Tell us about yourself and your books.:
Dr. Wesley Britton spent 33 years teaching college English in Texas, Oklahoma, and Pennnsylvania. He began publishing scholarly articles in the 1980's and then published essays, articles, reviews and then poetry before publishing his first four non-fiction books on espionage in films, literature, and television. Startin in 2015, his Beta-Earth Chronicles began with The Blind Alien and its, so far, seven sequels and ongoing short story series.
For seven years, he was co-host of online radio's "Dave White Presents."A lifetime lover of rock 'n roll, he spends many hours on his electronic drum set. He is now single, living in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania.
For the Beta-Earth Chronicles, I dreamt up the first four books before putting a finger to the keyboard. Then, book by book, I started building updrafts, introducing the characters, created a unique "Beta-speak" dialect , and revised, revised, revised, cut, cut, cut. Wish I had revised more. Oh, while I took readers to an alternate earth, a lot of research was involved mostly to try to keep the science credible. There are seven books for the BEC chronicles.
Subsequent books were created after the main storyline had run its course. I created a new cast of characters spun off from the first series. Then, I decided to work on short stories connected to both Beta-Earth and our planet in the future after the effects of global warming and weaponized plagues. That's how Alpha Tales 2044 was born.
More shorts stories are available on Amazon, but will soon be published into two new collections.
Do you have any unusual writing habits?
For non-fiction, I research, research, research and pile up the data until I begin turning all the details into a readable form.
try to have a story already in my mind before trying to write anything. As most of my characters get established early in each series, I just let them to their own thing, bringing in new elements that fit the situation they're in.
What authors have influenced you?
Well, I spent over a decade of my life as a Mark Twain scholar. I got a Ph.d in American lit, so let's add Hawthorne, Poe and most writers of the 19th century. Frank Herbert, Ann Rice, Douglas Adams . . . on and on. A bottomless list–
Do you have any advice for new authors?
Get off of Facebook and social media and write.
Realize not everything you write needs to be read by an outside audience. Sometimes you got to write things down as personal therapy.
Be careful in your choice of publishers. I made a mistep there.
What is the best advice you have ever heard?
Just to write. Not to worry about reviews and such, just keep writing and getting my books out there.
What are you reading now?
Mostly, new authors with books I'm reviewing for BookPleasures.com. Have a ton of books I'd love to get to when I get time. When I get the time? Ah ha–
What’s your biggest weakness?
I'm a creative writer so, sometimes I get a little bit carried away with descriptions and such but my editor and manager, put me back on the right track.
What is your favorite book of all time?
I've read so many, that's a hard one. I can't answer.
What has inspired you and your writing style?
Reading. People. Relationships. Surprising images, characters, and situations that pop up in my brain from out of nowhere.
What are you working on now?
I'm currently putting together two new short story collections as part of the Beta and Alpha Earth chronicles.
What is your method for promoting your work?
As I'm blind, I have a manager that does my marketing and promotion and so much more for me. I've been working with Karina Kantas from Author Assist for over four years and, even though I have tried other PA's, I'm extremely happy with what she has done and does for me.
What’s next for you as a writer?
I'm working on some non-fiction. Writing about my college years and going blind.
How well do you work under pressure?
I have no deadlines and don't give myself any either. I write when I feel ready to write.
How do you decide what tone to use with a particular piece of writing?
With my BEC characters, I try to give them their own tone and dialect.
Also, it depends on what genre and topic I'm writing about
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