What inspired you to write The Life and Times of Car Johnson?
I started writing a story one Christmas, during a lull in the activities. I had a notebook with me for just that purpose and started scribbling away. I have no clue where the inspiration came from, as the fact that it was Christmas only inspired me to start the story at a Christmas party. The rest of the story turned into making the most insane character I could imagine. I'd never written a character like him before, he shared none of my opinions or habits, yet somehow Car came to be.
What do you read for pleasure?
Science fiction mostly. You'd think Car would have ended up a visiting alien, a self-aware robot out to discover his past, or a galactic overlord using the Earth as his home base. But no, he turned into Gomer Pyle's cruder brother.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
When I first wrote The Life and Times of Car Johnson, a fellow writer offered to host it on his blog as a serial story. The book was actually written in serial form and posted up each week. Since it was already published, I couldn't send it to a publisher, so I self-published an ebook version.
Eventually, the blog went in a different direction and the owner removed it's writing section. That left Car Johnson as an ebook. I decided to add a print version as well and The Life and Times of Car Johnson became what it is today.
How did you come up with the name Car Johnson?
I couldn't come up with a name for the character and started asking people for help. My mother suggested his name should be Carrol or Francis, so I decided that Carrol would be a funny name, especially if he and his twin sister had the same name and everyone called him Car.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
I was four or five and I couldn't write yet, so I dictated a book to him. It was a science book about the human body, inspired by anatomy books we had. My book ended up with such gems as, "bones make you stand up straight," "brains make you think," and "nerves make you feel." Also, an statement about how food entered the trachea and went down into the stomach to be digested, because that was the only part of the body I knew about in any sort of actual detail.
If you could be any inanimate object, what would you be?
I would be a security camera. That way I could freak people out by slowly following their every move.
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