Introducing author Tom E. Carsley. I met Mr. Carsley through social media. I started reading his blog, and the rawness of his thoughts had me very interested in the man behind the writing. He recently published Sucker Punched through Amazon, and the cover itself speaks a thousand words.
Paraphrasing his Blog Spot bio, Tom was a child of the 70’s born in Los Angeles. He was a child of the U.S. Army, so his stay in L.A. was brief, as he traveled around the United States with his family. He followed his childhood dream and became a U.S. Soldier himself for just over a decade. He now lives in Georgia with his family: – his wife of 11 years and his children by his side, he now creates stories that will shake you to the core.
This quote from Mr. Carsley’s facebook page caught my eye recently:
Ya know, I wanna be like the bad boy writers of the past, Hemingway, Twain, Thompson, Poe, I wanna be like them…not these Starbucks metro-sexual self proclaimed intellectual writers in cardigans and smart loafers…..I want to return to the drunk adventurist wild game hunter that seduced women, drank whiskey, smoked cigars then sometimes wrote.
~Tom E. Carsley
A face made for radio.
How did you discover your love for writing?
As a kid I always made up stories. As a teen I wrote some short war stories but gave it all up when adulthood settled in and had to work for a living. After writing a few articles for a local paper in Florida and essays for college years later the desire to write came back on strong. At least older I have a life of experience to look back on. Spent the last couple of years writing to build ability and what I hope is a stand-out from the crowd voice.
What do you do when you are not writing?
Taken up some minor gardening the last couple years as well as raising a few chickens in the backyard. Right now Little League has started up and my son Tommy is a pitcher and my little girl, Analucia, is starting her first year so that is keeping the family busy. I do a lot of daydreaming as well.
Who inspires you?
Fighters. People with true grit and desire. People of action because they motivate me to action as well. Otherwise I procrastinate way too much if left to my own devices. Idle hands do the devils work, ya know.
What book struck you as a child/teen and why?
H.G Wells, The Time Machine. Don’t know why really but it has always stayed with me from way back in about 4th grade. In my teens I was all about Stephen Kings books with one of his stories written under the name Bachman staying with me, The Long Walk, very disturbing. Also in mid-teens until now the works of Robert E. Howard has been of great influence.
What is the last book you read?
Not even going to count from all the writing guides I’ve read the last 2 years. Last book I read was Princess of Mars because of the film, John Carter of Mars being released.
Can you tell us a little about your book Sucker Punched?
Sucker Punched is about a possible future of America written in a pulp fiction style that picks up on social issues of today and expands them into what may become of us.
In the book I put much blame on the citizens lack of truth seeking and a desire by far too many people to be given rather than earn, taken to the point that they become willing to kill their neighbors for a soft living. As if life is something owed just for showing up.
Education, family, community, national defense and welfare of the nation as a whole are meaningless in the face of instant gratification.
The political classes help create and manipulate an ignorant self-centered electorate for their own wants of absolute power.
From there genocidal civil war in order to install a dictatorship is a short step away as the story follows a father and daughter, thy only survivors of their family into hiding and survival in a country turned against itself.
Where did the inspiration for the book cover come from?
I started asking myself questions about things I see happening in this country, for instance, how the Democrat Party has become the beneficiaries of 93% of the black demographic vote even though the Democrats are the enslavers and ant-civil rights party. Why am I allowed to vote for any political party I want but a black person had better vote Democrat or else they get punished by their peers. Why is that?
How the heroes of the Democratic Party of today are people like Margaret Sanger, the eugenics following creator of Planned Parenthood. Bill Ayers, Cloward-Piven, anti-military people, anti-Constitution minded, Socialist and Communists all identify with the Democrat Party. Always the blame America First crowd. Whatever the bad in the world for them the U.S. is somehow responsible. All speak of tearing down the institutions of the nation to build something else.
But what is it they want to build? Lenin, Pol Pot, Mao, Hitler, Che and Kim Jong all tore down their countries and look what they did. 170 million people killed. Bill Ayers’ group The Weather Underground expected they would have to kill 25% of Americans once taking power. Glad they didn’t.
Looking at the destruction of the black family and community under Democrat Party policies. Education, family, community and national identity ties had been wiped away, a wedge and for all practical purposes Self-Segregation has swept the black community. I had to ask way, how, who? What is the end goal?
Then add in the never ending rolling machine of power through government. Enrichment by policy writing for the elite and their buddies. Wipe away the private sector class and replace it with a public sector one, one that is dependant of the proliferation of government to sustain it.
There are many real life aspects packed in Sucker Punched and I hope that the story fleshes them out well for readers.
What are your future projects?
I am working on a war story set during the invasion of Iraq in 2003. A huge novel called Lone Wolf which is finished and going through the revision stages. Also hopefully a couple more How-To books and a start up sc-fi & fantasy eMagazine. All for Amazons Kindle.
5 things you would like to accomplish in the next 5 years.
A successful writing career beginning or established. Family time spent traveling and creating memories. Oh and getting National Book Tour fit. HA!
Do you have anything you wish to share with aspiring writers? Any advice?
Practice. Like all things in life no one is just born with ability. Keep doing it and growing. Find what works for you and develop yourself. Nothing I write now resembles what I was writing two years ago or more. And I hope a few years as the edge is honed I can look back to now and say they same thing.
Never read anything that says how so-and-so writes. It won’t matter because every writer will have different ways to make it happen. Find yours.
Learn to edit your own work. Edit it several times. Then get a professional to look it over as well.
How can we purchase your Book?
All my work is available for Amazon Kindle readers exclusively right now. My Amazon profile is:
Thank you very much Tom for taking the time to get to know you more. Continue creating, as your writing takes on a life of its own.
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