Books by Craig W. Turner
How much of what you write is from your real-life political experiences?
FAQ "Quite a bit, actually, though rarely exactly as they happened..."
Are your characters who are candidates based on real people?
FAQ "No characters are based on specific people, but certainly aspects..."
Who are your author role models?
FAQ "Elmore Leonard is my most important role model, for his dialogue..."
Who are your political role models?
FAQ "Early in my career, I worked for a county legislator..."
Do your characters tend to lean to the left or the right?
FAQ "My characters come from various walks of life, and diverse political persuasions..."
With real-life politics as crazy as they are, how do you write fiction that’s even more compelling to compete?
FAQ "It’s crazy out there, isn’t it? Yes, it’s difficult to come up with..."
Craig's political work isn't relegated to just fiction. THE CAMPAIGN COACH program, which Craig started in 2015, offers insights and high-level strategies to take your local political campaign to the next level.
The old adage, “write what you know,” has been an important source of inspiration for me. Having spent twenty-plus years in the trenches of government, politics, media and economic development in Western New York, not only do I have the experience and insight to write authentic stories from the political arena, but I have more than enough stories to never run out of fiction fodder. It’s all good stuff for writing – especially in an area where sometimes what happens in real life is as good, if not better, as what can be conjured up in our imaginations.
It remains to be seen whether the 2020 election was an anomaly in the number of people it turned out to vote – a record 2/3 of Americans eligible to vote weighed in on the candidates (we’ll talk about the other 1/3 in a moment). Compare that to the 2018 election (non-presidential), which was at 53%, 2016 (presidential) at 55% and 2014 at roughly 42%.
One of the reviews on my first political thriller, BORDER TROUBLES, on Amazon picks up on the fact that I’ve worked in politics for a long time, and questions the links between real life and my writing: