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Meet this fantastic author in the focused Creative Spotlight on Author G. S. Gerry! Have you read any of his books or maybe something similar? Let me know in the comments.
Creative Spotlight on Author G. S. Gerry
Tell our readers briefly about yourself.
G. S. Gerry is a 9x award-winning author. He is a father of 5, Navy veteran, cybersecurity expert, and tattoo enthusiast. He is a visionary storyteller, writing wrongs along the way. Gerry grew up in the world of books working for his father's book bindery business when he was just a child. Little did he know the literary universe had something more in store for his life.
As is the G. S. Gerry tradition, everything in his life seems to happen in the most non-traditional ways. He experienced 16 & pregnant before it became popular, while overcoming obstacle after calamity after hilarious situation in his short time on the earth.
There’s an old saying “plant a tree, have a child, and write a book.” G. S. Gerry’s award-winning debut novel Meth Murder & Amazon checks one off the list, with an unforgettable comedic journey of a lifetime. But, he is taking recommendations on trees to plant.
G. S. Gerry’s creations offer an escape from life’s harsh realities by providing a hilarious perspective in turning lemons into lemonade. Constructing a world where the unbelievable seems made up and yet, oddly relatable. Gerry’s hilarious approach towards life, laughter and entertainment bridges comedy and originality with memorable creations, leaving no stone unturned to help others laugh their way to a better today.
Can you tell us about your most recent release? Album? Song? Art piece? Etc.?
I have a new book releasing on September 22nd, 2023, titled "Hysterical Hangouts with The Hindlegs". What happens when families stop being polite and start being real?
In a world where reality is stranger than fiction, Viktor Sniperbone’s inspired idea takes you on a hilarious wild ride filled with near-death antics, secrets, and the crazy dynamics of one unforgettable family.
Meet Viktor Sniperbone, a guy who seems to have it all — youth, good health, independence, and a promising future. But something’s missing. When he meets Mandi Hindleg, the woman of his dreams, his life takes an unexpected turn.
They’ve only been dating for six months, and yet Viktor is convinced she’s “the one”. The only hurdle? Meeting Mandi’s quirky family, the Hindlegs.
Viktor then hatches a crazy plan to secretly film the Hindleg family, capturing their real-life drama like you’ve never seen before. Get ready for an uncut, authentic reality show that will redefine the literary game and leave an indelible mark.
As family members shed their polite facades and embrace their true selves, hilarity ensues and a wild rollercoaster of events awaits. Experience the erratic highs and lows, the stomach-aching laughter, as Viktor navigates the Hindlegs’ very own unpredictable make-shift reality TV show.
Will his audacious endeavor lead to discovery, chaos, or a revelation that changes everything? Step into a realm where reality blurs with entertainment as you immerse yourself in “Hysterical Hangouts with The Hindlegs” — award-winning author G. S. Gerry’s groundbreaking concept — and embrace a wild ride of madness, fast-paced comedy, and jaw-dropping revelations.
What inspires you?
God, family, and being the most unique me I can be.
What is your creative work routine like? Do you balance it with another job?
My creative routine is different than most. I write the entire first draft of my books on my cell phone. They say, "be close to the data" and there's no way to be closer than having the data in the palm of your hands.
Writing is something I do in my spare time. I have a full time job as a Cybersecurity and Payment Security expert.
Do you plan out your creations? What is your creative process like?
My creative process revolves around creating unique experiences for the readers. When I decide to write a new book, I think about ideas or concepts that haven't been tried before. Part of that creative process is finding way to relate to the readers and draw them into a story they've never read before. I like to engage the readers using all five of the senses: taste, touch, smell, sound and sight.
My first book, 'Meth Murder & Amazon' is a true life roller coaster experience. My second book, 'Hysterical Hangouts with The Hindlegs' is a true life reality TV show.
Do you have a self-care routine, or do you want to have one? What do you do or wish that you did to take care of your mental health?
I enjoy working out with my sons and wife, as well as spending time with the entire family watching movies and TV shows.
What is your favorite creation thus far?
My favorite creation thus far is 'Hysterical Hangouts with The Hindlegs'. The idea of attempting to create a reality TV show within a book is a very innovative concept. There are few, if any, true reality shows in literary form.
