YA Coming of Age
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How has travel played a role in your writing?
I’ve been lucky to have visited Africa,
Tell us about your current release.
The Savior of Turk started as two story ideas. Anyone who’s driven I-75 in
If I came to visit early in the morning would you impress me as being more like a chirpy bird or a grumpy bear?
No matter what time you visit me, I’ll be a grumpy bear. But deep inside me is, well, another grumpy bear. I mean well, though.
How do you describe your writing style?
Like vomiting. I spew worthless junk onto the page and then go back and clean it up, and clean it up some more until I find any nuggets of value. (OK, enough with the vomiting analogy.) I’ve heard that some writers won’t move on to the second sentence until they’re completely satisfied with the first. I’ve tried to write that way, but I don’t have the patience.
What book are you reading now?
I just finished Candide by Voltaire, which sounds a little pompous as I say it. But it’s a breezy and entertaining satire that’s just as relevant today as it was 250 years ago. It’s sarcastic. I’m sarcastic. We make a good pair.
What is the hardest part of writing your books?
I slog through the first draft. When I was learning to be a reporter in college, I was taught to be concise yet conversational in my writing. I enjoy that part of it—cutting out useless words and phrases while maintaining the personality of the story. However, I can’t do any of that editing until I first have something to edit. So far, I haven’t found a way to skip writing the first draft.
Tell us about your favorite restaurant.
I live three blocks from
What one word best describes you?
A friend once described my personality as “dusty”. I think that pretty well sums it up. I have a dry sense of humor, I think it shows in my writing.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
I started my adult life as a journalist, but gave it up when I realized I wasn't going to become Walter Cronkite. I grew up in small towns in
I envy the dialogue of Daniel Woodrell, the sense of place of Silas House, and how Wendell Berry makes writing seem deceptively easy. I appreciate Elmore Leonard for being Elmore Leonard. I don't write like anyone but me.
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