Rick E. George is the author of Vengeance Burns Hot, a thrilling suspense novel set to release on May 7, 2019. Our team interviewed Rick and here's what he had to say:
If you could cook dinner for any author, dead or alive, who would it be? What would you make?
I'd be thrilled to have Dennis Lehane visit for a bowl of Irish stew and a pint of Guinness. He writes the kinds of thrillers I admire: hold-your-breath what-the-hell’s-going-on and oh, by the way, some substance to it, too.
What scares you the most about the writing process? How do you combat your fears?
The first draft scares the hell out of me, but I’m getting over it because Anne Lamott’s essay “Shitty First Drafts” gave me permission.
Who is your biggest literary crush, author or character?
As a kid, my first literary crush might have been the author Franklin W. Dixon, the writer of all those Hardy Boy mysteries--except this writer never existed. When later on as an adult I discovered Dixon was the pen name for a stable of authors, it crushed me as much as learning the truth about Santa Claus.
What books are on your nightstand?
A Drink before the War by Dennis Lehane, Americanah by Chimamanda Adiche, and Uncommon Type by Tom Hanks
Where do you get your ideas? What inspires you?
Many ideas come while walking or running on the dirt roads through the woods where I live. Also, every Friday morning I begin my writing day with a stream-of-conscious quick-write in my idea journal.
Favorite punctuation mark? Why?
The question mark, because aren’t we all curious?
What book were you supposed to read in high school, but never did?
I was a good boy in high school. I read what my teachers told me to read. But to this day, despite the recommendations of my college professors and my own daughter, I refuse to read Dante’s Inferno.
What inanimate object would you thank in your acknowledgements?
I’d like to thank my belt, because it’s difficult to function in society when one’s trousers keep falling down.
Why do you write? The first 5 words that come to mind. Go.
Truth. Impact. Adventure. Heart. Love.
If you could write an inspirational quote on the mirrors of aspiring writers, what would you write?
Sit your ass down and write.
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