What writer would you consider a mentor?

I’d have to say Calvino — he awakened in me a desire to craft language and not just write. That the language could be as much a part of the story as the characters and the plot. In that area, so did Donald Barthelme. And isn’t everyone’s (or every male’s) mentor Papa Hemingway?

 Why should a reader want to read your book?

I write because I love it. Also, because when I look at what’s available to me, as a reader, it’s a bit “m’eh.” A lot of copy cat books. A lack of talent and effort. (Talent takes a LOT of effort.) There are wonderful exceptions out there and I love finding a great new book and a fantastic new author as much as anyone. The books I write are “Carl S. Plumer” books. They fill that void there, that lack of Carl S. Plumer books. These are books that I enjoy writing and trust that others will enjoy reading. And then one day, there might really be a thing called “Carl S. Plumer books,” just as there are Stephen King books, or or Caitlin R. Kiernan books, or Gillian Flynn books.

What’s the best thing about being a writer?

What ISN’T the best thing about being a writer?

    What’s your advice for aspiring writers?

Don’t give up. I know that sometimes it seems like you’re hunting for dragons or chasing after a dream of flying like Superman, but it will happen. All that is required to get your book done is believe in yourself. And work hard. Very, very hard.

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