Tell us about yourself and how many books you have written.
william l. mansfield; was born in New York City during a winter blizzard. He was raised under the sunshine of Southern California beaches. As an educator and author, he has been teaching classes in various real estate topics for 25-years. He is a recognized authority on the subject with more than 40-years of experience in the real estate industry.
Mr. Mansfield currently teaches real estate appraisal at various community colleges throughout Southern California. He has published a textbook on the practice of real estate brokerage, California Real Estate Practice (ISBN:0-13-121187-0). He has also authored several e-books: a real estate primer, a hands-on guide for new licensees and veterans needing a jumpstart; a real estate appraisal guide and now seven books in the Alex Wright Mystery Series
What is the name of your latest book and what inspired it?
"They Died So Young" is the story of Alex Wright's parents. They died fifteen years before the beginning of the series of stories about Alex Wright's adventures. Ever since the series began I have been asked about his childhood and the premature death of his parents. While continuing to show the changes that constantly affect Alex's life today, through the analysis of the cold case that is his parents deaths, Alex learns more than he probably may want about how they lived their lives.
Do you have any unusual writing habits?
Probably not; once I have settled on a general plot, I sketch the threads of the story and then begin writing. As the story unfolds, details arise and sub-plots appear. I attempt to complete the first draft with as little editing as possible – just keeping the flow of the story moving from my mind to the page. Then I begin fine tuning and once I have a story worth looking at, I show it to a number of people who have been reading the series since it began. Eventually a manuscript is reading for publication. The process takes about six months from when I have settled on the story line until it is available to the public.
What authors, or books have influenced you?
The author and character to which I am most indebted would be Stuart Woods and his NY lawyer, Stone Barrington.
What are you working on now?
The eighth story in the Alex Wright series is in the early stages of story development. It will involve terrorists and the paranoid mishandling of Muslims within our borders.
What is your best method or website when it comes to promoting your books?
I keep trying more sites. Ultimately it is a matter of reaching a large enough audience and developing a following who will read earlier stories and recommend the books to friends.
Do you have any advice for new authors?
Keep writing. The process requires repetition and working through uninspired times. Life gets in the way, and other aspects such as promotion are constant distractions. You need to need to get passed them.
What is the best advice you have ever heard?
Do not get discouraged. Write because you enjoy it. Once you have sufficient books written, a following will occur.
What are you reading now?
Anderson Coopers story, "Dispatches from the Edge".
What’s next for you as a writer?
More of the same
What is your favorite book of all time?
Too many for various reasons.
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