Interview with Marvin Knittel

What's the story behind your latest book?
My latest book is a memoir that recounts my life as an amputee. When I was five years old I had a compound fracture of my left wrist. Gas gangrene set in necessitating the amputation of my arm only two inches below my shoulder. I have wanted to share my experiences and the psychology of loss with others. I want especially to reach the veterans with limb loss. Combining my experience of an understanding of the psychology of loss with being an amputee gives me unique insights.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
I have published many professional articles because I had something I wanted to say. It is also exciting to see a story unfold before my eyes. There comes a time when a story begins to write itself. It is exciting to discover what comes around the corner.
What are you working on next?
My next short book is about the age old dilemma of when to hang on and when to let go as we watch our children mature from infants to young adults. I published and article on the subject which was well received. Now I want to expand the idea of how hanging on and letting go is part of living. So look for the title HANGING ON AND LETTING GO: THE DILEMMA WE ALL FACE.
What is your writing process?
I process information in a non-linear fashion. That is, I begin by developing a very broad idea of what I want the end to be. Than I begin throwing ideas against the wall to see what sticks. I expand on those and finally arrange them in an order that will be easy for the reader to understand. Finally, I rearrange until everything makes sense. Of course, the editing process takes almost as much time as the original writing. Editing is like weeding a garden. Just when you think you have cleaned everything up and you walk away for a spell you come back and the spelling and grammatical weeds are back and the weeding continues. Take heart, the weeds will disappear.
Published 2015-04-20.
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