I thought this might encourage some of the writers in our midst!
From the website:
Q: Are you a full-time novelist?
R.K.: Yes-I’m often working on a novel in my head from when I wake up until I go to bed.
No-My time spent at my computer writing averages between 1 and 2 hours a day. And for pay purposes? Well, it took me over 10 years to get my first publishing contract, and with the remuneration received from it so far I could almost support my family for one month.
Q: What is your day job?
R.K.: I am an active-duty chaplain in the U. S. Navy. I deployed for six months in 1999 aboard a carrier battle group from San Diego to the Persian Gulf. I was a destroyer squadron chaplain, meaning I visited ships that did not have their own chaplain onboard. I would fly by helicopter (the “Holy Helo” with a chaplain onboard) from the aircraft carrier to other ships and stay a few days conducting worship services, Bible studies and personal counseling.
After 2 years as squadron chaplain I went to Okinawa, Japan for 3 years with the Marines (Navy chaplains serve Navy, Marine Corps, and Coast Guard communities). With the Marines I visited 10 other countries in Southeast Asia. Currently I serve as a staff chaplain at the base chapel in Mayport, Florida.
Q: What one piece of advice do you have for aspiring writers?
R.K.: Keep dreaming and driving toward your publishing goal. Second piece of advice: Attend a writers conference to network and learn about writing and the publishing industry.
UPDATE: Mortenson has recently left his post as a Navy chaplain and taken a ministerial position in a South Dakotan church. Hopefully this will spark his creativity even more (you have to admit there is more SNOW in South Dakota than Florida for him to LAND-ON) (Okay, that was a very sad joke, but I made you smile, didn’t I? C’mon….)
Check out the following blogs for more info:
Todd Michael Greene
Karen and at Karen’s myspace
Lost Genre Guild
Rebecca LuElla Miller
Daniel I. Weaver
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