Charlie Donlea is the best-selling author of the murder mystery and suspense novel, "Summit Lake". Read my highly recommended review of his novel here. Author Robert Dugoni hailed his novel as "a swift, outstanding debut" and we here at Eyes and Books could not agree more. Summit Lake is one of those rare ones, the kind that grabs you and never lets go.
The book trailer for his thriller can be found here.
A link for purchase of his book is at the conclusion of this interview. I said it in my review and I'll say it again... "Bottom line: Go buy this book."
1. When did you decide to be an author?
*I started writing years ago, around 2000. It wasn’t until 2008 that I landed an agent, and then another few years before we finally sold a manuscript to New York. SUMMIT LAKE was actually my fourth manuscript. The previous three were all rejected.
2. What is your personal favorite book?
*I’ve got a couple, but if I only get to choose one it has to be The Lords of Discipline by the late, great Pat Conroy. The book has a little bit of everything from a love story to suspense to a coming of age story. And the writing is top notch.
3. Do you have advice for aspiring writers?
*Yes. Don’t give up. If you sell your first manuscript, excellent. If you don’t, write another. And another. And another. It took me four manuscripts before I was published. If I had given up after any of the previous rejections, I’d be another writer who is going to publish a novel someday. The bottom line is this: more likely than not, you will find rejection before you find success. It’s just part of the game. No matter what, keep playing.
4. What authors do you enjoy reading in your free time?
*Some of my favorite authors include Pat Conroy, Nelson DeMille and John Grisham. But I love discovering new authors, as well. When I find a book by an author I’ve never read, and then I see that they written other books, I race to read them. I’ve recently discovered Allen Eskens (who offered a blurb for SUMMIT LAKE), and loved his debut THE LIFE WE BURY.
5. Do you have a favorite quote or wisdom that has stuck with you over the years?
*My favorite quote is from Stephen King’s On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft (mandatory reading for all aspiring writers), and it is this: The road to Hell is paved with adverbs. There is so much to be learned from Stephen King’s book, but I love this quote. It reminds me not to try too hard. If I have to use an adverb to get across what or why
my character is doing something, I’ve got the scene all wrong.
Charlie Donlea's next novel debuts in 2017.