Featured BookRix Author: Timothy Dooner
1) Your name
2) Titles of the work you have on Bookrix
In Antipathia which is a collection of poems.
Metamorphosis – Omitted is an added chapter to Franz Kafka’s Metamorphosis.
3) What is your writing method? Do you wake up super early in the morning? Do you burn the midnight oil drinking coffee to stay awake while penning your passion?
I take the T (Boston’s subway system) to work and tend to scratch things out on there but there isn’t any exclusivity to my methods. Jotting down an idea, a phrase, or a sentence can happen just about anywhere. When the opportunity arises I like to write as much as I can at work so I can feel like I’m getting paid for this. I used to not have a notepad on my phone so I’d text myself ideas that I wanted to save for later. When it comes down to sitting at the computer for sessions that usually involves myself, midnight, and a tumbler of whiskey.
4) How long have you been writing?
As a kid, if I didn’t have friends over, I’d script out adventures for my toys or my sister’s. If you were to compile all the Barbie vs. GI Joe wars I’d written out you’d walk away with a tome the size of “War and Peace”. Cobra would usually kill Ken and take over the Barbie grotto. After enslaving Skipper and affixing a napalm cannon to the pink corvette it would be up to G.I. Joe to save the day. Eventually I got into horror and started focusing on werewolves and witches. The Children’s library in the town I grew up in had a junior occult section for whatever reason. It was a great resource for a budding author’s imagination. I’d check out all the werewolf books and read them in the dark with a flashlight while having the shit scared out of me every time a tree branch would run its limbs across my window.
5) How do you maintain your regular job while writing?
Maybe a blessing, maybe a curse but I don’t have an incredibly long attention span so it is pretty easy for me to pull in and out of writing. Also, I’m not all that prolific…
6) Do you have special places where you go to write?
I typically write on my couch using ideas or notes I’d written down in variety of other places. I do like to go up to my roof, though. If I can’t figure out anything to write I can always jump off.
7) Do you have any quirks when writing? Do you need to shut off your phone for the weekend or stay away from family and friends?
The only thing I try and do is avoid the internet which isn’t easy because the browser’s culling song has shipwrecked this sailor on more than a few occasions.
What inspires you?
There is this subway paper in Boston that I pick up in the morning called The Metro. The great thing about it is that it gives you the shortest synopsis possible of news stories. My imagination always run wild because of the lack of details in the paper’s reporting. One of the better recent stories was something along the lines of, “Three martial arts experts arrested for assaulting Revere man.” That was the entire story. Who wouldn’t want to fill in those blanks? I googled the story later to get the full scoop and the reality of the story was far less interesting than what I made up.
9) Do you want to make a living from your wordsmith skills or are you doing this for fun?
Absolutely, who wouldn’t want to have an excuse and a pay check to stole off in a secluded cabin for months on end while finishing a novel? At this point I am more interested in building an audience and sharing whatever I write with others. I try to take a passive approach to self-promotion though. Everybody hates the guy who is always nagging you to read whatever he smacked out on a keyboard. I like the idea of being able to write something, put it some place where people can read it and if they choose to then it is there. As far as getting paid goes, sure, why not?
10) What are your stories about? Are they fiction or non-fiction?
I love non-fiction although I hate that word. How did that become the proper nomenclature for a fact based work? It would be like the news being called non-sitcom. I never write non-fiction, though. Even back in high school I hated doing reports. While research is great, when I have to fuss over and worry about the absolute accuracy I find that it stunts my ability to write. That may be why I enjoy reading biographies, true crime, and history books as much as I do. Because I can’t write them I respect them. Either way, I stick to stories, short and long as well as scripts and some poetry. As for what they’re about, I tend to explore people in dire situations who suffer from some type of internal conflict.
11) Do you have a lesson in your stories? Do you have a philosophical or moral mission you are showing in your work?
I’d love to be able to write an epic that tackles a whole universe but so far I find it too easy to lose touch with my characters. When that happens your book starts to turn into one long agenda pushing essay. I like allegory as much as anybody but I just don’t have much interest in writing about a galaxy filled with the donkey-bat and flying shark people whose political conflicts are a parallel to our own. The one thing I like about poetry, it is such a vague art that whomever reading can apply what they’ve just to read to themselves in whatever way they choose. I try to avoid any proselytizing whenever possible.
12) What advice do you have for other authors?
Let people who you know will be honest read your work. Befriend a good editor.
13) Please write anything else you’d like for the Bookrix blog.
Thanks for taking the time to ask me these questions and all the luck to Bookrix.
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