Interview with Adam Adrian Crown

What are you working on next?
I'm working on a follow-up to ECLIPSE OF THE HEART, entitled SPARTACUS JONES AND THE FILM NOIR COWBOY. It's both a prequel and a sequel to ECLIPSE. That one's in the ARC stage. While I'm waiting for feedback from my trusty beta-readers, I'm sketching out a third one, working title: A DANGEROUS PLACE TO LIVE. But I might jump to a re-write of a related story, that's been gnawing at me for a while.
What do your fans mean to you?
I never met a horse I didn't like.
Can't say the same about humans.
If you enjoy what I write, you're probably a little nuts.
Like me.
It's always nice to connect with other people who color outside the lines.
Who are your favorite authors?
Cervantes, of course. I don't know how many times I've read Don Quixote. Raphael Sabatini. I love his elegance of language. Scaramouche and Captain Blood are my favorites. Victor Hugo for The Hunchback. I'll read anything by Margaret Atwood. The Handmaid's Tale still makes me shudder. I like Andrew Vacchs. Richard S. Prather. Ian Fleming. Donald E. Westlake (especially Richard Stark's "Parker" stories). Lawrence Sanders. Stephan King writes tons of great stuff. Harold Robbins (esp The Adventurers). Everything by John Grisham, but I particularly liked A Time to Kill. Michael Crichton. I like the way Zane Grey spins a yarn. Frederick Forsyth's Odessa File is a favorite, also Dogs of War and Day of the Jackal. Plus Steinbeck. In Dubious Battle. One of my all-time favorites is THE OXBOW INCIDENT by Walter vanTilburg Clark. And Harper Lee, for To Kill a Mockingbird. That's off the top of my head. There must be a dozen more.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
I enjoy composing music. Keeping company with horses. I do some teaching. I like hard physical work: lifting weights, hill sprints, chopping wood. I love cinema, too. There's nothing like a good movie.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
No, but I remember the first story I ever told. I was just a kid, maybe seven or eight years old. Walking home from school I brainstormed a tale that I then told my mother. Something about escaped cons or bank robbers, maybe. I must have been pretty convincing because she called the local cops and hilarity of keystone proportions ensued. Somebody finally thought to ask me if I'd made it all up, and I said "Yes, it's a story." You can probably guess the aftermath.
What is your writing process?
I don't really know. I sit. I write. Usually in the morning. Say, 9am to noon. Then sometime later I re-write. Rinse and repeat.
Describe your desk
I would if I could find it. I know it's under all that stuff, somewhere
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in and around Chicago. I escaped when I was about 20. A friend once shook his head at something I'd said or done, and said to me "You can take the boy out of Chicago, but you can't take Chicago out of the boy." Chi-town is tough. Terse. Corrupt. Merciless. Like a woman who's pretty sure she's about to be scorned, and decides to beat you to the punch with a straight razor. And no sentence is complete without some form of the word "fuck." It's like a period.
When did you first start writing?
Just before the doctor slapped me on the ass. He made me drop my pencil.
Okay, seriously. As far back as I can remember.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
When somebody tells me I made them cry. Or laugh. Or get angry. Then I know I did a good job.
Or when I put in something so subtle, so way out, a sub-reference so tenuous --- and somebody GETS it!
What are your five favorite books, and why?
My list du jour:
The Anatomy of Human Destructiveness, by Eric Fromm because it explains a whole lot about why things are the way they are.
Without Conscience, by Robert Hare, because it saved my sanity. It's about psychopaths -- and made me realize I was dealing with one at the time.
The Ox-bow Incident, by Walter van Tilburg Clark, because it's about justice -- and the lack of it.
In Dubious Battle, by John Steinbeck, because the hero was a guy who never asked anything for himself.
Lame Deer: A Seeker of Visions, by Richard Erdoes, because he was the grandfather I never had.
Published 2016-10-29.
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Books by This Author

Spartacus Jones and the Film Noir Cowboy
Pre-release—available May 24, 2019. Price: $4.99 USD. Language: English. Categories: Fiction » Transgressional fiction
A man and a horse. A man and a woman. A man on a quest for justice. Dark Justice. The gritty sequel to ECLIPSE OF THE HEART
Eclipse of the Heart
Price: $5.99 USD. Words: 131,400. Language: English. Published: November 4, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Transgressional fiction
Sometimes he plays with horses. Sometimes he plays the blues. Sometimes he plays karma, coming to collect on payment over-due. Predators, too, can be prey. Hitman? Vigilante? Knight-errant? Your call. This is his story, told his way, for the woman he loves. Will she stay with him, or run like hell? What would YOU do?