AUTHOR INTERVIEW 76 – Luther Harold Guin


Luther Harold Guin 

United States of America

Age 64

For the most part, I’ve led a somewhat less than remarkable life. I was born in 1956 to a very average southern family. I have four siblings. I have two older sisters and two younger brothers. We had all the necessities that life demanded. You know. Food, clothes, shoes, a place to stay, and all the things that helped to keep us healthy. Other than those things, we lived a very simple life.

   As far as education goes, my schooling came from public education, in Louisiana. One of America’s worst states for education. If that wasn’t bad enough, I had a learning disability that proved to be a hinderance throughout my schooling years. I have attention deficit syndrome. Of course, in those days, nobody knew anything of A.D.D. I was said to “daydream too much” or to be “inattentive”. In fifth grade a school board psychologist told my parents that I would never make it past ninth grade. If it hadn’t been for my unrealistic hopes of playing in the NFL, his prediction probably would have come true.

I finished high school in Winnie, Texas. A tiny spot in the road, between Beaumont, Texas, and Houston. Almost immediately after I’d squeaked out a high school diploma, I headed back home to Louisiana where I’d spent most of my young life. I knew in my heart that I was never going to be able to gain any kind of significant employment, so I just latched onto lots of little jobs until I’d found one that sustained me until I retired, thirty-five years later. Along the way I met and married the mother of my two sons, Joshua, and Jacob. This marriage lasted for nine and a half years. Sometime between the divorce of my first wife, and my retirement, I married a woman who proved to be the love of my life. Lori.

When it was clear to me that my retirement was near, I knew that I needed to find something to do, or it wouldn’t be long before I’d eaten myself into an early grave. Before my retirement, I’d read an autobiography of a famous athlete, and this gave me an idea. I’d already tried and failed at writing a novel the conventional way, but I thought, 
what if I wrote a fictional story, but wrote it in a way that it sounded like a character in the story was writing his autobiography.  I came up with a character named Xavier Lysten, and I spent the next 18 months writing the story. It wouldn’t have taken nearly that long had it not been for my A.D.D. I published with Tate Publishing Company.  A publisher that I found online, but sadly, the book went nowhere, and Tate Publishing Company went out of business in early 2017. I republished with LULU publishing company, but I haven’t sold a single copy since signing.

In 2016, I began working on my second novel. I found out that writing about a fictional football player was a dead end, so I decided to go in a different direction. I’ve always liked science fiction, and at the same time I liked history. I decided to combine the two. The Book’s name is Big Orange Flying Dinner Plate. I wrote it in first person. In much the same manner as I’d written my first book, only this time, I put my spin on several different bits of history and I sprinkled it throughout the story. The main character is a country boy, raised in the early parts of the twentieth century, so that’s the personality I gave to him. Inasmuch, I threw in a little southern humor in different places throughout the story.

This book took me four years to write and edit to the point where I was comfortable with other people reading it. I don’t believe I am ever going to threaten anybody’s livelihood as an editor, but with the assistance of the print to speech feature of MS Word, I think I did okay.


Having only been born at the tail end of the nineteenth century, Charlie Brady had never given the slightest thought of the possibility of lifeforms from another planet visiting Earth. That is until the day when such beings physically took him right off the planet. If that wasn’t traumatizing enough, those same beings repeated that same process on several other occasions. The nagging fear that he suffered on a daily basis over the possibilities of future abductions, combined with very terrestrial concerns, sent him scurrying across the United States, in hope that neither the people who were abducting from off the planet nor his Earthly fears will catch up to him. Read how Charlie deals with all of this.

Romelia: WHAT IS A SIGNIFICANT WAY YOUR BOOK HAS CHANGED SINCE THE FIRST DRAFT?

Luther Harold Guin: First of all, I have edited over forty-four thousand words. People who I’d asked to read it for me, told me that I had several areas that were too repetitive. In the process of doing this, I took out several areas where I thought had little impact on the story. I thought these areas were well written, but they didn’t help the story.

Romelia: WHAT PERSPECTIVES OR BELIEFS HAVE YOU CHALLENGED WITH THIS WORK?

Luther Harold Guin: The story is that of a civilization of aliens who have been visiting Earth for 22,000 years. With that in mind, I had to give them a starting point. I imagined that their planet is roughly the same age as Earth, but it never had dinosaurs to dominate it for millions of years, thereby keeping more intelligent species from evolving.

Romelia: WHAT INSPIRED THE IDEA FOR YOUR BOOK?

Luther Harold Guin: I dreamed of something a little like it, but once I began writing, I just took the story to a different level.

Romelia: HOW WOULD YOU DESCRIBE YOUR BOOK’S IDEAL READER?

Luther Harold Guin: This book went in a different direction than a lot of science fiction that deals with Aliens visiting Earth. I suppose the people who would enjoy this book is anybody who wants to take and old idea, and improve it into a story that inspires imaginations.

Romelia: HOW MUCH RESEARCH DID YOU NEED TO DO FOR YOUR BOOK?

Luther Harold Guin: Because it has several different historical aspects to it, I did small amounts of research throughout the entire process. There was one part where I would have wanted something that I couldn’t find. In the last third of the book, my character was dealing with people within the Apache tribe, in New Mexico. I don’t live there, so I wanted to get some of the names right. I tried several times contacting the Mescalero reservation, but I could never get a response. I ended up giving them names like Jeremiah Redhawk. Sam Nightstars. Things like that.

