'Ham on Rye', 'Women', and 'Post Office' by Bukowski would be my absolute favorite reads. His simplicity and brutality are enthralling. More contemporary pieces that I loved include 'We Thought You'd Be Prettier' by Laurie Notaro - just hysterical, I don't think there was a chapter in that book that I couldn't related to on some level and I was crushed when Steig Larsson died, he was no where near done entertaining me. I think it boils down to being provoked to laugh out loud and pure shock and unpredictability of characters which are tow threads in my own writing.
Describe your desk
It is a two foot by two foot cafe table with room enough for my laptop, a coffee mug and maybe my phone. I like to keep it simple. Plus I hate clutter and am really cheap and refuse to buy a monstrosity.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in a small rural town (formerly rural) called Miller Place on the northshore of Suffolk County on Long Island. The only thing Miller Place influenced me to do was get out ASAP. It's a quaint town but not my cup of tea.
What's the story behind your latest book?
My latest book, The Coney Island Hot Dog Heist, is a smash up between my insane 'get rich quick' schemes that I have conjured and considered in drunken stupors in the past, the people I have met, loved and hated throughout my years living in Brooklyn, and the oddities that I experienced while living in Gerritsen Beach, Brooklyn. Gerritsen has to be the weirdest place on the planet.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
Fear of rejection and lack of patience. I hate being told I am not good enough and rumor has that publishing companies say this to authors a lot and I want what I want when I want it. So why torture yourself?
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
My happiest moment in writing so far came from the individual who was the inspiration for Keith Condon's character. An individual I love and respect greatly. He said he was laughing out loud while reading, thought Floyd's character was hysterical (inspired by another person we knew), and he didn't expect the ending and was really happy with it.
What are you working on next?
I am just now finishing the third book in the series which starts with 'The Coney Island Hot Dog Heist', goes to the 'Rockaway Run', and ends in a pretty dark fashion with 'Battle for the Canal'. I am thinking of writing a Floyd Rodriques based prequel and stand alone piece soon. But I am also 38 weeks pregnant (Aug 2016) and fear that I will not have much free time for a bit.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
Fear the dogs will make a mess on the carpet. That has seriously been my motivation for the passed decade or so. Things are evolving though, as life always does. My husband and I are expecting our first by the end of August 2016 and so I am sure my daughter will be a new found inspiration that I couldn't have conceived of prior (at least that's that story people keep telling me) or I will fear she is sitting in a poopy diaper. It all comes back to poop somehow I guess.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
I love to spend time with my husband, go hiking and definitely play Candy Crush. I am up to level 1700 and change and STILL have not won the Jackpot on my daily spin. It is driving me mad. I also LOVE to eat and sleep. Very primal.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
I vaguely recall writing a poem about my little brother passing from a rare form of muscular dystrophy when I was in third grade. Heartbreaking is the only thing I can recall about it.
What is your writing process?
I wish I had something profound to offer you here.
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