Interview with G. A. Schindler

Do you feel you revealed yourself in "Love Is The Smile"?
I realized early in the project that it would be garbage if I wasn't honest. I wouldn't end up with anything worth my time spent writing it or any reader's time spent reading it. It wasn't as though I walked out at halftime of the super bowl, shed my raincoat and revealed my privates. But being honest did mean revealing some thoughts and ideas usually kept private by most people. And I realized that such revelation might garner me some public criticism and/or ridicule. I considered using a pseudonym and showing up at any interviews with a bag over my head, and I may do the latter, but only for laughs if I ever get on Colbert's show. The bottom line is that I've decided I'm comfortable enough with myself to be comfortable revealing some parts of me that folks (at least in past generations) are not comfortable revealing. The strongest theme in Love Is The Smile is communication, and honest communicating means being willing to reveal yourself. In the blog section of the book I mention that one of the things the book does is attempt to teach communication by example. That's what I tried to do.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
It's a great feeling of exhilaration when the pedal's to the metal and it seems like I'm sitting back watching someone else write the story. Almost as great is finishing the rewrite of a section when the rewrite is a very obvious improvement. But getting positive feedback is hard to beat, and so too is getting good criticism that enables me to make exciting improvements.
What are you working on next?
I hope to soon upload an Ebook edition of a kid's book I wrote and self published -- "Great Speckled Banana's Great Quest". I also hope to upload an Ebook edition of "Footprints" , the other book I self published. It has some of my poetry and songs, as well as a humor section. I do have a novel about 25% finished, but I'm not sure I'll ever be a particularly good novelist. A sequel to "Love Is The Smile" isn't too unlikely, if there seems to be any demand. I may soon begin one just in case.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
I walk 9 to 12 miles per week for exercise, spend quality time (work) in the garden, travel with my wife, watch sports and good stories on TV, and enjoy going to good movies, though there aren't many good ones these days.
What is your writing process?
I've worked in many genres. Getting a good idea is the big hurdle. Once I hit on an idea, I need to decide into which form the idea best fits. Then it's a matter of giving it a go and seeing what happens. The novel I've started has a beginning and a finish and I've been filling in the middle.
Do you feel your adventure game is a realistic soluton for relationships with problems?
I think the adventure game is best used as a solution to potential problems -- a preventative measure. Then again it's definitely a better solution to an existing problem than having an affair, but I doubt those things are usually planned. I recently saw an award winning documentary: "Stories We Tell". In that movie the wife had an affair which it seems may have been preventable using the adventure game to put the excitement and romance she needed back into her marriage. But I'm only a poet and perhaps that borders on being a WAG (wild assed guess).
What qualifies you, a poet, to write a book like this?
It seems to me that it's always been through the arts and artists that society has examined sexuality. Songs, paintings, movies, novels, poetry. Art can reflects change that has occurred, changes in progress, or suggest change for the future. The church and government weigh in with laws and censorship. That's the way it seems to have always gone. Artists put ideas out there, the government, church and general populace weigh them, and either there's change or there isn't. It's actually hard to say who the decider is, isn't it?
As a poet, perhaps I have a little more imagination and better communication skills than most. When an apparently interesting idea falls into my head, I try to put on paper as best I can. I show a bit of myself by saying that I think what fell into my head is an interesting idea, then I throw it out there and society shows a bit of itself when it decides. Sometimes change happens quickly and sometimes not at all.
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You address serious issues in this book, yet it starts out rather like erotic fluff. Aren't you afraid you'll lose serious readers early on?
I like to think the first half of the first chapter is at least well written "erotic fluff". I presented one of the main ideas in the second half of the chapter. The book was written the best way I could see to write it. The forward, preface, and poetry between chapters intend to suggest that the book has serious content and isn't just erotic fluff. Hopefully the serious reader will pick up on that.
Have you read 50 Shades of Grey?
No. It's a bit expensive and I've never been interested in sadomasochism. To be honest, it may be that mostly I'm too embarrassed to walk into a bookstore and purchase it, but I've found its popularity a bit encouraging. I may read it one of these days. When I first became aware of it, Love Is The Smile was nearing completion and I heard the author admit to a radio interview that she had begun to run out of ways to describe an orgasm by the end of the book. So apparently it's pretty graphic. That gives me hope that Love Is The Smile might be acceptable for, and appeal to, the mass market, though for the most part, it really isn’t that graphic. Much is left to the imagination. I didn't describe a single orgasm.
What do you read for pleasure?
I don't read as much as I used to, but I've read "Little Bee" by Chris Clive, and "Gone Girl" by Gillian Flynn. Most of "Little Bee" was very excellent, though one part was more graphic than I would want it and the ending was okay, but not what I'd like. "Gone Girl" had some interesting twists. About the last third of the book wasn't as well written as I feel it could have been and the ending seemed weak to me. I've written poetry, short stories and songs for a long time, but only fairly recently tried my hand at books. Now, when I read books, I read them differently. I find myself looking at the writer's craftsmanship more and find it more difficult to suspend disbelief. I suppose it's like a magician going to see another magician's show. He isn't likely to see the same things the rest of the audience does.
If, unlike E. L. James, you failed to describe a single orgasms in "Love Is The Smile", give an example of what you did describe.
I think my favorite picture in the first half of the book -- fiction section -- is that of a girl and her lover on a raft at a beach: "we saw a girl by the far edge gently writhing on her back, her toes splashing the water. The moonlight danced bright sparkles in the droplets thrown up onto her thighs that were resting on her lover's shoulders. Using all those naughty words in a melodic, hypnotic, stage whisper, she praised and encouraged him and his loving tongue, while her hands and slender arms wove and danced before the (full) moon."
Published 2014-03-23.
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Books by This Author

Last Voyage a the Vengeferth
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 46,630. Language: English. Published: March 15, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Adventure » Sea adventures, Fiction » Young adult or teen » Adventure
This is an adventure tale pitting man against nature. The Vengeferth pirates meet a great white shark, then they're capsized by a rogue wave. Seven crewmen escape the overturned ship to spend months a’ sea in a smallboat. During that time they share stories from their lives. They encounter the Crazy Cousin, a foundering ship with a broken pump and a belly full of water. And she has more problems.
Shrugg, 1 Mile
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 26,270. Language: English. Published: July 10, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Adventure
(4.77)
Kirkus says: " Schindler manages to dodge long-established tropes...a quick, easy read...plot moves smoothly.... Schindler has some enjoyable out-of-the-box ideas Another reviewer says: ",...characters and conversations authentically sketched,...pace propels the reader onward, without sacrificing nuance. The best kind of modern science fiction
Love Is The Smile
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 28,520. Language: English. Published: January 30, 2014. Categories: Nonfiction » Sex and Relationships  » Sexual behavior, Nonfiction » Sex and Relationships  » Sex and culture
(5.00)
Sex in th modern relationship--young adult creative nonfiction--half fictional blueprint / half information section. From th forward by Amanda Brown: "Overall, great book! I thoroughly enjoyed th read. / you accomplished a rather erotic work while remaining classy / excellent to start couples on th path of more open communication and sexual exploration / informative section gave great explanation.