What’s your name (or pen name) and where are you from?
Ty Unglebower. I’ve lived in Maryland my whole life.
How long have you been writing? How did you start?
I’ve been writing in some fashion since at least high school, but I started fiction writing on a regular basis about ten years ago or so.
Who are some of your influences?
I’m influenced by the reading experience more than a specific author. I can say I’ve read more than one book by folks like Steve Berry and Louis Bayard.
What is your book about?
U.S. President James Garfield is dying from an assassins bullet. On his death bed he is recruited from a sort of afterlife to help retrieve souls of the departed that have been stolen. He accepts this offer as he dies, and the novel tells of his experience there.
Where did you get the idea?
Garfield was a fascinating man in life, known today mostly for having been murdered. I wanted some version of Garfield to have a chance to serve, even though he was cut short as president.
How long did it take you to finish it?
I worked about 18 months on this novel.
Is this your first book, or have you written more than one?
This is my 4th novel. I’ve also written several volumes of short stories, and a volume of essays. All are still available.
We all like to write about people we know, even if we never name them. Who are some people who inspired characters or situations?
A main character, Theodore, shares some mannerisms with an actor I worked with briefly in college. The character is not a copy of this man, but I borrowed certain flourishes.
What’s your favorite scene in the book?
It’s difficult to pick a favorite from one’s own creations. I can say that I am particularly proud of some of the brief quasi-flashbacks I employed, depicting moments from Garfield’s “real” life.
What’s the best piece of writing advice you ever got?
Get the first draft done without editing for quality or even accuracy. You can’t fix what doesn’t exist. Write the draft, don’t look beyond the page you are on, and come back only when you are finished to start perfecting it. The Nanowrimo credo. Changed my approach to novels forever.
What’s the worst?
Anything along the lines of, “If you can imagine doing anything in you free time other than writing, you’re not a writer. Do something else. Writing requires everything you have.”
Where can we buy your book?
There Is Pain Here is available for all major e-readers. Ty Unglebower is a life long Marylander. He is a freelance writer, an author, a stage actor and unabashed introvert. He doesn’t actually enjoy coffee.