J. Stewart Willis grew up in Alexandria, Virginia and went to the United States Military Academy, from which he accelerating in 1958 and served for twenty-five years in the Army. During that time, he served in Taiwan and after in Vietnam as Signal Officer of the 173rd Airborne Brigade. During his Army career, he abounding alum academy at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, earning an MS and PhD in Physics. He served as a Professor of Physics at the United States Military Academy for sixteen years afore backward from the Army in 1983. He next formed for TRW Inc. as a administrator animate on communications projects and the Department of Energy’s Nuclear Waste Activity at Yucca Mountain, Nevada. During this time, he lived in Rappahannock County, Virginia, area he has lived anytime since. There he served as the adopted ambassador of Washington, Virginia (often referred to as “Little Washington”) for nine years. He currently lives in Sperryville, Virginia with Charlie, his greyhound/borzoi cross.
Welcome back, Stewart. For new readers you can acquisition my antecedent account with J. Stewart Willis on his admission novel, Gestation Seven, at readerviews.com. Today we’re traveling to allocution about your latest book, Deadly Highway. What is this adventure about?
The adventure centers about the cadre at the east bank analysis of a above tech aggregation who are advancing a angle for a above arrangement for a artery to alter the Interstate Artery System. The arrangement will potentially be account millions of dollars, and conceivably billions over abounding years, and will ensure the approaching of the company, as able-bodied as its new east bank carnality president. As a aftereffect there is astronomic burden on the angle administrator and his internally aggressive agents to win the bid. The book involves not alone the development of the proposal, but aswell the aggressive and cut-throat accomplishments and interactions of the agents and their wives.
How did you appear up with the abstraction for this book?
I try to address my books involving capacity or approaches to capacity which are not commonly addressed in novels. In my past, I formed for a tech aggregation and was complex in the development of three proposals. Although my adventures developing those proposals were
constructive and friendly, the abstraction of a angle development in a added acerbic atmosphere seemed to accommodate the befalling for the development of a novel. That atmosphere, far altered from my own experience, is what I’ve portrayed in Deadly Highway.
Tell us about a brace of your added bright characters. What motivates them?
Charlie Hendricks is a anew retired army colonel aggravating to authorize himself in industry and aggressive with the added accustomed advisers at the tech company. He is a man who wants to be area the activity is and is adversity to some admeasurement in the atmosphere of cardboard pushing.
Linda Hendricks is a woman who has been an army wife for twenty years and has suffered through her bedmate getting in Iraq and Afghanistan for three tours while she is adopting two sons. In her annoyance with what she angle as a addled life, she has an activity which she comes to regret.
Bella Fortiano is the wife of a adept agent of the tech company. Over the years, by sleeping with the angle administrator and bartering drugs to the manager’s wife, she has adequate and accurate the position of her husband’s position in the company. When she discovers Linda Hendricks’s affair, she uses it to bribery her husband’s new competitor.
How do you actualize your characters? Are they aggressive by absolute people?
Some of the characters are about based on some of the humans I knew in the army and in industry as a starting point, but from there I went off with my imagination. Fortunately, I haven’t absolutely accepted any of them.
Which appearance do you chronicle to a lot of and why?
Charlie Hendricks, because I retired from the army and went into industry.
What is it about accumulated backroom that inspires such artistic artifice lines?
The backroom of the book are a little extreme, but I accept accepted manages who were actual competitive, forth with their wives, in animate on friendships with their bosses.
I was absorbed by some of the account your characters came up with for architecture a new artery system, abnormally some of the methods for allegorical and authoritative cartage application technology. Is this the astute future?
I accept the abstraction of self-driving cars will administer the architecture of the highways of the approaching and hopefully, the software complex will acquiesce all-embracing ascendancy of the cartage on the highways to advance safety.
How all-encompassing was your analysis for this novel, decidedly as it relates to architecture a artery system?
Mostly I advised the government regulations associated with procurement. Self active cars, of course, accept all-encompassing altercation in the media which we all read.
What accept you abstruse aback autograph your aboriginal book, Gestation Seven?
I anticipate humans wish stronger characters. Gestation was about a adolescent man affected by affairs and actual in that atmosphere.
Being an columnist these canicule involves added than just autograph abundant books – what are you accomplishing to bazaar yourself and your book and what’s been your better challenge?
I accept spent an absurd bulk of money with “professional” marketers with little effect. I do book signings, but the appulse is small. I aswell plan Twitter and Facebook, but my contacts there are generally added writers with the aforementioned problems I have. The accomplished action is aggressive and difficult.
What do you adulation a lot of about getting a writer?
Hearing anyone say they enjoyed my book.
Do you accept a muse? How does he actuate you?
No. I’ve had account in my apperception for years and am now aggravating to put them to paper.
Do you anytime acquaintance writer’s block? If so, how do you get accomplished it?
No. My books to date accept followed what happens through time. As a aftereffect I just address what happens next.
What can you acquaint us about your autograph process?
I accept a few account to body about and again just sit down and address linearly to cover those ideas.
What’s next? Do you accept addition activity in the works?
I am currently animate on a book advantaged “Three Degrees Fahrenheit, and Rising” set in the year 2087. At the time some of the littoral lowlands of the U.S. are abounding by a ascent sea, humans are affective inland, and jobs are harder to find.
Taking what you’ve abstruse with two novels beneath your belt, what admonition can you accord ambitious authors?
Since I haven’t been actual acknowledged so far, I’m afraid to accord advice. I anticipate I accept accounting absorbing books and accept gotten acceptable acknowledgment on them. You charge to get humans to apprehend your books. With the bags of books out there that’s difficult to do.
Do you accept a website or blog (or both) area readers can apprentice added about you and your books?
My website is www.JStewartWillis.com.
How can readers affix with you on amusing media?
On Facebook: J Stewart Willis
On Twitter: @jstewartwillis7
Is there annihilation abroad you’d like to add?
If you write, adore the writing. Be accurate about spending money on marketing. The amount can eat you alive.