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Wednesday, December 2, 2009

Rudy Dunnigan

To say that author Rudy Dunnigan leads a hectic life is an understatement. Check out a glimpse of his bio below:

"A Graduate of the University of Kentucky, College of Dentistry and a practicing dentist for more than forty years, Dr. Rudy Dunnigan has been a student of the human psyche for more than five decades. Despite his hectic schedule, Rudy found time to serve his neighbors as a two-term member of the Ashland Kentucky Independent Board of Education. After this sacrifice, rather than allow Dr. Dunnigan to return to his practice, his community called upon him to serve two terms as Mayor of Ashland."

Add to this experience his recent publication of BOONE SPRINGS, I'd say Rudy's a busy man.

His book, BOONE SPRINGS, is described here:

"Take sex and drugs and a man who’ll stop at nothing to get what he wants. Mix with murder, kidnapping and rape. Stir in violence, vengeance and revenge and the result is an explosive situation that is a danger to everyone. Add a neurotic psychopath wearing a sheriff’s badge and carrying a gun plus a husband seeking to avenge the rape and murder of his wife and you’ll have Boone Springs; the provocative, often vicious, saga of a plethora of fascinating characters.
A good brother and an amoral brother. A good cop and an evil cop. Two unusual, bitter-sweet love stories. Altogether, a captivating story of good versus evil and there’s no guarantee that good will win. A page-turner of the first quality.

As for Dunnigan's inspiration and interests, his answers to my endless questions speak volumes.

1) Which 3 authors would you recommend all writers read? John Steinbeck, Robert Penn Warren and Ernest Hemingway.

2) Which authors impacted most on your writing style? Each of the above impacted my writing in some way. I have always wished to have the talent to string words together in the way that Robert Frost did.

3) What is your favorite element in your book (character, theme, setting, etc.)?I presented an opportunity to describe a much misunderstood people i.e. those living in Eastern Kentucky. Much like everyone else they are the best and the worst, but there is a charm about the area that needs to be experienced by everyone.

4) What was your favorite part of the writing process?Being almost amazed at the torrent at which the words come when the inspiration is there.

5) What about the publishing process most shocked you?The number of authors who at any given time are trying to be published. That number runs to 250,000. Query letters are vital . . . spend a lot of thought and time when writing one.

6) What advice do you wish you’d received before you started searching for a publisher?Beware of some agents and some publishers. It is so important to research the publisher/agent before you commit to them.

7) What advice would you give to writers trying to publish their first book? Write and rewrite and rewrite. Be sure that the product is your best effort before you begin to market it. When you think it's ready, have confidence in your work and be persistent. You most likely will have many, many refusals before you are successful.

Thanks to Rudy for taking the time to answer my questions!

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