Interview with Paul Vorwerk

What do you like about the world of words, reading and writing?
The range of books, the stories and ideas in them, fascinated me ever since I remember - even as as a maybe five or six year-old my mother read to my brothers and I, and my elder brother told my other brother and I stories, as we lay in the dark after lights-out.
Adventure, danger, humour, how things from cars to nuclear power plants worked, the stars, the universe - they were all there in books. With them came newspapers and magazines - the photographs in Life Magazine of President John F. Kennedy's assassination are vivid, they haven't faded in, wow, its nearly 50 years..
I'm still fascinated by everything that goes on around me.
Though technologies have changed and I can read just about anything on a tablet, I just love the swirling world of words, images and ideas, and feelings, emotions and possibilities they stir.
What got you writing?
The serious part of my writing came with running.
I started running to get strong enough to run marathons and short ultra-marathons which I got to do and still do.
I sensed from almost the beginning that there was something more to running than just the physical effort.
I began trying to capture that "more" by writing down what I experienced as best I could.
That "best I could" improved over time. Trying to capture just what I experienced honed my writing and my ideas; forced me to clarify, refine and deepen my thoughts.
With that, my understanding of running, of myself as a runner and myself as a person engaging with life, grew.
Writing became part of my running, "Mind" became part of the robust physical side of life, and from my running body an ethereal, maybe spiritual quality rose,
I also began to understand storytelling as much as the conceptual, explanatory, analytical, philosophic kind of writing.
With came a transcendent magic.
I don't think I'm good enough to be a real poet, but I had to and did find an "extra", maybe poetic, way of writing about running and life.
So my writing was created, I like to think, by forcing a well-used body and equally well-used mind into the magically creative world of writing about life and of making up a life.
If your book Mystical Miles is about running, then it must be a work of non-fiction?
Not really, not at all.
Life isn't just non-fiction. The chores of life, the work to take care of basic needs is non-fiction. A fact.
If fiction is something created in the imagination, then the best part of my life, the bit that has all the value and richness, is fiction.
I created it with my mind at play in the possibilities of life.
I had to imagine new ideas to talk about those values, the richness.
I am glad I could and did.
Otherwise I would just be another mechanical being,nothing more than a link in the chain of evolution, nothing but a wearing cog in a corporate, political structure.
Published 2014-09-26.
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Books by This Author

Mystical Miles The 2nd Dimension of Running
Price: $9.99 USD. Words: 123,680. Language: English (South African dialect). Published: September 28, 2014. Categories: Nonfiction » Sports & outdoor recreation » Running & jogging, Nonfiction » Philosophy » Mind & Body
Mystical Miles is a book about running and life. The book explores the sweat, chafe, racing and achievement - the 1st dimension of running. It offers insight into most levels of running. The book also explores how blisters and exhaustion can deepen understanding of running, of self, nature and life - the 2nd dimension of running. Running then deepens into a way into the heart and richness of life.