Lori Glad

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The Woman Today

 
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April/May 2004
Article by Sheryl Jensen
photographs by Roger LePage photographer
The Woman Today Magazine:
The Family and Home Magazine of The Twin Ports

Lori Glad is a self-avowed romantic.  A stay-at-home mother of six daughters and grandmother to a two-year-old girl, Lori has turned her “secret” avocation of years of filling notebooks with her romance stories into her first published novel with a hometown setting, Summer Storm.  [Read more…]

Bekah Bevins

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  1. Why did you write I Was Night?
  2.  Mmm…it’s always good to begin with a challenge, isn’t it?  *smiles*  Well, I guess I started writing it because I felt compelled to do so. I went through a phase where I couldn’t talk about what happened, even though I thought about it 99.9% of the time. I just couldn’t bring myself to confront everything that was going on. My parents and I were feeling a million different emotions and there was so much going on around me. The police were still investigating, I believe, and David hadn’t been arraigned yet. I still had a lot to face down, but wasn’t willing to do so. So, I started to write about my experience, just to test the waters a little bit. Just to push myself into talking about it. Then, it became a sort of masochistic therapy, *laughs*, and then I decided to go as far with it as I could. I had actually written Savage a letter and sent him about 10 poems a week before I met David. (For those of you who don’t know, David was the man I had my rather unpleasant experience with). Savage sent me a letter back and told me when I got more material together, then we’d talk. So, after this whole mess, I remembered what he said and decided to give him some major material. *grins*

  3. How is I Was Night impacting your life today?

  4. Writing, like most other aspects of life, comes with a lot of baggage because it involves the exposure of brutal honesty. I wanted to pour everything I was feeling into this book, basically ripping my audience to shreds. I wanted my readers to get a true, razor-like idea of what I was trying to say and express. In the beginning, it was sort of sketchy. I highly doubted its publication and was scared to death of it being successful, but also of it never getting off the ground. It was real catch-22 territory. And, of course, I was documenting certain aspects of the situation that people didn’t know about and couldn’t possibly understand. The book is like a quiche, but it’s laced with sex, lies, and cutting manipulation. I knew that once I published this work, I would have no secrets left about what had happened and could no longer play down the entire situation – nor my emotions at the time. I felt I would be subjecting myself to reopening old wounds, that hadn’t healed yet, but decided that I could hack it. Of course, my parents responded with concern, because I had escaped once with a “reputation of having a good name,” but they were worried that the second time would be more difficult. But, I felt I had to do this. So, I did it. Most of the affects are good. I have gained more respect and people are taking my writing into more consideration and I am discovering, within my own voice, a broader level of understanding.


  5. What do you hope the book will accomplish?

  6. I want this book to help others like me. I want to explain to other young women that it’s easy to be enthralled by the opposite sex. If a guy looks at you and smiles, then looks at you again in an interested way, you’re no doubt flattered. But, there’s a huge difference. An older man can think you’re smart, beautiful, amazing. But, it’s a completely different “compliment” when he wants to shack up for a few days in a hotel room. I wrote this book so that others can read it and gain; maybe there’s a girl out there, right now, who is flirting with the idea of having a fling or relationship with an older man. I want this book to tell other girls in situations like this – no dice. It’s not even worth it.


  7. When you do your writing?

  8. When do I do my writing? When the mood hits. When do you eat? When you’re hungry. When do you race to the hospital? When you’re bleeding. I’ll see something or hear something and BAM!!!! I have to write. Like a few days ago, I went with a friend to a little river spot and, standing out on the deck, I saw the way the light hit the trees and I thought – this is peace. I need to write about this. It’s harder to write when I’m emotionally turbulent, which is most of the time. *laughs* The words are in there, but they get stuck. But, I like writing at night. Sometimes, I go for walks and will compose snatches of poems in my head and use the bits and pieces later. Sometimes, I’ll write and scrap everything. I write at night, because that’s when I feel really alive. No matter what, I write. It’s in my blood. In my body. It’s in the nature of everything I do. It keeps me primitive.

