Jeffrey H Baer Interview

I was born January 21, 1969 in Brooklyn, NY. My dad was stationed in Fort Huachuca, AZ after his return from Vietnam, so I was an army brat without knowing it.

What inspired you to write?
Being profoundly misunderstood as a kid and showing those people they were wrong about me.

Was your inspiration sudden, or did it take time?
It took time, partly because I had Asperger's Syndrome but didn't know it until 15 years ago.

Did you use an outline, or just write your story from start to finish?
Nope, no outline. I just jumped right into it.

Do you work alone, or get encouragement from family and friends?
I work alone, but I'm part of a critique group.

What was the most difficult part of writing your book?
Reading over the abrasive draft to figure out what needed fixing.

What was the most enjoyable aspect of writing your book?
Making the story as good as it could possibly be.

After the book was published, were you changed?
Not really. I already published one book, so I knew what to expect the second time around.

Have you received any awards for your book(s)?
Not yet, but there's still plenty of time.

Are you working on a new book at the moment?
No. Shame on me...

Do you have any book giveaways, contests or events coming up?
I wish--but I'm working on it.

What gets in the way of your creativity?
Approaching a subject differently from other writers. But I always get past it one way or another.

What strategies do you use to deal with criticism?
I sleep it off.

What is your favorite/worst childhood memory?
My Bar Mitzvah.

Do you have a favorite quote?
"Bring it, Chumpzilla."--Ricky Williams (former NFL running back)

What is your favorite show on TV?
I don't have one. I'm limited in what I watch, like the local news or the NBA/NFL.

Favorite movie?
"The Sting"

Favorite book?
Tom Wolfe's BONFIRE OF THE VANITIES.

Who would you want to meet if you could? Dead or alive.
Debbie Gibson, as one of those pictures suggests.

Is there a talent you wish you had?
Winning friends and influencing people.

What’s something about you that would surprise us?
I sing karaoke versions of old school R&B songs--fully sober.

Describe yourself in 3 words!
Tenacious, creative, philosophical