Rusty King

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  • 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.

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