Tell us about yourself and how many books you have written.
I wrote 12 novels. I write since I stopped playing with toys – well, I started again with my kids, but I kept writing. Half of my novels are traditionally published, half of them I published myself. For publishing houses I am the nightmare because I am not focused on a single genre. The best story counts. And since I tell stories every way I can (over 1.500 live readings, playwright, script writer for film, photography) I see myself as a multi media storyteller.
What is the name of your latest book and what inspired it?
“The Locomotive” – I just had that picture one day in my head: What if a train derails next to the sea and somebody lies underneath the rubble on the ground during low tide and the water comes in …
Do you have any unusual writing habits?
I dictate my stories using speech recognition software. This way I hear the words right away for the first time.
PS: it isn’t any faster than typing, I still think about my sentences 🙂
What authors, or books have influenced you?
Since late 1980s: Cormac MacCarthy, Richard Ford – in the 90s Charles D’Ambrosio joined the round.
What are you working on now?
I work on an Utopian novel.
What is your best method or website when it comes to promoting your books?
I still try to figure this out.
Do you have any advice for new authors?
Always write the best story the best way you can.
What is the best advice you have ever heard?
“If you can do something else than writing, then do that.”
I can not.
What are you reading now?
Deborah Willis short stories.
What’s next for you as a writer?
Well, I work on a complex novel. That will take a year or two.
If you were going to be stranded on a desert island and allowed to take 3 or 4 books with you what books would you bring?
Charles D’Ambrosio’s three books.