Welcome to our weekly feature,
This week, we’re proud to present author Troy Lambert. Troy’s collection of short stories entitled “Broken Bones,” was published during September, 2011. Troy’s novel, a dark, psychological thriller entitled “Redemption,” tells the story of an ex-con turned attorney, an insane man with a secret addiction, and a marriage spoiled by poor choices. “Redemption” was just released on April 1 — no fooling! — and we’re excited to know more about this new release — as well as another novel already underway, tentatively entitled “Confession.”
So, grab a cup of coffee or pour yourself a cold brew — beverages are always on the house — pull up a chair, and enjoy!
At what age did you first realize you wanted to write books and how/when did you first share this ambition with “the world”? I actually wanted to write books from a very young age. I wrote a short book when I was in second grade titled George and the Giant Castle. It is as yet unpublished. I read all the time, and got an old Royal typewriter from my grandfather when I was very young.
Who in your life and what authors you read had the most influence over your decision to write? Isaac Asimov and Stephen King were two of my favorites growing up. It was their stories that inspired me to write my own. I had an English teacher my freshman and sophomore years in high school named Mrs. Allen. She was the first to truly encourage me to embrace my ability while making me a better writer with her “edits” to my work.
What influence has your career choice had on your choice of writing subjects? Actually I do a great deal of writing in my “day” job. I write non-fiction history and do a lot of research. It probably leads me to not write historical fiction—at least at the moment.
You are a self-described writing “addict” and you also work full time and have a family. Can you describe your typical writing week? I wrote my schedule for another blog post during National Novel Writing Month (NANOWRIMO) and people called me crazy. I am up writing at 5 a.m. almost daily, and I tend to write three to four hours on my “days off.” Usually I write in the evening or check in with social media and in-person writing groups. Basically I focus on writing (including writing groups) 30-35 hours a week, work 32 hours at a museum, and try to throw some recreation in there as well.
When and why, if you even know, did you first think of the question — “What do prison and church have in common?” — that forms the central theme for “Redemption”? The question came to me as I was writing “part two” of the story, or rather re-writing it. I thought of Sam (one of the central characters) and his experience in prison and Arthur Creed and his experience with church. I asked myself “what do these guys have in common?” It quickly became one of the primary questions the novel answers.
According to your blog, “Redemption,” was fifteen years in the making. Why is that? “Redemption” was never supposed to be a novel. Part two, now titled “Guilty” started as a short story. It was a good story, but terribly written. I shopped it around and it was rejected, largely because I had no idea who my audience would be. Then I started to re-write the story and realized it wasn’t finished. I wanted to know the rest of the story, and what happened to the characters. So I wrote it.
You already have another novel, “Confession,” underway. Can you give us some hints as to what it’s about? “Confession” is in some ways a sequel to “Redemption.” I will tell you that Sam is the central character but it is a very different story. It is also a story I tried to tell about 15 years ago, but I didn’t know it all then.
Is there another genre you’d like to try and what attracts you about that genre? I have always loved science fiction, and would love to try my hand at that. I have started one novel in that genre, but it turned into a psychological thriller set in a different time and place. I like the fact that in science fiction the author creates the world and all of the rules. I find it a challenge, and someday I will finish that story too.
If you could pick another author’s character and use him or her as a character in a novel, who would that be and in what type of setting would you write about him or her? At the moment I am reading “Wise Blood” by Flannery O’Conner. I think I would put Hazel Motes in a room with Sam and listen to their conversation. I have a feeling that together they could find a whole new brand of trouble.
You poll your readers and ask them to list five words that best describe your novel “Redemption.” What top five words do they list? When my editor finished it, she simply said, “Oh my God!” I hope others have the same reaction. Five words: Thrilling, Shocking, Surprising, Unexpected, Thought-provoking.
Are you a dog person or cat person and what kind of canine or feline assistance with your writing do you receive, if any? I am more of a dog person than a cat person. My 95 pound lab, Indy, comes down to watch me write, and puts his head in my lap to cue me it is time for a break. That usually means I need to let him out or play tug of war with his rope. He makes me step away from the keyboard sometimes which is good for my mental health.
You’re admitted to heaven and you decide to throw a dinner party to celebrate your arrival. What five people, living or dead, are on your guest list? My grandparents are first, so that is two. I want to share with them things that have happened since their passing, and I hope they would be proud. Next would be Hemingway, Asimov, and perhaps Shakespeare. I want to know if he really wrote all those plays, and if the sonnets were really for a man.
Where can you and your books be found?
My books are both on Amazon. The links are:
Author biography, Troy Lambert: Troy began his writing life at a very young age, penning the as yet unpublished “George and the Giant Castle” at age six. He grew up in Southern Idaho, and after many adventures including a short stint in the US Army and a diverse education, Troy returned to Idaho, but the north end of the state this time, where he currently resides.
Troy works as a freelance writer and researcher by night, and the Museum Operations Specialist and Head of Research at the Wallace District Mining museum by day. He truly loves to write dark, psychological thrillers and released “Broken Bones,” a collection of his short stories, last September to great acclaim and with reasonable success. His new thriller “Redemption” is available now.
Troy lives with his wife of eleven years, two of his five children and two very talented dogs. He is a skier, cyclist, hiker, fisherman, hunter, and a terrible beginning golfer. He is currently working on the sequel to “Redemption,” tentatively titled “Confession.”
The E-Pub PUB thanks Troy for spending some time with us and we wish him great success with his new release!