I didn't start out trying or wanting to write satire. I don't think I knew what it was. I just wanted to create things that were funny. Over the years at The Onion, because of the culture of continual improvement there, the other writers and I discovered satire, realizing it was the most satisfying and
Claiming that her beloved Black & White movies were too boring, I said I could do better (actually, I just wanted to watch Mighty Mouse - but that's another story). Anyway, she marched me to the drugstore, bought some pads and a box of pencils, sat me down in the living room, and said, "Prove
Topics, events and situations which shaped, influenced and molded my perceptions is what makes me write and what moves me as an author.
While touring years ago as a business owner and speaker, I was oft approached by US war veterans who had struggled to readjust after returning from combat. I was not a trained therapist, but a good listener. Perhaps that’s why they reached out to me with their battlefield stories, and why they shared with me
I started writing down the stories I imagined while trying to fall asleep each night. You see, I developed insomnia due to my stressful work as a Realtor. When interest rates hit 20%, I worried about my clients too much. To fall asleep I made my mind think about the characters in a story. Soon
If I had to blame someone for my early obsession with writing, it would likely be my older sister. When we were young, her and I would read books fervently during the summer, completing one or two books everyday. Eventually, she started writing and I was fascinated! I soon followed suit, discovering that I enjoyed
I started writing short stories in grade school, and have had the bug since then. In the 1990s I started writing TV documentaries, then books in 2004. It's the best way to make a living I can imagine.
A stranger and occasional customer handed me a library book one day in 1983 while I was selling burritos in the streets of Juneau, Alaska. He said I could read Quest for the Lost City (1951), a narrative written by a couple from California who had searched for a lost Maya city in the jungles
Life... there's so much about life that I want to discuss, experiences I want to share.