Today we welcome Alton Gansky, author and director of the Blue Ridge Mountain Christian Writers Conference, to 3 Questions Wednesday.
(1) Do you watch reality television? Why or why not?
Alton: The answer depends on what classifies as a reality show. Most don’t interest me, but I do watch those that teach me something. Although I avoided it for the first few years, I’ve started watching Pawn Shop. The premise sound silly, but I caught an episode and learned they brought in experts to look at historical items. That made me a fan. Few other reality shows have won me over.
(2) What are your thoughts on e-publishing?
Alton: E-publishing is here to stay. Every year it becomes a bigger play. I don’t see reading as an either/or situation. I still love physical books, but I do most of my reading on digital devices, mostly because i can read “across platforms.” I can read a book on my Kindle then on my iPad then on my iPhone.
E-publishing has also opened the doors to publish material that couldn’t find a home in the current publishing market. Once, short stories were highly valued but that has diminished over time. Economics drives publishing. E-publishing allows books, stories, white-papers and more to get a reading instead of going unnoticed.
E-publishing also allows an author to resurrect out of print books, something that allows his or her new readers to get their hands on previously difficult to find works. There are many reasons to love E-publishing.
(3) Which do you prefer? Facebook or Twitter?
Alton: I have them linked so when I post on one, it posts on the other. If I had to choose, I’d go with Facebook.
Thank you, Alton, for joining us on 3 Questions Wednesday! Make sure to leave a comment to be entered in a drawing for his latest novel, Wounds.
Alton L. Gansky is the author of 24 novels and 8 nonfiction works, as well as principle writer of 9 novels and 2 nonfiction books. He has been a Christie Award finalist (A Ship Possessed) and an Angel Award winner (Terminal Justice) and recently was awarded the ACFW award for best suspense/thriller for his work on Fallen Angel. He holds a BA and MA in biblical studies and Lit.D. He lives in central California with his wife.
In addition to his own writing, Alton Gansky has consulted and provided editing/ writing services to several CBA publishers and written copy, video scripts, and other works for the general business market. Through Gansky.Communications he has consulted with publishers and agents, as well as provided editing services. He is “the go to guy” for co-writing having been selected by Penguin, Waterbrook, Broadman Holman, and other publishers to work with their top tier authors.
Gansky is in frequent demand at writer’s conferences having taught and keynoted in California, Arizona, New Mexico, North Carolina, Delaware, Washington, and Canada. He has also been guest lecturer on suspense writing at Taylor University in Indiana.
He is the director of the premier writers conference: Blue Ridge Mountain Christian Writers.