Wes Britton has spent 20 years in Texas, the rest of his 60 plus years in Harrisburg. For 33 years, he was a professor of English at a number of colleges in Texas, Oklahoma, and Harrisburg, PA. He has published tons of encyclopedia articles, book reviews, essays, for non-fiction books on espionage, and six novels and short stories set in his Beta-Earth universe. He is now a widower living in retirement in Harrisburg.
What inspires you to write?
What doesn't? There are so many ideas and images popping up and flying by every day. History is very inspiring, unique perspectives are as well.
Tell us about your writing process.
The process happens very differently, depending on the project. When I write non-fiction, the research comes first and I pile up and pile up the material before making it readable. For fiction, well, I had my first books mapped out in my mind before I ever set finger to keyboard. The subsequent books just came out of nowhere.
My characters created themselves, I'm happy to say. I revised and revised and revised and wish I'd have revised some more. Add, cut, add, cut, cut, cut.
For Fiction Writers: Do you listen (or talk to) to your characters?
I listen to my characters but don't talk to them much that I can remember. I like when they surprise me which they frequently do. I often have no idea where they're going which I think is a good thing.
Who are your favorite authors?
Too many to list. I'll say Mark Twain as I spent about 15 years of my life as a Mark Twain scholar. Frank Herbert. Chaucer, Shakespeare, Milton. Well, I do have a doctorate in literature. Hawthorne, Poe. Langston Hughes. Charles Bukowski. Douglas Adams.
How did you decide how to publish your books?
My first 3 books were picked up by Praeger Pub. after so many others turned down my first book, Spy Television. As Praeger prices their books for libraries, I went with BearManor Media for my fourth book, The Encyclopedia of TV Spies, so it would be priced for general readers. I went with BMM for my first six novels although I wish I had gone a different direction as BearManor excels at non-fiction, not so fiction. That's why I went Indy with Alpha Tales 2044, the 7th book in the Beta-Earth Chronicles.
What do you think about the future of book publishing?
So much to worry about. So many books come out every day since publishing is so easy anymore that even the best books can be drowned in the relentless avalanches of new titles. Very democratic thesedays but so much unedited wild stuff drowns the market.
What genres do you write?
Used to be scholarly, then non-fiction, then poetry, then sci-fi, for lack of a better term. I don't easily fit the usual sci-fi molds. These days, I do a lot of mystery and some horror and espionage mixed into my Beta-Earth stories.
What formats are your books in?
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