  9. What advice do you have for writers like yourself?

  10. Don’t just groom it as a hobby. Grow it out a little.


  11. You’ve been described as a, “Kick ass 17-year-old.” What does that mean?

  12. Well. *laughs* Hmmm….Savage describes me as this, I guess because he’s never met anyone like me. Of course, that sounds conceited to me. I wouldn’t exactly say I’m “kick-ass,” but would like to think that I spark a fuse with people. There’s nothing worse in this world than indifference. A huge part of my nature, possibly the backbone of my personality, is the fact that I can’t stand people being indifferent to me. I want to get under their skin and fester. Maybe that’s what it means. *shrugs, looks up in space thoughtfully*

Diana Randolph

aidianarandolphSP: How long have you been writing? How did you get started writing?

DR: I’ve been writing since childhood. I was always an avid reader and
started writing stories around age 10. I began writing poetry during my
sophomore year at Northland College in Ashland after moving out of my small
dorm room and into a spacious apartment. Poems seemed to linger in the air
there, ready to be plucked.


SP: How did your book come about?


DR: In the Heart of the Forest, is a collection of poems written
over the course of several years. I was planning an exhibit of my paintings
titled, “In the Heart of the Forest” in 1999 at the Duluth Art Institute
and decided to use the same title for the collection of poems which would be
published around the same time.

SP: What has writing taught you?


DR: Writing is a journey into the unknown. I always discover something new
about myself, and the world, when I write.


SP: What can you share about your writing habits?


DR: First, I write most often in my home, in my painting studio. But when I
travel I bring along a notebook and then I write in waiting rooms, or when
sitting
by a lake or river. Anywhere! I write my non-fiction articles on the
computer, but for poetry, I prefer to write long hand in notebooks or on
loose leaf lined paper that I keep in a 3 ring binder. I keep all my rough
drafts because, later, I like to see the process when I have a poem
completed. It’s like seeing the brush strokes of a painting.


Second, I write in afternoons, after my household/yard chores are done
and I
don’t have anything distracting on my mind.


Third, I write several days per week, but in winter, I write more often
because in spring and fall I teach art classes. In the winter I have more
time to focus
on writing projects when I am home more often.


SP: Do you write in a journal?


DR: YES! I’ve been keeping journals since I was a teenager. I journal
more regularly from September through May. In Summer I am busy tending to
other tasks.


SP: Has any single book inspired you to write?


DR: I love Ray Bradbury’s, Zen in the Art of Writing. It may be out of
print and I
don’t own my own copy. I’ve borrowed it twice from a friend.


SP: What are your writing aspirations?


DR: I love to write all forms- short stories, plays, poetry. And I have
several pages of a novel started. Goal setting is important for writers and
I need to set some deadlines for myself to accomplish all my dreams!


SP: Whom do you envision as your audience?


DR: Everyone! I love to write children’s stories and short fiction/plays
for adults.


SP: Are you writing to anyone in particular as you create?


DR: I write my children’s stories and young adult novel-in-progress with my
14-year-old daughter in mind because I often read my work to her. I write
all
other pieces with friends in mind. I share all my writing, including stories
for children, with two writer friends. We meet regularly to critique and
encourage each other with our writing. It’s important that I get feedback,
to be sure my work communicates clearly to others.


SP: Do you travel to gain inspiration or are you a home-body?


DR: I am a home-body! I am inspired mostly when it is 30 degrees below
zero, in the silence of winter. But when do I travel, I am also inspired.


SP: Do local characters play a part in your writing?


DR: Wildlife from the Chequamegon National Forest near my home often appear
in my poems.


SP: What do you think of the NY Times Best Seller List?


DR: It’s always fun to look at a bookstore to see what the NY Times Best
Seller List is. But there are lots of other good books out there. I like
to roam the aisles of libraries or bookstores to discover something myself.
No, I’m not reading a current NYT list book now.


SP: What contemporary book are you currently reading?


