And I’m back with another author interview, this time with Dr. Jim Ford!
Intro: What is your name, what do you write, and where can readers find you on social media? And just for fun, if you could be any mythical being or creature, who or what would you be?
My name is Jim Ford. I wrote a memoir about my police career in a suburban affluent community. Readers can find me on social media: Email: email@example.com, Twitter @Drjimmyf , Website: www.drjimmyf.com, Facebook: J Ford LLC . Mythical creature: Dragon Slayer
- What got you interested in writing?
I never thought of myself as a writer except in academic settings. A good friend who also happens to be my doctor was the one who got me interested in writing a book. As a police officer I’ve encountered many serious and not so serious incidents and stories over my career. Many officers have said, “They could write a book”, well, “I did”!
- When did you become SERIOUS about writing?
I’ve been writing on and off for about 7 years but the last year I worked very hard in finishing. I was writing on and off while at our vacation home in Vermont but mostly in my office after hours with no interruptions.
- What inspired your book?
A good friend who also happens to my doctor for many years. He encouraged me which caused me to reflect on the many lives that affected me and those life that I have influenced.
- What is the book about?
The book is a collection of real life stories, calls for service and criminal investigations that I have personally been involved in. It’s written as if we are having a conversation in your living room. It’s not your typical cop crime book with a lot of guns and drugs. It’s more about the type of calls an officer in a suburban affluent community experiences. There are very meaningful lessons learned in it about community policing efforts and warm, personal experiences.
- What are the characters like?
The characters vary from the public to whom we served to the police officers (men and women) who I had the pleasure of working with. The book demonstrates the compassion and human side of officers. The general public does not usually see this side and think police officers are robots in many instances. That is not the case.
- Who should pick up your book and why?
The book is for everyone in their teens on up. At a recent book signing a 90 year old picked up the book and in a few days contacted me via email firstname.lastname@example.org and commented how much they loved the book and the stories. It reminded them of a different time in their life. There are stories in the book that everyone will relate to. I’ve been told it’s a real page turner and you won’t want to put it down. I’ve chosen a good size font and seems to be easy to read.
- Favorite quote from your own work?
“There’s the right way, the wrong way and the Chatham Township way”.
- If you could only write in one genre for the rest of your life what would it be and why?
Unfortunately, I have not read as much as I would like but I’m partial to non-fiction. I enjoy autobiographies and memoirs.
- Name one book that affected the way you write.
“Tuesdays with Morrie” the book and movie, very profound.
- Three authors you recommend and why?
Mitch Albom, Stephen King and F. Scott Fitzgerald, all are excellent writers and are different in their approach to their subject and characters.
- If you could change one thing about the world, what would it be?
I’ve thought about this a long time. I would hope that religion would be more important in our lives than it is today and an appreciation for the men and women who protect and serve every day so that we all may sleep well at night.
- What do you believe is your main purpose/motivation as a writer?
As I became more serious about my writing, I realized that I have stories to tell and a message for the reader.
13, What’s your favorite writing-related memory?
Sitting on a swing in my yard in the Green Mountain State of Vermont with my iPad. I remember it was a mild summer day with a clear blue sky and a slight breeze and shade from a big maple tree in our yard. I was on a roll and the memories just came to me. It was one of the best writing days ever!
14 .What’s a favorite moment you’ve had with a fan/someone who’s read your work?
There are two moments that are noteworthy, my mother is an avid reader and when I noticed that hadn’t finished the book. I asked her what is taking so long? She said, I don’t want it to end. I said, Mom, you know how it ends.
Another great comment is, I am LOVING your book!
15. One fun fact most people don’t know about you?
I’ve always been a good listener and someone that can be trusted.
16. One piece of advice you would give to new writers?
Follow your passion and don’t give up. You may not write for days or weeks, but it will come back to you. Writers block is common in academia and in writing books. Persevere, it will pay off for your own personal enjoyment and enrichment and may help others along the way.
Thank you Jim! Don’t forget to say hi on his website: www.drjimmyf.com, Facebook: J Ford LLC , and Twitter @Drjimmyf ! As always, Keep making magic, word weavers!