Over a 22 year period I drove a cab all night in San Francisco. Driving a cab is a very interesting job in itself but doing it during the late night/early morning hours afforded me many kinky and erotic experiences which form the basis of the novel.
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
When I was a young kid, I was exposed to the Landmark Books which were biographies. My first one was about Captain John Smith and the founding of Jamestown, VA. I became a history lover from that moment on.
What are your five favorite books, and why?
My five favorite books are: 1) Isaac's Storm which is about the Galveston Texas hurricane of 1900. I loved it because I always wanted to be a meteorologist and this was about a meteorologist who screwed up big time by not heeding the warnings of Cuban meteorologists who accurately predicted the hurricane's path while he was wrong. 2) I also loved a book "19 Years Not Guilty" about a young black guy who gets convicted for a crime he didn't commit and spent 19 years behind bars. I can now visualize or fathom how much time 19 years is. 3)Another favorite is "Alas Babylon" about World War 3 and how a small town in Florida survives alone for a whole year after the nuclear war begins. It gave me an idea of what life would be like after a nuclear war. 4) I loved reading Larry King's biography "When You're from Brooklyn, Everything Else Is Tokyo" since I grew up in Brooklyn myself and have the same attitude. 5) And finally, I loved The Perfect Storm since it was again about a weather event and the swordfish industry of New England. I love swordfish and now have a lot of respect for what it takes to catch them.
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