Interview with Paul Hawkins

Describe your desk
My desk is strew with scraps of paper with ideas written on them. When I decide to write, I have to go through them all to remember what goes with what.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up Catholic in fundamentalist Oklahoma where we might as well have been a different species. Also, I grew up in the space age, when they were launching the rockets that put men on the Moon. How has this influenced my writing? I am skeptical but optimistic, guarded but with room for hope if one has the strength of will to stay true to one's convictions and see past the BS.
What do you read for pleasure?
John Dos Passos, Mark Twain.
What is something no one knows about you?
I have the only known photo of the wolverine at the Oklahoma City Zoo when he was actually out of his burrow, a.k.a. dirt hole exhibit.
What would you like to do and live to tell about it?
Ride a Greyhound bus.
Are you or were you ever good looking?
Well, I used to be thin. I have big blue eyes with long lashes that girls thought were pretty before I even knew I might be good looking. But was I really good-looking? That's very subjective. When I was young we did not take selfies, so I guess we weren't so obsessed with how we looked. Cell phones sure have screwed up photography. Now we have billions of low-quality photos of trivial crap. Quality is gone. Why can't people find other people to take their pictures? There is always one arm missing in selfies. Future people will think we were deformed.
Would you want to Toad of Toad Hall?
Who wouldn't want to a rich, sophisticated, dashing, slightly daft toad?
What do your fans mean to you?
Fans mean I've made someone's day a little better. I like to puncture pride with humor, and I hope some readers see this as a good thing. Read some of the works I'm proudest of, like my novel "Prometheus Fit To Be Tied" or my new story "Fly Whither, Finch," and see if they strike a chord with you. I've also written some sillier stuff. If you like any of these, you're a fan. You can even contact me if you like (see below).
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
Work. Pancakes. The love of my family. Avarice. The chance that I might find a collectible old radio that I can afford.
How can people contact you?
Email. I don't understand Twitter. I don't want "followers" - it sounds freaky and cult-like. Please email me instead. My email address is paul_hawk63(at)yahoo.com. I would like to hear from you. Please don't sign me up for Viagra. Or you could like my Facebook page and leave a message there.
Published 2015-03-28.
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Books by This Author

A Quiet Place of One's Own
Price: Free! Words: 36,160. Language: English. Published: January 2, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Literature » Literary
(5.00 from 1 review)
Set in 1939 rural Oklahoma, a lonely man pursues the mystery of a murder as a way to atone for his own troubled past. Will a lost love prevent him from leading a simple, ascetic life? Novella - 36K words.
Fly Whither, Finch
Price: Free! Words: 17,500. Language: English. Published: March 18, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Literature » Literary
(5.00 from 1 review)
A middle aged man must come to grips with his loneliness as a widower while trying to reestablish a relationship with his estranged son. This in the context of his old neighborhood being lost to urban renewal.
The Altruist
Price: Free! Words: 1,110. Language: English. Published: December 26, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Humor & comedy » Satire
Spurned by love he dedicated himself to a love of all things - but would she notice him now? (Deep sigh.) Short short - 1K words.
My Summer, Myself, My Student Loan Debt - A Post-Graduate Confession
Price: Free! Words: 1,590. Language: English. Published: November 6, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Humor & comedy » Satire, Fiction » Humor & comedy » General
(4.00 from 1 review)
A disillusioned young man, graduated with no hope for the future and with mountains of student loan debt, resigns himself to the life of the house-bound unemployed until he answers the siren's song of Truck Training School.
Shepherd Creed
Price: Free! Words: 24,210. Language: English. Published: October 11, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Literature » Literary, Fiction » Humor & comedy » General
A story that spans several decades and follows the life of a man in charge of designing state roads whose own life adjusts less smoothly to the pace of cultural and technological change. Humor, pathos. A novella - 27K words.
Angels and Electrons: A Sub-Suburb Tale
Price: Free! Words: 40,430. Language: English. Published: November 17, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Literature » Literary
(5.00 from 1 review)
Set in the sub-suburbs, where trailer park and white-flight suburb rub elbows, this story rollicks across decades, from the 1980's to the present. An addled man tries to escape the shadow of his genius but despairing father only to find himself subjected to the same temptations to find the answers to life in a radio device designed to talk to angels or the dead. A fat, Faustian German opera.
SNAPPED! Four (Plus) Comic Tales of the “Little Guy” vs. The System
Price: Free! Words: 17,170. Language: English. Published: September 9, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Humor & comedy » General
Even felt pushed too far? These guys did. Four (plus) comic shorts chronicle the misadventures of average joes who got pushed too far by the system. Mayhem, heroism, and comic vengefulness ensue. Includes: “Middleburg - A Zeppelin-Friendly Community”; “Punchasfish”; “Zoomobile 3000”; and “High Crimes and Misdemeanors" plus bonus stories. Have a laugh - it's okay to root against the overdog.
