ShatterColors Standard Interview -- Author Version: William
consists of 15 pre-set questions. Authors have published
at least one novel or short story/poetry collection.)
Why did you begin writing, and how long have you been
I began writing fiction in 1990 when an evil sadistic
spirit possessed me. Before that, I wrote for actual money
as a journalist.
What does your writing routine consist of?
I only write when the Muse inspires me. I must have alcohol
and nicotine in my bloodstream before I can start writing.
I rarely outline except for brief notes. I continue writing
until my brain stops working properly.
3) Have specific events ever flung you into an extended
and productive period of creativity?
Almost all of my fiction is autobiographical
to some degree, but I never write about anything that
happened recently. I need the "pathos of distance"
to judge the literary potential of the experience.
I had a long burst of creativity a few years ago when
I wrote at least two short stories every month. I'm not
sure what caused it, but it wasn't a specific event. My
fiction writing hasn't been nearly as prolific since then.
Now I spend more time writing non-fiction -- essays, journalism
articles, reviews, etc.
What are common sources of inspiration?
(1) Painful experiences.
(2) The few ephiphanies I've had.
(3) The work of writers I admire.
(4) Esoteric ideas from eastern philosophy and quantum
5) What does a book need to do to get you to read it from
beginning to end?
A dazzling writing style. Content is practically a function
of style to me.
6) Who are some of the authors you most admire?
Henry David Thoreau
D. H. Lawrence
7) How familiar are you with the literary canon?
The only canon I'm familiar with is the German Big Bertha
described in Hemingway's "A Farewell To Arms."
8) What's your take on politics and literary endeavor?
Politics is a gutter profession. Some literature sits
in the gutter, but it's looking up at the stars.
9) What are your feelings about formal vs. free verse?
I'm not a poet, but I can read either style without upchucking.
10) Do you feel "flash" fiction (300 words or
less) is a viable form, or nothing more than a writing
I think flash is far too confining.
I can't describe my genitals in less than 300 words.
11) When not writing, what do you do for amusement?
Watch old movies on cable TV. They are much better than
12) What's one of the most annoying things you can think
Bad writers making millions of dollars. Stephen King,
John Grisham, Daniel Koontz, the witch who wrote the Harry
Potter books, etc.
13) Briefly describe what you consider to be one of your
standout childhood pranks.
Making nitroglycerin when I was 15 and blowing up the
hillside behind the YMCA in my small hometown. Today that
would get me 20 years in prison as a "terrorist."
14) What are your upcoming projects/works in progress?
Short stories and memoirs. No more novels!
15) Care to conclude with a sweeping philosophical statement?
Never give a sucker an even break.
ShatterColors Standard Interview -- Author Version
2006 by Robert Scott Leyse
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© 2006 by William