What was the hardest part to write in the book?
The beginning, the middle and the end. Writing is hard.
What was your favorite part of your book to write?
The metamorphosing, and the action scenes. Also the Easter egg tucked into the text which, if found by a lucky reader, will reveal the Meaning of Life and generate unlimited eternal wealth.
Are you a full time or a part time writer? If part time, what do you do besides write?
I was trading for a dozen years, took time off to create a board game (Holy Land: Crown of the Leper King, for Kickstarter in winter of 2016), my first novel (the epic action fantasy adventure Azaroth & Sefalin), and a literary historical mystery called “The Bad Canadian” that I am actively seeking a literary agent for.
What are you currently reading?
Unsold TV Pilots, the almost complete guide to everything you never saw on TV. I should lie and say something more pretentious, right? O.K. Poilu: The World War I Notebooks of Corporal Louis Barthas, Barrelmaker, 1914-1918. Which I read last summer in a hammock, as research for “The Bad Canadian”.
Who would you say are your favorite authors?
I find everybody easy to love. For instance, Nabokov’s writing, especially in Lolita, is sublime. But who can write an action scene like Robert E. Howard, or make you laugh harder than Justin Halpern in Shit My Dad Says?
How about your favorite books? What would be your top 5?
Stoner by John Williams
Growth of the Soil by Knut Hamsun
Most of John Fante and thus by extension, Charles Bukowski
Steinbeck’s the Winter of Our Discontent
Charles Panati’s Extraordinary Endings
What are your future projects, if any?
Finding a literary agent – there’s no money in self publishing, and I must eat, I have a family.
What is your preferred method for readers to get in touch with you and your books?
Internet venues are fine. I am present in most of them, however irregularly.
Do you have any advice for aspiring authors?
Don’t get discouraged. If it was easy, everyone would do it.