I am not as bright as P.J. O’Rourke. I wish I could turn a phrase like P.G. Wodehouse but I can’t. I wish I got as much ass as Tucker Max but I don’t. I wish I were as brave as Andy Kaufman but that’s a tall order. I wish I partied like Hunter S. Thompson did but I don’t. I didn’t even party like it’s 1999 when it was 1999. I wish I was as witty as George Carlin but I am not even close. You’d think it would be easy enough to just be as tasteful as Dave Barry but nope. I don’t even think it’s fair to say that I’m better looking than Gilbert Gottfried.
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What inspires you to write?
Jim Unger was asked if it’s hard to come up with all the cartoon for his strip “Herman” and he replied it was easy. He had millions of Hermans working for him every day. I write to get rid of all the Hermans in my head.
Tell us about your writing process.
There is no process other than to try and write things down as soon as I can. A good story is like a snowball rolling downhill. It moves forward under its own momentum. I don’t need a process, just the energy to get up off the couch and write the damn thing down before it disappears.
For Fiction Writers: Do you listen (or talk to) to your characters?
No. They are just vehicles. Puppets. Masks. If I started talking to them I think that would ruin the stories they appear in.
What advice would you give other writers?
Don’t take writing advice from authors you’ve never heard of.
How did you decide how to publish your books?
Because the world needs obscure writers. I self-publish because no major publishers would want what I write. I am not mainstream and I’m very thankful for that.
What do you think about the future of book publishing?
As technology evolves and loosens the death grip that major publishers have on what people are able to get their hands eventually a thousand authors will be selling a thousand books each instead of one selling a million. Readers will become more engaged.
The revolution is coming and I can’t wait. I always enjoy watching when powerful people start to lose their influence. I’m proud to be one of thousands of writers putting out their own material, eroding the arrogant, self-absorbed, Harvard-educated literary ‘business model’ that spends its time begging Honey Boo-Boo to write a tell-all.
What do you use?
What genres do you write?
What formats are your books in?
Both eBook and Print