Will you write others in this same genre?
Yes. I intend to publish more essays.
Have you included a lot of your life experiences, even friends, in the plot?
I’d have to say there is quite a bit of me in these essays.
How important do you think villains are in a story?
I love making up villains, especially in screenplays. I introduce the villain early on, and follow his evil deeds to the bloody end.
What are your goals as a writer?
To live well and prosper.
Do you have to travel much concerning your book(s)?
Mostly I have traveled in imagination. My novel A KNOCK AT THE DOOR, about the Velvet Revolution in the former Czechoslovakia, is based on extensive reading and research. Also, my musical PARIS – A Musical of the 1920s. I’ve only been to Paris in imagination. , Of course, in science fiction, I travel to realms of imaginary space.
Have you ever considered anyone as a mentor?”
I had a number of mentors when I was younger. Most were poets: Wilfred Owen, who taught me that the center could hold even in dire circumstances, for him, the trenches of the First World War. Auden, Yeats, Eliot, Richard Wilbur, the last of the WWII generation, with whom I have corresponded and who is still alive as I write. In fiction, I will mention Ernest Hemingway and Robert Penn Warren.
What contributes to making a writer successful?
Talent, good contacts, good fortune, tenacity, courage and grace.
Do you have any specific last thoughts that you want to say to your readers?
Yes, my last thoughts, as they blindfold me and the firing squad readies its weapons, are: Don’t panic. Keep on reading and writing.
The author of the 1996 essay “Yearning in the Age of the Nightmare” digs deeper into the American psyche and provides commentary on immigration, extreme behavior, our obsession with guns and heroes, ugly art, empty phrases, poor handwriting, war, and the rise of absolute thought in America in the post-Orwell era.
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Genre – Essay
Rating – G