What’s your writing background? When did you begin writing and what inspired you?
Background? You mean, what’s behind me when I write? If you’re asking what’s my literary experience, then I would have to say… pretty much none. I can count the books that I’ve read on both hands, and the ones that I remember I can count on one. I’ve worked construction for most of my adult life and I’ve written out thousands of bills, but nothing so entertaining to the folks that received them. The last thing that I wrote for the sake of it was well over 25 years ago. Four years of English class in high school and I didn’t read a single thing for book reports. Instead, I would sit down in study hall on the days they were due and make them up. Titles, authors, characters, and plots, the whole bit. I could finish one in a half an hour, and always got an A. I even started to do them for friends of mine, just for the fun of it. I wish I would have continued it then.
Inspiration? I suppose the world collapsing on me did that. For the first time in my life I actually have time on my hands. It’s kind of a relief. No more completion clauses, no more clients, wife yelling at me, kids are out on their own, and I’m left to my own devices. It’s given me the freedom to finally do something… just for me.
How often do you write? And how do you manage to fit in writing among other commitments?
After completing the first one, I basically put all of my efforts into learning how to market it, which didn’t pan out well. It’s not my bag, baby. I’ve gotten spectacular reviews from those that have read it, but I have no idea how to sell it. I could accept that, so I then put my efforts in search of a publisher. Things are starting to look rather good in that respect. Other than that, I have no other commitments. You’ll have to read the book to understand why. It’s a bit lengthy. Crib notes; Kids are grown, wife left, construction bizz is in the toilet, lost the house, dog died, vehicles are either repoed or destroyed, and all worldly possessions are gone. I’ve got a laptop and the cloths on my back, and the laptop I borrowed. If I get picked up by a publisher, I’ll be able to concentrate on my next project.
In which genre do you most enjoy writing?
I write non-fiction. The book that I wrote is a semi-autobiographically comedic self-help, thing. Memoiresk, even.
What draws you to write in that genre?
I find the truth to be far stranger than fiction. The book about my life probably seems like fiction to most, but I assure, it is absolute truth. I’ve not only been around the block, I paved it. If that isn’t enough, when my next book comes out it will blow your shorts off!
Can you tell me about your current project(s)?
When I can concentrate on writing again, I’m going to write a bio of a good friend of mine. You won’t know who he is, but in the music industry his name is more household than “Toaster”. I’m gonna take my time with it and make it as complete as possible, and hopefully it will be out in the spring. Who doesn’t wanna read about sex, drugs, and rock and roll?!
What are your writing plans for the future?
I plan to stay the course I’ve set or myself and continue in non-fiction. I’ve got enough to go around, but perhaps sometime in the future I might dabble in fiction. I try not to make too many plans any more. My mother always told me, “You can spend all the time you want planning your future, but when the time comes, too late; life happened.
Where can people find out more about you?
The best way to understand who I am is to read my first book, “How to Survive When the Bottom Drops Out.” It’s a mere fraction of my life story, but by the end of the book you’ll think I’m seven men. My life has made quite a few turns while I slept in the passenger seat. Some of them wrong turns, and some of them unbelievably right. If there’s one thing that I’ve learned, it’s life goes on… until it don’t. What have you got to show for yourself?