DR: I’m reading the book Jinxed by Carole Higgins Clark. I love
mysteries. As far as fiction goes, I’m reading The Rest of Us by Jacquelyn
Mitchard. In the non-fiction department I’m reading Ancient Moves by Franco
Pagnucci


SP: Name an author you admire.


DR: I admire Ray Bradbury because his writing puts me in the mindset of
wondering. He always stretches my imagination with his vivid writing.


SP: What do you do in your spare time? Hobbies?


DR: Besides being very involved with family and community activities and my
life as a writer and painter (which is lots of fun), I love to cross
country ski, snowshoe, hike, walk my dog, garden, sew, bake, try new
recipes and crochet.

Phil Sneve

aiphilsneveSP: How and why did you start writing?

PS: I started writing due to an inexplicable urge to take every life experience, put my own spin on it, place it into the context of someone in a hypothetical midlife crisis, and put it into formed verse
.

SP: Why did you write your most recent book?

PS: Once I had written about 50 poems, as well as 20 songs, I felt a need to place the result into a more permananent record of the thought process I was having.

SP: What have you learned from writing?

PS: Writing is one very good way to put random philosophical thought onto a page, and standing back to admire your work, get a measure of where you stand on various issues affecting life.

SP: Where do you write?

PS: Usually I write at coffee shop. Most of my stuff starts out as a note or a few words on a paper napkin. These napkins remain stuffed into various pockets and, when extricated, provide fodder for good sessions of mental puking on lined paper. Or at bedtime. Sometimes the napkins come out of the pockets immediately prior to sleep time, and the process of writing additional claptrap makes sleep come more easily. One hint here is that you should never never say to yourself “What a good idea, I will remember that tomorrow when I wake up.” Always turn on the light, grab a pen and some paper and write it down, unless you are in heavy traffic. Then you should call your own voicemail and leave yourself a message. Much safer writing technique.

SP: What time of day do you write?

PS: Usually afternoon or evenings.

SP: How many days per week do you write?

PS: When the muse is there, it can be every day.

SP: Do you keep a journal?

PS: No journal.

SP: Has any single book inspired you as a writer?

PS: No single book. Maybe “The World According to Garp”. Good belly laughs. John Irving uses his stories to make social commentary. You don’t realize it at the time, but then find yourself answering a question with “yeth”.

SP: What are your writing aspirations?

PS: I want to write “The” country song that combines the formula of good drunks and lost loves, and make myself millions of dollars.

SP: Whom do you envision as your audience?

PS: For poetry: My family; for music: The unwashed millions

SP: Are you writing to anyone in particular as you create?

PS: Anyone who is willing to read or sing or listen.

SP: Do you travel to gain inspiration or are you a home-body?

PS: Inspiration comes from experience that drives strong emotional response, whether it is my experience or someone else’s.

SP: Do local characters play a part in your writing?

PS: Only as providers of emotionally driven life experience.

SP: What do you think of the NY Times Best Seller List?

PS: Darn, my subscription ran out a million years ago.

SP: Are you reading a NYT list book currently?

PS: No. I am reading Staggerford.

SP: Name an author you admire.

PS: John Irving

SP: Why?

PS: He’s easy to read and funny.

SP: What do you do in your spare time? Hobbies?

PS: I have really high quality compost pile. I also play the guitar.

Marshall J Cook

aiMarshallCook1. How and why did you start writing?

I started very early, certainly before the age of reason or the age of spelling or even the age of coherence. At that age, it wasn’t any sort of a conscious decision, just “I want to do this” like I wanted to be a cowboy.

2. Why did you write your most recent book?

Off Season wasn’t supposed to happen. I was done with all those people and their sweet little town in The Year of the Buffalo. I was biking to work one morning and saw– I mean saw!– my dear, wonderful, brave Billie Jo get raped.. I knew things were going to be tremendously difficult for her and her new husband, Tommy Lee (who was also becoming a manager for the first time in his baseball career), and I couldn’t just leave them there. So I had to write the book.

3. What have you learned from writing?


What I feel. What I think. How much I don’t know. What a joy writing is, even when it’s painful.

