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Interview: Donnie Ray Whetstone, Author of Fit to Kill

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Donnie Whetstone is a full time personal trainer with more than 20 years experience. He is no stranger to writing, having written numerous articles in his field from nutrition, weight training, and fitness. He is also a veteran of the military and has drawn on both his experiences as a trainer and veteran to help write his latest novel, Fit to Kill.

What was the hardest part of writing your book?

The hardest part of writing my first book was finding a method to write it. Eventually I decided to write the complete story line in just bullet points. I knew what would happen and when. A bullet point could result in a paragraph or an entire chapter. Once that was established, it was fairly easy because it gave me guidance, but it took a little over a month just to write the storyline. 

When did you first start writing and when did you finish your first book?

The first time I delved into writing was in a creative writing class my senior year of high school. I had already exceeded my credits to graduate so I needed something to pass the time. My teacher applauded my work and thought I had talent, but I didn’t think much of it. I finished Fit to Kill in 2010. It took a year to write.

Can you tell us about your challenges in getting your first book published (if any) If any?

I wish. Well, it started the conventional route, sending a shipload of query letters to literary agents that wanted nothing to do with newbies. We sent out about a hundred letters via email and hard copy, just to be rejected or not responded to, that hurt, but I knew I had a good story; I just had to find a way around the conventional protocols. Becoming an indie author and self publishing my book was the way to go for me. It’s hard work because now your both writer and promoter, but my efforts are paying off. Fit to Kill has received a number of great reviews, it’s last one was a five star review, and is a semifinalist for best book of 2012 by the Kindle book review.    

How did you come up with the title?

Well, I’m a trainer by profession, who lives and breathes fitness, so does the killer. He also has acquired certain skills from his past that I can’t reveal, that makes him a proficient killing machine…makes him Fit to Kill.    

Is there anything else you would like to share with us?

I’ve been a member of a writers group for over two years and it has made a huge difference in my writing. A good writers group can definitely be helpful in raising the literary game of folks who feel they need it. I highly recommend it.

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