Interview: Charles Franklin Emery III

Charles Franklin Emery III was born in Los Angeles, California in 1956. He joined the US Navy Submarine force in 1977 and spent the following six years on Fast Attack and Fleet Ballistic Missile submarines as a Sonar Technician and Sonar Supervisor. He forged a career in commercial Nuclear Power and is now a Consulting Engineer to various electric utilities. Charles owns and operates his own publishing imprint, Bunkiedog Press. Bunkiedog Press has published Dad, Dog and Fish.

Tell us a bit about yourself. Where are you from and how long have you been writing?

I’m originally from Southern California, I was born in Los Angeles. I’m a Consulting Engineer to the nuclear utility industry with an emphasis in Relaying and Controls. I’m 53 years old and sometimes I feel like I’m 18 or 118.

I’ve been writing for the past few years now that I have the time. Very little, but some time.

Tell us about your latest book. What do you hope readers take away from it?

A Man and His Maniac: The Bunkie Story – Second Edition was written to commemorate the best canine friend I’ve ever had, Bunkie, a yellow Labrador Retriever. I had him for 14+ years and shared many a laugh and tear with Bunkie. The book is my way of sharing him with others and is a small tribute so that he will be around long after I’m gone. He got me through some tough times and I owed him this. I also did the same for my Dad in my book Dad, Dog & Fish.

As for what I want readers to take away when they read the book, I just want them to feel better after having read it. These are trying times and folks are really worried about a multitude of things. I want them to reset their minds to enable them to enjoy the simpler things in life, like the companionship of their pets and friends. In short, this little book offers them an escape to something as simple as a man and his dog and their adventures.

Share some of your writing goals. What’s next for you?

I am currently working on the memoirs Moondoggie and the Boston Terrier Horde, Gearhead and Bubblehead.

What’s the most interesting book you’ve ever read?

It by Stephen King.

Favorite authors?

Samuel Clemens, Stephen King, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

Book you’re currently reading?

The Art and Science of Protective Relaying by C. Russell Mason

Do you believe in writer’s block? If so, how did you get past it? If not, why not?

If you have something to write, you write. You can’t force it. However, if you have something to write and you’re being lazy, then you have to force yourself to seize that moment and just do it.

In your opinion, what’s the measure of a successful writer?

A successful writer is one who writes. To transfer your thoughts in a coherent manner to a medium that invokes thought from a reader is a success in itself. To successfully communicate is a success. Of course having a best seller could be construed as a success too, I guess like all writers, that I want to achieve that particular level of success as well.

Advice for other writers?

Keep trying and think outside the box. Keep a good sense of humor and realize that they may be able to kill you but they can’t eat you. Persevere.

Where can we learn more about you?

Readers can visit the Bunkiedog Press website at http://www.bunkiedog.com for information and updates.

Anything else you’d like to add?

Just that potential authors need to keep writing and think outside the box. Don’t let anyone tell you that you can’t do it and spread your work around for reviews from different personality types.

Thanks for having me.

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