Now let's dig deeper...
Welcome and thank you for your time, Zev.
Who are some of your favorite authors?
Gabriel Garcia Marquez
What motivated you to become a writer and at what age?
Reading Charles Dickens from the age of ten. But I didn’t start writing fiction for another fifty years!
What 3 words describe you as a person?
Patient, persevering, dependable
What 3 words describe you as a writer?
Curious, creative, focussed
When not writing, how do you spend your time? Hobbies?
Doing cryptic crosswords, running a film club, having fun with my wife, cooking, travelling.
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
Maybe, Alice in Wonderland. It led me into a word of magic and fantasy.
Describe your desk.
You don’t want to see it! It’s covered with papers, pens, a coffee cup, a photo of my wife (somewhere), and extends to the floor.
Who is the main character in your current release?
What’s his story?
He’s coming up to his 75th birthday and reviewing his life. He’s also being investigated for fraud. This is not only bad news for him, but his elder daughter, who is tipped to become Prime Minister.
Where/when does the story take place?
Mostly in the present in London, England. There are flashbacks to Bernie’s life as a child and young man, as well as stories of his family members going back to the early part of the 20th century, and through the First and Second World Wars.
How did the story come to you?
An elderly uncle of mine once confided in me that my grandfather had invented the whistling kettle. There appeared to be no basis of truth in this, but it stuck with me.
Who is your target audience?
Adults who enjoy an entertaining story about something they can personally connect with. In reading excerpts to various writing groups and in public readings, everyone has expressed delight and intrigue.
What makes your book different from other similar ones?
The closest book like this could be Barney’s Version, by Mordecai Richler. Bernie Waxman has his own quite unique voice that I believe people will warm to – even though he’s not that easy to like.
What do your fans mean to you?
They are a real motivator. Getting feedback from them is food for the soul.
Where do you get the inspirations for your book(s)?
A word, an idea, a story in the newspaper. My next book to be published by MIU (Secrets) came to me while waiting for my wife outside a store, thinking “what if someone kidnapped her?”
Any advice for new writers just beginning this trek down the wonderful world of publishing?
With very word, every story, every book you write, you get better at it. So keep writing.
Thank you for joining us today, Zev.
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