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Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Welcome C.M. Halstead to "An Author Speaks"!

C.M. Halstead is product of 40 plus years of travel and exploration; a childhood as an Air Force brat and service in the Marine Corps changed him forever. He managed 84 people, negotiated multi-million dollar contracts, drove Jeeps professionally — usually at crazy angles and locales. An astute believer in adventure, he is now doing the craziest thing ever, pursuing his passion full out and becoming an accomplished author. Ready or not, here he comes!

Are you ready to join in as he takes you on one wild ride after another? Free your mind to worlds that may or may not be reality and let your imagination
be ignited by C.M. Halstead. 

What five words describe you?

 Tenacious, outdoorsy, reclusive, kind, thinker

What are you working on at the minute? What is it about?

I am working on three books: 

I am entering the final editing stage on ‘Kangal’, Book two of 'The Tripper Series’, which is scheduled to release in September 2015, Book cover design by Wisdom House Books has begun as well. They designed an awesome cover for book one, which made it a no-brainer to utilize them again. Book two of the series has the team taking a double “tram ride” all the way back to 1917, where they help to prove everything is not as it seems.

I am in the outline stage of a book called, ‘How to refurbish your life’. I am combining my passion for making old things new (Our company, TLC Agents LLC refurbishes old furniture and turns it into art and other useful creations. We are currently in the process of turning a 1980 school bus into a tiny home to travel the national parks, and book tour in). The book is our story of survival and creating a NEW American dream, free of the requirement of debt. How we left our “corporate jobs” and stopped building their dream empires and are now creating our own dream version of our empire. The book lays out the steps that we took to free ourselves, how we met, and how we got to the crossroads to choose our own path.

The third book I wrote last year 'Earned Innocence' (last year I wrote my first 3 novels ever! It’s amazing what happens when I get out of my own way) is a cathartic piece about a young man of 17 joining the Marine Corps, experiencing the mental strengthening of training, followed by the atrocities of war. After his military service he finds it hard to come all the way home and choses instead to live in the wilds of the America’s western forests. It takes an angel’s influence to encourage him to face a demon that prevents his hero’s journey to come to an end. This novel is written in the classic “Hero’s Journey” style. The entire rough draft of this book was written during NaNoWriMo of 2014, currently in its rough draft stages, I will return to working on it, once ‘Kangal’ enters the design and layout faze of self-publishing. ‘Earned Innocence’ is schedules for release in January 2016.

Which actor/actress would you like to see playing the lead character from your
most recent book?

There are seven main characters in ‘Trip Walk’ book one of The Tripper Series, all are equally important, but for the sake of brevity in your blog you can focus on Grey.

Grey (team leader):  Liam Neeson or Dwayne Johnson (if he was about half his current size)
Rosa:   Michelle Rodriquez
Charles:  Tom Hardy
Miokel:  Mahesh Jadu
June:  Christina Hendricks
John:  Chris Pratt
Mackenzie:  Alexa Davalos

 If you could have been the original author of any book, what
would it have been and why?
Interesting question. I mostly want to write my own! For the sake of the question…let’s go with a book called ‘Neuromancer’ written by William Gibson. Solely because I would own the movie rights and turn this into a movie ASAP!

What is the hardest thing about writing?
Creating the space to do it! I need a writer’s cave, a place of solace un-disturbed by “real life” so I can live in the worlds of the characters whose stories I am telling.

Any tips on how to get through the dreaded writers block?

I have a couple great blog articles about that very thing: 


  Where would your dream location be for writing?

Four seasonal locations: Sedona AZ, a beach cabin in Bali, Glacier National Park, Kentucky or Upstate NY for fall leaf change.

When creating characters, are they based on people in your life?

A lot of the personality details come from people in my life. The antidotal parts of their characters, the jokes and the human characteristics. Even the “bad guys” are from people in my life, albeit sometimes the complete opposite characteristics (what would Joe do in this situation? When then the evil guy would do the opposite…).

Do you read your reviews? Do you respond to them, good or bad? Do you have any advice on how to deal with the bad?
I don’t read my reviews unless someone in my inner circle sends me a specific one to read. The phrase “What other people think of me is none of my business” comes to mind. 

If you couldn't be a writer, what would you be?

Everything else I have been: Manager, Negotiator, U.S. Marine, Farmhand, Purchasing agent, Golf Course Ass’t Superintendent, Outdoor Guide, grocery bagger, Landscaper, Warehouse Supervisor,…I’m pretty sure there are about 10 more things on this list!

 What would you tell your younger self that would have helped you
in your writing career?

Get the hell out of your own way and pursue your dreams now!!!

Where can we buy your work?

How can we keep up with you?

Twitter:   @CM_Halstead
Instagram: CM_HALSTEAD

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