Interview with John Giblin

When did you first start writing?
I started in my thirties because until then I was lost. And even in my thirties, it took me until my fifties to figure out what I was doing. Some writers I know came to the big cognition long before their thirties, some after their thirties were a memory. I don't know if there is the perfect age to begin writing. All I know is that I started when an urge prompted me to.
What's the story behind your latest book?
My latest book--due out this fall--came to me in a dream. In that dream I was a young man in love with a beautiful, dark-haired woman. I don't remember her name but she loved me, of that I was certain. We shared what felt like a brief time together before I had to leave (I was a seaman). Out at sea, my ship sank. Trapped below deck, in a fast-flooding compartment, the last thought I had was that I'd find my way back to her, somehow.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
The process of creation: being in the dream and writing down everything I see, as fast as I can, before the dream fades.
What do your fans mean to you?
Everything. Without the reader, the writer has little. A created page has no life without the time investment of those individuals who are willing to take it in hand.
What are you working on next?
I am in the final edit of a love story. After that, something dark (and delicious).
Who are your favorite authors?
Those who are able to keep me captive. I'll throw out a few names: Joyce Carol Oats, Cormac McCarthy, Stephen King . . .
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
The surprises life has for us, because you just don't know what's ahead, but whatever it is it could be a lot of fun.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
I exercise, I watch movies, I spend quality time with my wife, I cook, I do chores.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
It was the story of a tree and the impact humans had on its life.
What is your writing process?
I don't press. I sit at my desk and let inspiration carry me. I don't outline. I don't want to know all the twists and turns a story will take before I experience it first hand. I like to be surprised.
What are your five favorite books, and why?
Atonement, The Time Traveler's Wife, The Help, The Notebook, Daddy Love, The Life Boat, The Lovely Bones . . . I'll stop now. These seven made my list because they sunk their hooks in me and wouldn't let go.
What do you read for pleasure?
Any biography.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
Kindle.
Published 2014-07-12.
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Books by This Author

Life Among the Hu-man
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 32,220. Language: American English. Published: April 26, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Women's fiction » General, Fiction » Women's fiction » General
Rayon de Lumiere is a free-born feline who lands in Hosannah, Missouri with the hope of coaxing from the hu-man a free meal. Hosannah is not the deep South but far enough south that the good residents know how to handle a cat, especially an uppity one that doesn't know its place. Rayon should have known better but hunger makes a body stupid. Getting in town was easy, getting out won't be.