Author Interview #32, with writer/reader/husband/father/sports fan/fisherman/boater (many roles!), Joseph Rinaldo!
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Hi Joseph — please describe yourself in 5 words:
Smart, funny, creative, loyal, ambitious.
Share a short excerpt and blurb of your work (10-100 words):
“I really didn’t want any part of gang life, but in my building every kid had to make a choice.”
Can a football scholarship to a rural Kentucky college save a gangbanger from his deadly past?
Read Hazardous Choices for the answer.
Share an excerpt of your favorite author’s work (10-100 words):
“In my gunny-covered cubicle I sat staring at the computer screen. My story for the day was a limp sort of evil. Four kids, ages two through six, were found locked in a room on the South Side with a couple of tuna sandwiches and a quart of milk. They’d been left three days, flurrying like chickens over the food and feces on the carpet. Their mother had wandered off for a suck on the pipe and just forgotten. Sometimes that’s what happens.”
— Gillian Flynn, Sharp Objects
Comment on the writing versus publication process, in your experience:
The writing is effortless. I just copy down what the voices in my head dictate. Publishing is a nightmare. I tried the traditional route — got nothing but frustration and rejection. Went self-publishing — got sales, but the workload of promoting your own books is heavy and constant.
Sales and your own promotion = much better than nothing but frustration and rejection :P What is your definition of “good writing”?
Good writing is creating a world that the reader can visit and lose himself in for a time. Good writing, to me, is pure escapism.
Please share your #1 tip for writers:
Revise, revise, revise, edit, edit, edit. Most importantly, hire a professional editor.
Mm-hmm with editing (argh!). Please let us know your websites/blogs/etc:
Twitter handle: @jmrinaldo
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Much thanks to Joseph for stopping by! Be sure to check out his website for more info/excerpts.
P.S. Both of Joseph’s books feature a character with Down Syndrome. His experiences “with this wonderful population come from not only living with someone with Down, but from [his] roles of Special Olympics coach, volunteer, and coordinator, and the countless interactions life provides for a dad with his child and her friends.”