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It's time for a rollicking adventure with a jam packed episode 26! Join hosts Veronica and Darren as they discuss beanbags based on waterbeds, the alluring atmosphere of people gambling huge stakes at casinos, the magic that comes from grabbing life by the horns and jumping into new experiences, and the beautiful nature of sharks...
And, best of all, we have an electric and adventure filled interview with prolific author Jack Kregas! His escapades around the world will definitely ignite your imagination...
When did you first admit that you were a writer?
After I published my fourth book and saw the sales.
What was your favourite book as a child?
Hardy Boy series.
What inspired you to write/this book/these books?
I wrote my aunt who lived in the US to tell her I was sending her the details of my life in Europe. She said she was not interested, would not read it and do not send it. I unsanitized and expanded the story. The publisher told me it was crap and would never sell. The next one wanted my friends who were famous on the cover. I got out of the contract and self published. It sold in 12 countries, generated law suits and started my into writing Then the tales that circle in my head taken from experiences brought about the other books.
Do you write for yourself or for a particular audience?
For anyone who gets pleasure from what I write.
Is there anything specifically Australian about your book/books?
Part two of the autobiography was based in the Gold Coast.
Why do you think listeners should read your book/s?
I see life from a different perspective. Some agree and some don’t.
Is there a message in your book/books/writing?
Live for the moment worry about tomorrow when it comes.
Who is your most or least favourite character to write?
I liked Joey Moretti in the book Mystical Glasses so wrote three more novels of his adventures.
What’s the best response you’ve ever had to your writing?
The reviews and the audience participation at my speaking engagements.
What genre/s do you write in?
Crime mysteries, real life adventures, short stories, no particular genre.
As a writer, are you a plotter or a pantser or somewhere in between?
I can write a book in 3 weeks. I do it and get it over with.
How much research is involved in your writing?
I have travelled to all the locations in my books.
Where do you write?
On the porch or in the kitchen so I am close to the fridge and coffee machine.
What’s your favourite writing food and drink?
Coffee, ice cream, grapes, etc
Who helped you most when you were starting out?
No one until I had written 4 or 5 books and exchanged ideas with other writers.
What’s the most useful writing advice you’ve been given?
Just write, put it on paper and worry about the rest later. It is the advice I pass on.
What’s your writing goal for the next twelve months?
I don’t have goals. I do as I please that way I am never disappointed.
What inspired your book cover/s?
I have had the idea for every cover, created the design, and then had someone put it together. The cover has to be about the book and the author knows that best.
Who would you most like to read your book as an audiobook?
A few ex wives.
Any final words for potential readers or writers?
I think one writes because they have a tale to tell and If one person enjoys it, it is a success. Writing for a living is a hope or dream that faces long odds. That is why my major occupation is playing poker. Far better chance of cashing.