Author Insights: Your books are often filled with action and adventure, what recommendations do you have for aspiring authors to improve their writing in this area?
L. J. Bonham: Accuracy, accuracy,
accuracy. Action scenes and books, whether detective noir,
tech-thriller, war, science fiction, or fantasy must have a basis in
reality, regardless if the author’s world is modern, historical, or pure
AI: Could you elaborate?
LJB: Every world,
no matter how farfetched, has to have rules that govern how things
happen. Soldiers, spies, guerrillas, and cops all do things in certain
ways and have unique cultures. They are archetypes in their own right.
Stories that work well set the character’s actions in a believable
framework. “Starship Troopers,” by Robert Heinlein, for example,
immerses the reader in a future world that is still familiar in its
texture. The Mobile Infantry depicted in the book feel real because
they think, talk, and act like soldiers have since organized conflict
AI: So where does an author learn about military life, espionage, and law enforcement?
I just ran across a great new book on the subject called, “The
Writer’s Guide to Adventurous Professions,” by Clayton Callahan and Lee
AI: That sounds perfect.
LJB: It’s a fantastic
resource book. The authors are combat veterans and police officers.
Mr. Callahan in particular has worked in Army intelligence. The book is
fun and a quick read, but authors will want to keep it handy for
reference. If you want your action scenes to have impact, you should
get this book.