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GM: You are a prolific writer and I like the way you engage your readers. You’ve written two books and many short stories. When did you release your first book?


GW: My first book was about my four years in the Marine Corps juxtaposing my early life with married life kind of going back and forth. After being rejected 203 times, Solstice Publishing took that one and it did really well. As anyone knows in the publishing business not all houses want the same thing so my next attempts with Solstice went unpublished at which time I started sending them to other houses. Crimson Cloak Publishing picked up 2 of my short stories which started an ongoing relationship. I have a total of 12 short stories and full length novels as well as my autobiography. There are currently two still in editing.


GM: Are your story-lines, scenarios and characters based upon your own experiences? GW: Most all of my works are based on real life experiences. I have two characters that appear time and again in my work. Cutter and Margo are really my wife and I. While most all of the stories are based on true events, a lot of the story is embellished for greater readability and en- joyment for the reader. But they almost all happened. You meet a lot of characters along life’s journey and the cowboy way tends to garner some prose worthy material. I make no bones about the fact that Faye (Margo) made me what I am today. She was my muse.


GM: As a writer, is it difficult to transition a book to a screenplay? What is the process? GW: There are authors and there are screenwriters and the transition for an author can be diffi- cult. As I will mention later, I was in film at an early age so I was familiar with the difference. As writers we tend to be really wordy because reading is cerebral. A picture is painted in the mind’s eye for the reader to devour. Film is visual and less is more. The rule of thumb is one page of script is one minute in a movie. I currently am a judge for a film/screenplay with a film festival and I am amazed at what scripts are turning up. They are all over the spectrum. I tend to favor the ones that paint a picture so the actor knows what is expected. Some directors on the other hand want the actors to develop the character. I guess I would have to say there is no easy answer. Last year I talked with an intern working for an agent in Hollywood. His job was re- viewing scripts to pass up the chain for possible use. An inexperienced college boy was spend- ing his days reading scripts. He said he found only one in a month. So my advice to hopefuls is be descriptive but not overly and have great characters. Hope that answers that question.


GM: You write of Mustangs and the West. What are your views on the horse slaughter debate and the BLM's ability (or lack of) to save the Mustangs? GW: A real touchy area for me. The Free roaming mustang act of 1971 set up the horses for pos- sible annihilation. Only activists have prevented a complete and utter destruction of one of Americas last remaining Icons. I understand the plight of the rancher trying to manage his herds but he is on government land and in some cases not paying the below market value for grazing. His herd most likely outnumbers the wild ones 50 to 1 so saying the Mustangs are ruining the grazing is dis-ingenious at best. My personal opinion is leave the Mustangs alone and they will self-regulate as all species do. As a compromise make more of them available for adoption, but do not under any circumstances kill them just to willow the herd.


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