Friday, October 27, 2017

Books: Interview with Texas Author Curt Locklear

It's been a pleasure to have a chat with talented author Curt Locklear. He has a new book coming out soon, so read below to find out more about him and his writing!

Where are you from and what's your background?

I am a native Texan having grown up primarily in Austin. I have a Masters’ degree from Texas State University. I have taught history and English, and I’ve been a principal at all levels. I have three great, talented children and two wonderful grandchildren. I have ridden horses, stretched barbed wire fence, herded cattle, plucked chickens, and sung in a choir in Europe. I’m related to the first wing walker in the bi-plane barn storming era, Ormer Locklear. I regularly give talks on history or on writing and always play my banjo and guitar in the presentation.

You’re surely busy and doing lots of interesting things! When did you realize you wanted to write and when did you start writing?

I started writing stories when I was in elementary. My first long story was about Santa Claus.

You started early! What genre do you write and what's your target audience?

I have an eclectic attitude in writing. I write historical fiction, contemporary fiction, romance, science fiction and mystery. My current focus is on historical fiction.

It’s always good to stretch the writing to different genres. How many books have you published so far? Have you been published in any other publications or journals?

I have two books published now. You can go to my website and watch the exciting book trailers for the books. I won first place in a short story contest, and won an honorable mention in another. I have won two second place positions in short story contests. My short stories are published in four anthologies.

Congratulations on your writing accomplishments! What is your favorite quote and who wrote it?

My favorite quote is “Do all the good you can, in all the ways you can, in all the places you can for all the people you can as long as you ever can. – John Wesley.

Excellent quote, thanks for sharing. Do you have a favorite author? Who? Has this author or his book(s) influenced your writing in any way?

My favorite book is the Bible. I like St. Luke’s Gospel the best. After that, I like A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens. Beyond that, I have several favorite authors. Charles Frazier, Ernest Hemingway, James Joyce, Robert Hicks, Ray Bradbury, and Geraldine Brooks. 

All excellent choices. So, if you could be a character from any book, which would you like to be, and why?

If I were to be a character from a book, it would probably be Bob Cratchit from A Christmas Carol. I believe he personified the essence of good will and a generous nature, and he has tremendous patience. 

We can tell you really enjoy A Christmas Carol! And what are you working on currently?

I’m currently working on the third book in the Asunder, Civil War trilogy. It is as yet unnamed. 

Where can we find out more about you and your writing?

You can find my books on Amazon and Outskirts Press and Warren Publishing. I am on Facebook with over 2000 followers. My twitter handle is @CurtLock. Anyone wishing a lively, fun presentation can contact me at

Is there anything else you'd like to share with our readers?

I would like for readers to encourage others to put away their cell phones and T, and read a good book. I would encourage them to branch out of the genre they prefer and read other genres as well. I would encourage them to learn about history; else we will repeat the same mistakes. History, if well presented, is never boring.  

Thank you for the great suggestions and we wish you success in your upcoming release. It’s been a pleasure to find out more about you and your writing!

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