Interview with Vincent Anthony Furia

What is your writing process?
I wrote the bulk of the book in the summer of 1996. I viewed the task as my 9-5 job. I had breakfast and sat down at my now ancient PC and wrote for the bulk of the day. If the day was particularly gorgeous I took breaks for bike rides and hikes. I would write for a good 5-6 hours a day. I had the book outlined mostly in my head. I did a fair amount of research via telephone regarding areas I did not have great knowledge. I finished the book during my Thanksgiving and Christmas breaks later that year.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in Southern California which is well-chronicled in the early part of the novel. I really grew up in Berkeley where I moved at age 18. That coming of age is truly represented through Van's story.
When did you first start writing?
I wrote stories in elementary school, became a journalist in middle school, and began writing songs in high school. I've never stopped telling stories, though now it's mostly through songs.
How do you approach cover design?
I gave Kate Peper the photograph and basically said "go nuts". She came up with 3 versions all of which I loved. I finally settled on the final version after consulting with some friends. Kate is awesome!
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
My earliest memories of stories involve my dad, John Furia Jr. who was a writer for TV and film telling me and by siblings stories he often made up on the spot. Many involved two opposite characters John Joseph (virtuous) and Joseph John (mischievous).
What are your five favorite books, and why?
Two hard to list only five. Favorite authors include Michael Chabon, Walter Mosley, Christopher Moore, Dennis Lenhane, and Elmore Leonard to name a few.
What do you read for pleasure?
Surprisingly a ton of detective fiction. I've read quite a few musician biographies and autobiographies lately and they really affirmed the writing style of both Van and Will Conroy for my book.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
I never thought I'd use a device, but for the past two years most of my reading has been on my iPad...It's great and I love it for traveling when I can load up 5 or 6 books!
Published 2016-12-29.
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Books by This Author

Van Gaux Lives!
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 156,440. Language: English. Published: December 28, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Literature » Literary
Van Gaux Lives! is a multi-media novel combining poetry, prose, and music. It presents the story of Van Firenze, AKA Van Gaux, a not-overly-successful singer/songwriter who died an untimely death in 1996, then became a posthumous cult phenomenon on the strength of some previously unreleased recordings. But is he really dead?