Eric E. Borton served six years with Naval Intelligence in North Africa, Southern Europe, and the Middle East. As a civilian, he served thirteen years with a rescue helicopter service in Atlanta, Georgia, where he currently resides. When he isn’t working on his next novel, you can find him in Port-au-Prince, Haiti consulting for Ayiti Air Anbilans (Haiti Air Ambulance).
What’s your favourite part of the lifestyle of an Author?
Freedom. Both creative and physical. Nobody is standing over my shoulder telling me what I can or can’t create. There is no dress code and no time clock where I work. Nobody can fire me or force me to quit. The only people I answer to are my readers.
The flip side of that is, the work has to get done and it has to be good. I have no boss, but if I produce something half-assed, the market will react accordingly. I’m asking people to part with their hard earned-cash for my work. It better be worth reading.
I may not be the reason why I’m successful, but I sure as hell won’t be the reason why I’m not.
What made you start writing?
It started as way for me to cope with chaos. A way to organize thoughts about experiences I didn’t fully understand. When I finally exposed others to what I had created, it evoked an emotional response. I’ve been cultivating my craft ever since. For the record, it took several years for me to muster the courage to put myself out there to be judged by others. It was the best decision of my life.
Is there an Author that you consider your inspiration?
There are too many to list, but they are the writers who never give up. Even if their first novel bombed and critics told them to go back to their day job, they didn’t quit. They studied their craft, fought through the doubt, and kept writing. Those are the authors who inspire me.
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What type of book do you like to read and does this differ from the genre that you prefer to write?
A book has to capture my attention within the first few pages. The genre doesn’t matter to me. A good story teller should have the ability to make me care about paint drying. If you make me care about a character, I’ll follow them wherever they go.
Which one of your characters would you most like to spend time with?
None of them. I put most of them through hell in my novels. If they materialized in front of me, the first they would do is punch me in the face…a lot. If I was allowed to Skype, it would be with Henry from Without.
For an aspiring author, On Writing by Stephen King. (I can’t plug that book enough!) For an aspiring reader, Jurassic Park by Michael Crichton. It captured my imagination as a kid and hasn’t let go since.
What’s been the hardest edit that you’ve had to make? Why did you want to keep the material in?
The hardest edit I’ve ever made was putting my first manuscript in a drawer seven years ago and leaving it there. It simply wasn’t good enough and I wasn’t ready as a writer. Every once and I while I’ll pull it out and read a few chapters. It was a good decision to put it to rest. After that, there are no hard edits. Only necessary ones.
If you could live in a book, which one would it be?
I am living in a book. We all are. We wake up every morning to a blank page. It’s up to us to choose what goes on it. We may not have control of everything that happens around us, but we do control how we react to it. Everyone has a story. Everyone is a story.
If you could pick an Author to write your biography, who would it be?
E.E. Borton. He’s the only one who knows the truth.
We all know the phrase “the book is always better than the film.” Which film would you like to see remade as a book?
Seven. Directed by David Fincher based on the screenplay by Andrew Walker. Brilliant work that I would love to see detailed in a novel.
Can you sum up your life story in ten words or less?
A relentless pursuit of dreams with the inability to quit.
What’s exciting you about your next project?
That I’m almost finished! Seriously, there is no better feeling. My next novel, Without II is on my editor’s desk. I don’t always love writing, but I love finishing.
Without is my most successful book to date. I have high hopes for the sequel.
And finally, you have one quote to be remembered by, what is it?
“Never settle. Be bold. I believe there is nothing more devastating to the soul than the death of a dream. It’s so loud you can’t hear it. It’s so dark you can’t see it. It’s so painful you can’t feel it.
The only sensation left behind is weight. Unbearable weight.
You drag it behind you without realizing it’s there. You can carry it and blame everything else in the world except for the one reason why it’s still there.
Your life will slow down to the point it’s difficult getting out of bed. Excuses, critics, and opinions (even from people close to you) will fire at you from every direction and keep you pinned to your mattress. It makes more sense to stay there than to move. It hurts less to stand still.
If air is moving through your lungs and blood is pumping through your veins, you have the choice to make the death of a dream unacceptable. You can carry it and blame everything else in the world for trying to kill it except for the one reason why it’s still there.
Never give up.”
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