Q: What were your favorite books when you were a child?
A: Various OZ books were some of my all-time ones.
Q: What’s on your nightstand now?
A: Innocents Abroad (Twain), The Fabric of the Cosmos (Greene), Battles and Leaders of the Civil War, Car & Driver Magazine.
Q: Who are your top five authors?
A: Some of the usual suspects: Faulkner, Hemingway, Twain, Dickens, but also a number of kids’ writers like Roald Dahl.
Q: How did you get the ideas for the Night Buddies stories?
A: Like many writers: bending over to tie my shoes, or going down the hall to change a light bulb. Specifically I had to figure out why Crosley was red. Then it all started to fall into place.
Q: What is your work routine?
A: Flopping down on the living room chaise with an old clipboard for two or three hours after breakfast, the newspaper and brushing my teeth. Rewrite the day’s session last.
Q: How much has living in the south influenced you and your writing?
A: It helped me with the dialects: the iguanas, Crenwinkle (he shows up prominently in Book Two), and Big Foot Mae.
Q: Do you have a specific writing style?
A: I like a lot of dialogue and vernacular.
Q: Did you learn anything from writing your book and what was it?
A: Fiction writing sounds romantic and there is certainly art in it, but there’s a whole great lot of craft involved too. I’ve picked up some skills there, hopefully.
Q: Do you have any advice for other writers?
A: If you enjoy it, do it and by all means keep at it. If you don’t enjoy it, don’t do it. It’s hard and it’s lonely.
Q: Do you have anything specific that you want to say to your readers?
A: Thanks so much! I hope John and Crosley please you.