Today I have esteemed member of my critique group and all-around hilarious guy Tommy Greenwald, author of Charlie Joe Jackson’s Guide to Not Reading and Charlie Joe Jackson’s Guide to Extra Credit. Welcome, Tommy!
What made you want to become a writer?
I liked the hours and the dress code.
What book had the most influence on you while you were growing up?
ARE YOU MY MOTHER? I still cry at the happy ending.
If you were stranded on a desert island and could only bring two books and one movie, what would you bring?
My movie would be either MANHATTAN or GOODFELLAS or THE SHINING
My books would be LETTING GO by Philip Roth and THE MAGUS by John Fowles
What is your favorite part of the writing process? What is your least favorite part?
Least favorite = Starting; Most favorite = Finishing
What is the single best piece of advice you have for aspiring authors?
Try to write 1,000 words a day. It’s not that hard and you’ll feel really good. Just get them down. You can fix them later.
If you could have one superpower, what would it be?
What is something funny/weird/exceptional about yourself that you don’t normally share with others in an interview?
I’ve never eaten a tomato in my life.