Interview with Jacob LaCivita

Who are your favorite authors?
My favorite novel of all time is "Replay" by Ken Grimwood. I try to re-read it once a year and always find something new. I also enjoy Chuck Palahniuk, David Foster Wallace, Alex Garland, Jonathan Carroll, James Hawes, and Michael Kun.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
Easton, Massachusetts is a suburb pretty much exactly halfway between Boston & Providence. I had great access to both cities as a teenager to go see club shows, often times seeing the same band in both cities on back to back nights. Little vignettes based on those concert adventures often turn up in my stories and scripts, as do various locales in the greater Easton/Stoughton/Brockton area. (And without Town Spa Pizza in Stoughton, who knows where my life or my writing would be today.)
How does music influence your writing?
Music has always been a big part of my life. I love going to see live shows and rarely have silence in the background at home or in the car. Both Timely Persuasion and Fester have deep musical themes and references fueling the story. Song lyrics are often an inspiration that help me fight through writer's block. I suffer from what my wife refers to as "lyrical tourette's" where I'll blurt out a line to a song as a complete non-sequitur. I like to imagine my characters are trapped in a song and let the muses provide a hint as to what they might do next.
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
I'm not sure if I remember the actual first, but a few random memories stick out. The Runaway Road by Stan Mack was one of my favorite books as a kid. I loved how the road became a character with a mind of its own. The "Do you like my hat?" bit from Go, Dog. Go! by PD Eastman is something I still quote to this day. When I got a little bit older I remember crying while reading Bridge to Terabithia -- the only time a book ever conjured up that sort of emotion for me.
What do your fans mean to you?
Writing doesn't mean much without having anyone to read what you wrote. A fan is a special type of reader who anticipates what you're going to do next and is willing to take time to voice what they did and didn't like about it, which I find extremely special and gratifying. I dedicated my short story "Fester" to a fan who loved my previous novel and emailed to ask when I had something else coming out.
What do you read for pleasure?
I'm a sucker for a time travel novel as long as it's grounded in realism. I don't want the protagonist going to the far future or the distant past. Sam Beckett "theorizing that one could time travel within his own lifetime" is my sweet spot. I'm also drawn to books written by musicians -- novels, poems or memoirs. (There's a growing "written by rockstars" shelf on top of a bookcase abutting my living room speakers.) Most of my other selections are chosen by my wife. She'll finish reading something, close the book, pause, exhale, look at me and then say "you need to read this now..."
Describe your desk
There are two desks in my writing room (that I refer to as the "little room" after a song by the White Stripes). A main corner desk with stacked shelves and the iMac that serves as our primary computer, plus a smaller tile topped desk with an old MacBook. My writing is pretty much evenly split between the two depending on the day and/or if my wife is using the primary computer.

For inspiration around the room is a shelf of Boston Red Sox memorabilia (including an original "Believe" poster from 2004), a time travel calendar, postcard versions of "Soft Watch at the Moment of First Explosion" by Dali, "The Scream" by Munch, and a sketch called "Stress Time" of an overwhelmed gentleman at a messy desk, a collage of my old college haüs and roommates, and a photo of my wife on a yacht with the ocean behind her.
What are you working on next?
Somehow I ended up with three simultaneous projects in various states of completion. One is a set of interconnected stories that loosely revolve around jury duty. ("Fester" is one of these stories.) Another is a bit of an espionage thriller where the entire story takes place in a car. The last is inspired by all of the funny things my dog does. Working on three books at once is a little daunting, but it also helps to ensure I always have something to work on when the muse hits. I've found that being able to jump around between different stories and genres is a great way to keep writer's block at bay.
Published 2013-10-20.
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Books by This Author

Fester
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 10,470. Language: English. Published: September 2, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Humor & comedy » General, Fiction » Young adult or teen » Humor
Two friends. Twenty-two bands. Three numbers. And thirty-seven prank phone calls...
Timely Persuasion
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 94,050. Language: English. Published: October 3, 2009. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » General
(4.00)
My sister was engaged to marry this jerk but nobody would speak up about it. Eventually I said something, but only because my future self showed up and told me to. And he only did it because his future self put him up to it. After that things get complicated...