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Author Interview: Guy L. Pace

Guy was born in Great Falls, MT, and then spent the bulk of his growing-up years as a nomad. He served in the Navy and on the USS Newport News (CA-148) from 1970 to 1973, including combat operations in Vietnam in 1972.

He lives with his wife, Connie, in Spokane, where he gets to spend time with children, grandchildren, and gets to ride his Harley-Davidson.

  • : I wanted to write since I was in grade school. I wanted to tell stories like the ones I read in the school library.
  • : Yes. It was in fifth grade, about two pages long, hand-written, and pretty silly.
  • : This is my debut novel (that means the first that a publisher accepted), and it started in 2012 as a project for NaNoWriMo. I finished the first draft in 30 days. It went through a number of rewrites and edits and finally found the light of day at Booktrope. Still, it was strengthened and polished by my incredible editor.
  • : As mentioned above, in grade school. However, I worked as a journalist in the Navy and after until changing careers in the mid-1980s.
  • : I grew up all over the Pacific Northwest. By the time I graduated from high school, I had attended 21 schools. My family followed the work my engineer step-dad did and that seemed to be a common thing in those days.
  • : I like to write in the mornings, but I'll write in the evenings, too, if I have an idea.
  • : I'm currently working on the third novel following Sudden Mission. I'm trying to write this from the PoV of the female character, Amy.
  • : I spend most of my non-writing time taking care of grandkids, the house, and riding my Harley.
  • : It depends on what I'm working on. A short story I just dive into and get the first draft done quickly. Then I go back after a few days and get to rewriting and editing. On a novel, I like to get some outline done first. Do a little research, if required. For Sudden Mission and the second novel (due out in March 2016), I used Joseph Campbell's Hero's Journey concepts for a framework. Mostly, but not completely. Still, after I get into the story, the characters start to determine where the story will go. When I get stuck, I like to ask, "What could possibly go wrong now?" I try to keep at the story until I'm done. I do my best to turn off the internal editor while writing. If I didn't, nothing would ever get done. Once I get the first draft done, I let it cool down for a while before going back to it. Then I start at the beginning and walk through the work until I get to the end. I get my wife to read it, then. She bleeds all over it and I go through it again. Then I see if one of my editor friends has time to give it a scan, or I'll pay for an editor.
  • : I always enjoyed reading Robert A. Heinlein, Isaac Asimov, Ray Bradbury and any number of other SF&F authors. Every time I make a list of favorite books or authors, I miss important ones, like James Blish. Or, current authors like Ryk Brown and his Frontier Saga. Sometimes, I'll read an author until his stories go stale, like Robert Jordan (Wheel of Time). But, I'll get so far I can't just stop. I love J. K. Rowling and the Harry Potter series.
  • : I've been a field worker, berry picker, farm hand, ranch hand, sailor, line grunt, journalist, editor, sports editor, photographer, managing editor, computer tech, computer support geek, trainer, instructor, curriculum developer, system engineer, system administrator, information security professional. There are a few I probably forgot. I'm now retired.
  • : I use an iPad or iPhone with the Kindle app, iBook, Nook app, and a couple other reading apps.
  • : I got to pick a cover designer working with my publisher, Booktrope. Scott Deyett is a very good graphic artist and we discussed some concepts and he put it into art. I'm no artist and could never design a cover like Scott does.
  • : I mentioned above, I try to outline some of the novel. Since I've been working on action-adventure, mostly, I use the framework done by Joseph Campbell's Hero's Journey. This helps me insure I have a character arc.
  • : I'm still finding new joys. Recently, I read a part of Sudden Mission to a group of middle school kids at a library. It was so much fun and the kids asked so many questions, I have to say this was the greatest joy, so far. Sharing the work with young minds.
  • : You can find out about my books, stories, and activities on my web site: My publisher imprint, Vox Dei Publishing ( also has information on my books.
  • : I did get a short story published recently, New Kid, in Neo-Opsis Science Fiction Magazine ( The sequel to Sudden Mission, we're using the working title Nasty Leftovers, is in edit and we have a planned release date of March 22, 2016.
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