Today I’m interviewing Don Forst, another client of mine who came to me with his third novel, The Replacement Conspiracy, after having written a super entertaining two-part series: The Reincarnation of Vincent Van Gogh and The Return of Vincent Van Gogh. I loved working with Don, who is also an Expressionist painter, and wanted to share a little bit about his most recent publication.
How long have you been writing?
At six in the morning on August 23, 2013, I awoke with an idea for a book. That idea became The Reincarnation of Vincent Van Gogh.
What is your ideal setting for writing? What makes it difficult/easy for you?
An original story idea invades my mind, any time or place. Consequently, I always carry my small digital recorder and immediately record my new thought. It has occurred between holes as I’m walking the golf course, or when I’m watching TV. Then at my home office, I incorporate the recording into my word program, and the story grows.
Why did you decide to write in the Suspense/Thriller genre?
I made no conscious decision for suspense. The story made the decision for me.
Did anything specifically inspire your ideas for The Replacement Conspiracy?
A Sixty Minutes segment presented a dozen people with the extraordinary ability to recall details of every day of their lives. Expanding on this, I thought, What if somebody had the ability to mentally photograph and recall every painting in detail they’ve seen? And so you have the beginning of the book.
What was the biggest hurdle you had to overcome in writing this novel?
There was none. The novel seemed to write itself.
What is your favorite part of the whole writing and/or publishing process?
As an artist, I love creating a painting. You begin with a blank canvass. Writing, you start with a blank page. I find it fascinating how my readers respond to the characters in the book. My characters become alive for them. They are a product of my mind, and yet from experience, my readers have become angry with me if I allow harm to befall them.
Do you have any other publications?
What’s coming up next for you?
I’m presently involved with a new book, and the current title is A Small Earthquake. To date, I’ve completed over a hundred pages, but I don’t know where I’m going. I’m presently waiting for an idea to arrive. If it should fail to measure up, I’ll not publish. It’s similar to when I create one of my expressionism paintings. I started with a general idea, working on the canvas. On the canvas, I develop the painting. I love this method of work. I find it electrifying, to create and have no preconceived idea of the completed product.