WW: Woodrow W. Walker was born in Columbus, Georgia in 1942. He grew up doing the things that all boys do. In 1990, in a life changing move, he went to Las Vegas, NV. Where, he became a convention security guard and in 1998, he met the woman who would become his wife.
In 2002 at the age of 60, nearing retirement, he turned to writing. He wrote his first book “Murder at Republic” because he had always loved the B-westerns and movie serials and thought that a murder in a movie studio would be a good plot device. He followed up that book with two others “Murder at Columbia and Murder at Universal.” All three books starred private detective Buck Ames a former movie stuntman and are set in the 1940’s.
Vampires had always intrigued him, but they had been portrayed as totally evil or as romance figures. In search of a different kind of vampire, he wrote “Legacy of Adrian Blackthorn, Vampire” a complex character if there ever was one. He has just published “The First Vampire” which is a prequel to “Legacy of Adrian Blackthorn, Vampire.” He then ventured into westerns with “Wolf Johnson Mountainman.” He has a number of short stories in the Amazon short story program. You can buy a story to read online or download it for .49 cents at http://www.amazon.com/ or the Wizards of Words online book store.
Now retired, he is now able to write full time. He and his wife moved to Tucson, AZ in 2005 and now make their home there. He is a charter member of Wizards of Words. His web site is at http://studio-detective.com/ and http://woodrow-w-walker.tripod.com/
CB: What genres do you write in and why did you choose it/them?
WW: In book form, I have written three mysteries, two horrors and a western. In short stories, I have written those and in most of the other Genres. Although, I have written sex scenes, I have not written a Romance.
CB: What do you find to be your most challenging task when developing your characters?
WW: Character development is as important as story development. Your character must live, he/she must have both strength and Weaknesses or the reader will not care about them. No one is perfect nor can a character be.
CB: And the easiest or most fun part for you?
WW: Getting a workable title is the hardest part. Once I have a title the story is ease and that is the fun part. I have quite stories in the middle because the writing stopped being fun.
CB: Do you build a character list before beginning your work or do you write by “the seat of your pants” as some of us do?
WW: Seat of the pants. I do not outline a story or create a character until he/ she is needed.
CB: What is Wizards of Words?
WW: It is a writers group. I am a charter member and believe that it is on its way to becoming one of the best.
CB: In summary, tell us a bit about each of your books, where they can be purchased and what to expect in the near future?
Murder at Republic:
Studio detective Buck Ames makes his debut in this mystery set in a movie studio. Buck is a former movie stuntman turned private detective. In 1940/41 Republic Pictures is making the serial The Adventures of Captain Marvel, and Buck Ames is hired to investigate a series of accidents at the studio that has caused delays in production. When a studio guard is found murdered on the back lot, Buck must find the murderer.
Murder at Columbia:
P. I. Buck Ames studio detective returns in his second adventure. In 1943 Columbia Pictures hires Buck to keep tabs on a young starlet. When Buck finds her murdered, he once more must find a murderer. His only clue is a piece of paper in the dead girl’s hand with Batman and The Phantom written on it. Those are two serials that Columbia is about to film.
Murder at Universal:
Universal is making the serial Mystery of the River Boat in 1944. When, a man is found hanging on the river boat set. Studio detective Buck Ames is hired on his toughest case. He must find not only a murderer, but also stolen bank money.
The First Vampire:
A prequel to: Legacy of Adrian Blackthorn, Vampire. This is the story of Drago and how he became the world’s first vampire. In Rome of the eighth century, Drago in the dilettante son of a nobleman. He committed a terrible sin for which Pope Eugene II placed a curse on him that destroyed his soul.
Legacy of Adrian Blackthorn, Vampire:
In 1853 Adrian Blackthorn commits incest with his mother. When, they are caught by his father Adrian is disowned and must leave Blackthorn Castle. Forced to join the army, he buys a commission as a junior officer in the Cold Stream Guards. The Crimean War takes the young officer to the Ukraine, where he is wounded in battle. He hides in a cave, unaware that it is home to a thousand year old vampire named Drago.
Wolf Johnson Mountainman:
In 1850: Can an ageing mountainman and a girl child who has seen her Ma and Pa raped and killed in cold blood, take a stand against three vicious killers and survive? Wolf found the girl alone in the wilderness and knows that the killers never meant for the girl to live. Wolf vows he will die before she is harmed.
CB: Thank you for allowing me to interview you today, Woodrow, and I wish you all the best in the world of fiction writing and publishing. Any last notes you would like to pass on?
WW: Thank you Cindy