Interview with Alan Wynzel

Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
I don't remember, but it had to be 3rd or 4th grade. I remember writing stories for class in the 5th and 6th grade and getting high marks for them. I also wrote 63 pages of a war novel in 6th grade! I never finished it, though. Wish I still had it but all my school work was thrown out.
What is your writing process?
This is a question formulated by someone who doesn't write, as far as I'm concerned. There is no process, you just sit down and write. All I can say on this is I tend to cycle...write for weeks and weeks then nothing for weeks (or months).
What do you read for pleasure?
I read a lot of literature and (no surprise) historical books (and memoirs) on WWII. I've read a number of the "old classics"..Dickens, Mark Twain, and 19th century heavyweights like Tolstoy, Dostoyevsky, Conrad, etc. But the heavyweights got too "heavy". Now I stick to 20th Century writers....Hemingway, Bukowski, George Orwell, Cormac McCarthy, Vonnegut. Suppose I like things that speak of contemporary times and issues. I also read a lot of graphic novels, I love Hellboy, and anything by Joe Sacco, and there are many really well done adaptations of literary novels now done in graphic form.
Describe your desk
LOL. My dining room table. Laptop, vodka tonic, salt and pepper shakers.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
Morristown, NJ. Read When I Was German and you will see....
What's the story behind your latest book?
My latest book...that would be a novel, a fictional work based on my experiences, entitled The Seventh Round. I will be publishing that soon. That's about my experiences in the Great Recession, where I was laid off twice, had my income and standard of living nearly halved, and had a major relationship fail. Plus a few other things.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
Frankly writing causes me no joy. It is a compulsion. In fact sometimes I hate doing it. I guess the two things about it I find satisfactory are: 1--FINISHING something and 2--seeing that it is GOOD. #2 is harder because I'm a very harsh self-critic.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
LOL--who comes up with these questions? Avoiding starvation and homelessness inspire me to get out of bed each day (OK, 5 out of 7) and drag my butt to work.
Published 2013-09-10.
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When I Was German
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 96,330. Language: English. Published: September 10, 2013. Categories: Nonfiction » Biography » Personal memoir
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When I Was German is the childhood memoir of a boy raised in a home that reverberated with the echoes of World War II. Although born in NJ long after the last guns in Europe went silent, the unresolved grief of his German mother and the bitter conflict between her and his Jewish father made for a home that was a battlefield through which the boy struggled to survive and grow.