Today we have author John Podgursky joining us for a question session. Please give him a warm welcome and be sure to check out his book, The One Percenters.
1. Please tell readers about your current book.
The One Percenters is a psychological thriller about a man (Edward) who believes that modern medicine and distorted economics have skewed survival odds within society. Survival of the fittest has become defunct, with the weak and weak-minded able to pass on their genes, provided they are suitably funded. Edward is predestined to become a one percenter, an agent of nature given the job of eliminating the weaker persons from society. He learns that his task requires the discipline to discern between the people he wishes would die and those who should. The One Percenters is reflective in nature, and challenges the social and religious differences among all of us. It's available in paperback at amazon, or as an e-book here: www.damnationbooks.com/book.php?isbn=9781615720132
2. Who or what inspires your writing?
I studied anthropology in college, concentrating on evolution. I'm always considering what makes humans tick, especially our base qualities, and what defines sanity and intelligence. I've had a lot of lonely nights in new cities that provided me the separation from society that I need to write.
3. When did you know you would be a writer?
I placed fifth among hundreds in a poetry contest in 4th grade. As far as I recall, I've always loved to write.
4. How long did it take you to write your first novel?
I wrote the initial draft in three weeks.
5. What is the hardest part of writing for you?
Tying up the loose ends is a real annoyance. Sometimes the plot, as you really want it to evolve, is just not plausible, so you have to make allowances.
6. Do you have any writing rituals?
I like to write by candlelight, sometimes with classical music playing. I need to establish an eerie environment; I can't write in a cafe.
7. Have you written anything else?
I've had a few short stories published, and I'm now toying with a second novel.
8. Any advice to aspiring writers?
I don't feel like I'm at a level yet to be handing out advice.
9. Who are your favorite Authors?
Obviously, King. Surprisingly though, Bill Watterson, creator of Calvin & Hobbes. His ability to inject profundity into the comic strip medium simply amazes me. I also enjoy Jeffrey Archer's short stories.
10. What are your favorite books, or which book has impacted you the most?
Night Shift-- which I'm always reading, forever. Also The Giving Tree. It expresses most of what you need to know in life.
11. What are you currently reading?
I just finished up another Archer-- And Thereby Hangs a Tale.
12. How do readers find out more about you?
I always welcome questions: firstname.lastname@example.org. Concerning what I'm most often asked: I've lived in NC, VA, NY, RI, FL, CO, CA, and OR. City, mountains, small towns, you name it. I get bored easily now. There are so many delicious viewpoints out there. I want to see all places, meet all people. I want to travel the world and write. It's frustrating having such wanderlust and passion for life and being tied down due to finances. I think I need to buy a motorcycle and go with one bag... to either see it all or die lonely and penniless trying.
Paperback: 166 pages
Publisher: Damnation Books, LLC
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