Interview with Glenn Seerup

Who are your favorite authors?
There are so many of them. As a kid I was enthralled by Steven King and Agatha Christie. But as an adult, I was continually inspired by authors like Dave Eggers, Jonathan Safran Foer, David Foster Wallace, Michael Chabon, and Tom Robbins. But most of all we can't forget Salinger.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
The challenge of a new day. There are so many things I love to do. Reading, writing, playing music, playing sports, building things. Most of all I like spending time with my family, watching my kids grow and mature.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
Of course I do...Oh, you want to know what it was? I had a little incident with a finger tip and a table saw in my twenties. While recovering, I decided to memorialize the event in the form of a short story. It also helped me come to grips with a traumatic experience. I'm still proud of it.
What is your writing process?
It changes based on my mood. Some days I can just sit in a coffee shop and let my fingers fly across the keyboard and other days I like to sit down with a pen and paper. I generally start with an outline of ideas and continue to add details to the outline until the story begins to form. When I can picture the scene in my head, that is when it is time to apply words to it.
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
It's not really the first story I ever read, but the first one that impacted me on an emotional level. The Catcher in the Rye. It impacted me because it was everyday life. It was a guy just trying to figure it out. That self-analyzation and discovery is something that I tried to bring to Hatley Chambers.
What are your five favorite books, and why?
As far as newer books, I would offer these.
Infinite Jest, David Foster Wallace - I was just proud to get through it all
A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius, Dave Eggers - I love the incorporation of the Author's self-importance into the story
Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close, Jonathan Safran Foer - A beautifully written, powerful story
The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay, Michael Chabon - Sucked me into their world.
Fortress of Solitude - Jonathan Lethem
Published 2017-08-28.
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Books by This Author

After and Before: The Story of Hatley Chambers
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 82,620. Language: English. Published: October 28, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Literature » Literary, Fiction » Coming of age
A horrendous and unexpected event occurs in the course of normal life for Hatley Chambers. Two intertwined plots chronicle the aftermath of this event as well as the series of occurrences that led him to it. A coming-of-age story about a young man trying to find his place in the world.
Ouch!
Price: Free! Words: 3,440. Language: English. Published: September 9, 2016. Categories: Nonfiction » Biography » Personal memoir
The true story of my recollections of a battle between a finger and a table saw. How fortunate circumstances and a great neighbor came together to save a digit.