Tell us about your background. Who you are, where you are from?
I’m a writer from New York City with 5 novels currently available, “November Rust“, “Naderia“, “Be Still and Know That I Am“, “Mediterraneo“, and my latest, “Europa.” I also have 9 poetry books published since 1996 through various small presses.
What themes does your book explore and what do you hope the readers will take away from the experience? Is there a particular feeling or experience that you hope to evoke for the reader?
Although “Europa” deals with a serious issue – the rise of fascist attitudes in Eastern Europe – I tried not to make it too “heavy” and there is some humor involved, albeit a little black humor. All the characters are screwed up in one way or another and more or less self-involved, flailing around trying to navigate the changing times. I want to try to make the reader think about the various issues involved but at the same time have it be entertaining in some way. There are definitely some “transgressive” elements to it but I would call it “transgressive fiction” in the truest sense.
What prompted you to be an author and did you have a specific inspiration in mind? Were you influenced by a certain person, artist, or genre?
Writing is something I’ve always loved doing since I was a little kid. I’ve always loved telling stories and have always been a voracious reader so I suppose it was natural that I would eventually want to write stories of my own. With regard to influences, my favorite authors are Ernest Hemingway, Henry Miller, Jack Kerouac, Juan Goytisolo, Niccolo Ammaniti – tons of others. I tend to gravitate towards more “literary” type novels and writers but I’m also heavily influenced by Noir fiction and authors, particularly the more recent “Mediterranean Noir” novelists such as Jean-Claude Izzo.
If you could compare your book to any other existing works, which ones would it be and why?
It’s hard to say because I never set out to write a particular “type” of novel. They’re not really “literary” with a capital L nor are they genre novels. But if I had to compare them I would say they are much closer to Niccolo Ammaniti and Stephen King, (had he not written a horror novel) in style than they would be a Milan Kundera or a Salman Rushdie.
Tell us about your latest work and what inspired you.
I wanted to explore the relationship between political and emotional fascism and how in order for it to exist there has to be this sort of sadist/masochist dynamic at play, how even in personal relationships, there is sometimes this lust for power and control, to manipulate the other in order to dominate the other.
How can your readers contact you? Or buy your books? Or where can they sign up for a newsletter?
Through my website, and all my books are available via Amazon, Barnes & Noble and other online book sites, in both paperback and eBook formats.