What made you give up a life of excitement as a businessman and become a writer?
You never know how a book will be received, but it’s been fortunate to get some very good reviews. Which makes me happy.
Tell us about your upcoming book, the first in the Last Laff series.
In KILLER ROUTINE, Comedian Channing Hayes has survived a tragic auto accident that claimed the life of his fiancee Lauren. Physically and emotionally scarred, he’s put his performing career on hold, resigned to getting laughs vicariously as co-owner of The Last Laff Comedy Club. There, he instructs Lauren’s sister Heather in the fine art of stand-up.
When Heather skips out on her set during the club’s comedy showcase, Channing searches for his AWOL protege. Heather’s ex-lovers start turning up dead, and Channing must fight to keep Heather from being the next hit in this deadly line-up.
Share with us some of the challenges and advantages of writing a series as opposed to stand-alone novels.
With a series, a lot of the work is already done. You’ve developed the main characters and you’ve mapped out the settings for many of the scenes. The challenge is keeping things fresh and avoiding the “been there, done that” syndrome. With stand-alones, you can enjoy the excitement of exploring new characters and new stories and new places. I enjoy writing—and reading—both types.
What’s the best writing advice you’ve gotten?
BICFOK. Butt In Chair, Fingers On Keyboard. If you’re a writer, then write. It’s too easy, especially nowadays with the constant call of the Internet, to get distracted. Writing a novel—or anything worthwhile—takes time. You need to be disciplined or you’ll never get anything accomplished. Get it down and then go back and edit.
All of the above snippets of advice boil down to the same thing: WRITE!
What are the addresses of your website, blog, and other online presences?
My website is: http://www.alanorloff.com/
My blog, A Million Blogging Monkeys is: http://www.alanorloff.blogspot.com/
I’m also on Facebook, Twitter, and Goodreads. Come follow and Friend me!
Thanks so much for having me today, Linda! It was a pleasure.