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Walter Conner is a native Californian who still resides in Southern California with his wife of more than forty years.  He retired in 2008 following a lifelong career in the printing industry during which he worked progressively in all aspects, starting in prepress while in college, then in sales following his discharge from the Army in 1968, and finally to management in 1979.

Book One of the Wisdom Chronicles, Wizard of Wisdom, was published by Double Dragon e-books in June, 2011.

Interview with Walter Conner 

If you could be any character in fiction, who would you be?

Vince Flynn's Mitch Rapp. He’s one bad ass! In other words, he’s everything I’m not, but kinda wish I could be ... without really wanting to be ... if you know what I mean.

Name a book that you'd blush to be seen reading on the bus.

The Damnation of Antoinette D’Acier, an erotic romance novel I wrote which was published by Carnal Desires Publishing under the nom de plume, Walter Cie. I wrote it specifically to push the limits of my writing comfort level after I finished the first draft of “Wizard of Wisdom”, and, boy, did I push it! (My family darned near disowned me because of my “smut book”.)

Do you ever write while intoxicated?

Intoxicated with life, perhaps, but not with alcohol or recreational drugs because I no longer use them. (Never did drugs, but sure abused alcohol. Not good! Quit that stuff over twenty years ago.)

If you had a book club, what would it be reading and why?

Well, duh, my Wisdom Chronicle series. What else? Okay, the truth (for a change) is that I’m kinda not into book clubs and such. If I were, we’d focus on Vince Flynn-type action stuff, which I love, and on epic fantasy. I’ve never been the type to deconstruct stories for intellectual exercise. If I enjoy it as I read it, that’s enough for me.

What is a typical writing day like for you? Do you have a work set schedule? What are your surroundings?

There’s not really a “typical” writing day for me, although I almost never write during the first part of the day (i.e. before mid-afternoon). I do most of my writing in the later evening and late night. I’ve done virtually all my writing on a laptop. I’m not really all that comfortable sitting at a desk typing, so I made myself a little laptop “table-board” with built-in cooling fans and wide enough for a mouse. I like to be relaxed while I’m writing, so I sit on the couch with my feet up on the coffee table and the board with the laptop sitting across my legs. I do now have the luxury of being able to write when it’s convenient for me since I retired from my position in the printing industry in August of 2008.

What is the greatest challenge you have had to overcome in your writing career?

My fear of having someone actually read, and therefore judge, what I wrote. Really hard to get something published if you don’t send it to a publisher, you know. There’s an exchange in Chariots of Fire in which Harold Abrahams says, “If I can’t win, I won’t run.” And Sybil Gordon responds, “If you won’t run, you can’t win.” I finally decided I had to figuratively run if I wanted to get published. Fortunately, I believed enough in “Wizard of Wisdom” that with each rejection of the manuscript, I took another look at it, then another and another and another until, finally, it had been tweaked and massaged enough that it was accepted by Double Dragon Publishing.

Do you base characters on real people you have known?

Not in the Wisdom Chronicles series in which all the characters are constructed from whole cloth. Certainly their characteristics, strengths and weaknesses are drawn from observations of life and my own experiences, but modeled on particular people I know? No.

What are some of your favorite books from your childhood?

Even though our mother read to us starting when we were very young, I wasn’t much of a reader until I got out of my teens. The truth is that I was actually quite a poor reader until about the 5th grade when I realized I needed to be able to read to enjoy the comic books that were my primary source of literature at that point in my life. It wasn’t until I was in my early twenties that I realized I was reading much more quickly and with better comprehension than other people. Not surprisingly, that’s when I really started to gobble up the books. Probably the break-out book for me was the autobiographical “A Death in the Family” by James Agee which I read in my first year of college. I had never read such an intense book written from such an unusual point of view and it very much changed the way I regarded literature generally.

Do you find it difficult to sit down and write for weeks, months, or years on the same book?

Of course it’s difficult, but totally rewarding when you can work your way out of dead ends and assorted writer’s blocks. I’ve been working on Book Four of the Wisdom Chronicles series for over a year already. I ran into an enormous writer’s block about 30,000 words into it, and struggled to get past that point for just about a year. It was only recently that I stumbled into a satisfactory resolution to the road block that had stymied me. Now I’m off and running once again and most pleased with the resolution which only required a few minor rewrites to earlier parts of the story to make work.

Do you have more books planned for The Wizard Chronicles series?

Yes indeed. Books One and Two are already published, of course (Wizard of Wisdom and Princess of Wisdom), and Book Three (Children of Wisdom) has already been edited, but I don’t yet know its planned release date.

As indicated above, Book Four (Kingdom of Wisdom) is currently under construction, and Book Five, (Origin of Wisdom – A Prequel) already has major plot points determined for it. (Even though the story predates the events in Book One, it will be necessary to have read at least the first three books to tie together all the elements that will appear in the prequel.)

I have several possible additional titles, but no story to go with them yet. That’s all so far in the future, however, that I hesitate to even conjecture if they’ll ever get past the dreams and promises title stage.

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Children Of Wisdom - Wisdom Chronicles - Book Three PDF (Adobe DRM) download by Walter C. Conner
Children Of Wisdom - Wisdom Chronicles - Book Three
Walter C. Conner
Double Dragon Publishing, June 2012
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Princess Of Wisdom: Wisdom Chronicles - Book 2 PDF (Adobe DRM) download by Walter C. Conner
Princess Of Wisdom: Wisdom Chronicles - Book 2
Walter C. Conner
Double Dragon Publishing, February 2012
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Wizard Of Wisdom - Wisdom Chronicles - Book One PDF (Adobe DRM) download by Walter C. Conner
Wizard Of Wisdom - Wisdom Chronicles - Book One
Walter C. Conner
Double Dragon Publishing, June 2011
ISBN: 9781554048427
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