Interviews Around the World with Jim Vuksic

Today at Interview Around the Globe we have our next author Interview. Before we get into the Interview with our last  interview for the month. If you decide that you want to contact him. Their information is in the post.

This is the last interview for the month of June. Let introduce our Author.

Welcome to “Interviews Around the Globe” with our author Jim Vuksic. Welcome Jim. We will just go ahead and jump on into the Interview.

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Describe your *Latest/Recent* book in 20 Words or Less?

“Levels” – A social experiment to eliminate bad behavior has created a perfect world; or perhaps it hasn’t. The reader must decide.

Where or how did you come up with the idea for your story (in this book)?

Sixty-plus years of living in an imperfect world while contemplating what it would take to eliminate the root causes of the world’s imperfections eventually morphed into the inspiration for the novel “Levels”.

How important are names to you in your book(s)? Do you choose the names based on liking the way it sounds or the meaning? Do you have any name choosing resources you that you?

Names were selected from a list of those most familiar to me personally and each was assigned as determined by me to be best suited to each particular character’s personality and temperament.

Which of your characters (in this book) is your favorite and Why?

Jonathan, the main character and narrator of the story, which is written in the first-person.

Jonathan, an imperfect person living in a supposedly perfect world; displays human traits with which, for better or worse, I and many readers can personally identify.

Was there a certain scene *in this book* that was harder for you to write than others?

 Yes. A scene in which one of the characters, while holding the hand of a close friend who has just been killed, is expressing his sense of personal loss, helplessness, and emotional trauma.

It is based upon an actual personal experience.

If you could cast your characters in the Hollywood adaptation of your book, who would play your characters?

Since the story covers a 3-decade period in the lives of the characters, at least two actors would have to be used to play each one – first as a child, and then as an adult.

To be honest, I have not even contemplated a movie version of the book, so I have given no thought whatsoever to which actors might be chosen.

What is your least favorite part of the publishing / writing process?)

My least favorite publishing experience came about while learning and participating in the conceptual editing phase; during which I was truly humbled to discover that the completed, polished manuscript, of which I had been so proud, was not yet complete nor polished.

Just as your books inspire authors, what authors have inspired you to write? What writing advice do you have for other aspiring authors?

The authors who have inspired me to write are Stephen King, Jean M. Auel, Gary Jennings, and Cormac McCarthy.

My advice to apiring authors is to expend whatever time and effort is necessary to acquire the technical writing and story telling skills needed to produce a high-quality work that will be well-received by your targeted audience and upon which you will be proud to attach you name.

Do you read your reviews? Do you respond to them, good or bad? Do you have any advice on how to deal with the bad?

I read every review of my novel. To do otherwise would be a disservice to the reviewer.

Whether a rating or review is positive, negative, constructive, or even hurtful, one must remember that it is only an opinion and that one opinion is as good as another. Allow every opinion to serve as a learning experience and utilize each to continuously improve upon whatever you do in life.

What are you working on now? What is your next project?

I am sixteen pages into a potential sequel to “Levels”. However, it will be submitted for publication only if “Levels” is determined to be commercially successful by the publisher and that a sequel may be equally successful.

Bonus Question: Characters often find themselves in situations they aren’t sure they can get themselves out of. When was the last time you found yourself in a situation that was hard to get out of and what did you do?

I was once asked by another author to read their book and offer my honest opinion.

It was riddled with misspellings, bad grammar, and improper punctuation. I tried to avoid an embarrasing situation by being as diplomatic and constructive as possible in wording my concerns. The effort did not succeed. The author was very upset and hasn’t talked to me since.

Thank you for taking part. Your responses were good to read. I would like to thank Jim for coming by Interviews Around the Globe. There is going to be a post with theses first 4 authors for the first voting period. This period is for all bloggers and readers to vote for one author. This period will start Thursday 26, 2014 through Tuesday July 1, 2014. More info in this post to come.

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