Interview with J.M. Garlock

Tell us a little about yourself and your background?
1-I started my career by writing for independent publishers. I learned how to do research & how to be discliplined. Since then I have written over 50 articles in national magazines focusing on wildlife such as crocodilians, snakes & turtles. I have also written extensively on coastal fortifications & have done numerous human interest articles for local publications. For 19 years I was a contributing editor for Firehouse Magazine reporting on catastrophic weather events such as hurricanes & tornadoes.
What would you say it’s your more iconic novel?
2-My most iconic book (nonfiction) is “The Tao of the Alligator & Crocodile.”
Which writers inspire you? 
3-I have been inspired by Ernest Hemingway, Raymond Chandler & Andre Malraux.
Have you written any other novels in collaboration with other writers?
4-I have never written a novel in collaboration.
When did you decide to become a writer?
5-I decided to become a writer many years ago because it gave me the opportunity to express myself & make a living at the same time.
Do you write full-time or part-time? 
6-I write full time.
Do you work to an outline or plot or do you prefer just see where an idea takes you? 
7-I usually have a vague outline although I know how the book is going to end before the book is finished.. My characters dictate the action. I simply write down what they do & why they’re doing it.

Do you have a strategy for finding reviewers? 
8-I don’t have a strategy for finding reviewers.
What are your thoughts on good/bad reviews? 
9-My books are well received. Bad reviews can obviously hurt sales but there’s nothing you can do about them except consider the source so don’t worry about them
How can readers discover more about you and you work?
10-Readers can find “The Centurion Chronicles” & “The Tao of the Alligator & Crocodile” on Amazon. They are reasonably priced ebooks.
If you read the first book in “The Centurion Chronicles” it will give you a good idea of the main characters (Julius Caesar & Centurion Baculus).Either one would be a good interview. Interviewing characters is a brilliant idea.

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