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Interview with Book Author Charles Tabb new release "Floating Twigs"
By Charles Tabb
Friday - October 23, 2020 6:22 am     Views:111     A+ | a-
Charles Tabb retired from teaching to pursue his dream of writing. His family supported his decision, and a year later he published his first novel, Floating Twigs, while also publishing several short stories with various literary journals. He has won successive Golden Nib awards for fiction. In 2018 his story "As Luck Would Have It" won third prize, and in 2019 the psychological thriller "The Thirteenth Painting" won first prize. Now his fan base is growing, with readers from all over the U.S. Here is what he wrote to us when asked about his new release and his writing experiences over the year.
Tell us about yourself ? Where you come from , your background ?
I grew up in the Florida Panhandle, where Floating Twigs takes place, and based the towns of Denton and Wharton on that area. I taught English to middle and high school students until my retirement after nearly thirty years of teaching. I am a cancer survivor (non-Hodgkins lymphoma), and have been cancer-free for five years now. I am married, with a daughter, a stepdaughter, two granddaughters, two rescue dogs, and two off-the-track thoroughbred horses (which are my wife's, but I like them). I am about to publish my fourth novel, discussed below.
Tell us about your new release ?
My next book, Canaries' Song, is due out by early January 2021 at the latest. It is another literary book, similar in tone to Floating Twigs. In it, Eric Northcraft, a teacher, is widowed and must raise his three daughters, ages 14, 11, and 10. The eleven-year-old is mentally challenged, having the mental capacity of a five-year-old. She asks for and receives two canaries, and their song is symbolic in the book for how we find our own happiness, even in bad circumstances.
How do You Conceive Your Plots and Characters ? Any specific pattern emerges to your mind When I ask you this ?
I ask myself "what if?" for developing a plot. I also like using various aspects of people I've known, combining different traits that I found interesting about these people. I've basically been making up stories since I was a child, so this has become second nature to me. I consider character to be one of the most important elements of any story.
What are You Passionate about in your Work Goal ?
I write every day since I retired from teaching, either editing something I've written or creating new words on the page. Perseverance is the key.
Where does book aim at ? And How does journey follows from Chapter 1 to End Of it ?
Each of my books attempts to say something about our shared existence in the world. In Floating Twigs, a man who helps out the protagonist is accused of a crime he didn't commit. The trial dominates the last third of the book. I've been told by readers in the legal profession that I handled that very well, making it realistic as to what goes on in a trial in the United States. Realism in a mainstream fiction book is extremely important, or you will lose readers.
A good villain/ A difficult situation is hard to write. How did you get in touch with your inner villain(s)/difficult situation to write this book. Was there a real-life inspiration for him/her/it?
We all know people who are on the spectrum of evil. Some are just moderately unkind; others are purely evil. In Floating Twigs, there are a number of characters who are less than nice. In my Pantera series, the villains are some of the most evil people one could ever meet, though they hide their true selves behind a cloak of normalcy and responsibility. Mostly, I try to think of what I would consider the most evil person I can, and what that person would do if given the opportunity. I will say getting inside their heads is a bit disturbing sometimes.
What do you love most about the writing process?
I love the creation of a world that is parallel to our own where people live with the struggles we all face. Even my fictional detective, Tony Pantera, is a flawed man with a personal life that is far from perfect, but he muddles on the best he can. I also love it when I write a sentence or paragraph that is especially good and tells a lot about a character. That is like finding gold.
Did you learn anything from writing this book and what was it?
I learned from writing Floating Twigs that I can write a good book that is well received by the public. Its success has been a surprise, to say the least. The book has been reviewed or rated over 5000 times on Goodreads and over 1500 times on Amazon. The vast majority of ratings/reviews are five-star. I also learned that it's amazing to be able to make a living doing something I love so much.
What are your future project(s)?
I will be writing two books at the same time over the next few months, alternating between the two every few days. One is a sequel to Floating Twigs, where Jack, the protagonist, is grown up and goes in search of his brother, who had joined the military in Floating Twigs, but has not been heard from since. The other is the third book of the Detective Pantera series about someone who comes up with the perfect murder--or at least he thinks he has.
Do you have any suggestions to help me become a better writer? If so, what are they?
Never stop writing and reading, but be sure you are reading good books. Don't waste time on bad ones, unless you're looking for what not to do. Keep in mind that the world's best authors were once struggling to create something worthwhile. It takes perseverance and an enjoyment of the process.
How do you think you can Improve the Quality of Writing in contrast to your contemporary Writers ?
I focus a lot on writing in a way that keeps the reader's interest. My readers have told me they get so caught up in a book I've written that they can't put it down. Keep it interesting is my mantra. Get the reader involved in the life of the main characters, and the quality takes care of itself.
As Studio Guest anything that comes to your mind and you want to convey to the readers ?
First, I like titles that make the reader wonder about its meaning. Floating Twigs, the reader finds out, is about how we are all like twigs floating in the road wash after a rain storm, and our choices often make the difference as to where we end up in life. Also, my readers should be aware that my detective series, about Detective Tony Pantera, is VERY different from my literary novels like Floating Twigs. Floating Twigs can be read without worry by a twelve-year-old. My detective series is strictly for adult readers due to the adult language and situations.