Here’s a sample of author Joseph Carrabis’ wonderful wit that comes through in my interview with him: Where do your characters come from?
Toledo. I have an apartment building there and rent out rooms to them. They come, stay a while, then move on. I’s a good deal because the rent’s cheap and I change their names before writing them into stories.
Lily Iona Mackenzie puts me to task with questions ranging from where characters come from to why I write to dealing with speling erorrs.
Get the whole story now on Lily Iona Mackenzie’s blog
(and thanks to Lily for interviewing me)
The Augmented Man by Joseph Carrabis is based on Joseph’s research into helping traumatized children and combat PTSD sufferers to heal. It’s a sci-fi military thriller set in the near future.
I answered three questions for WorkingTitleBlogSpot:
- Is it important to include all shades of belief and sexual orientation in a book?
- What is worse? Ignorance or stupidity?
- Do you have any marketing tips for fellow writers?
(and I had a good time doing it!)
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(and thanks to WorkingTitleBlogSpot for interviewing me)
One benefit of social media is you meet some wonderful people. One of them is author Joseph Carrabis. He has been everything from a long-haul trucker to a chief research scientist. He has taught internationally at the university level; holds patents in a base, disruptive technology; created a company that grew from his basement to offices in four countries; and helped companies varying in size from mom-and-pops to Fortune 500 companies develop their marketing. Most of this bored him. But give him a pen and paper or a keyboard and he’s off writing, which is what he does full-time now.
Get the whole story now on Matthew Arnold Stern’s blog
(and thanks to Matthew for interviewing me)
Subscribers may remember Owen and Jessica from previous posts. It’s a flash piece and always got laughs and applause when I read it publicly. I shopped it around, got lots of excellent comments from editors (who always asked to see more of my work) and no bites until this week.
Owen and Jessica was a fun, quick write that required little editing.
Blood gathered in the whorls of his thumb. He stared at it and chuckled before licking it clean.
It came out pretty much fully formed.
That’s an author’s way of saying “It only took twelve rewrites.” Most of the rewrites were for timing and tension; change a word here or there. One major (and important, me thinks) edit came late to the game; I added the third and fourth paragraphs from the bottom, from “He stood over…” to “…didn’t fit.”
Let me know what you think.
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