Guest Post-“Why Do You Write?”-John Beyer

Tuesday, April 19, 2016

When a person learns I am a professional writer the question which seems to be asked is “Why do you write?”Often I sit back before answering and query myself that very same thing. I write because I must write. Memories flood into my being about writing since growing up in Southern California and the very first short story – ‘Prisoner in the Sands’ – about a downed fighter pilot in the Sahara Desert during World War II. For some reason I ran across that story a few months back and though it was the musing of a young boy of nine it brought a smile. Even then I knew stories were to be told and perhaps even read by others.

Life is short but can be extended with a good book on a carefree weekend – to read is to travel, to explore, to fall in love, to experience every human emotion possible and thus it takes writers to allow us readers to feel such. I am proud that I can perhaps share what I can with the written word weaving a story or a tale here and there. To allow readers a chance to escape reality with a short story or a short chapter or two from one of my novels in the evening after a hard day dealing with the everyday hustle and bustle of life.

Sometimes escape is bliss – especially with good reading material in the hands with the understanding that it is only a story and reality is just around the next bend in the road. I write because I love to write and the characters and places invented by me tend to remind me of how fortunate I am to be able to put down on paper what is rapidly taking place within my brain. The added benefit is someone else may enjoy the piece too.

About the Author: (from the publicist)

John Beyer has been writing most of his life. He’s traveled to at least 23 countries (and was actually shot in the head in Spain in 2000 during a march between Neo Nazis and Communists two days after running with the bulls in Pamplona). He was caught in a
hurricane off the coast of east Baja (Bahia de los Angeles) while kayaking and lived to tell about it. Essentially, it’s hard to tell where experience leaves off and fiction takes over. You’ll want to read his books.

here is is most current!

About the book (from Amazon)

Russia had learned the hard way the extremes these fanatics would go to…

Ten years ago, Captain Yuri Shakirov stood in horror as young children were butchered by a hail of bullets from a group of Islamic extremists. As blood spattered the walls of this small Beslan school, Yuri's greatest fear was that this tragedy would someday be repeated.

Now America would encounter these same crazed murderers…

All the terrorists needed was a place where they could descend, like the cowards they were, and strike terror into the heart of every American. An average middle school in California seemed the perfect soft target. The terrorists saw it and pounced. And Yuri was once again thrust into the line of fire.

It would take strong determination and courage to stop what had happened in Russia from happening here. The Americans need his help, but can Yuri find the strength to go through this nightmare again?

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April Hammond said...

I love his answer to why he must write, "I write because I must write." I feel the same way about my blogging. My passions and story has to be told. His books look interesting and I am going to check them out!

Parenting Patch said...

Great interview! I personally write because I have always loved writing. Writing gives me an outlet.

Scott said...

My wife says the same thing, that she writes to escape. She has always done it in some capacity the whole time we've known each other.

Neely said...

I love this. I write because it helps me get things thought out more when Im going through something.

Jennifer Johnson said...

I love that writing is such a great outlet! Even just writing a journal can be so therapeutic it can be a great way to think things out.

Jenn said...

I love writing and Ive done it for as long as I can remember. Its so soothing to me. I try to encourage my kids to keep journals like I did when I was younger.

Liz Mays said...

It's so nice to hear that it's a love and not a chore. I'm sure there are tons of people who enjoy the books!

Tough Cookie Mommy said...

I feel like I write because I must write too. I love interviews like this one that give us a more intimate view into the mind of the author.

valmg @ Mom Knows It All said...

I think the best reason for writing is out of love for writing. It's nice if you can pay some bills while doing it too.

CourtneyLynne said...

Omg love!!!! I write for a way to express myslef since I'm rather quite in non-interwebs life. It gives me an outlet. Love that he can make money doing something he loves :)

Pam@IW said...

Escaping can be bliss with a good book, especially on warm sand and a blue ocean. I love when authors have such a passion for writing.

Kristen Campbell said...

Beautiful! I often ask myself the same question about blogging. I always find it interesting to hear the answer from others.

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