IndieView with Bentley Wells, author of The Question and Other Stories

I would be distracted by it. Other stories are based on my imagination and the question, “What if?”
Were there any parts of the book where you struggled? About the book
What is the book about? I wrote all of the stories―at least, the first drafts―in the 1960s and 1970s. I learned that many agents will not consider collections of short stories unless the writers are well known. Of course, members of my family may think they can recognize one or more characters in one or more stories, but almost every character is based on my experiences and imagination. About Publishing
Did you submit your work to Agents? What came easily? Then I spent time revising each story. When I finished revising the stories making up the collection, I sent the manuscript to her. How long did it take you to write it? For instance, one story focuses on a pre-teen’s experiences during a late-afternoon class at school. End of Interview:
Get your copy of   The Question and Other Stories from Amazon US or Amazon UK. These stories presented more problems because they contain more characters and situations. Sometimes, the idea works out. The publisher was responsible for the cover. In other words, if I don’t like something, I’ll change it or delete it until I do. The shorter stories, especially those that focus on one or only a few characters and situations, did not present as many problems. We all know how important it is for writers to read. My writing process consists of trying to get the first draft written, which may take months and months. Are there any particular authors that have influenced how you write and, if so, how have they influenced you? Do you have a target reader? I’ve enjoyed reading numerous writers over the years―from Ernest Hemingway and F. About You
What are you working on now? This includes me. (This may be the reason it takes so long to write a story or novel.)   I usually go by an idea I have in my mind. Writing fiction―at least, for me―is not easy. Overall, the primary character or characters in each story. No, I don’t listen to music while I write. When did you start writing the book? If yes, what gets the fingers tapping? She accepted it. I have a brief marketing plan. Generally, I do not use an outline. Then I’ll heavy edit after I’ve finished the story or novel. Although I experienced problems when I wrote The Paradise Coven, a mystery that was published last year, I experienced numerous problems when I wrote and revised each story. Then I go through the draft and make countless changes. Another concerns a Vietnam veteran who is confused about his place in the world. Like I mentioned, I wrote the first drafts in the 1960s and 1970s. After I retired, I revised each story. These stories―at least, the first drafts―were written for either literary magazines or courses in creative writing. However, I certainly appreciate Hemingway’s style and I like O’Hara’s ability to depict locations. For instance, several stories in the collection are considerably longer than others. Yes. Where did you get the idea from? Do you edit as you go or wait until you’ve finished? My mystery, which I mentioned above, was targeting young adults and adults who enjoy reading police procedurals. I have thrown out scenes and chapters. If so, do you do so extensively or just chapter headings and a couple of sentences? However, I put the stories away for several decades primarily because of my career and other writing interests (I’ve written a lot of nonfiction over the years). About Writing
Do you have a writing process? Of course, some stories presented more problems than others. Still, another examines a president of a small-town bank who meets a possible female companion through a local publication’s personals ad. I’m working on another mystery that includes the investigation and the ultimate trial of the accused. Are your characters entirely fictitious or have you borrowed from real world people you know? Was it a particular event or a gradual process? At least eight or nine of the stories are based on experiences that some people have in their lives. What made you decide to go Indie, whether self-publishing or with an indie publisher? The collection contains thirteen stories featuring pre-teens, young adults, and/or adults. Other stories concern adults who have to confront loneliness, rejection, and mental illness. Do you listen to music while you write? Scott Fitzgerald, to John O’Hara and Erskine Caldwell. Actually, both. This collection of stories should appeal to young adults and adults who enjoy reading about young people experiencing hard-nosed teachers, fickle girlfriends, and the death of a family member, among other topics, and about adults experiencing loneliness, rejection, and mental illness. I’ll light edit after I write a chapter. I’ll go over the manuscript several times. I would say it took several years―off and on―to polish all of the stories in the collection. Bentley Wells – 12 September 2018
The Back Flap
The Question and Other Stories contains several stories about young people who have to deal with hard-nosed teachers, fickle girlfriends, and the death of family members, among other topics. I merely provided feedback about it. Of course, members of my family may think they can recognize one or more characters in one or more stories, but almost every character is based on my experiences and imagination. Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window) The editor at Black Opal Books accepted my mystery for publication. Whether I’m influenced by any, well, I can’t really say. No, I didn’t. Do you have a marketing plan for the book or are you just winging it? That is, who they are, how they act, what they think. If so can you please describe it? And then I’ll go through the manuscript again. At least three of the stories―the first drafts―were published in literary magazines. Do you outline? Other stories concern individuals of various ages who experience different aspects of life―from having unusual pets, to the death of a family member. When it doesn’t, I have to come up with something else, which takes time.   Did you get your book cover professionally done or did you do it yourself?