The Far Arena by Richard Ben Sapir, The Bonfire of the Vanities by Tom Wolfe, Shantaram by Gregory David Roberts, The Other Side by Kevin McColley, Maan Meyers' early New York series. And many more. They are all "story" driven
When did you first start writing?
I started late, after I turned thirty. I had always wanted to be a part of the movie making process, but realized I couldn't make it from the ground up, so I began by writing screenplays, telling stories that I wanted to see.
What's the story behind your latest book?
I have just finished my first novel entitled, Reelwoman, and am presently formatting it (for SW). It is the story of a young woman who discovers the power of her sexuality at an early age. We begin with her dancing (stripping) in New York. There she meets a man, a customer, who will play an important role in her life later on. She also meets a porn star and her manager, who along with her on-again-off-again husband, lure her to California to check out the porn scene. She quickly becomes disenchanted with the "life" and decides to return home to New York, but she had made a powerful enemy out west, and her life is never the same. It is a drama of carnal pleasures, power, money—and perversion and excess; above all it is a story of redemption and love.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
Joy comes when, after a long struggle, I solve a problem, or paint scene that is evocative and moving. And when I can hold in my hand a finished work that touches my readers and honors this noble profession. Writing is not easy for me; it seems––much of the time––that I have to fight for every word. I work slowly, partly because I don't possess a great facility for the language. But writing is kung-fu: it takes time and effort, blood sweat and tears.
What are you working on next?
Publishing a children's story.
Who are your favorite authors?
Richard Ben Sapir, Tom Wolfe, James Michener, Ernest Hemingway, Philip Roth. And many others.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
One Fine Day, currently available on ebooks everywhere.
What is your writing process?
Slow and laborious.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
I have none as yet. I use appropriate Apps for my phone and computer.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
In Brooklyn; though when I was growing up, I don't recall ever being read to. My interest in writing began during my generation's Golden age of film: The Godfather, The Exorcist, The French Connection. But always the books were first, for these great films were always borne from great novels.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
My struggles with agents and publishers.
How has Smashwords contributed to your success?
Not yet, but I'm hopeful.
What do your fans mean to you?
I have none yet, but I'm hopeful.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
The need to pee.
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