I'm writing the prequel to "These Foolish Things." It's set 5 years before the action in These Foolish Things.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
Is it baseball season? Are the Red Sox on TV? I still have a day job, but if I'm hit with inspiration, I will pause to capture the thought.
Who are your favorite authors?
A few: John Steinbeck, Jane Austen, Dorothy Parker, Damon Runyon, P.G. Wodehouse, Douglas Adams. My tastes are all over the place.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
It was a "finish the story" contest in Jack & JIll magazine. I was 8 and I got an Honorable Mention.
What is your writing process?
I watch a movie in my head and translate it to the word as best as possible. I will try dialogue out loud because I see and hear the action in my head and I want what my characters say to sound natural and real.
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
The first chapter book I read by myself was "Charlotte's Web." (It had been read to me a couple of times, so I kind of had a roadmap). I loved E.B White's style. He's got a line in "Trumpet of the Swan" about spring coming to a beaver pond and "The chickadee was delighted (almost everything delights a chickadee.") And this is a CHILDREN'S book. After that, I was drawn to the droll and the dry wit.
How do you approach cover design?
I let an expert do it.
What are your five favorite books, and why?
'Pride and Prejudice." It's a short book, the writing is "lean" and spare, but Jane Austen conveys so much. "Good Omens" by Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman. They took "The Omen" and hit it in the face with a banana cream pie.
What do you read for pleasure?
I have a pile of books: essays by Tina Fey, histories of the Wars of the Roses, scholarly works on diet and nutrition. Books about the Red Sox.
Describe your desk
I'm sure there's one under the pile of stuff. What clear space is available is usually occupied by a cat.
What book marketing techniques have been most effective for you?
So far, engaging fans in word of mouth.
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