Interview with Earl Chinnici

When did you first start writing?
In March of 2011, I scribbled ten special words on a small scrap of paper and tucked the piece of paper into a drawer for safekeeping. I wanted to ensure that I would remember these words forever. Later in the year, June 9 to be precise, I began to scribble some very brief notes regarding my extreme addiction to tobacco cigarettes on two more scraps of paper. I wrote an entire paragraph four days later. Perhaps this paragraph truly began my interest in writing.

~ I have been smoking mostly outside for a while now. Sometime during the day today, I removed all but three ashtrays from my home. I washed eight ashtrays outside under a water hose and left them in the shed for my next yard sale! ~

I lit a cigarette at 10:55 on the morning of Friday June 24, 2011. Approximately five hours later, I decided that I should write a book about my journey to be nicotine-free. Other than the fact that I was not an author, the only other trouble that I could foresee at the time was that I was not nicotine-free. Fortunately, that special day of my life came sooner than Independence Day.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
I enjoy the complexity of language. I also very much enjoy hearing the words that other people have used to describe my work. However, the greatest joy of writing for me thus far is the knowledge that either the words that I wrote or the fact that I was writing has helped several close friends to break free from the bondage of addiction to "tobacco cigarettes". That joy will be very hard to surpass.
What do your fans mean to you?
People spend precious moments of their lives to read words that I spent precious moments of my life to write. I think that I am as much a fan of these people as they are of me. It is an intimate bond between a writer and a reader.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
I currently operate a nationwide computer help desk throughout the United States. I also spend a lot of time with a camera in my hands. I enjoy nature and digital photography.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
Published 2013-12-24.
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