Do you have a character that is your favorite over others you've written into creation?
My favorite character is Commodore Ateoff Hindleg from 'Hysterical Hangouts with The Hindlegs'. He plays on the stereotype of being a super imposing father figure. The first interaction between Viktor Sniperbone and The Commodore, The Commodore has an array of guns and ammunition as well as a blood covered machete scattered on the kitchen table attempting to intimidate the young man.
I have 2 daughters myself, and I can only imagine how I might react to them bringing home a boyfriend for the first time.
Are there any recurring themes in your work?
Yes, I use a lot of humor and satire in my creations. Humor is an incredible bridge between people and can brighten even the darkest of moods. Humor knows no bounds and there is a reason that they say, "laughter is the best medicine."
I also like to use family themes and dynamics in my books. Whether that is a family trying to sell their home or a reality show centered on meeting the family for the first time. Family is an amazing thing. It's both good and bad. Uplifting and infuriating. There are so many dynamics at play within the family and it leads to great stories about those conflicting dynamics.
What does success look like to you, considering your creative passion?
Defining success is imperative for any author. Success for me is all about the experience. When I get a review that highlights the reader's experience and commentary on my writing style then I feel the work has been successful. Awards are also another metric of success. A number of writing competitions are looking for something unique that offers a fresh or exciting new perspective. When an unbiased 3rd party resonates with my work and leads to an award that equals success in my book.
What has been one of the biggest lessons you've learned since starting this journey? Marketing, marketing, MARKETING! When I first started this journey, I didn't realize how imperative marketing was. Writing the book is one thing, but marketing it is a whole different animal. You are competing against 1 million+ new books every year. How do you stand out? What makes your story different? Why should readers take a chance on your books?
Without marketing, no one is going to know about or be able to find your works.
What advice would you share with new or aspiring authors/singers/artists/etc?
Be unique and write what you know. Mark Twain hit on this by his famous quote, "write what you know!" And it's absolutely true. If you're funny, then be funny. But just as important, if you aren't funny then don't try to be funny. The readers are going to resonate with passion and uniqueness. Don't write the same old stories, with the same old plots that have been told 100 times before. Come up with something new, something fresh!
Where do you get your ideas for world-building?
My ideas for creating my books and the stories are based on my real life experiences. I like to take experiences from my own life and use them to transform my writing into something relatable for the readers.
My first book, 'Meth Murder & Amazon' is about a house sale gone terribly wrong! Millions of people buy and sell homes every year and there are some that have had some awful experiences. Myself included. So, I set out to shed light on the modern evils of real estate.
My second book, 'Hysterical Hangouts with The Hindlegs' is about the time-honored tradition of meeting your significant other, falling in love and then meeting the family. The journey I take the readers on is through the lens of a reality show. Meeting the family is always stressful, but what happens when families stop being polite and start being real?
What genre do you prefer to read?
I enjoy humor/comedy and mystery. I'm a big fan of C. S. Lewis as well and after reading some of his books as I've gotten a little bit older I've learned that we have a similar writing style. C. S. Lewis uses run-on sentences randomly, which is what I like to do from time to time.
What hobbies do you have?
My hobbies involve spending as much time with my kids and my family as possible. We love to watch movies and TV shows together. We also try and stay healthy by working out together. We take family walks together as well as go hiking and enjoying time on the family river.
I'm also into sports. I enjoy playing golf, watching football, fishing, and basketball.
Do you have any outside experiences that influenced your work?
Yes, I am one of the world's most unexpected writers. I never thought about writing a book and I was always the kid in school that watched movies to write their book reports.
However, in 2020 I had a situation at work that led me on this journey of being an award-winning author. At work, I do a lot of technical report writing with reports ranging from 300 pages to upwards of 1,000 pages. I had a customer call me one day and tell me that the report they received was completely plagiarized form the prior year. After digging into the issue further, I realized this was 100% true. The report in question was 450 pages and I had to correct all the problems. It took me two and a half months to correct all the issues and the report grew from 450 pages to 750 pages! When I was finished, it felt like I had just written novel. And thus, author G. S. Gerry was born.
Where can our viewers/readers/listeners find you and your work?
You can find my works, social channels, blogs, free recipes, and more at https://gsgerry.com.