Romelia: HOW IMPORTANT WAS PROFESSIONAL EDITING TO YOUR BOOK’S DEVELOPMENT?

Luther Harold Guin: Professional editing would have done wonders, but I did it all myself. It took me almost three full years before I had the story where I thought I had all the typos out and it was where I didn’t need to make anymore changes.  The text to speech feature on MS Word really helped a lot.

Romelia: WHAT WAS YOUR HARDEST SCENE TO WRITE, AND WHY?

Luther Harold Guin: There was a section where I spent a very long chapter giving the Aliens a lengthy back story. It’s very difficult to come up with a story about a civilization that is millions of years more advanced that we are.                                                            

Romelia: WHAT CHARACTERS IN YOUR BOOK ARE MOST SIMILAR TO YOU OR TO PEOPLE YOU KNOW?

Luther Harold Guin: Nobody. There are areas where I used names of people who I know, but that’s where the similarities ended.

Romelia: HOW LONG DID IT TAKE YOU TO WRITE THIS BOOK?

Luther Harold Guin: Three years and eleven months. That includes editing.

Romelia: HOW DID YOU COME UP WITH THE TITLE FOR YOUR BOOK?  

Luther Harold Guin: My main Character is named Charles Brady. He was born in 1899, and he’d never imagined the possibility of beings from other planets. The first time he saw the alien space craft he thought it looked like a big orange flying dinner plate. That was what he called it. Thusly, that was what I called the book.

Romelia: WOULD YOU AND YOUR MAIN CHARACTER GET ALONG?

Luther Harold Guin: Maybe. I never gave it much thought. We’re from two different eras. It’s difficult to say if our personalities would mesh.

Romelia: IF YOU COULD MEET YOUR CHARACTERS, WHAT WOULD YOU SAY TO THEM?

Luther Harold Guin: How do you talk to somebody from a different era who is being abducted by being from a distance part of our galaxy? I would probably have a lot of questions, and I suppose these people would ask questions as well.

Romelia: WHAT IS YOUR WRITING PROCESS LIKE? ARE YOU MORE OF A PLOTTER OR A PANTSER?

Luther Harold Guin: I knew the story to a certain degree, but there was a point where I began making it up as I go. At one point the story was beginning to get long and I wasn’t sure how I was going to end it. It was at this point where I had to start planning an ending. So, I guess I am equally, a plotter, and a pantser.

Romelia: WHAT DO YOU NEED IN YOUR WRITING SPACE TO HELP YOU STAY FOCUSED?

Luther Harold Guin: I am in a dark room, with only a desk lamp.

Romelia: IF YOU WERE TO WRITE A SPIN-OFF ABOUT A SIDE CHARACTER, WHICH WOULD YOU PICK?

Luther Harold Guin: I believe I would use Charlene, Charlies Daughter. In the last chapter, Charlie finds out that she was abducted in order to convince her that Charlie was indeed telling her the truth about his abductions. We find out that Charlie had once again became missing. Charlene may want to find out what happened to him.  

Romelia: IF YOU COULD SPEND A DAY WITH ANOTHER POPULAR AUTHOR, WHOM WOULD YOU CHOOSE?

Luther Harold Guin: James Patterson. I’m amazed how many books this man can pump out over a year.

Romelia: WHAT IS YOUR SCHEDULE LIKE WHEN YOU’RE WRITING A BOOK?  

Luther Harold Guin: No set schedule. I just want to write for a minimum, five hours per day.

Romelia: HAVE YOU EVER TRAVELED AS RESEARCH FOR YOUR BOOK?

Luther Harold Guin: No.

Romelia: WHAT’S YOUR FAVORITE WRITING SNACK OR DRINK?

Luther Harold Guin: A bottle of water.

Romelia: HOW DO YOU CELEBRATE WHEN YOU FINISH YOUR BOOK?

Luther Harold Guin: I don’t celebrate. I have one other book that was an absolute disappointment. If my newest book does well, then I will celebrate. Probably go out to eat.

Romelia: WHAT RISKS HAVE YOU TAKEN WITH YOUR WRITING THAT HAVE PAID OFF?    

Luther Harold Guin: Ha! 

Romelia: WHEN WAS THE LAST TIME YOU GOOGLED YOURSELF AND WHAT DID YOU FIND?

Luther Harold Guin: Google doesn’t have anything that surprised me. Just me as an Author of my first book. XL7 – The Story of Xavier Lysten.

Romelia: WHAT IS YOUR KRYPTONITE AS A WRITER?

Luther Harold Guin: I’m a little lazy.

Romelia: TELL US SOMETHING FUNNY FROM YOUR ADULT LIFE.  

Luther Harold Guin: I am a big fan of humor, but I can’t think of anything about my adult life that one might consider humorous. I have a flat ass. Is that funny?

Romelia: describe yourself in a few sentences. Tell us something we do not know about you and something you hate about the world.

Luther Harold Guin: A couple of years ago, my oldest son stopped talking to me and refused to tell me why. He’s recently gotten married and surprisingly invited me to his wedding. We’re talking now, but I have never again asked him why he stopped speaking to me.

The thing I hate about the world is people hating people because that person looks on the world differently that others. To me, this is just as bad as racism.

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