Sunday, September 20, 2015

Author Interview: Trevor Halloway author of Ashes and Asphalt

Trevor Halloway, author of Ashes and Asphalt, stopped by for an interview.

Can you tell us a little bit about yourself?

I grew up a military brat, but spend most of my life in southern Louisiana, where I currently live. I work the nine to five racket, but write in what little spare time I'm afforded. Currently I'm editing some novels on my laptop, but more often than not, I find myself updating my fantasy football team (GO Bill's Ciphers!)

What do you do when you're not writing?

Play with my three dogs and two cats. Seriously, they take up a LOT of time. I also have my FB game addictions, which I'm currently trying to beat so that I can get some writing in. Ahhh...procrastination...thou art a heartless wench.

When did you first start writing?

I actually wrote a book when I was five. It was poorly drawn out and was called, "All About Fish." It did not get into the local library, I can assure you. I hit a dry spell after that and the writing fire was rekindled about ten years ago. I would assist other writers with their stories and it snowballed from there.

Is there any particular author or book that influenced you in any way either growing up or as an adult?

A few:

James Thurber with his humor, P.F. Kluge with his sagely advice, and Brian Lumley who told me to just write the book.

But my main influencer was my friend, Walt Bucklin. He wrote his own book, The Return of Sun Tzu. I assisted him and his son with it. The book's sales never took off and it's a shame.

What inspired you to write this particular book?

My families' love of bikes, Easy Rider, and Ghost Rider. I am a comic geek.

What was your favorite chapter (or part) to write and why?

Ahhh...spoilers :). My favorite part has to be where the brothers wound up hung over in the motel and start slapping themselves, thinking that the act will sober them up. It does not.

What is best writing advice you can give?

Don't listen to advice...EXCEPT for this one piece: Make sure that whatever you write is well-structured and grammatically correct.

Is there anything else you'd like your readers to know about the book?

Aside from it winning two awards (Merit Award in CIPA's most recent contest under 'Family and Relationships' and the recent Hollywood Book Award...also an Honorable Mention), not much else. I like to think it's a heartwarming story with loads of humor mixed in.

About the book:

Death might not stop "Wild" Bill Byrne from going to Sturgis, but his sons might.

Bill Byrne is dead and his last request is for his estranged sons, Mike and Kyle, to bring his ashes to the Sturgis Rally in South Dakota.

They have five days to travel two thousand miles and if they survive a renegade biker from New Orleans, three carjacking lunatics, and the police, they'll be home free...unless they kill one another first.

Purchase the book here: Amazon - Paperback, Amazon - Kindle, Barnes and Noble (both)

About the author:

My name is Robert Taylor, but I write under the nom de plume, Trevor Halloway…even if Amazon and a few other venues misspell the name. I wrote “Ashes and Asphalt” due to my love of the motorcycle world and used family lore to help shape the story. My father, uncle, and aunt were enthusiasts, though I have yet to earn a license.

The book has recently won two awards. The most recent one was from the Colorado Independent Publishers Association. I earned a merit award under the category, Family and Relationships.


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