Interview with Nom DePlume

Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
R is for Rocket by Ray Bradbury which led to Robert Heinlein's Stranger In A Strange Land and then to Kurt Vonnegut's The Sirens Of Titan. I love Sci-Fi but my favorite stylist is Joseph Conrad. He wrote in English although it is not his native language. My favorite work, all together, is J.D. Salinger's Nine Stories collection. 'Esme' is my favorite from that brilliant collection.
How do you approach cover design?
I like to show an image of some landscape, object, or person that put me in the frame of mind to write the story.
What are your five favorite books, and why?
Nine Stories - Salinger
Franny and Zoey - Salinger
Seymour, an Introduction - Salinger
Lord of the Rings Trilogy - JRR Tolkein (had the opportunity to study under one of his protege's!)
The Silmarillion - JRR Tolkein.
Why? Ask yourself 'what kind of person likes to bury themselves in idealist fiction?' That would be me.
What do you read for pleasure?
The classics. They're classics for a reason.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
my PC, my phone.
What book marketing techniques have been most effective for you?
None that I know of. Friends might buy them out of curiosity.
Describe your desk
Two PC's and a lot of small junk. 6B pencils. I love soft lead. Fountain cool.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I didn't have a bike, a hockey stick, a baseball glove, a football, a basketball, a baseball, a bat etc. Money was for food, not toys.
When did you first start writing?
1st grade
What's the story behind your latest book?
It's based on a true story that I was a little tangled up in, but I excluded myself since I came to the situation before it happened and then again right after.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
How has Smashwords contributed to your success?
I am not successful.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
Getting the human condition down on paper. That's important.
What do your fans mean to you?
What are you working on next?
I wrote a spec screenplay that would be better as a novel, so that's in the works. I'm also working on my memoir of the time I spent as a trauma resident in the inner city hospitals. Did I mention that I was a surgeon?
Published 2016-08-31.
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Price: Free! Words: 4,840. Language: English. Published: August 30, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Themes & motifs » Psychological
A short story about the roller coast ride of depression and recovery of a gifted but disturbed musician, and the one person who knows how to save him.