4. Comment on your writing habits.

Sounds like drug addiction, doesn’t it?

I do most of my fiction in the morning, before I go to the day job. I generally write for 45 minutes to an hour. I often print out some notes to myself or the last page I was working on, fold it up and stick it in my back pocket. Often during the day, something will occur to me (thank you, dear subconscious), and I’ll jot it down. By the time I sit down again, same time, same station, the next morning, I’ve got lots of stuff worked out. When it’s going well like that, it’s SO fun, I really can’t wait to get to the computer.

When it’s going lousy, I go write anyway. I think that’s the most important thing any writer has to learn.

a. Where do you write?

Since my son came of age and moved out, I actually have a home office of my very own, full of books and baseball caps and pictures and my father’s Navy sword. I love writing there.

b. What time of day?

Depending on my wife’s schedule and what else I’ve got going that day, sometime between 6:00 and 8:30. (If that sounds gross, maybe I shouldn’t even tell you that I get up between 4:00 and 5:00 and exercise first. I know. Disgusting. It’s just the way I work.)

c. How many days per week?

Five or six. Never on Sunday.

d. Do you keep a journal?

Yeah. I’ve kept one for 35 years. When I’m going hot and heavy on other things, it’s very sporadic. (It’s been sporadic for about five years.) I love keeping it when I’m on the road.

5. Has any single book inspired you as a writer?

No. Tons of them. Really, from The Sound and the Fury to Horton Hatches the Egg. Kesey’s Sometimes a Great Notion. Ferdinand, by Munro Leaf. Lonesome Dove, which I never wanted to end.

6. What are your writing aspirations?


To get the next book done. (Right now I’m working on what seems to insist on being the longest piece of fiction I’ve ever written, and it may swallow me.)

7. Whom do you envision as your audience?


I stopped doing that years ago. Isn’t that strange? I’m always surprised and delighted when a reader writes to me, or I met one at a class or conference. “Oh! So, you’re the one!”

8. Are you writing to anyone in particular as you create?


Nope. And I’m not writing for myself, either. I’m writing to get the story right.

9. Do you travel to gain inspiration or are you a home-body?


Both. I’m lucky. The routine at home seems to nurture me, but I’m very stimulated by travel (and especially by driving cross country, staying at ma and pa motels, and eating at the local diner).


10. Do local characters play a part in your writing?


Everybody I write about seems to be a “local character.”


Oh, you mean … I borrow parts of people from everywhere.

11. What do you think of the NY Times Best Seller List?


I think it’s too easy and too cynical to say “it’s all crap” just because some of it’s crap. Some really marvelous books show up there.


a. Are you reading a NYT list book currently?


I’m not sure. The last novel I read that I’m sure was on the bestseller list was Russo’s Empire Falls, which I just loved! That guy is wonderful. May everything he writes shoot right to the top.


12. What contemporary book are you currently reading?

a. Fiction?

My new “discovery” (which lots of folks knew about for years) is Sharyn McCrumb. I’m reading Ward Just’s The Unfinished Season, which starts very well. I think the best novel I’ve read recently is Jim Kokoris’s The Rich Part of Life.

b. Non-fiction?

I’m rereading my Grandfather’s book on the Civil War, which just got reprinted. It’s called Scouts and Spies of the Civil War, by William Gilmore Beymer. Isnt that too wonderful? My granddad is in print!

The next one I want to read is David Maraniss’s They Marched in Sunlight.

The best I’ve read in a long time is Bradley’s Flags of our Fathers.

c. Poetry?

Ben Zen, by Tom Montag.

13. Name an author(s) you admire.


Oh, golly. Another one, huh? Only one?


Since there are so many contemporaries clammoring for attention, I’ll cop out and name somebody who’s no longer with us: Wallace Stegner.

a. Why?

Every word he writes counts.


I also had the joy of taking a couple of classes from him, and he lectured the same way.

14. What do you do in your spare time? Hobbies?

Ha. Snort. Spare time.


