We welcome you to My Bookish Pleasures! Can you tell us how you got started writing fiction?
I had been writing network TV comedy for over twenty years, and I wanted to do something outside that formula. Somebody asked me if I ever thought of writing a novel. My response was “I could never do that.” Then one day, I was sitting at the computer and I had an idea for a character. I decided to write three pages, imagining that character at work. It was the most fun I’d ever had writing… so I kept going, and nine months later (ha!), I gave birth to my first novel.
Describe your writing process. Do you plot or write by the seat of your pants? When and where do you write?
I usually do a lot of thinking about the book and bit of research before I put a word down. I like to have a rough idea of the beginning, middle, and end, knowing that everything could change along the way. It’s comforting to have some signposts, even if you ultimately wind up ignoring them. I try to write five days a week. I’m not a coffee shop writer – home office with dog is my jam.
Can you tell us about your most recent release?
I BURIED PAUL is the story of a musician trying to make a living in today’s competitive, streaming world. One of his jobs is playing Paul McCartney in a Beatles tribute band – of which there are thousands!
How did you get the idea for the book?
I grew up in New York and now live in Los Angeles – where there are tons of studio-quality musicians who are now struggling to pay the rent. Seeing an old high school pal playing in a Beatles tribute band, and then realizing it was kind of a cottage industry, gave me the idea to marry the two concepts.
Of all your characters, which one is your favorite? Why?
In I BURIED PAUL, it’s Gene Klein, the sixty-something John Lennon in the tribute band, HELP! I love him because for all his eccentricities, he is 100% dedicated to his art.
What was the most challenging aspect of writing your book?
Balancing the humor with the real-life hardships.
What projects are you currently working on?
I am finishing a new novel about the challenges in today’s Los Angeles, and pitching an animated series to television.
What advice would you offer to new or aspiring fiction authors?
Discover your voice, feel free to experiment. Also, let people you respect to critique your work along the way, and very importantly -- read, read, read.