Saturday, December 8, 2012

Happy Holidays from Writers4Higher!

 

Happy Holidays from Writers4Higher!

 
Whatever you celebrate...
 
The Writers4Higher family of authors
wishes you the very best.
 
We will return in January
with more fun posts from
our featured authors.
 
Till then...
 
Be safe, be happy, be merry.
 
Ho. Ho.
 
 
Rhett DeVane

 
 


Saturday, December 1, 2012

Writers4Higher features Darryl Bollinger


Welcome to Writers4Higher

 

 

The purpose of the Writers4Higher blog: to feature authors in a new light, a fresh look at the way writers use their talents and life energies to uplift humankind. Writers4Higher doesn’t promote religious or political views. Authors are asked to answer three simple questions: simple, yet complex.

 

 

This issue, Writers4Higher features
 
Darryl Bollinger
 
 
 

Hi, Darryl. Welcome to the Writers4Higher family!
 
 

1. Tell me about yourself. Your book(s), your life, your inspiration.
 
I’ve always loved to read. Growing up in a decidedly middle-class setting in Georgia, my idea of an exotic journey was a family car trip to visit relatives in Florida. For me, reading was an escape, a way to go places and do things that I never thought I’d get a chance to do.
 
I’ve been blessed, and have traveled the world and been able to do a lot of things that as a child I could only dream of doing. But I still remember the magic of being transported to other worlds by a good writer. And I’ve always wanted to be able to pass that along. I’ve always toyed with the idea of writing, in fact, started my first novel over twenty years ago. A couple of years ago, I finally finished it and it’s sitting on the shelf! I’ll revisit it at some point, but didn’t feel like it was ready for prime time.
 
I spent most of my work life in the health care industry. Health care is fascinating, representing the largest single portion of our GDP and touching everyone in one way or another. Yet, most people have no clue as to the inner workings. So I chose to present my stories with the health care industry as a backdrop, trying to give the reader a feel for what goes on behind the curtain.
 
I love fiction; it gives the writer the freedom that I enjoy. At the same time, I always felt like I learned something from the good fiction I read, so I’m a stickler for details on the components of my books. I do my homework and take the time to research things that I’m unfamiliar with. I want my readers to be able to take away something they didn’t know before they read my book, some new knowledge.
 
The Medicine Game, my first novel, is a story about greed and corruption in health care involving a corporate cover-up. In an effort to cut manufacturing costs of an expensive heart drug, the effectiveness has been compromised. Yet the profit motive drives the corporate players to hide the facts.
 
My newest book, A Case of Revenge, gives the reader a frightening glimpse of what is possible in a world where computers and technology reach into every corner of our lives. Coupled with the age-old motive of revenge, it makes for a suspenseful who-done-it.
 
2. Where do you see you writing taking you in the future?
 
I don’t claim to have any deep, moral messages in my books – they’re meant to be entertaining. Although I’d like to be able to make a living from my writing, my real reward is the feedback I get from readers. As a writer, I think that is the greatest satisfaction. My goal is to publish ten books in ten years.
 
3. How do you use your talents/time to help others?
 
Hopefully, my writing is encouraging others, both to read and write. I get lots of inquiries from aspiring writers, young and old, which I enjoy. I also enjoy interacting with my readers, especially in person. I’ve had the chance to speak to college English classes, and I love doing that. I find it energizing. I’d like to do more speaking on the subject of writing, and hope that in the future, I get more opportunities to do that.
I’m a member of the Florida Writers Association and actively involved with the Tallahassee Writers Association, and again, see that as a way to give back. I’ve always liked encouraging and motivating others.

 

Would you like to find Darryl?


Check out the links to this talented author:
 
 


The Medicine Game on Amazon

A Case of Revenge on Amazon

Darryl on Twitter



 
Thank you, Darryl!

 


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Rhett DeVane

Fiction with a Southern Twist




 

 

 

 

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