I read. I work out. I play killer ping pong with my son. I go out to dinner with my bride. I watch baseball/football/basketball in season (in that order of preference). I’m teaching myself to play the piano. (I have a fool for a teacher.)

Chris Russel

aiChrisRussell1. How and why did you start writing?


Answer: Writing is something that I have always enjoyed doing. As a student, more often than not, we are provided topics about which we are asked to write. In my profession as an attorney, I do a tremendous amount of writing related to cases and work-related topics. Writing a book, however, provided me with the best of both worlds doing something that I enjoy doing, and writing about something I wanted to write about!



2. Why did you write you most recent book?


Answer: I wrote The Final Buzzer because I had a tremendous experience as a student athlete at Kenyon College. The Final Buzzer enabled me to share my experience as a Division III athlete with others who have either had a similar experience, or who may be contemplating such an experience. The book was a wonderful way to express a lot of very positive feelings about my family, a wonderful educational institution Kenyon College — and a game that brought me years of enjoyment . . . basketball.



3. What have you learned from writing?


Answer: I have learned many things from writing. First and foremost, is that it is a wonderfully therapeutic exercise. We all have busy lives, and writing enables an individual to spend time in uninterrupted thought. With this being said, however, I have also learned that oftentimes it is a lot easier to think about a topic than it is to write about a topic.



4. Comment on your writing habits.


a. Where do you write?


Answer: Wherever I am when I have a spare moment.


b. What time of day?


Answer: Typically late at night or on vacation.


c. How many days per week?


Answer: I am not currently writing at all.


d. Do you keep a journal?


Answer: No.



5. Has any single book inspired you as a writer?


Answer: Candidly it is impossible to single out any one book as a source of inspiration. As an English major at Kenyon, I had the opportunity to read literally hundreds of great works. Personally, I believe that every book is an inspiration because it represents the heartfelt efforts of the author.



6. What are your writing aspirations?


Answer: To date, I have only written a single book. I believe that at some point in time before I die which hopefully will not be for a while! I can try again.



7. Whom to envision as your audience?


Answer: For The Final Buzzer, I envision my audience as prospective student athletes and former student athletes.



8. Are you writing to anyone in particular as you create?


Answer: No.



9. Do you travel to gain inspiration or are you a home body?


Answer: While there are certain places that I love to go such as Cope Cod in the Summer I am perfectly comfortable staying at home.



10. Do local characters play a part in your writing?


Answer: I believe that everyone with whom we have contact whether it is past, present, or future potentially impacts our writing.



11. What do you think of the New York Times bestseller list?

Are you reading a New York Times list book currently?


Answer: I am embarrassed to say that I have not read a single book in its entirety for quite some time. At this stage in my life, reading has taken a backseat to a lot of other activities.



12. What contemporary book are you currently reading?


Answer: Most of the books that I read right now are by Dr. Seuss, and my reading usually occurs with my children before they go to bed!



13. Name an author you admire?


Answer: From a historical standpoint, I always enjoyed the works of F. Scott Fitzgerald. Updike’s books are phenomenal. Candidly, my list could go on and on!



14. What do you do in your spare time? Hobbies?


Answer: My ultimate goal is to spend as much time as I possibly can engaged in family activities whatever they may be. I am blessed with a beautiful wife and three wonderful children, and doing anything or nothing at all with them makes me tremendously happy.

Jill Downs

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I remember enjoying writing when I was in grade school. When I went to
Westover School in Middlebury, Connecticut, I was proud to have a poem
published in the school newspaper. For a long time I didn’t think about
writing until my kids were grown. It was my life experience that propelled
me to write spiritual poetry and eventually The Awakening of the Heart.

One summer I began going to the creek by our home every morning to write. I
trusted the voice that told me that the essays I was writing would someday
be a book. I didn’t have a computer and still don’t. Therefore, my book
consisted of 15 notebooks written in pencil on yellow legal pads. Ten years
later, I would be retrieving the material from the attic and beginning the
long task of getting it published-a process that involved many challenges
that I won’t go into here.


