Where Writers And Authors Meet Interviews:
Stephen was our Featured Spotlight author last week and visitors were encouraged to ask Stephen some of their own questions! Here is a link to that Spotlight! Feel free to ask more questions, and we might just be able to get Stephen back for a follow up interview!
1. What do you like best about the genre in which you write?
I write in what I call adult comedy. I enjoy funny situations and sexual misadventures. I also use detectives stories as a backdrop and love to parody so-called serious heroes. Most heroes are simply lucky. Worse? Trying to keep it original.
2. Why didn’t you go into acting?
At one time I was a serious student and thought my dad was off his rocker. By my one and only living God, I was stupid.
3. Or any other comedic acts?
I was in several college productions and a community theater production in Youngstown. I loved it.
4. What did you like best about living in Japan?
I got laid a lot. The people. My favorite memory was the fruit bats. They’d eat berries right out of my hand. Worst? I missed American TV.
5. Are there any other countries you might want to invade after you have successfully grasped Poland in your clutches?
Yes, Bulgaria. I like the name.
1. The photo looks like you were having a staring contest with your dog – who won?
Hank. He always wins.
2. Does your wife ever read the questions you ask here or do you have a fear to be put in the doghouse if she ever discovers your online persona?
Lisa reads them is happy that the questions are for you folks and not her. To quote her I am the oddest person she has ever met.
3. How many dogs and cats do you have?
3 dogs and 5 cats and everyone of them studies maps of Poland religiously.
4. Have you ever been stung by your bees?
Over 200 times, but only once this year.
5. Who is your favourite author?
Lewis Carroll. I love the Alice books.
6. Which are your most favorite books?
Comedies, historical biographies, American classics and porn.
7. Do you write an outline before you start a book or do you jump write in and see where the story takes you?
A loose outline.
Why do you want to invade Poland?
Poland, Ohio is 35 miles from my home and has various shops my wife likes. I invade it every Christmas and April for her birthday. I had an uncle that use to say, “I’m so mad I could invade Poland.” It’s just a funny reference. Lisa bet me you guys would pass over it and just think I was nuts and I had the point of view that it would titillate you. I won.
Do you plan on writing a book about your plans or a ficitious story about an invasion?
It’s been before. I believe it was called “My Fight”.
Amy Crowe asks
1. Have you always wanted to write?
2. If so, how come?
I would write my wife silly little stories. She leads a serious life, but likes a laugh.
3. Who inspired you?
My wife and her secretary.
4. What sorts of books do you tend to read most?
Ones that are written in English.
5. Do you believe in aliens?
If you consider God an alien, than yes.
6. Do you always think laughter is the best medicine?
Yes, that and Vicodin.
7. What do you like most about your characters?
They are me in drag or someone else I know.
8. Do they talk to you like other authors claim?
No, I talk to them.
Lovely Jo Linsdell asks
1. What do you like most about being a writer?
The creativity and the hours. It makes Lisa happy.
2. Why did you choose a pen name?
Lisa has an important position and it wouldn’t do. My books are also under my name, but they sell better under Hank Nimbus. Hank is a fun name.
3. What did you best about living in Japan?
The people and the women weren’t as uptight as in Ohio.
4. Do you have a marketing plan?
5. What marketing strategies are you using?
The Klink Dipsy-Doodle.
6. If you could meet any famous person in history, who would it be and why?
I think famous people have a hard time meeting regular people. They know they are famous and we want a memory or more. So i’m not big on that, but Marie Anointnette and Catherine the Great come to mind.
7. Why Poland?
England is too foggy and Italy is too nice.
8. What are the pros and cons of marketing a book with a naked woman on the cover?
Pros – I like it. It is also a litmus test. The people I think I can entertain would be cool with it, while the prudes would stay away. One church guy bought it and gave me a bad review because he said the whole thing was filthy. It’s my proudest moment. Cons – I didn’t get to take the pictures. I do have some principles.
9. If you could play the lead role in any film, which would it be and why?
I would want a role where I kept everyone confused and screwed with their heads. I always liked Peter Sellers in the “The Magic Christian.” But instead of Ringo Starr as side kick, I’d want some girl as far out as me for side kick. I adore sarcastic women. When Lisa calls me a shithead, I could fly to Heaven.
10. What is the last book you read?
Sweet Thursday by John Steinbeck.
Virginia Lori Jennings asks
1. Is your wife real or are you having a laugh with us?
She’s very real. Birth certificate and every thing.
2. What do you fear?
3. When are you at your happiest?
Talking with Lisa, walking the dogs or playing with the cats, watching old TV shows or a movie I like, playing my drum kit, working with the bees and sharing a laugh.
4. If you became a best selling author, would it change you?
5. Why do you ask the questions you do?
Asking unsettling questions gives you honest answers. Except for the Star Trek guy, men won’t answer them, but women do. I find that interesting. Women really should run things.
6. Do you believe in God?
Yes, Jesus too, but I respect other people’s faiths too. I’m a happy-go-lucky Protestant, Lisa is Roman Catholic and best pal is Jewish. One of my pals is a Muslim. Whenever I fly, I go by his shop and ask him if ok to take a plane. Did he hear anything? He laughs and tells me it safe. So far he’s batting 1000.
Jenny McKinney asks:
1. Any good bars left in the area?
(NE Ohio) Mostly in the suburbs or out in the sticks. You go into Youngstown and Warren at night, you might not come back.
2. Why do you want to invade Poland?
Because Youngstown’s too dangerous.
3. You have quite an impressive education. Which subjects did you like best?
History, Auditing, Biology and English.
4. Why didn’t you become a stage actor?
5. What are your plan for your next book?
It’s in the works and will be called ‘I Lost My Limey (but won the lottery). I am also re-editing “I Was a Teenage Nimrod’. It’s too long.
Well, Gin, this has been fun. Thank you to all for asking. See you all in Warsaw and buy my books!
From Admin Virginia- Wow Stephen, really just wow… you really are a card! And I say that as a friend.
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