Bill Loehfelm for today's World's Quickest Interview (WQI)! His novel, THE DEVIL SHE KNOWS, is coming out in exactly one week.
And the exciting news is: he's giving away a signed copy of his book to one lucky winner on this blog! Giveaway details to come....
And now, without further ado, here's Bill:
What's your book about?
A worn-out NYC cocktail waitress sees something that puts her on the wrong side of some very bad people.
How long have you been writing?
Since the third grade. That's when I first noticed I could tell a good story on paper.
Who or what inspired your book?
I've had the protagonist, Maureen Coughlin, around for a while. I finally found the right story for her.
How long did it take you to write this book?
Between a year and eighteen months. That's the usual pace for me. Writing is the only thing I do quickly.
What do you enjoy doing besides writing?
I play the drums in a local band. I also run, practice yoga, and watch a lot of baseball.
Are you a plotter or a pantser?
I'm a pantser. I usually don't know much beyond the next scene.
What's your favorite novel of all time?
Fitzgerald's THE GREAT GATSBY. Perfection. And a truly American story.
Do you have pets? If so, tell us about them.
Two dogs. A goofy, lovable ridgeback/lab/pit mix (she's a rescue) and a really smart Aussie/Border Collie mix. She's a princess.
Do you play croquet?
I do not, but my friends and I do play some Bocce, usually on the neutral ground (the streetcar tracks).
Any advice for aspiring writers?
Get back to work. You can catch a break, but there are no shortcuts.
Thank you, Bill! Great advice and your book sounds awesome. I'm excited to read it.
Now, for the Easiest Contest Ever rules:
1) You must have a mailing address in the U.S. or Canada to enter. (Even if you live overseas, if you have a friend or relative in the U.S. or Canada who could receive the book for you-- enter the contest!)
2) Leave a comment. (1 entry)
3) Leave another comment if you blog about the contest. (Another entry)
4) Leave other comments if you tweet or facebook about the contest. (Potentially two more entries)
The contest runs until 11:59p.m. (PST) on May 24. I'll announce the lucky winner on May 25.
So, go ahead -- comment away! Congratulate Bill on his book and tell him how great he is. And treat yourselves to a wonderful day.