Books on the Make
John Manderino, Author of “The H-Bomb and the Jesus Rock”
January 15, 2013
Good morning, readers! Are you desperately seeking inspiration for your writing during these dreary winter months (today’s sunshine aside)? We thought so. So here’s some food for thought from John Manderino, who has published multiples titles with Academy, including Reason for Leaving: Job Stories, The H-Bomb and the Jesus Rock, among others. Enjoy, and get back to your writing!
When did you first become interested in writing? Has storytelling always come naturally to you?
Tell us a little about your road to getting published and what you learned throughout the process (whether about yourself, the writing process, etc.).
What is the most rewarding aspect of having your work published?
How has your writing process changed with each work that you have had published?
What is the most difficult aspect of writing professionally?
Which authors do you most enjoy and admire? Is there any one author in particular that has been inspirational or a role model for you?
Can you pick a favorite out of all of your novels? If so, which aspects of this novel really stand out for you?
“The H-Bomb and the Jesus Rock” is definitely an attention-getting title, can you explain your inspiration behind the story and the title? How does the process of choosing a title usually work for you?”
Are you currently working on anything?
What is the best piece of advice that you’ve ever received about writing?
John Manderino, author of ‘The True Meaning of Myrrh’
|Q: Where did you come up with the idea to write your book?
As kids, my brother and I always had a sincere regard for the Baby in a manger, the Wise Men and the shepherds, all that. And both of us got genuine goose bumps at Midnight Mass when the choir sang “The Little Drummer Boy.” But that was all just a pleasant prelude to the real joy of Christmas next morning, the joy of getting stuff. But it had to be the correct stuff.And if, for example, you opened the one box you were absolutely sure contained the hockey gloves you’d been hinting at since before Thanksgiving, and they turned out to be house slippers, then all the little drummer boys in the world could not console you. And yet sometimes, often in peculiar ways, there were these sudden openings during the day, into something deeper, something actually in line with the Baby in a manger, the Wise Men and the shepherds, all that.
Q: How hard was it to write this book?
A novel is always difficult because no matter how wonderfully high-flown your over-arching idea might be, you still have to somehow manage to move people from one room to another, give them things to say and do, things to wear. This book came somewhat easier as it was developed out of a chapter from my first book.
Q: Do you have any tips you could pass on which would make the journey easier for others?
Q: Who is your publisher and how did you find them?
Q: Anything that surprised you about getting your first book published?
Q: What other books are you working on and when will they be published?
Q: What is one fact about your book that would surprise people?
Q: What message if any are you trying to get across with your book?
Q: Do you have any final words?
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