I'm wrapping up a project I've been tinkering with for many years. It's a collection of six novellas based on apocalyptic beliefs popular during the 1960s. The narrator, Otis Otterbach, a gifted baseball pitcher, is lured by Casey, his best friend, into an epic quest to destroy Henry Tucker, a science and business genius. Behind all the drama is Cynthia Jones, Casey's mother, who persuades the boys Tucker is in league with the devil.
For background on Cynthia Jones, readers can go to my Tom Hickey novel, The Venus Deal.
What do your fans mean to you?
More than anything, they are a validation that I'm not crazy, that others appreciate the same kinds of stories, humor, ideas and characters I do.
Who are your favorite authors?
Feodor Dostoyevski, Jane Austen, John LeCarre, Ruth Rendell, Flannery O'Connor, Graham Greene, Ross MacDonald, Patricia Highsmity, and Soren Kierkegaard come to mind.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
Usually a chocolate chip cookie.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
Reading, hanging out with my Zoe, coaching softball.
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
What is your e-reading device of choice?
I use a Kindle (the basic model) but nt exactly by choice. Someone gave it to me.
Describe your desk
When I was nine, my parents built a house and furnished it with all new stuff, including a desk for me. It's heavy, maple, scuffed and missing a drawer, but I still use it, as well as my dad's desk he inherited from his mother. It's a beauty, cherry wood with some inlays.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up on a hill overlooking the Mexican border. On a clear day, we could also see the Pacific. The border, the ocean, and all the benefits and problems of Southern California have conspired in creating me.
When did you first start writing?
The first story I remember writing was in eighth grade. I wrote it because for the first time I believe I had a valuable story to tell. To this day, I don't write so much for fun or profit as to tell a story I believe shouldn't be lost.
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