Tell us a bit about your family. I was born and raised in NJ. I have three brothers and all four of us ended up moving to Southern California as soon as we could. Those decisions had nothing to do with my parents. We were just convinced that it was only a matter of time before New Jersey caught on fire from all the oil and chemical plants and spills and we didn’t want to lose our record collections. Our childhood was very idyllic and we grew up in the kind of neighborhood where other families kept an eye out for each other and it wasn’t uncommon to be invited to have lunch in a neighbor’s house or to get smacked by someone else’s mother for using profanity or for our parents to come home from work and be informed by the lady across the street that one of us had an appendicitis attack but that she had removed it herself. We grew up in a special time and our parents and their neighborhood drinking companions were truly members of the Greatest Generation.
How do you work through self-doubts and fear? I believe that one should never take the voice in your head seriously, unless it’s telling you where to find money that was hidden after a bank robbery and never picked up. For starters, the voice in your head babbles on and on constantly and often makes very little sense, darting from one subject to another like a hummingbird scooping up whatever it is that hummingbirds scoop up. Pollen, I think it is. Or honey. You can Google it, I’m certain. Anyway, I work through self doubts and fear by telling my brain to shut up every time it starts ranting, telling me that I’ll never amount to something, or that I’m just wasting my time sitting in front of a computer waiting for inspiration or that I should move my car off the tracks because a locomotive is less than fifty yards away. So far, ignoring my the voice in my head has worked well for me and I’ve been successful at keeping self doubt and fear at bay -with the one possible exception of having to spend $11,785 to repair my 2005 Honda Pilot after it was struck by a locomotive.
What scares you the most? The actress Sally Field, and I recognize that it’s not her fault and I am seeing a therapist.
What makes you happiest? Coming home to find someone else has already separated, washed, folded and distributed all the whites from the laundry.
What’s your greatest character strength? Refusing to run away from my inner coward.
What’s your weakest character trait? Leaving a 20% tip to a waiter who never brought me the glass of water I asked for five times.
Why do you write? Mentally and emotionally, I need a creative outlet in order to feel fulfilled. Also, it gets me out of doing laundry. (Please refer to “What makes you happiest” above)
Have you always enjoyed writing? Yes, I have been creating and telling jokes since I was very young.
What motivates you to write? Two things. Having the opportunity to entertain others and get feedback and also, and this may sound a little strange but to entertain myself.
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