Please join me in welcoming Buck Storm to the blog today to chat about his new book The Beautiful Ashes of Gomez Gomez!
“I didn’t exactly tell the truth on the Los Angeles apartment application when my wife and I married back in 1989. I listed my profession as ‘writer’. Figured it wasn’t much of a stretch. After all, I wrote songs, and I’d get to books eventually. But life often sidetracks. Those songs wound up taking me around the globe. It took me twenty-five years and a lot of miles to become a novelist but I’m happy to report, several books in now, I did make good on that application.”
A recent AFA Journal article called me a little crazy. I had to laugh. My family would agree. After all, I usually don’t know what day it is, or what I’m wearing if I close my eyes. But I know this—I’m blessed beyond words to be surrounded daily by everything and everyone I love.
Thank you, Jesus, for breathing life into these dry bones. I feel Your arm around my shoulder. You are good. And the best part is knowing the journey will never end!”
Buck Storm is a critically acclaimed literary fiction author, musician, and traveler. His books and songs have made friends around the world.
THE BEAUTIFUL ASHES OF GOMEZ GOMEZ
SERIES: Ballads of Paradise #1
GENRE: Inspirational Contemporary ‘Americana’ Fiction
RELEASE DATE: July 31, 2020
Literary Americana fiction filled with humor and heart
When his wife, Angel, is killed in a head-on collision, Gomez Gomez feels he can’t go on–so he doesn’t. He spends his days in the bushes next to the crash site drinking Thunderbird wine, and his nights cradling a coffee can full of Angel’s ashes. Slow, sure suicide, with no one for company but the snakes, Elvis’s ghost, and a strange kid named Bones.
Across town, Father Jake Morales plays it safe, haunted by memories of the woman he left behind, hiding his guilt, loss, and love behind a thick wall of cassock and ritual. Then a shady business deal threatens the town–and his good friend Gomez Gomez–and Father Jake can’t just stand by and watch. But what happens when the rescuer is the one in need of saving?
The Beautiful Ashes of Gomez Gomez is quirky, heartfelt, and deeply human. Lives and hopes collide in the town of Paradise, stretching across decades and continents in this epic story of forgiveness, redemption, and love.
Hi Buck! Welcome to the blog!
Buck: Summer, absolutely. If the snow is flying, look for me on a beach somewhere. If it can’t be done in flip flops, its probably not worth doing, right?
Carrie: LOL you’re asking the wrong person #bringonthesnow 🙂
Buck: Dogs. Always. I usually have our two curled up next to me when I write. Unlike cats, dogs don’t judge me if I’m reading something other than classic literature. Or watching Netflix instead of PBS. My family laughs because I probably have more dog friends on Instagram than people. I actually know all their names.
Carrie: Dogs are awesome! (Also that sounds like my husband & all the hedgehogs he follows on instagram lol)
Buck: I love both, but at heart I’m definitely an ocean guy. I spent a good chunk of my life under it, working as a commercial diver and fisherman. I live in Idaho these days, but I get on my knees and thank God for airplanes every January.
Carrie: what a cool job!
Buck: I prefer physical books (just ask my wife every time I leave a yard sale loaded down) but, honestly, it doesn’t matter as long as there are words to read. I read on my computer, phone, you name it.
Carrie: yep! me too!
Q: Around here I like to say that reading is my superpower. If YOU had a superpower, what would it be?
Buck: I wish I had the power to slow down time. I find I have more ideas than hours.
Carrie: i would love that superpower too – so I could have more time to read!
Q: Which books are “on your nightstand”?
Buck: Ha! I had to go look. You might be sorry you asked—it’s a long list:
A couple of John MacDonald books (one of my all-time favorite authors), a collection of Dashiell Hammett novels a friend gave me recently, C.S. Lewis – The Great Divorce (I read it over and over), Simenon – Maigret and the Killer, Louis L’Amour – Milo Talon, Patrick O’Brian – Post Captain, Louis L’Amour – Lost Treasures, Louis L’Amour – No Traveler Returns, Ayn Rand – Atlas Shrugged, Dekker and Medearis – Tea With Hezbollah, The Boys in the Boat, Mark Twain – Innocents Abroad.
Wow, do I have a problem? Other than too small a nightstand?
Carrie: haha no judgment here – we all have similarly overstacked nightstands 🙂
Q: Writing spaces are as diverse as authors and books. Where is your favorite space to write?
Buck: We live in a hundred-year old farmhouse. My office is upstairs, stuffed with books, usually a dog or two and whoever else decides to drop in (sometimes my brand-new very first granddaughter). I look forward every single day to getting my cup of coffee, holing up, and hanging out with whatever characters are thumb wrestling on the page that day.
That being said, I’ve also done quite a bit of writing on various beaches on a few different latitudes. Believe me, it’s not horrible typing away with something cold to drink next to you, a good trade wind blowing, and sand between your toes.
Carrie: sounds delightful – the farmhouse & the beach!
Q: Do you have the whole plot outlined before you start writing, or do you let the characters dictate what comes next?
Buck: I’m a horrible outliner and/or planner, whether it be books or life. I always let my characters drive the story. I have a lot more fun that way. And I figure writing should be fun. And painful. And exasperating. The best part is, in my work, a lot of the characters aren’t really all that fit to be behind the wheel. I just try to hang on and make sure to keep my hands and feet in the vehicle at all times.
Carrie: LOL that seems like a wise strategy 🙂
Q: Some authors like to hide little things in their stories. Is there anything you have hidden in The Beautiful Ashes of Gomez Gomez?
Buck: I almost always hide things in my novels. In my current release, I used the name of a good friend I trade books with for a character who’s a bookstore owner. He really lit up when he saw that. Made me happy. People know to be careful around me, they might end up in a book.
Carrie: i love that!
Q: What is one of your favorite quotes from The Beautiful Ashes of Gomez Gomez & why do you love it?
Buck: My main character refers to himself as an “imperfect believer.” I don’t really remember where that came from, but it speaks to me. For me, the greatest miracle of existence is God’s relentless pursuit of the broken, of the least-of-these. I know Jesus threw over a few Temple tables to get to me and I’m so grateful. And that’s a story that will never ever end!
Thank you so much for taking time to talk with me! 🙂 Before we say goodbye for today, tell us what‘s coming up next for you.
Buck: I have two more books to write in this current series – The Ballads of Paradise. I’m also working on several devotional for Daily Guidepost as well as squeezing in a novella I’ve been wanting to write. I’m also in talks about a biography of my sometimes touring and songwriting partner in crime, Randy Stonehill. Looking forward to seeing where that goes.
Carrie: sounds like you’ll be busy!!
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What about you? What makes you want to read The Beautiful Ashes of Gomez Gomez by Buck Storm?