Dec 162015

HazelgroveHow and when did you decide, or discover, that you were to be a writer?

I had just received my Masters in History with no real idea what to do and i sat down and started a novel. After five pages I knew this is what I wanted to do with my life. My mother was a painter and voracious reader and this gave me some sort of sense of permission.

Describe your writing process.

I write in the morning on first drafts and rewrites. A first draft is usually only a couple hours while rewriting i can do all day long. I have an office over my garage that is very private. I dont  outline but I keep a notebook that allows me to know what scene I am going to write the next day. On narrative non fiction I spend the first month researching.

What was the inspiration behind what you’ll be reading at Waterline?

Real Santa is the story of a man who wants to preserve his daughters belief in Santa Claus by becoming the Real Santa. My own daughter was beginning to doubt Santa and I stared at the roof of my home and realized someone could land a sled on the roof if they had to.  That was where it started and I ended up with a man who would go a hundred grand in debt to preserve his daughters belief in magic. 

What are you working on now?

I just finished two Narrative Non Fiction books called Madame President and the Last Cowboy due out next year. A novel is coming out in April called My Best Year.

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