Gary, a big congratulations to you on winning the Kindle Book Review Best of Literary Fiction Award.
How do you feel about A Death on the Wolf now that you've won?
It's a great honor to win this award, especially given the number of books my novel was up against and the quality of the works that were in the top five finalist category. As I was writing A Death on the Wolf, I felt like I was producing something special. That feeling was confirmed when I sent the final draft to my proofreader and she said she was having a hard time proofing because she would get so engrossed in the story. Winning KBR's "Best Indie Book of 2012" for literary fiction has validated all the positive reviews readers have posted on Amazon, and I could not be more pleased.
Yes, it feels good to be validated on a job well done. Looking back, what was the biggest challenge you faced while writing this book?
Wow! That is fantastic. I'm sure you were in your zone, so to speak. What other coming of age books are comparable to A Death on the Wolf?
I think my novel compares favorably to John Knowles' A Separate Peace, Tom Coyne's A Gentleman's Game, Francine Prose's Goldengrove, and (oddly enough) Charles Portis' True Grit and Harper Lee's To Kill a Mockingbird.
Good company to keep. What are you working on next?
Whoa! Sounds like seriously thrilling stuff. You wrote A Death on the Wolf in three months, but in general, how long does it take for you to write a book? Give us an idea of your typical timeline.
Sounds like a very efficient method. Thanks for sharing. So, what inspired you to start writing? Was there an event or a person?
What a wonderful story--meeting John Updike. More writing questions, please bear with me since I'm a writer and curious to learn from an award winning author. Do you work on one project at a time or multiple? What helps you to focus?
I love music. Wish I could include a playlist with every book. Okay, last one, promise. Any advice for writers who are beginning this journey?
Yes, that's right. And reading good fiction can rub off on you. Thanks Gary for joining us here and giving some really wonderful insights. And congratulations again winning the Kindle Book Review Literary Fiction Award!
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