Author Interview & Ebook Giveaway: 77 Days in September by Ray Gorham

Welcome to Author Ray Gorham.

I was born in Calgary, Canada, but had the unique opportunity of growing up around the world, spending time living in Canada, Australia, England, Lebanon, Japan and the United States as well as visiting my other countries before the age of 21. I attended college at BYU, where I graduated with a degree in Accounting, but ended up taking a job in retail management.
Employment took me around the United States, where I eventually settled down in Shepherd, Montana, where I currently reside with my wife of 22 years, and our 5 children. 77 Days in September is the first of hopefully many books.

Links:
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INTERVIEW:
If you could travel in a Time Machine would you go back to the past or into the future?

Most likely the past. In the future I’d be clueless, in the past I could act reasonably intelligent in what I did, who I met, where I went, etc.

What is your favorite flavor of ice cream?
Butter Pecan, but my wife rarely buys it because it is gone in 3 days.

Night owl, or early bird?
Definitely a night owl, though I write much better in the mornings.

Please tell us in one sentence only, why we should read your book.
It’s the story of ultimate dedication by a husband, who attempts to walk across the country to get home to his wife and family.

Any other books in the works? Goals for future projects?
I have another book half written, and outlines for another half dozen. Unfortunately I still have to spend most of my time earning a living from my real job, not writing.

What’s one piece of advice you would give aspiring authors?
Seek out constructive criticism. I’ll often get what seem to me to be great ideas, but when I get feedback on them, many times I find they work just for me, or need to have a lot of fine tuning done. Without that feedback I would have spent a lot of time and energy on things that ended up being a waste.

If you could live anywhere in the world where would it be?
I’ve always dreamed about living on a tropical island, totally isolated from the rest of the world, where I could swim, fish, sleep, explore, sail, etc. It must have been too many episodes of Gilligan’s Island when I was young.

How do you react to a bad review?
Read it over to find what they didn’t like (sometimes those have the best insight, though not always), then pray for someone to put a 5 star review in ASAP so it drops down the list.

Which authors have influence you most how?
Michael Chrichton. I like when I read his books that I learn something I didn’t know before. Some novels feel like cotton candy, with nothing of any real substance to them. Chrichton’s stories always felt like there was stuff in there that gives you a little nutrition, even if sometimes his story lines were a little weak. I guess he showed that novels could do more than just entertain. Also Ayn Rand–didn’t love everything she wrote, but Atlas Shrugged was the first novel I read that I used a highlighter in, and it made me realize you can still say important things in a work of fiction.

What do you do in your free time?
I have 5 kids, I’m self employed, I write, and try to stay involved in community and church. Free time is still a dream, though I do have big travel plans when I get some.

What’s your favorite season/weather?
Spring. I love the warming weather and everything coming back to life. We had a lot of fruit trees at our last house, and every night I’d go out and count the new buds. Now my goals this spring are to get started with new trees and a garden at our new house.

Favorite places to travel?
Any place with with history to it. I’ve lived in Japan, England, Lebanon, and the American Southwest, so have developed a great love for exploring the past.

City or Country?
Country. Recently moved to a home on 7 acres with a small pond. Putting in an orchard and garden this spring and looking at trying my hand at beekeeping. Love it. Can’t see myself ever moving into a city.

PC or Mac?
Mac. Got my first one in 1984, been loyal ever since.

77 Days in September by Ray Gorham

On a Friday afternoon before Labor Day, Americans are getting ready for the holiday weekend, completely unaware of a long-planned terrorist plot about to be launched against the country. Kyle Tait is settling in for his return flight home when a single nuclear bomb is detonated 300 miles above the heart of America. The blast, an Electro-Magnetic Pulse (EMP), destroys every electrical device in the country, and results in the crippling of the power grid, the shutting down of modern communications, and bringing to a halt most forms of transportation.
Kyle narrowly escapes when his airplane crashes on take-off, only to find himself stranded 2,000 miles from home in a country that has been forced, from a technological standpoint, back to the 19th Century. Confused, hurt, scared, and alone, Kyle must make his way across a hostile continent to a family he’s not even sure has survived the effects of the attack. As Kyle forges his way home, his frightened family faces their own struggles for survival in a community trying to halt its own slow spiral into chaos and anarchy.

Based on scientist’s predictions of what would happen if a single nuclear bomb is detonated over Kansas, 77 Days in September follows Kyle and his wife, Jennifer, as they are stretched past their breaking point, but find in their devotion to each other the strength to persevere.

Giveway Details:
3 winners will each receive and ebook of 77 Days in September
Open Internationally
Ends 3/21/12

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