About the Author
Jeff Rasley is author of seven books. His most recent is “Pilgrimage: Sturgis to Wounded Knee and Back Home Again, a Memoir”. He is a partner in Knowledge Capture Publishing and Editing, a writing coach, and professor at Butler University.
Jeff is a graduate of the University of Chicago B.A. magna cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa, All-Academic All-State Football Team, and letter winner in swimming and football; Indiana University School of Law J.D. cum laude, Moot Court, and Indiana Law Review; Christian Theological Seminary M.Div. magna cum laude, co-valedictorian, and Faculty Award Scholar. Rasley was admitted to the Indiana, U.S. District Court, and the U.S. Supreme Court Bars. He practiced law in Indianapolis for thirty years. He is currently president of the Basa Village Foundation USA Inc., expedition organizer for Adventure GeoTreks Ltd.,and program mgr. for Scientech of Indianapolis.
For chairing the Indiana-Tennessee Civic Memorial Commission Jeff and the Commission received Proclamations of Salutation from the Governors of Indiana, Ohio, Tennessee and Pennsylvania and he was made an honorary Lieutenant Colonel Aide-de-Camp of the Alabama State Militia, a Kentucky Colonel, and honorary Citizen of Tennessee. He was given a Key to the City of Indianapolis for serving as an intern to Mayor Hudnut and preparing a report on the safety conditions of all Indy Parks. Jeff has received the Man of the Year award from the Arthur Jordan YMCA and the Alumni Service Award from the University of Chicago Alumni Board of Governors.
Jeff has published numerous articles and photos in academic and mainstream periodicals, including Newsweek, Chicago Magazine, ABA Journal, Family Law Review, Pacific Magazine, Indy’s Child, The Journal of Communal Societies, The Chrysalis Reader, Faith & Fitness Magazine, Friends Journal, and Real Travel Adventures International Magazine.
Jeff gives slide show programs about adventure travel and philanthropy to service clubs, community organizations, and churches. He serves on five nonprofit corporate boards. He is an avid outdoorsman and recreational athlete. He leads trekking-mountaineering expeditions in Nepal and has solo-kayaked around several Pacific island groups. His greatest reading adventure was Marcel Proust’s 3600 page “Remembrance of Things Past”.
What inspires you to write romance books?
It was a very enjoyable break from the nonfiction adventure-philosophical-theological-political articles & books I’ve written. There is a liberation of feeling allowed by romance not so common and accepted in other genres. And, Alicia Rasley has inspired me.
Tell us about how you write:
When I’m working on a book or article, I require that I edit what I last wrote and then write at least one new paragraph in the morning. I break off to go about my day, and return to writing in the evening. I find it easier to get inspired to create new material if I begin by editing what I last wrote.
I begin by outlining in long hand and then write a draft in long hand. When I fell like I’ve really got the story nailed, I begin writing on computer but using my long-hand draft as guidance.
Do you listen (or talk to) to your characters?
What advice would you give other writers?
Keep writing. Write to life!
How did you decide how to publish your books?
After dealing with the delays, frustrations, and quirky accounting of a trad publisher, I created my own e-publishing company. (I’m a lawyer.)
What do you think about the future of book publishing?
There is too much stuff on Amazon and the other online publishers. The freedom to direct publish is a wonderful development for writers, but readers need a better system for finding what is worthy literature and what appeals to the reader than the all-powerful “algorithm”.
What genres do you write:: romance,mystery,crime,adventure travel,nonfiction
What formats are your books in: Both eBook and Print
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