Writing the book required a great deal of courage and trust. I would
literally hear the words in my mind and write down what I was hearing. I had
previously taught meditation classes and am blessed with the gift of
clairaudience-the ability to hear spirit voices-so I definitely had the
background to receive channeled material. Out of love, my Higher Power lead
me to believe I was channeling material from another light being. However,
in reality I was channeling my Higher Self. God in His infinite wisdom knew
I wouldn’t feel adequate enough to say that I was capable of coming up with
all the wisdom on my own. It wasn’t until the book was published that I
became aware that it was channeled by my Higher Self. We all have that
divine part of us that we are capable of tapping into at any time.


The reason for the lapse of time between the writing of the book and
publishing it was that I had to experience all that I talked about in the
book. In December of 1991, while my 15 notebooks lay in the attic, I
underwent a significant spontaneous spiritual awakening. This profound
life-changing event precipitated several years of healing that included
further extraordinary journeys into consciousness and intensely challenging
work on the inner planes. This inner journey, awesome and powerful as it
was, and my subsequent healing, gave me the necessary lessons and trials to
prepare me for the publication of my book that contains wisdom now backed by
my own experience.


For example, I learned to have greater acceptance and patience with the
things I want to change within myself. I also gained greater knowledge and
wisdom through becoming honest with myself at a deeper level than was
previously possible. Further, I gained greater love and understanding of
others and myself as I learned to trust in the process of healing and growth
to which we all aspire.


Lastly, I found greater peace in learning to trust in the infinite
intelligence that lies within us all. It was from this place that I
developed my Back to Basics workshops on personal and spiritual growth.


The workshops involve creative writing. I believe we are all happiest doing
what we like to do best, wherever our talents lie. I’m happiest when I’m
writing and being of service at the same time. It is a great antidote for
depression and boredom. I find when I follow my heart and my talents;, I’m
blessed with abundance. However we all have dry spells and times when we’re
not necessarily productive. Yet, it is at these times that we’re
experiencing much necessary growth and enlightenment. Seeds are being
planted and sooner or later, with faith, the results will manifest.

Georgeann Cheney

aiGeorgeanncheney

SP: How many books have you written?



GC: Two. Superior Catholics and He Was a Moose—a children’s book. I didn’t really write Superior Catholics. I collected stories from people. I knew these stories would be lost forever if someone didn’t get them down on paper.



He Was a Moose was done with Duluth Watercolor artist, Teresa Cox Kolar. It was almost published by two publishing companies. It is a wonderful book if someone out there would like to publish it.



SP: What are your writing aspirations?


GC: I would like to do another Superior book. My sister is doing an ABC book about Superior Central for the historical society and I would like to get He Was a Moose published.



SP: What do you read?



GC: I read mostly non-fiction, but I just joined a book club and we read The Great Gatsby and Plain Truth, by Jodi Picoult. I’ve never been in a book club and I really enjoy it.



SP: Name an author you admire.



GC: Two really—Truman Capote—I have never read a better written book than In Cold Blood and Mike Savage. His stuff is filled with wonderful local color, great characters and his books make me laugh out loud.


SP: Have you always been such a suck up?


GC: Why yes. It always works with certain publishers.



SP: What do you do in your spare time? Hobbies?



GC: In my spare time, I work at the Minnesota Children’s Museum, read, spend time with my grandchildren, go to movies and plays and always try to put a little fun and adventure into every day.

Kathy Kerchner

aikathykerchner

 I’d always dreamed of writing a book, but I don’t really consider myself a “writer.” I wrote SoundBites: A Business Guide for Working with the Media as an adjunct to my media training seminars. I was a TV reporter and anchor for 15 years, and I wrote my book to set me apart from those who SAY they understand the media, but have never had any actual experience.


Writing a book taught me how difficult it really is. I had first written an audiotape program, which gave me the basic outline for the book. I am a true procrastinator, and work best when facing a deadline. If I hadn’t had a colleague (a former English professor of mine) prodding me, the manuscript might never have been finished.

