Interview with Josh Margulies

Who are your favorite authors?
Jack London, Ernest Hemingway, Rudyard Kipling
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
I try to get out on auditions and act in plays and on TV and have kept myself busy producing webseries on the internet as well. Physically, I like to do lots of things to enjoy the days and nights. I surf on a daily basis and connect with nature that way. I have lately been involving myself in yoga practice and getting back to riding horses again.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
I remember the first poem I ever wrote that was published. I was maybe 11 or 12 and it was during the gulf war. I had seen something on TV about a soldier being shot and wounded. I empathized with him and the next day or week we were asked to write something we felt. "And the bombs rang out and the shots fell down". I just remember that part of it as the world passed on around him and the soldier was going through his torture. Pretty deep for a 7th grader!
What is your writing process?
I just write. I don't edit. And then I don't look at it. Then later I come back to it. Or I leave it for a while and come back. But there are times when I feel like editing and times when I feel like writing. If I am in a thoughtful space I guess the editor comes out. If I am emotional or passionate the writer is there. There isn't a set process except that I have to keep with it to keep it alive!
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
There were so many. The first that comes to mind was "Where the Wild Things Are". I loved the mischief of the main character. Of the boy. And his imaginings and how he was able to conquer his fears and wander. The imagination and the travelings and the ruling of all he came in contact with. I saw myself in him and his adventures.
What are your five favorite books, and why?
1. Dharma Bums - Jack Kerouac. It comes as such a refreshing dose of opportunity to change the status quo.
2. Call of the Wild - Jack London. Its about animal instincts taking over and becoming what was meant to be. I like that.
3. War & Peace -Tolstoy. Its such an epic and masterful poetic saga where all lives are powerfully intertwined.
4. Power of Myth- Joseph Campbell. It goes deep into meaning encouraging us to look at our reasons and subconscious.
5. Me & My Granddad: American Warriors -Josh Margulies. Its greatest new adventure story available.
What do you read for pleasure?
Mainstream news. I find it a complete farce and insult to societies intelligence and I enjoy laughing at it's seriousness and attempts at showing a depiction of "reality"
Describe your desk
It's small and neat and has a batik - a sheet from Bali - on it. It has the calendar and some memorabilia from my Grandfather. My other desk is my bed with leopard print silk sheets. My other desk is my recliner office chair at my huge picture window overlooking the jungle and the ocean. My other desk is a coffee table. You get the picture. It's not fixed and changes as moods and light change.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up all over the world. I was born in Nepal to a doctor hippie dad and a missionary hippie mom. One of my first memories was in Bali looking up at a chameleon and hearing it go clack clack clack clack clack! It may have been my first wondrous thought about life. My parents were in flux a lot of the time but we always homed back to Hawaii where my mom was born and raised. My got cabin fever on the island and was more interested in traveling the world with me and my brother while my mom began to want a secure base and was wearied of travel. They divorced when I was 10. They kept us boys together and one year with our mom in Hawaii would be followed by one year with dad in Guyana. I was influenced greatly by the thrill of new lands and experiences and there was always an adventure around the corner with dad. With mom it was the stability of the same island and familiar faces but she was into a materialistic existence and always surrounded us with decadence (which I could have cared less for).
So growing up like this influenced my imagination & dreaming and my writing and my being and is what drives me forward to knowing that I have every power in my quiver to harness the spiritual learning that I have and share my amazing world experience through artistic expression.
When did you first start writing?
Ever since I was reading I was writing my thoughts and journals and ideas down. It comes in waves
What's the story behind your latest book?
Its about the magnificence of two lives. The greatest person growing up to me was my grandfather and I wanted to give him a tribute as he was a legend to me. Thats how it started and then I was given the idea to write my journey along with it. So it makes it more tangible and not just the world of fiction for me. The story is that around every corner life has an opportunity to be marvelous and that even through hard times we can find a silver lining. Its about World War II and the great depression and the entertainment industry and modern times and old times and living now and living then and so much of interest. download the sample and you wont be disappointed in what you find!
Published 2014-03-13.
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Books by This Author

Me & My Granddad: American Warriors
Price: $9.95 USD. Words: 21,060. Language: English. Published: March 7, 2014. Categories: Nonfiction » Biography » Autobiographies & Memoirs, Fiction » Adventure » Action
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The (grand)father and son tale of two American men of different generations struggling to achieve greatness. One man born into the great depression. One man born into the decadence and boom of the 1980's. The exciting adventures that forged their passionate lives.