Interview with Terrence Crimmins

When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
My favorite night out is dinner at a unique restaurant followed by going to a great theater performance with my girlfriend. Sounds trite, I suppose? Ah well. I enjoy camping, hiking and fly fishing (unfortunately, she doesn't), but I try to get her to go shopping at such times (which she loves and I hate). I enjoy reading, of course, biographies and good literature, and playing in old boys rugby games, but I don't know how much longer I will be able to do that!
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
The first story I ever wrote was the class play when I was in 6th grade, and it was based on Jules Verne's novel, Around the World in Eighty Days. I was incensed that our teacher turned it into a musical, with my class members singing songs like "We will go a Wandering."
What is your writing process?
I don't have a process, but there is one rule that I follow. When I am writing a book, I make sure to write every day. To me, that is the most important suggestion, for if I put it off until tomorrow, that creates a fear of writing, and I have to overcome that fear before embarking again. Writing every day keeps the novel in my head and makes it a totally different experience, even if some days I only have time to sit down and correct the grammar on a sentence.
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
The first story I read, or that my mother read to me, was Winnie the Pooh, and I do remember being fascinated by Pooh and Rabbit's Friends and Relations, and Eyeore the Donkey. I remember my mother laughing when she read to me about Pooh using a balloon to rise up alongside a tree so that he could get to the bees nest and the honey; I did not see the humor in it, and thought, I suppose, that it was serious business.
How do you approach cover design?
I get a vague idea about what should be on it, and submit that to Amazon and pay them take care of it.
What are your five favorite books, and why?
The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, by Mark Twain. I loved this novel as a child and continue to re-read it- it is a great drama.
Under the Volcano by Malcolm Lowry. Lowry's tale of the fate of a drunk in Cuernevaca, Mexico is a great character study as well as a look at life in Mexico.
Before the Deluge- Otto Friedrich. This is a compelling history of the artistic and cultural rebellion that was stomped out by the rise of Adolph Hitler.
The First Discourse by Jean Jacques Rousseau. He is my favorite philosopher by far and away- to quote him "There is a prize that I cannot fail to receive, and I will find it at the bottom of my heart."
Birthday of the Infanta, a short story by Oscar Wilde. Sorry, it's not a book, but my favorite story; it is about the twelfth birthday of a Princess in the Spanish Court.
There are many other books that I could put here- but these clearly rank among them.
What do you read for pleasure?
Biographies, period histories and great literature.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
Kinlde E Reader on my laptop.
Describe your desk
My desk is cluttered with papers, assignments, printers and things. I rarely sit there anymore, as laptops have made desks, in my opinion, obsolete.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in Pittsburgh, in a nice neighborhood that was like a suburb, but in the city (Squirrel Hill). It was a Jewish neighborhood, and we were Catholic, so I had to take the bus to Catholic School. Because of this. I grew up in two different cultures, as my neighborhood friends were Jewish and my school friends were Catholic. This might have started my interest in looking at different cultures that were different from my own.
What's the story behind your latest book?
There are many stories behind my latest book, which are contained in a bunch of biographies. These books, in my opinion, have many events that cry out to be told in a novel and/or a movie. These biographies also inspired me to create events out of my own imagination that represent the emotional conflicts of the people in my novel. The book actually started as a screenplay, which was optioned to a company in New York, but they didn't renew the option. I subsequently converted it into a novel.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
The pain in the butt of trying to get and agent, etc. I much prefer to be an independent author, and I think that is the way of the future. Rather than having a clique of people who decide what is to be published, the marketplace is now open, and much more democratic.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
People telling me that they love reading my work. That is what I live for.
What do your fans mean to you?
They mean the world to me, and without them writing would be meaningless. I depend on them to tell their friends about my books, to review them, to be a base and to help me succeed.
What are you working on next?
My next novel, which I will be starting on soon, will be about the life of Alexander Hamilton, entitled The Riddle of Alexander Hamilton.
Published 2016-11-06.
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Books by This Author

Who was Joseph Pulitzer?
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 64,080. Language: English. Published: October 26, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Historical » USA
Crimmins' book gives the reader an eyewitness description of a man who started as a poor Hungarian immigrant yet became the individual who changed newspapers and politics in the United States and the world.