C.E. Newsom

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C.E. Newsom was born in Chicago, the hometown of his fictional detective Jeffrey Sparks. People describe Sparks as blunt, to-the-point, sarcastic, and a narcissist in denial. He's also a tenacious and determined detective that helps those that justice has overlooked. How much of Sparks is in the author? Newsom describes Sparks as having some qualities he wished he had, if he didn't care so much about what people think. Like Sparks, C.E. finds sarcasm to be the best form of humor. They both also have causes they believe in strongly, and are not hesitant to express their opinions when asked. Sparks and C.E. both have a love of music, although Sparks is focused on Blues, while Newsom is an avid Billy Joel fan. When he's not writing, you can ...more

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C.E. Newsom Hi, and thanks for the questions. I'm in a lucky position in that I work from home and have a lot more time available to write than most people in the…moreHi, and thanks for the questions. I'm in a lucky position in that I work from home and have a lot more time available to write than most people in the early stages of their writing career. I get up early and write for about an hour and a half before our 2 year old son wakes up. I write for a couple more hours when he's taking a nap, and about another hour after dinner when my wife is playing with our son. I try to write at least 1,000 words a day (more than that and you start losing focus), so this time gives me the chance to get that writing quota in for the day.

The bottom line is writers always find time to write, even if it's early in the morning before everyone else gets up, or on your lunch break, or wherever you can sneak in even thirty minutes--that's still better than nothing.

I'm really glad you asked the question about characters, because characters are so much more fun to me, and more important, than plot. When I read an excellent book that sticks with me weeks after I've finished reading it, it's always because the characters stay with me.

I spent the most time developing the character of Jeffrey Sparks, who is a private detective and the protagonist of my stories. I wanted a three-dimensional character, someone with flaws. Flaws, demons, personality issues, and even psychological issues make a character more interesting, more like a real person. I'll give an example: Superman is a flat, boring character (the ultimate "good guy" that can never do wrong); Batman is an interesting, three-dimensional character--he has his demons and issues stemming from seeing his parents murdered.

So, Sparks is this "anti-hero," a guy that's a narcissist, misanthrope, and just generally an ass. But, he's a master at reasoning and reading body language, and he has a strong desire to help those that are pushed aside by others (i.e. the police). He has his issues from his childhood that still haunt him, and pushes him to help those that need justice.

Parts of Sparks come from people that I know, including me. That's the same with many of the recurring characters in my stories--they are a combination of traits from people I know that have been combined to make an interesting character that meets the needs of the stories. The fun part is that the characters, like people themselves, keep evolving as I write about them more. I keep finding out more about Sparks and the other characters that keep the writing fun.

Thanks again for your questions--I hope I've been helpful in my answers.(less)
C.E. Newsom The answer to this question is very similar to the one about inspiration. I don't believe in writer's block any more than I believe in the concept of…moreThe answer to this question is very similar to the one about inspiration. I don't believe in writer's block any more than I believe in the concept of "accountant's block." If it's your job, then you plow through and do it.

I have been blocked on stories before, where I had no idea where the story was going and what came next. If that happens, I take some time away from the story and work on something else for a few days. I don't stop thinking about it, but I just shelve it for a few days. Eventually, the answer comes, like an epiphany, and I'm able to continue. The bottom line is, don't give up, and don't give in to the concept of writer's block.(less)
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“An atheist is someone who is certain that God does not exist, someone who has compelling evidence against the existence of God. I know of no such compelling evidence. Because God can be relegated to remote times and places and to uptime causes, we would have to know a great deal more about the Universe than we do now to be sure that no such God exists. To be certain of the existence of God and you be certain of the nonexistence of God seem to me to be the confident extremes in a subject so riddled with doubt and uncertainty as to inspire very little confidence indeed.”
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“Life is a series of hellos and goodbyes....”
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Susan B. Anthony
“I distrust those people who know so well what God wants them to do, because I notice it always coincides with their own desires.”
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“An atheist is someone who is certain that God does not exist, someone who has compelling evidence against the existence of God. I know of no such compelling evidence. Because God can be relegated to remote times and places and to uptime causes, we would have to know a great deal more about the Universe than we do now to be sure that no such God exists. To be certain of the existence of God and you be certain of the nonexistence of God seem to me to be the confident extremes in a subject so riddled with doubt and uncertainty as to inspire very little confidence indeed.”
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“Look again at that dot. That's here. That's home. That's us. On it everyone you love, everyone you know, everyone you ever heard of, every human being who ever was, lived out their lives. The aggregate of our joy and suffering, thousands of confident religions, ideologies, and economic doctrines, every hunter and forager, every hero and coward, every creator and destroyer of civilization, every king and peasant, every young couple in love, every mother and father, hopeful child, inventor and explorer, every teacher of morals, every corrupt politician, every "superstar," every "supreme leader," every saint and sinner in the history of our species lived there-on a mote of dust suspended in a sunbeam.

The Earth is a very small stage in a vast cosmic arena. Think of the endless cruelties visited by the inhabitants of one corner of this pixel on the scarcely distinguishable inhabitants of some other corner, how frequent their misunderstandings, how eager they are to kill one another, how fervent their hatreds. Think of the rivers of blood spilled by all those generals and emperors so that, in glory and triumph, they could become the momentary masters of a fraction of a dot.

Our posturings, our imagined self-importance, the delusion that we have some privileged position in the Universe, are challenged by this point of pale light. Our planet is a lonely speck in the great enveloping cosmic dark. In our obscurity, in all this vastness, there is no hint that help will come from elsewhere to save us from ourselves.

The Earth is the only world known so far to harbor life. There is nowhere else, at least in the near future, to which our species could migrate. Visit, yes. Settle, not yet. Like it or not, for the moment the Earth is where we make our stand.

It has been said that astronomy is a humbling and character-building experience. There is perhaps no better demonstration of the folly of human conceits than this distant image of our tiny world. To me, it underscores our responsibility to deal more kindly with one another, and to preserve and cherish the pale blue dot, the only home we've ever known.”
Carl Sagan, Pale Blue Dot: A Vision of the Human Future in Space

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