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Advice from IR Approved Author John Tabor: “Write because you enjoy the process and…what you have written. And if no one else reads your book there will be at least one happy person.”

In My Father’s Shadow received a 4+ star review, making it an IndieReader Approved title.

Following find an interview with author John Tabor.

What is the name of the book and when was it published?

In My Father’s Shadow; Published April, 2017

What’s the book’s first line? 

“My father was a story teller…..”

What’s the book about? Give us the “pitch”. 

It’s a story about my father, an ordinary man who lived through extraordinary times.  Principled and loving he cast a shadow of greatness over his two sons.  It could be the story of your own father, a person who has been like a father to you, or the man you wish could have been your father.

What inspired you to write the book? A particular person? An event? 

My father’s life provided an example of how we should live and conduct ourselves, and his story deserved telling.  He lived through historically significant times which I find interesting.

What’s the main reason someone should really read this book? 

It’s funny.  It’s sad.  It is an example of how there is a story in everyone of us and why we should embrace our heritage.

If they made your book into a movie, who would you like to see play the main character(s)?

Chris Pine.

When did you first decide to become an author?

As a scientist I was always frustrated in writing articles.  Fact based and objective there is no room for imaginative artistry in telling a story.  As I neared retirement, I thought I would unleash my inner creative talent and write a book about my father.

Is this the first book you’ve written?

Yes, but I have edited a scientific book and authored chapters in other scientific books.

What do you do for work when you’re not writing?

I am retired, having spent 32 years managing science and technology in the Pharmaceutical industry.

How much time do you generally spend on your writing?

Varies, but I average 1 or 2 hours per day.

What’s the best and the hardest part of being an indie?   

Best part of being an independent writer is freedom to put down on paper what I want, not what others want to see.  Hardest part for me is mechanics of publishing.

What’s a great piece of advice that you can share with fellow indie authors?

Write to please yourself.  Write from your heart.  Write because you enjoy the process and enjoy what you have written.  And if no one else reads your book there will be at least one happy person.

Would you go traditional if a publisher came calling?  If so, why?  

Yes.  Acceptance by a traditional recognized publishing house validates the merit of your work.

Is there something in particular that motivates you?

I am motivated by knowledge I have accomplished something good, contributed to a bigger cause, and am satisfied in the quality of my product.

Which writer, living or dead, do you most admire?

Ernest Hemingway

Which book do you wish you could have written?

I would like to have written many books.  I enjoy many genres, creative fiction, adventurous non-fiction, and when I put a book down wishing it was longer I am slightly jealous of the author’s talent.



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