Dec 15, 2013

Interview with Jeff Stewart

 When did you realize that you wanted to become a writer?
I don’t remember. It just kind of unfolded. I think it was when I went from the journals to the typewriter at a very young age.

Is being an Author all you dreamed of, or did it just happen? The best and worst thing about it?
Hmmm. Well, I get to write for a living, which is all I wanted to do. Best thing is being able to work from home and hang out with my dog. To answer the second part, there is no worst thing.

What was the very first thing you ever wrote?
A suicide note. Just kidding… Actually, I don’t remember the first thing I ever wrote, as far as something literary. It all kind of blends together after forty.

What made you create (your book)?  How did it come to you?
I was offered the job by the owner of the company. I heard the story, liked it, and took the job.

Who is your literary hero?
I don’t have one.

How much of your characters are based on your traits or someone you know personally?
Well, with the Lolly book, they all were… with my other books, it varies.

Describe your main character in six words.
The Lolly book involves real people.

Describe the world you’ve created in six words.
Non-fiction. Beautiful. Inspiring. Raw. Read. It.

What scene was your favorite to write?
The scene where the owner of the company called me at 2:30 in the morning to tell me about his grandmother’s uncle who fell to his death while building the Brooklyn Bridge. But to be fair, I equally liked the part where their fashion designer talks about the job and her life.

What scene was the hardest for you to write?
With this book, being non-fiction, there was really nothing hard for me to write, emotionally, I mean. Transcribing conversations is always tedious, though.

What are you working on now?
A short story book called Gutted Rose & Other Stories. It has a kind of pulp feel to it.

Goals? Accomplishments? Improvements?
To keep writing. Every day is an accomplishment. I improve on my tolerance every day or so.

Are there any authors or books you recommend?
March of Time and Skin, by Jeff Stewart.

What's your favorite thing to do when you're not writing?
I like to drive long distances and blast music.