Interview with John Vocale

What do you read for pleasure?
My fiction readings began with the Lost Generation and moved forward. When in college, I read The Sun Also Rises and followed that up with Slaughterhouse Five. Although chronologically, that was a giant leap forward, I backtracked and tried to read everything in-between.
I read two kinds of non-fiction, science and history, with the latter being my favorite since my small mind cannot comprehend the fact that quantum physics is 100% sure that one electron can be in two places at the same time without ever being observed.
I read history to "observe" the head shaking evidence of humans following world leaders that are little more than charlatans with nice suits.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
I've tried many of them. Today, it happens to be an iPad. It's a heavy SOB but it has more diversity.
What book marketing techniques have been most effective for you?
That remains to be seen.
Describe your desk
No
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in New York City and Florida. Since most of my childhood was less than idyllic, I wrote about things that would make me laugh.
When did you first start writing?
I just answered that question.
What's the story behind your latest book?
I was wronged by somebody. Euphemistically, for this writing, let's call him a... sub-human. Since I do not possess the inclination to get even through violence, I decided to "get even" or have fun with it another way. And I do mean fun, I think my characters will tell you that.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
I've always had the motivation to write. Until now however, I've never had the motivation to see it through to the completion of a novel. It's hard to describe how truly enjoyable the experience was for me. I think I'll do another.
How has Smashwords contributed to your success?
Well, it's been one day so I'll have to get back to you on that one.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
That's an easy one; when I wake up at four o'clock in the morning, fill the air with the brewed scent of my day's only cup of coffee and rush to my computer to write down what my characters were telling me as I was trying to sleep. But let's keep this between you and me. I realize, of course, if the wrong person(s) knew that I heard voices in my head, my new home would have a lot softer walls.
What do your fans mean to you?
That also, remains to be seen. So far, I think my only fan resides in the salt flats of Nevada. She means a lot!
What are you working on next?
I'm working. Let's leave it at that.
Published 2014-08-18.
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