Please enjoy this interview with author George Lunsford. George is a member of the All Writers Facebook group I launched in June of this year. You can find authors like George, editors, illustrators, and more in the group. The main focus of the group is to help writers connect, learn, and grow. If you'd like to join this closed group, please send me a message and I'll happily add you!
My name is George Lunsford. I am 52 years old. I severed in the U.S. Navy for 4 years where I was a Gunnersmate 3rd class. I severed aboard the U.S.S. Taylor FFG-50 with some of the best men, I have ever had the honor to know. I’ve worked numerous jobs in my lifetime and have been doing the same type of work for almost 20 years now. I am married to a wonderful lovely lady named Susan and together we have 4 kids and 3 grand kids. I am a very driven person. If I decide to do something, I work till I do it. I don’t really have hobbies I stay to busy. My favorite movie star is “John Wayne”. One crazy thing about me? Well I am a kind of a nerd. I collect comics and action figures.
Why did you decide to become an author?
Well I have always saw things very different than most people. I see stories in everything, and I dream in color and in sequence. (meaning I dream in story form from the beginning to a conclusion). I have died in my dreams. I enjoy writing and one day while talking to my friend and publisher I decided to write a book and did.
How did you get into acting, producing, and directing?
I blame an old friend that had a local comic book shop. He did a commercial for his shop and asked me to be in it. BOOM I was hooked. I look for parts not having any idea how to find acting jobs or how to act. I finally found my buddy Dave Boyer. Dave wanted to be a film maker and I wanted to act so; off we went. We made a bunch of short film with him and I both taking turns writing the scripts. Then as I built my resume, I got bigger jobs. I have done commercials, music video (Steep Canyon Rangers- Long Shot), public service announcements, book trailers, indie feature films, and lots of shorts. I have been very lucky to work with film makers like Dewayne Ethridge, Chad Taylor, Mike Garland, and many others.
When did you publish your first book?
June 2018 Legends, Myths, Monsters, and Ghost Volume 1 The Southern USA Edition.
How many books have you published?
I have published 2 books
Would you ever write in another genre?
I plan on doing horror, Sci-Fi, and action books.
Out of all the scary stories you’ve written about, what’s your favorite?
I have loved researching all the stories for my books. My favorite stories so far are Robert the Doll and the true story behind Jaws.
Are you planning on publishing another? Tell us about it.
I am working on Volume 3 of my book series “Legends, Myths, Monsters, and Ghost.” I hope to release it in November.
Are you traditionally published or self published?
That’s a tricky question. I have a small publisher. I do most of my own marketing. I set up my signing events and interviews. My publisher handles the setup which includes formatting, cover, ISBN number, and handles the stuff with the distributor.
Tell us about your radio show!
My talk show is about all things creepy. The show covers cryptid creatures, curses, hauntings, UFO stuff, serial killers, and anything else I can come up with. I talk about this stuff from all over the world not just America. I have over 37000 listeners in 187 countries. My show comes on every Tuesday night at 8 PM EST on WBUZ95.com.
Tell us about your writing journey, in as much detail as possible. How did you find a publisher? When did you decide you were ready to publish? What was the hardest part in the publishing experience? Easiest? Did you edit your own work or did someone else? Did you do the cover design? How long (from start to finish) did it take you to publish your first book? If you could do anything different, what would it be? Would you like to share anything else from your publishing experience?
My friend Alfred Adams was publishing books of biographies of famous people. He wanted to have a script written on one of his books. He saw my page on production hub and called me up. I worked on the script and become friends with Al. I turned the script in and that was it. Later on, I decided to write my first book and Al said lets do it. The hardest thing was all the research. I found different story versions for every story. The easiest thing was the writing. I love the writing. I am a very lucky man My lovely wife does all my editing and let me tell you she can be tough. She is not a yes woman. After the first book she toughened up now she makes sure it is all right before it goes to print. My covers are done by the same guy that does the formatting. This series of books average 6 months to write and research then a month or two for set up and to distributor. So about 8 months total. If I could change anything it would be, that I should have started writing sooner. If I could give any advice it would be find a small publisher or self -publish. Watch these publishing companies that charge you thousands of dollars you don’t need them.
What advice would you give upcoming authors?
My advice to new authors is WRITE. You need to put your ideas on paper or on a computer. You can always go back and organize it and spell check it. Don’t let anyone discourage you, take classes, and never stop. Don’t get frustrated with lack of sales or interest in your book. Just keep going and one day you will have a best seller. If you do make it to be a professional, don’t let it go to your head. Get your book to reviewers.
Tell us about your first book signing.
My first signing was at the Bigfoot festival and I had 25 books. I sold all my books with in 10 minutes of the festival starting. My first book signing at Barnes and Noble I sold 9 books.
Is there anything else you’d like to share or want the readers to know?
I just want to thank you for this interview, and I hope everyone does well with their books. My God bless you all.
Thank you George, it was a pleasure!