BOOKS, BOOKS, THE MAGICAL FRUIT
Monday, June 20, 2011
Guest Interview - Hans Becker's Family by Ralph S. Souders
As the maid walked to the center of the room, she noticed that everything in the room was organized and in its proper place. At first glance, the bed appeared to be very neat and the maid expected to find that it had already been made.
However, she quickly realized that this was not the situation, as a young man was lying in it beneath the bedspread with his head resting comfortably on a pillow. His hair was smooth and in place.
As the maid approached him more closely, a very uneasy feeling came over her, and she got a very tight knot in the pit of her stomach. Her immediate impulse was to rush from the room and to call the housekeeping manager, but the man was young, probably not yet twenty. She felt almost a mother's concern for him.
Against her better judgement, the maid reached out to him and touched the small area of his bare shoulder that was not covered by the sheet. The maid's suspicion was confirmed. The shoulder was cold. The man was dead.
Describe your book in five words or less.
Unique plot, never before published
How did the ideas for your books come to you?
When doing yard work, I have lots of time to think about many things. Sometimes, a creative idea comes to mind and I am able to develop it into a story.
What is the hardest part of writing for you? What's the easiest?
The hardest part is making sure that the dialog is natural sounding. Sometimes, it is difficult for the characters to have a detailed conversation without sounding artificial. The easiest part is beginning a new chapter because at this time, I usually have a very clear idea as to where I want to go with the story. It's then a matter of taking it there.
What's next for you? Are you currently working on or have plans for future projects?
I have completed a second novel titled, Lost in the Water. I am working on the rough draft of a third novel, still untitled, that is probably about 50% completed.
Why did you choose to write for specific genre?
I have a very conservative personality. When I write a suspense thriller, I am able to use my imagination and reach far beyond myself to write about situations that I will never experience in my own personal life.
What's it like hearing that readers are eagerly awaiting your book's release date?
It's unbelievably flattering. It makes me want to write the best story possible so as not to disappoint whoever might eventually be reading it.
What is one question that you've always wanted to be asked in an interview? How would you answer that question?
Why did I wait so long to begin writing? My answer is that I really don't know and now I regret that I did. So much time was wasted. I try to accept the old adage that it's better late than never.
What was your road to publication like?
It had its share of disappointments. I sent out a number of queries that included a short letter and the first 30 pages of the book. Most publishers never responded but a couple requested that I send them the remainder of the book. This indicated to me that my story was generating some interest and this gave me the encouragement that I needed.
Ralph was born in Chicago and grew up in suburban Riverside. He is a graduate of St. Joseph High School and the University of Central Florida where he attained a BA of Science in Business Administration.
Since college, he has worked in marketing and sales positions within the electronics industry, primarily for German manufacturers. Today, he is the managing partner in his own business, and travels to Germany on a regular basis.
He is married and has one daughter, a college student. Ralph and his family have resided in the Chicago area for the past twenty three years.