Steve Charnow, author of Charlie Fig and the Lip had some desirable words to say to us upon being asked personal questions. As part of our desire to bring the author and the reader closer together, here is a short interview with Steve!
If you could cook dinner for any author, dead or alive, who would it be? What would you make?
Thomas Harris. Liver, fava beans, and a nice Chianti.
What scares you the most about the writing process? How do you combat your fears?
That I’m not good enough. Get feedback from trusted readers.
Who is your biggest literary crush, author or character?
What books are on your nightstand?
The Discrete Hero – Mario Vargas Llosa
Fourth of July Creek – Smith Henderson
The Complete Stories – Flannery O’Connor
Skyfaring: A Journey with a Pilot – Mark Vanhoenacker
Where do you get your ideas? What inspires you?
Observation. A person I passed in the street, a mysteriously deserted building, a comment overheard on the subway, a memory.
Music: Bach; the music and lyrics of Stephen Sondheim.
What book were you supposed to read in high school, but never did?
“On the Road”
Why do you write? The first 5 words that come to mind. Go.
Tell a story, release, joy, to know myself, reveal.
If you could write an inspirational quote on the mirrors of aspiring writers, what would you write?
Writing is hard. Not writing is harder.
Keep U.P. Alive
Unsolicited Press is a beast that runs on good energy and dedicated editors and staff. Your donation helps pay these folks when books don't sell or we just break even. You see, our staff doesn't get paid until the bills and the authors are paid -- and sometimes that means we make pennies...we don't mind it, but your support really helps keep us afloat.
Order a Book, Save AN Author
You can buy our books through our website or from any major retailer in the nation. Some retailers take longer than others to acquire our books.
Subscribe or Die
Listen to Literature
Most of our editors cherish our subscription with Audible. Right now they are offering free trials and a free audiobook. This is a great place to listen to Baxter's "The Art of Subtext." Think about it.