My first online interview with AuthorTrek to promote Empty Rooms Lonely Countries can be read here.
Here is an appetizer:
What is your writing day like?
I don’t really have a routine anymore. My goal is to allow an hour a day for writing and most cases, it’s late in the evening. I’d like to have a better schedule where I could devote two to three hours a day to my writing like I did when I was all angsty and “working my magic” at the local Starbucks.
Another interview to promote Empty Rooms Lonely Countries, this time with the fine folks over at Freelance Writing. It’s an interesting interview, covering not only the promotion of the book, but research techniques, my favorite writers, and those dreaded rejections:
Have you had any downfalls or negative experiences working with a publisher/agent, such as rejection letters? If so, how did you handle it?
I have more rejection letters than I’d like to count. Since I started listing all of the stories I’ve sent to magazines, I discovered that I average 23 rejections for every acceptance. It reminds me of the story of a friend of mine who used to approach women at bars with the absolutely filthiest pick-up line he knew, and he said that nine out of ten women would slap him in the face. But all he ever cared about was the one who didn’t.
Can you explain some of your research techniques, and how you found sources for your book?
Because of the nature of the majority of my writing, I write based on my experiences. Most of my research simply comes from living my life, which, fortunately for me, has been fairly interesting. With something like “Mad Dogs”, a lot of it had to do with being in the right place at the right time. In this case, I was visiting Krakow when Vice-President Cheney was there, and I managed to spend a long evening out with members of the Secret Service. 48 hours later, I’m heading home on a train writing 6,000 words in one sitting with the help of my notes. When that happens, it’s like magic.
Read the whole bad boy right here.
The fine folks over at Radio Wroclove briefly interviewed me yesterday about Empty Rooms Lonely Countries. We touched on the book, as well as the weather in Wroclaw. You can download and/or listen to the interview here.
Even if you’re not interested in the interview, I believe Radio Wroclowe is worth your time. Not only is it “the first English-speaking station in Poland that broadcasts round the clock”, it’s the closest thing I’ve found to American public radio here in Wroclaw. I’m really looking forward to watching the station grow.
Give them a listen.
I did an interview over at Fiction Scribe. It’s one of my better interviews, I think, and I had a lot of fun doing it.
Here is how it all begins:
List five words that define you as a person.
Tell us about your collection of short stories, Empty Rooms Lonely Countries.
Empty Rooms Lonely Countries collects a sampling of my short stories from the last ten years. They are autobiographical, but please don’t let the word turn you off. The stories move from Tampa, Florida to Philadelphia, Pennsylvania to London, England to Paris, France and eventually end up in Wroclaw, Poland, with plenty of places in between.
Find out how I ended up wandering the streets of Krakow with the United States Secret Service. Discover how I officiated a wedding with an army of lesbians. Wonder how I accidentally drove to a wrong state. Gasp at the monster which lives in the basement on Geneva Street. The stories jump genres, from horror to humor to romance to drama. Individually, the stories explore love, loss and redemption, and collectively, they combine to tell a larger story about someone who lost his way and eventually comes in from the cold.
Garrison Keillor wrote that “love has brought a great many people to safety”, and if that’s true, this is one man’s journey to safety.
And yet another interview, this time with Conversations with Writers. This might be my favorite interview so far. Here is a small taste:
What are the biggest challenges that you face? And, how do you deal with these challenges?
The biggest challenge I’m currently facing is getting the book noticed. It’s hard work trying to be heard on the internet (even with a contest to give away $1000), especially when there are hundreds of new incredible things arriving every day. I mean, here I am with this little book screaming, “LOOK AT ME! LOOK AT ME! I WANT TO GIVE YOU A $1000!” and meanwhile everyone is watching a YouTube clip of a slow loris being tickled. And then when that’s done, they are Googling “slow loris” to find out just what the hell it is.
You just can’t compete with a tickled slow loris. It’s tough out there.
How many books have you written so far?
This is my second book. Though, in full disclosure, the first book was a novel and it’s been locked away in a very dark place. Nobody has been able to look at it for over ten years now. There is a rumor that whenever someone reads the novel, a puppy dies. I couldn’t live with that.