Wednesday, 17 April 2013

Interview with A. Wayne Gill

Today author, A. Wayne Gill stops by for a chat about his legal thriller, The Runner, and his writing... 

An Interview with A. Wayne Gill


Why don’t you begin by sharing a little about yourself?
Hello, I am Wayne Gill. I am a commercial lawyer and have been for twenty years now. Also, I am a beginning author.

Can you tell us about your book, The Runner?
Certainly, The Runner is a legal thriller that in addition has a spiritual message. It is centered on a recent college graduate named Michael Knight and his quest to find himself.

Why did you decide to write this book?
I’ve always wanted to be a writer. I used to write as a child through college I was an English major. I really felt a need to convey the message of The Runner and put them down on paper.

Did anything surprise you about the process of writing your book?
The most surprising thing was the discipline needed. An author must teach themselves to carve out time and just write that was difficult for me.

What was your greatest challenge in writing The Runner?
Again, I would have to say the discipline and just the overall amount of time it took to rewrite and edit the book.

As a lawyer you are of course familiar with the legal world you portrayed in this book. How much, and what type, of research outside the legal profession did you need for your novel?
My research focused on the Christian aspect of my book. I researched the culture of churches. The main character’s father is a minister and I wanted to delve into the culture and way of life for children of a preacher. Also, the town, Ozark Falls is very small. I looked into the background of small towns.

When did you realize you wanted to write?
I was 6 years old and had entered a poetry competition at my school. I had written a poem on Martin Luther King. I ended up winning first place. The writing bug has never left me since.

Who are your writing inspirations?
Too many to name! If I had to mention a few, I would say Charles Dickens, Mark Twain, Jimmy Baldwin, Alice Walker, and Stephen King.

What do you like to do when you're not writing?
I enjoy spending time with my family. We can be on vacation or watching a movie on the couch just that quality time is priceless to me.

Are you working on another book?
Yes, currently I am finishing up the follow up to The Runner.

Author Bio:

A. Wayne Gill is the Managing Partner and CEO of the Gill Law Firm. which has offices in Florida and Georgia. throughout the United States. He currently serves on the Board of Directors of the South Florida Minority Supplier Development Council (SFMSDC), the Black Chamber of Commerce of Palm Beach County, Inc., and the Oasis Compassion Agency, which he co-founded with his wife Sharon, in 2002.
He obtained an English degree from Trinity College in Hartford Connecticut and his law degree from George Washington University in Washington DC. There, among other things, he served as a Law Clerk to the Honorable Arthur L. Burnett, Sr. of the DC Trial Court and in the Office of the Corporation Counsel for the District of Columbia, Civil Division. He is also a graduate of the Advanced Minority Executive Program at the Kellogg School of Business, Northwestern University, Evanston, Illinois.
He is a frequent speaker, moderator and author.  He’s also published articles and written Continuing Legal Education materials for the National Business Institute. His published books and e-books are available by title at his
website:  www.waynegill.com

You can also find The Runner on Amazon

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