At first sight, he knew that she was something special and that he’d love her the rest of his life. He knew that he was being dumb; she was his professor, he her student, but once love entered the mix there was no stopping it. All Rachelle knew was that she couldn’t stay in her marriage any longer. The truth was more painful than she could bear. Would she get out in time or would she be lost in a loveless marriage forever?

 Getting back to your original question, my most recent book is a non-fiction work published by Heritage: From the Back of the House: Memories of a Steak House Clan.

100 Railroad Ave, Suite 104, Westminster, Maryland 21157-4826

www.heritagebooks.com 1-800-876-6103

9780788449161 $30.50, www.amazon.com

 From the Back of the House: Memories of a Steak House Clan is more than a memoir – it’s the story of “Jim’s Steak House” of Ohio’s Cleveland Flats, well known as one of the most high-quality, top-class places to go for anniversaries, weddings, birthdays, graduations, celebratory dinners and more.

 How would you best describe your books?

One reviewer/newspaper writer said, “Author covers all genres.” Maybe that’s not so good, but that’s the way it is. Somebody said, write about what interests you, inspires you, I like to write about what roils and sometimes simple and little things. I wrote a short story in Bats in the Belfry, Bell in the Attic (Whiskey Press) titled “A Little Late.” This is a collection of sixteen off the wall short stories.

What is your favorite genre to write? To read?

I just like to write and (this is not original) find it’s not just sitting at a keyboard or with pen in hand, it’s 24/7 in your head. Lawyers charge for that “in the head thinking time,” but writers . . . fill in the blank . . .

As to reading, I like to read it all, including history, biography, recently completed Harold Nicolson, The War Years. Also like to reread many things and those I missed in school, when I was only interested in that other thing. I’m now reading Jane Eyre.

 What would you write if you could do write anything you wanted to write?

Short stories and novels, plays, like narrative, creating and dealing with characters’ thoughts, talk, listening . . .

 What do you most like about writing? Least like? When did you first know you wanted to be an author?

Most is creating something from nothing. Like somebody said, Character, Conflict, Plot.

 Like least (I have a ton) copied rejection notes, and the often mouthed perception that writing is “play,” not real work.

The idea of writing started I think when a high school teachers read some of my stuff in class, commented, “This is what you read in a magazine.” Then things and ideas and images keep exploding in my head, many times in A.M. had to put them on paper . . . type, enter them, scrap ideas . . .

 Tell us a little about your path to publication. How many books have you published? How many books did you write before selling one?

1. The Journalist (Zumaya)

2 Time and Chance (Zumaya)

3. Bats in the Belfry, Bells in the Attic (Whiskey Creek)

4. Truths of the Heart (London Circle)

5. From the Back of the House: Memories of a Steak House Clan (Heritage)

The Journalist originally an ebook only from London Circle, got good reviews and sold a few copies early on. When Zumaya picked it up, offered in print, it sold more. I don’t know how many, I did get modest royalty checks, don’t keep track, maybe a fault. If I based it on sales probably would have quit after the first. Writing is a nasty bug to live with.

 How did you find a publisher? How did you receive the Call?

I found London Circle on the internet, sent a query, got a response from George Shaddock, it went from there, we even talked once on the phone . . . then Liz Burton at Zumaya picked it up for print . . . and as I said before, The Journalist won book of year and got a five star review in Inscription Ezine. It’s being re-released as REDACTED! in the coming months, Burton says November.

 What’s your favorite thing about the book featured here today? Any special memories you have in the creation of it?

 Time and Chance started out as THE MAHOGANY DESK. I remembered dealing with a large wooden desk that we department heads sat in front of in a CEO TV executive’s office and in the department head meeting that we would have there I kept thinking, looking at the massive chunk of wood, it was so big and shiny and impressive and something to strive for and so one day I got a chance and I looked inside a drawer and found it was empty, there was nothing in there!

 What are you writing now? What’s next for you? Will you be making personal appearances anywhere our readers can find you?

Boolean Traveler, SF satire; and Makes The World Go ‘Round, a suspense novel set in rural Indiana, four earthy point-of-view characters take on what makes the world go round.

I also write monthly articles for ScripType Publishing, Richfield, Ohio.

What would you like to tell readers?

Please buy a book at www.glrockey.com

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