Tell us a bit about your family.
Irish… very, very Irish.
What is your favorite quality about yourself?
What is your least favorite quality about yourself?
What is your favorite quote, by whom, and why?
“Liars, Damn Liars and Statistics,” Mark Twain. Pick any media-broadcast, political poll… any of them.
What are you most proud of accomplishing so far in your life?
Mike, Diana, KC and Mallory… my children.
What is your favorite color?
Blue (not politically).
What is your favorite food?
The four basic food groups: Pizza, Beer, Red Wine and Chocolate.
What’s your favorite place in the entire world?
Innisfree (as long as Maureen O’Hara’s living there.
How has your upbringing influenced your writing?
Hmmm… let’s see… New York City, Irish-catholic, working class…
Do you recall how your interest in writing originated?
A nun standing over my with a ruler.
When and why did you begin writing?
How long have you been writing?
Since I learned cursive in the third grade… boys weren’t taught to type back in the day.
When did you first know you could be a writer?
When my spelling and grammar began to normalize.
What inspires you to write and why?
Saying something that needs to be heard… or just lightening things up a bit.
What genre are you most comfortable writing?
Prose fiction, poetry, historical-cultural, blogging, graffiti and men’s room walls…
What inspired you to write your first book?
Graduating… my first book was my dissertation.
Who or what influenced your writing once you began?
Other writers and personal experiences… the Vietnam War, writ large.
Who or what influenced your writing over the years?
Personal experience and other writers… getting over the Vietnam War, writ large.
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Genre – Literary / Historical Fiction
Rating – PG13