Welcome Colorado Author – R.S. Guthrie
The Exclusive Interview…
Where do you live? Have you always lived there?
I currently live in Colorado. Grew up in both Northeastern Iowa and Northwestern
Wyoming, so there is a lot of Smalltown, U.S.A. in my blood. Love the
mountains—can’t live without ‘em!
When and why did you begin writing?
I dabbled in high school but I really started writing in college. I think I
started because I had all these stories in my head that needed release. Not
I love police drama. When I was a kid, it was Hill
Street Blues. Then NYPD Blue, Law & Order, Southland. I’ve read
the entire Travis McGee series by John D. MacDonald. I just had to write a
Are there messages in your novel(s) that you want readers to grasp?
Not messages, really. I think the reader will take away what they need to, based on
their own lives, experiences, emotions. I always try and write from the heart.
Try to touch on things everyone thinks about deep inside.
What books have most influenced your life?
Heart of Darkness
by Joseph Conrad. Pure brilliance. I actually listen to an audio recording of
it—the reader is sublime, the prose eloquent. Also Night by Elie Wiesel. Within the genre, anything by John D.
MacDonald and James Lee Burke.
If you had to choose, which writer would you consider a mentor?
John D. MacDonald. He was one of the greatest writers of the twentieth century. Not
just Mystery writer, but writer period.
Who is your favorite author, and why?
My favorite author does not write in my genre: Jonathan Lethem. Gun, with Occasional Music is one of the
most fascinating contemporary works of fiction I’ve ever read. Motherless Brooklyn, As She Climbed Across
the Table. Incredible work. Lethem bends the line between the real and
imagined like no one I have ever read. He is so gifted.
What are your current projects?
I am currently working on my opus, a book set in my home state of Wyoming called Dark Prairies. I hope to have that out
by Christmas. Then I will be finishing the second book in the Clan of MacAulay series.
Do you have advice for other writers?
Here is something I tweeted the other day; I think it summarizes the best advice I
could give to other writers:
“Writing is not like painting where you add. It is not what you put on the canvas that
the reader sees. Writing is more like a sculpture where you remove, you
eliminate in order to make the work visible. Even those pages you remove
somehow remain.” ~Elie Wiesel
Take away from your writing. See how much better it can be.
Other than the present, which time era you would choose to live in, and why.
The Wild West. Hands down. I know it would be a hard life, but I would love to give
it a shot!
Best day of your life.
The day I married my wife.
Worst day of your life.
The day our son died.
I shouldn’t play favorites with our dogs. But since none of them can read yet, my
wife teases me that my girl, Elsa, is my favorite. She really is some kind of
sweetheart. One of the best dogs I’ve ever known. I love them all dearly,
though. They are our kids now.
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Author website: http://www.rsguthrie.com
Author blog: http://robonwriting.com