Earl Chinnici


A funny thing happened when I stopped poisoning myself each day. I became an author.

Smashwords Interview

When did you first start writing?
In March of 2011, I scribbled ten special words on a small scrap of paper and tucked the piece of paper into a drawer for safekeeping. I wanted to ensure that I would remember these words forever. Later in the year, June 9 to be precise, I began to scribble some very brief notes regarding my extreme addiction to tobacco cigarettes on two more scraps of paper. I wrote an entire paragraph four days later. Perhaps this paragraph truly began my interest in writing.

~ I have been smoking mostly outside for a while now. Sometime during the day today, I removed all but three ashtrays from my home. I washed eight ashtrays outside under a water hose and left them in the shed for my next yard sale! ~

I lit a cigarette at 10:55 on the morning of Friday June 24, 2011. Approximately five hours later, I decided that I should write a book about my journey to be nicotine-free. Other than the fact that I was not an author, the only other trouble that I could foresee at the time was that I was not nicotine-free. Fortunately, that special day of my life came sooner than Independence Day.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
I enjoy the complexity of language. I also very much enjoy hearing the words that other people have used to describe my work. However, the greatest joy of writing for me thus far is the knowledge that either the words that I wrote or the fact that I was writing has helped several close friends to break free from the bondage of addiction to "tobacco cigarettes". That joy will be very hard to surpass.
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Smashwords book reviews by Earl Chinnici

  • Memoirs of a Girl Who Loves God on July 30, 2015

    “Memoirs of a Girl Who Loves God” is about a teenage girl who uses self-harm as a coping mechanism after her parents separate and about her struggle to stop. While this statement is true, the book is about so much more. “Memoirs of a Girl Who Loves God” is a heartwarming and at times heart-wrenching story about hardships, friendships, love, and hope. It is a powerful story, filled with realistic and endearing characters. I smiled plenty, laughed much, and got a little choked up a couple times. Although the story of Krystal involves some dark subject matter, it is the message of love that demands the spotlight. Like icing on a cake, this story is wrapped in a beautiful cover. It is a great addition to any library, especially mine.