My book appeals to a niche audience: Anyone who wants to get publicity from the media, or who wants to be more successful talking to reporters. Right now, I don’t have any plans for another book, but I have considered writing about presentation skills, another of my seminar topics.

I love to read all kinds of books, and am inspired and awed by any good writing. I just finished Middlesex, a Pulitzer Prize winner by Jeffrey Eugenides. If I had all the time in the world to read, I’d tackle all of the Pulitzer Prize winners. I’m also reading a business book, Difficult Conversations, by Douglas Stone.


Besides reading I like to spend time working out, rollerblading and traveling.

Frank Larson

aiFrankLarsonAs to your questionnaire: (No. 1, why I got to righten’):

The primary reason is, it was easier than organic chemistry. As a
fledgling adult, I conjured up this vision of me in a white smock, rolling
pills from behind a neat, tidy counter, and ringing up tenfold sales. The
trouble is, chemistry didn’t come nearly as easy as words did. It wasn’t
even a contest. So, I switched majors—this back in the Bronze Age,
now—and started writing. I just accepted the fact that, as a journalism
student, I was doomed to a life of low wages. The upside was, I knew right
from the get-go that I wouldn’t be trapped in a lifetime job I didn’t like.
So I accepted my fate, genuflected before the God Mammon, and said, “Okay,
I’m in position. How much would you like?”

I read fiction only. Right now I’m in the middle of “The Captain,” a
World War II saga of the North Sea by Jan de Hartog. I love sea stories. The
trouble is, good ones are hard to find and I’m midway through this one and
realize I read it, years ago, but it’s worth rereading, so I’m doing just
that.

I pay little attention to the NY Times lists. What I do is, go to my
local library and continue my foray through the fiction aisles. I’ll bring
home a half-dozen books a week.

Six months ago I started with the authors whose names begin with ‘R,’
and have been selectively working my way down the alphabet. Authors I like
(Robert B. Parker, for instance) will cause me to spend more time on that
shelf. Others I discard if they don’t grab my attention within the first
50-75 pages. Right now I’m down to the ‘B’ section and find I’m spending a
lot of time with James Lee Burke. When I get through the ‘A’s,’ I’ll hit the
‘Z’s’ and continue the cycle.

FL.

PS. It helps to: a) turn off the TV and b) be somewhat of a speed reader.

Rusty King

aiRussellKing

  • How and why did you start writing?

I started writing before I could write: Almost as soon as I could talk, I started telling stories. Writing them down was simply a logical
next step after learning the alphabet.

  • Why did you write your most recent book?

My most recent book was written at the encouragement of one of my newspaper editors who said, “People feel good when they read your stuff.
You should pull together your best and publish them as a book.” (The book is a collection of newspaper columns.)

  • What have you learned from writing?

I’ve learned that how I write is far more important, and pleasing to me, than what I write.

  • Comment on your writing habits.

I write in my leather “daddy’s chair,” between my bookshelves and a huge window, with my laptop atop my lap. I write every day, typically when the kids are asleep, but my best writing comes in sudden bursts.

  • Has any single book inspired you as a writer?

My collection of Robert Frost poems.

  • What are your writing aspirations?

To write well enough to please my readers and silence my inner
nag.

  • Whom do you envision as your audience?

My wife, my children and my father.

  • Are you writing to anyone in particular as you create?

My wife, my children and my father.

  • Do you travel to gain inspiration or are you a home-body?

I can write only what I intimately know–in fact, I can be inspired only by what I intimately know–so I am a home-body.

  • What do you think of the NY Times Best Seller List?

Writing, it’s been said, is like sex: first you do it for love,
then you do it for friends, finally you do it for money. The list is full
of people who do it for money. There’s a word for that.

  • Are you reading a NYT list book currently?

“Reading” is a strong word. Looking in horror, pity and sorrow,
as one might at a train wreck, is more accurate.

  • Name an author you admire.

Norbert Bei.

  • Why?

Absent an in-depth analysis of his technique, let’s just say his song pleases my ear.

  • What do you do in your spare time? Hobbies?

I have six children; I have no spare time for hobbies.