Friday, May 26, 2017
Friday, May 19, 2017
The genres for my short stories vary depending on what the subject is that inspires me at the time. The novellas however are inspired by pulp fiction, hard-boiled detective stories by authors such as Raymond Chandler, Dashiell Hammett, Mickey Spillane. My background is in film and theatre, so I was first introduced to the idea of writing hard-edged crime stories through film-noir.
You wrote a series of satirical pieces about George W. Bush II a while back. Are you inspired to do the same about 45?
George W. Bush, Unbound was my first foray into political satire. I saw “W” as a basic ne’er-do-well, a guy who wanted to make something of himself but realized that it took hard work to attain his goal and, not liking hard work, opted to use his father‘s connections instead. I very much enjoyed writing political satire about “W.” Even though he was a bumbler and in league with the dark lord Dick Cheney, I found much to poke fun at during his presidency.
As for our present Huckster-in-Chief and his administration, I find little humor there. I can’t get past the vile comments and hate-filled actions that spew from this man‘s soul. Perhaps in the future, I’ll satirize 45. For now, I am working on two detective novellas. One is set in the late 1940s; the other is set in the 1950s.
What direction would you like to see your writing take at this time? Is that direction influenced in any way by what's been happening in our country politically? Please explain.
I would like to get back to writing screenplays--perhaps a short political piece, 30 to 45 pages, which would translate approximately to a 30-minute film.
Friday, May 12, 2017
Friday, May 5, 2017
Please tell us a bit about your writing and what informs it, primarily in terms of your humanitarian concerns.
Friday, April 28, 2017
Friday, April 21, 2017
The hat I always want to wear is that of poet or writer. While that is always challenging, I feel such satisfaction when I am writing that I wouldn't have it any other way. I look at editing and teaching in terms of whether they make writing easier or harder, and there is really no contest. Editing is very difficult and often all-consuming and it definitely changes how and if I am able to write at all. Teaching often generates work when I use prompts to get students writing because I will do the prompts too. I feel I am stealing time when I am writing and I know I have editing work to do. I think every effort I make to write makes me a better teacher of writing, so I don't feel guilty at all.