Zoomobile 3000
Price: Free! Words: 2,020. Language: English. Published: July 14, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Humor & comedy » General, Fiction » Science fiction » General
A chimp won in a hand of poker leads to the fulfillment of a man's life-long dream and then unlocks a destiny greater than he could have ever imagined. Humor, around 2000 words.
Nihilism Sucks: Of Human Hope and Larry’s Hail Mary Pass in the Craigslist Personals
Price: Free! Words: 3,550. Language: English. Published: July 9, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Humor & comedy » General, Fiction » Humor & comedy » Black comedy
Nine comic short-shorts deleted at the last moment from "Leaves of Grass" by an alternate timeline Walt Whitman. What was he thinking?!? His loss is your gain. For a limited time only this rare collection can be yours for free! Take that, Nietzsche, you worn-out grumpus. Life is funny. Includes the title story, "The Wishing Bird," "Phil Lamont: Attorney for the Damned," and more!
High Crimes and Mr. Wieners
Price: Free! Words: 5,700. Language: English. Published: July 7, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Humor & comedy » General
When a local kid's TV show personality and his seven trained dachshunds get kicked to the curb in favor of generic PBS programming, the discovery of a hotdog-man suit in a fast food dumpster leads to a new career as a costumed crime fighter (hey, dogs have to eat). And will the lady in his life discover his secret? Okay, let's admit it - there is no lady in his life - just lots of mooched wifi.
Punchafish
Price: Free! Words: 2,220. Language: English. Published: June 22, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Humor & comedy » General
(5.00 from 1 review)
In the tradition of "Moby Dick," "The Old Man and the Sea" and the great Ali-Foreman bout of 1974 comes a man vs fish story for the 21st century. It's survival of the fittest for George Miller, a down-and-out working stiff who has to beat the odds (and a really big fish) to reclaim his dignity. Short story, humor, around 2000 words.
A Cure for All Known Diseases
Price: Free! Words: 840. Language: English. Published: June 5, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Literature » Literary, Fiction » Humor & comedy » Satire
(4.00 from 1 review)
Short literary fiction: Set in the 1933 Philippines: a woman yearns for something more from life while her doctor husband longs to make the world a safer, tidier place.
Short and Stupid: Ten Somewhat Dark Short Stories for a Rainy Day
Price: Free! Words: 6,160. Language: English. Published: June 5, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Humor & comedy » Black comedy, Fiction » Humor & comedy » General
(4.67 from 3 reviews)
Now with seven bonus stories! Is man by nature evil, or stupid, or both? These short-short stories (plus seven bonus stories) let you decide. Great short reading for travel, leisure, or any occasion where you need to conscipuously ignore the person next to you. Short-short stories, humor.
Auto-De-Fe
Price: Free! Words: 8,280. Language: English. Published: September 2, 2011. Categories: Fiction » Literature » Literary, Fiction » Humor & comedy » General
Two young friends are united by a crappy old car, dead-end summer jobs, and the endless desire to escape from tedium into the big wide world. One breaks free and gets the girl; the other gets an empty garage and a valuable lesson. Short story: humor, coming of age, around 8200 words.
The PBS Painter's Tale
Price: Free! Words: 2,370. Language: English. Published: May 23, 2011. Categories: Fiction » Humor & comedy » General
(5.00 from 2 reviews)
He can paint happy dreamy landscapes in 30 minutes or less -- guaranteed! -- but can he convince his broody teenaged son that the real world is anything other than a cruddy, joyless hellhole? Inspired by (but not depicting) the great Bob Ross. Because every happy little tree needs a friend, and everyone needs to remember there are beautiful places even in a busy world.
The Werewolfening of Taffney St. Cloud
Series: Taffney St. Cloud, Book 2. Price: Free! Words: 10,570. Language: English. Published: March 19, 2011. Categories: Fiction » Humor & comedy » General
(5.00 from 1 review)
Continuing the horror parody begun in "The Vampirenization of Taffney St. Cloud." A buxom alabaster slayer who works in her mother's hair salon must defend Sunvalleydale from undead activity and a zombie pyramid scheme, all on the eve of the Harvest Moon Ball. Will the world will be saved in time for a dance in the Community College gym? Brooding aplenty, but no dark-soled shoes allowed.
The Vampirening of Taffney St. Cloud
Series: Taffney St. Cloud, Book 1. Price: Free! Words: 7,370. Language: English. Published: February 24, 2011. Categories: Fiction » Humor & comedy » General
(5.00 from 1 review)
A broody suburban girl copes with her recent vampirening. Or is it vampirification? Having bit of fun at the expense of a popular genre.
Prometheus Fit To Be Tied
Price: Free! Words: 89,830. Language: English. Published: February 7, 2011. Categories: Fiction » Literature » Literary, Fiction » Humor & comedy » General
(4.33 from 3 reviews)
Recounting 1939, the birth of a superpower, the twilight of a mostly rural America, and the misbegotten adventures of the last man in the world to know everything except what to do with himself. Comedy, romance, and drama unfold when a dissipated millionaire returns from Europe to his childhood home just in time to interfere with a rural electrifcation project and reawaken the town's old secrets.