After I finished my first manuscript. It was brutal, but in a good way. I suspect its similar to completing a marathon, though I would never run one of those.
What inspired you to start writing?
I had something to say. I had eclectic tastes at an early age and writing about them online was my only real forum. People take eleven year olds more seriously when they’re on the internet.
What are your current projects?
There’s quite a few. Five More College Dialogues and Dead Batteries Tell No Tales are the next two on my docket for release. I’m also editing a new manuscript, working on completing a poetry collection, and plan to start Five High School Dialogues sometime next month. I hope to have some more good news to announce fairly soon.
Is there a message in your books that you want readers to grasp?
I always encourage my readers to think for themselves. My books have philosophical undertones blended with comedy. I hope readers find them both thought provoking and entertaining.
What books have most influenced your life most?
Philip K. Dick’s VALIS was a real eye opener from a philosophical standpoint. I read it on vacation too (bad idea). Kirkegaard’s Fear and Trembling and Nietzsche’s Human All Too Human are also big influences. As far as writing goes, Vonnegut’s Breakfast of Champions was a real eye opener in terms of how writers approach form. It’s not my favorite Vonnegut, but the style is so rich and unique.
If you had to choose, which writer would you consider a mentor?
I usually give Vonnegut and Faulkner joint credit as my direct influences. Vonnegut more for form and Faulkner for character expression. Both were so innovative and easily two of the greatest American writers.
What book are you reading now?
Mr. Paradise by Elmore Leonard. I love his style. One of the best contemporary authors.
Is there anything you find particularly challenging in your writing?
I hate the wait between finishing a draft and starting the editing process. It’s important to take some time away from a manuscript to get a fresh perspective, but it’s also frustrating if you really want to get back at it.
If today was the last day of your life, what would you want to do?
Float in the ocean while drinking a beer. Then I’d bury all my good possessions in case I came back from the dead.
Describe the greatest adventure of your life
College. I miss it. That’s why I’ve written three books about college life!
If you could choose just one thing to change about the world, what would it be?
I’d ban food pictures. I hate them. Eat your food. Don’t photograph it.
What makes you, you?
My long hair and my love of whiskey, stuffed animals, and obscure relics of popular culture. I like to march to the beat of my own drum and not being musically inclined, this yields interesting results.
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