Did you always know you wanted to be a writer?
I still don't know if I want to be a writer.
When did you start to write?
When I read the writing in some Hollywood scripts and realized I couldn't do worse.
Did you study writing?
I read. I set myself of syllabus of Great Books, and took off from there. I went from Kafka to Camus, from Ostrovsky to Dostoevsky, from Jon Krakaur's Under the Banner of Heaven to Mark Twain's Roughing It. Life is too short to read crap.
What was the origin of the idea for this book?
I was a blackout drunk and didn't die of it. From this came the notion of unexpected redemption, and that led to the book.
Did you know in advance what was going to happen to your characters?
What's the relationship between the author and the characters?
I love them. They have no idea who I am. Except perhaps Claudette, who I think is beginning to suspect something.
What are the main themes in the book?
Love, redemption, fear, sex, death.
What are some of your favorite books? Why?
Moby Dick by Herman Melville, Master & Marguerita by Mikhail Bulgakov, The Private Memoirs and Confessions of a Justified Sinner by James Hogg. I love these books because they seem to cast an enchantment, a dark spell on me.
What influences your writing, besides other books and writers?
All music except Jazz. I sit in churches and listen to the Clash on my iPod.
How long did it take you to write this book?
I don't know. When does thinking turn to writing? Maybe 5 years.
When do your write?
I am a binge writer—nothing for a year, then I'll write 24/7 for 2 months.
What are you working on now?
The Sphynx of the Mississippi, a sequel to Between The Bridge and The River.
Who do you show your work to?
People I want to.
What do you do when you're not writing?
I'm a vaudevillian entertainer.
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