Interview with Peter Rodman

Who are your favorite authors?
I would like to write as well as Margaret Atwood, but I can't. I admire her prose style, her skill at description and characterization, and her ability to tell a story.
Other authors I am always willing to pick up and read, or re-read, are: Mark Twain, Virginia Woolf, Joseph Conrad, and James Tiptree Jr.
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
I believe Spot the dog was chasing Puff the cat, and Sally was upset. Then I think Dick and Jane tried to calm Sally down.
I was appalled. Even at six years old I knew that was garbage and that stories could be better. I wondered just how stupid people thought kids were. Over the years I've learned that most adults think kids are very stupid.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
It was about a kid who had to get out of the house because he couldn't stand the noise of the television his parents were watching.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
My experiences with mainstream publishing. I got very tired of not being able to sell my best stuff, and when I sold something someone really, really, liked, they cut it to shreds before they published it.
Have you ever quit writing?
Twice. Most recently 20 years ago, for ten years. I took the 5 novels I'd written, and the pieces of the 6th, boxed them up, took them to the dump, and was a bureaucrat for ten years.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
I like to tell a story that absorbs the reader and takes them, or their mind, to places they've never been, introduces them to people they've never met, and makes them think about things they've never considered. I want the reader to say, "Hmmm. I never thought of that."
How do you approach cover design?
I make my own, which is why they are so clunky. I guess I'd rather have something startlingly awful than something that looks commercially designed.
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
I choose random categories (science fiction, short stories, erotica, etc.) then go through page after page of books looking for something that doesn't have vampires, zombies, werewolves, magic--basically anything of fantasy. I'll read anything, as long as it is based in reality. I like good writing (grammar, word choice) and give up quickly on anything that uses too many adjectives, adverbs, too much passive voice, or too many wrong words.
I like a good story that might actually happen in real life.
Published 2015-03-10.
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Books by This Author

Of Charity
Price: Free! Words: 2,820. Language: English. Published: August 21, 2018. Categories: Essay » Sociology, Essay » Political
This is an essay on charity. How much to give, and to whom. If you simply don't care about the misery you see and read about, it is not for you. How does a person become rich, so to have something to give? Who should get your excess money? How do you find them? What are your rules?
Avoiding a Mark on History
Price: Free! Words: 990. Language: English. Published: October 29, 2017. Categories: Essay » Sociology, Nonfiction » Self-improvement » Motivation and inspiration
Why is it so easy to identify criminals and jerks? What are their names? Check a history book. What did they do? Stop asking awkward questions.
Ad Deum qui lætíficat juventútem maem
Price: Free! Words: 3,210. Language: American English. Published: November 30, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Biographical, Fiction » Coming of age
An American boy struggles with village life in Franco's Spain. He is baffled by his enemy.
Patriotism: The Most Odious Prejudice
Price: Free! Words: 4,400. Language: English. Published: August 31, 2016. Categories: Essay » Political, Essay » Sociology
Sure I love my country. After all, I was born here. Or I emigrated here and became a citizen. Or I invaded your country because my country's needs are more important than any rights you think you have. Why wouldn't I love my country?
Taxation and Representation?
Price: Free! Words: 3,070. Language: American English. Published: September 28, 2015. Categories: Essay » Political, Essay » Legal
What if a simple change would allow the individual taxpayer to influence the US government at the highest level while blunting the influence of the wealthy, the political action committees, and multinational corporations? What if the system has been in place and working for decades?
Edward Snowden and The Emperor's Real Clothes
Price: Free! Words: 2,650. Language: American English. Published: August 20, 2015. Categories: Essay » Political, Nonfiction » True Crime » Computer Crime
Is it treason to betray a subversive organization? How much patriotism is needed to offset a conscience? Two pounds? Eleven miles?
A Minimal God Towards a Practical Theology
Price: Free! Words: 7,680. Language: American English. Published: May 5, 2015. Categories: Nonfiction » Religion and Spirituality » Deism, Essay » Sociology
Suppose you need a god, but can't believe the things they're telling you? Is there a way to have a rational god who is not completely impossible?
Halfwit and All Man
Price: Free! Words: 59,340. Language: American English. Published: April 27, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Humor & comedy » General, Essay » Sociology
Seventy humor essays about life in general, originally published in The Suttertown News in the last century. excerpt: "Cats are deceptive animals, and while it may not be good for a cat to be shaved before it is named, it's probably a good idea to at least wet it down good to see what it looks like under all the hair. " from Shave Your Cat
Of Suicide
Price: Free! Words: 5,620. Language: American English. Published: April 6, 2015. Categories: Nonfiction » Philosophy » Free will & determinism, Nonfiction » Health, wellbeing, & medicine » healthy living
Is a person's decision to kill himself always wrong? Is his thinking irrational? Who has the right to stop him? This is a continuation and expansion of David Hume's essay with the same name. A modern-language version of David Hume's essay follows. A link is provided to the original essay.
Time it was,
Price: Free! Words: 106,940. Language: American English. Published: March 9, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Urban, Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Psychological thriller
Two suicidal, but functional, people try to keep one another from killing themselves. Their friendship disrupts their personal lives, even while it preserves them. Their mental illnesses drive them apart, even while they bind them together. Contains vulgar language and scenes resembling sexual encounters.
Brain Zapping: Trans-crainial Direct Current Stimulation and Depression
Price: Free! Words: 3,690. Language: English. Published: February 19, 2015. Categories: Nonfiction » Psychology » Depression, Nonfiction » Health, wellbeing, & medicine » Diseases / nervous system (incl. brain)
A depressed man's personal experiments with a home-built (for about $20) low-current brain stimulator. A circuit diagram is included. The experiments cover four months and were mostly positive.