Find The Wind's Eye-A Political, Historical Thriller

I had the pleasure of working with this gifted writer as he led a writer's group to which I belonged. His talent, wisdom and experience helped guide our group and set an example of professionalism and excellence. Mr. Fletcher's incredible attention to detail and ability to flesh out the holes in history with high drama, and thrilling action sets him apart from other writers in his genre. This book would make a great Father's Day gift or summer read for those of us who love a rousing sea-story and a historical, political thriller all wrapped up into one great novel! Let me introduce you to: Alton Fletcher...

Interview Q&A:

When did you first realize you wanted to be a writer?

I have always been a reader who enjoys the written word and marvels at the ability of a good writer to imagine and create a world in which the characters come to life. In high school, I began writing poetry, because I had no idea how to write a novel, and because I saw the power of poetry to express thoughts and emotions in very few words. One of my English teachers encouraged me to submit some poetry to our high school literary journal. When, to my surprise, two of my poems were accepted and published, I thought perhaps it might be something to pursue at some point. At the time, I aspired to be an architect. After graduation and a year of college, however, it was made very clear to me that I wasn’t cut out to be an engineer. I began to rethink my goals and decided to further develop my nascent writing skills. I transferred to a different college and changed my major to English Literature. I’ve been a writer ever since.

How long does it take you to write a book?

It took about a year of fulltime effort to complete the first draft of my novel. About a quarter of that time was devoted to research. Of course, it took several more years and countless revisions to get it right. The earliest “finished” draft was 150,000 words. I pitched it to a well-known agent at a writers’ conference. He seemed interested in the idea and asked for a full manuscript, but only after I reduced it to less than 100,000 words. Easier said than done to reduce your beloved manuscript by a third. Needless to say, it took a while longer than that first year to get it right.

What is your work schedule like when you're writing?

Mornings are best for me. I write from just after breakfast until noon, unless I’m on a roll. Then, I sometimes write all day. Generally, though, I break at noon to exercise and have lunch. The afternoons are reserved for chores and errands. Evenings are for reading or a good movie. (I secretly