Running a small press is just like running a business with a group of employees – well almost. I don’t actually get to see them every day and we can’t gather around the water cooler to chat. Since we all see each other only virtually, I thought it might be nice to ‘introduce’ our authors to both each other and their readers via a series of short interviews. These interviews will run every couple of days for the next month or so – it’s a neat way of finding out how similar authors can be, and yet so different.
Today, I’m pleased to introduce you to John Rasor, the author of How Lost Got Lost and Roadkill. John is an eclectic writer, having written a variety of books across several genres. In fact, his most recent was quite interesting – an erotic tale that will curl your toes! I am not sure how I met John, but I’m glad I did. He’s been a huge support both to me and our other writers and an all around great guy. With John (and his wife – MB), I always know someone has my back.
1. The first real book I can remember reading is: The Good Earth – Pearl S. Buck. This was for my first book report and I did find it interesting although it was not something I would’ve read voluntarily. I guess I know now why they make you read things like that. It made me want to read about things I wanted to read about. Shortly after I discovered Ian Fleming and 007 and I was off to the races. I also devoured everything about baseball and know everything there is to know about it prior to 1982 when another strike turned me off forever – except for the 1988 World Series which my beloved underdog Dodgers won.
2. The first book I ever wrote was: Deliverance: Confessions of a Hollywood Messenger. I was driving a lot during this job and very much into audio books. “I can do this,” I told myself and started chronicling my adventures daily. I had a startling realization kick my butt when I found out that just because you take the time to write a book – nobody really cares, especially your friends and family. I did get an agent but she didn’t want the book and was looking for a columnist so we parted ways. It hasn’t been published but I hope to someday. Michelle is currently ignoring it : )
3. An average day in my life goes like this: I’m retired – well almost. I love to write but doing it for free sucks. I fix computers but during this recession practically none of them break amazingly enough. I do a lot of yard work and I’m writing again. It’s NFL time now and I love that. So an average day for me is enjoying being a bit of a slacker and doing what I want. I have the most complete TV collection on the planet – I virtually have everything I ever wanted which was a childhood dream. I’m enjoying my life.
4. I found out about Central Avenue Publishing from: My wife is the ultimate search engine – also enjoying her retirement – and she found it. I decided to submit my book because: My wife and I both liked Michelle from the very start and it was a no-brainer. I have no regrets and I am a published author. I love Michelle and admire what she’s done with the place.
5. The last book I read was: Inhuman Condition by Kate Thornton. Kate is a friend of my wife’s and now mine. She’s a teacher and the person to come to about short stories. Her book is all short stories much like The Lottery – I’m sure you’ve all read that one by Shirley Jackson. She loves the Twilight Zone genre and is amazing at weaving tall tales. She is as comfortable in a boardroom as on the dark side of the moon and I recommend this book to everyone. It’s available on Amazon Kindle and it’s cheaper than it should be as all our books are.
6. In order for me to sit down and write, I need: My chair. I have never experienced writer’s block and if I have something to say, I say it. I love to write way more than it’s monetarily worth. I never outline as I can visualize everything and the stories often write themselves. My book, How Lost Got Lost, was about my anger at the way these idiots ended the thing – not by answering the mysteries they’d posed, but answering the ultimate question the universe poses, and very badly I might add.
7. My ‘day job’ is: I’m doing it now. If Michelle asks, I answer – I’m retired dammit!
8. I carve out time to write by: See #7 and envy me.
9. In order to find time to write, I feel as though I sacrifice: It’s not a sacrifice. I’m quite envious of Fifty Shades of Grey and wish I’d written it – I could’ve, you know. It’s amazingly awful and has blown Harry Potter off the map to the tune of 1.3 million bucks a week. I’m sure it’s just the women of the world crying out for abusive sex and – who knew? I suspect Michelle wishes she’d gotten her hands on it too, it’s the hula hoop of the new millennium…
10. I am currently working on: Kindle porn. I want Fifty Shades of Cash. I crank it out way too fast for my wife – who edits with her barf bag by her side. It was her and her friend’s idea, btw, and I’m an innocent pawn in all of it – pity me.
11. The best piece of advice I ever got was from: Life. And it was: “If it ain’t broke…Don’t fix it.”
12. The best piece of advice I would give is: Follow your dream if life gives you that chance. If not, do it anyway.