Interview with Henry Mazel

What's the story behind your latest book?
I've always been interested in mixing fact and fiction in my writing. And intrigued by America's occupation of Japan. Unlike today, it was mostly a success of America's ability make a positive change in a society we went to war with. So the it was a natural fit. And fiction about the subject it underserved in American literature.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
Dorothy Parker once said "People don't want to write, they only want to have written." I guess that's true of me. The joy comes from actually having completed a novel you're proud to say is yours.
What are you working on next?
I've started researching the McCarthy Red Scare era. How did it compare to the dysfunctional politics we have today. There's great political intrigue in that era and I'd like to create a novel reflecting that.
Who are your favorite authors?
A mix, I suppose. Philip Roth, William Styron, John Gregory Dunne, Michael Connelly, and I enjoy Woody Allen's short stories.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
Who says I do? You can write from a laptop, you know.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
Well, it wasn't a story, but a play. I was seven. My mother thought it was great, but I'm pretty sure it wasn't. I mean, look, I was seven, right?
What is your writing process?
I like to write in the mornings. And it's difficult to get going. I say to myself, just write a few sentences and pack it in for the day. But, of course, once I get started, I'm off to the races. Mixing metaphors, it's like eating that one potato chip -- you just can't eat that one; you tend to finish half the bag.
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
I remember reading Aldus Huxley's Brave New World when I was young. I didn't understand the subtext then, but I couldn't put it down -- it was such a compelling story about a dystopia that resinated with me.
How do you approach cover design?
Gingerly. Most tines publishers screw it up.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
I have a kindle, what's it called, a Paper-white. You can read it in bright sunshine or in the dark under the covers; not that I need to read under the covers. -- but you could.
Describe your desk
That's a fairly easy question. Cluttered, extremely cluttered. But somehow I mange to find thing among the ruins.
Published 2014-02-06.
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Books by This Author

Red Chrysanthemum - A novel of Occupied Japan
Price: $6.99 USD. Words: 66,360. Language: English. Published: September 9, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Historical » General, Fiction » Mystery & detective » Historical
1945, & army Lieutenant Rada has just arrived in Tokyo to witness the surrender of Japan on the battleship Missouri. Rada has a history. He was a cop in L.A. before the war. A disgraced cop. Along the way, he learned to speak Japanese, and now he’s working as a translator for General MacArthur, until he's transferred to the MPs. Then comes an assassination, communists & a beautiful Japanese woman.
Little Leaves That Never Appeared in The New Yorker
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 9,280. Language: English. Published: January 22, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Humor & comedy » Satire
"A fine humor collection from Henry Mazel. Filled with some new stories and updates from previously published work -- all in one delightful volume. A sophisticated fun and funny ride." --BookBeat
The Principal of Rivington Street
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 3,840. Language: English. Published: July 27, 2011. Categories: Fiction » Historical » General
(5.00 from 1 review)
A short story of Jewish fiction that takes place in 1920s New york. The entertainers are actual vaudeville characters. Both serious and humorous, the protagonist attempts to change his destiny.
The Plot Against Marlene Dietrich
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 7,600. Language: English. Published: July 27, 2011. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Historical
A novelette of mystery, romance, and German intrigue on the eve of World War II. Alex Rada is on the case again. This time determined to find the perpetrators of the final plot against the great Marlene Dietrich. Historical fiction woven against the background of race and ethnicity that evokes the gritty feel of 1930’s New York, and of romantic Hollywood.
The Chooser
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 7,050. Language: English. Published: July 22, 2011. Categories: Fiction » Historical » General
A delightfully quirky novelette with a Jewish flavor set in the 1950s. The Chooser is a story of a journeyman magician seeking a new trick to boost his sagging career. An old illusionist and his young protégé offer some magical assistance.