Interview with Maynard Fuggent

What's the story behind your latest book?
It's an effort to bring awareness to our present state of mind via history and psychology. Not too difficult or 'deep'. Just relevant. How can a writer have 'writers' block with the world at his feet? The book is merely a phase of selective historical knowledge of which the stories are funneled. I've been reading about Greece, Italy, Christianity, Theology, poetry which have inspired these stories to no end...
Who are your favorite authors?
Robert E. Howard, Jiddu Krishnamurti, Leo Tolstoy, Honore De Balzac, Osho, Sophocles.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
Expressing the potential of ourselves (looking past the education and ego), where psychology, education, and observation help heal our social anxieties.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
Life lifts the body and mind awake, there is no 'me' involved. The source of Life breathes and inspires.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
A family with a young daughter camps in The Forest. And I can't remember what the heck happens. Still have the story though. I don't throw anything out! LOL All I know is the grammar, style, and structure are naively flawed but was still fun, educational, and innocent.
What is your writing process?
Paper and pencil (old school). I connect with the story, and its world - don't leave out your senses when writing, so outline with pencil, paper, and the coffee shop. Get out of the house to get something done! Inspiration is everywhere. Once I get an idea, which is never complete, I start writing and small outline and play with that until a complete picture immerges (which really isn't but the mind accepts that). But I'm usually too enthused to wait and get started because the characters are waiting to reveal their lives and direction to me. The theme/plot (generally) stay the same, but the execution I'm never sure of. Great! Not knowing!...yet.
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
No....now I remember, The Book of Life by Jiddu Krishnamurti. the rest of me became aware, observant, expansive and discoverer.
How do you approach cover design?
My approach is far back as possible, meaning, what is the whole collective message? Because I'm writing a collection of short stories and that message must convey.
What are your five favorite books, and why?
That is like asking who ones best friend is. If you're communicating equally, that doesn't matter - truth, compassion, respect, awareness, and mindfulness are not choices. This assures no regrets and eliminating the need for favorites, as all are equal, balanced and one. And I've yet to finish a book. Sorry.
What do you read for pleasure?
Reading people because that leads to teaching or helping others also meditations that expand the mind/self past the conditioned state, then I share what I've learned and become aware of.
We hear you didn't get an Honorable Mention on a contest
True, I didn't my ego assured me I'd win (idiot!). I was, respectfully, reduced to 'a good read.' I'll take it. But this is a sure sign of encouragement!
Published 2017-09-26.
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