Interview with novelist/writer Jerome Mark Antil

Writer
Jerome Mark Antil joins the blog
today. He’s chatting with me about his new literary fiction, Mamma’s Moon: The Hoodoo of Peckerwood Finch.

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Bio:

Jerome
Mark Antil writes in several genres. He has been called a “greatest
generation’s Mark Twain,” a “write what you know Ernest Hemingway,” and “a
sensitive Henry Wadsworth Longfellow.” It’s been said his work reads like a
Norman Rockwell painting. Among his writing accomplishments, several titles in
his The Pompey Hollow Book Club historical fiction series about growing up in
the shadows of WWII have been honored. An ‘Authors and Writers’ Book of the
Year Award and ‘Writer of the Year’ at Syracuse University for The Pompey Hollow Book Club novel; Hemingway, Three Angels, and Me, won
SILVER in the UK as second-best novel.
Foreword’s Book
of the Year Finalist for The Book of
Charlie
– historical fiction and TheLong Stem is in the Lobby – nonfiction humor. Library Journal selected Hemingway, Three Angels and Me for best
reads during Black History Month.
Before picking up
the pen, Jerome spent his professional career writing and marketing for the
business world. In this role, he lectured at universities – Cornell, St. Edward’s,
and Southern Methodist. His inspirations have been John Steinbeck, Mark Twain,
and Ernest Hemingway.

Welcome, Jerome. Please share a little
bit about your current release.

I never start my first sentence until I’ve exhausted my research on the times,
the area, the topics. I conduct interviews. I also match my characters to
living people or on screen characters – and then I use their voices.

What inspired you to write this book?
My editor was a several time worldwide bestselling author. He edited the first
in this series One More Last Dance
and he encouraged me to write a sequel. When I had, he said it was a rich,
strong next step. He said I had reached the Truman Capote and Tennessee
Williams leagues. Hemingway teaches me to write what I know. My first chapter is
nonfiction.

Excerpt from Mamma’s Moon: The Hoodoo of
Peckerwood Finch:

“Old
man you are a dead man the second you come out of this store—a dead
motherfucker. You hear me, old man?”
With
cold, gray eyes, the boy stared at Gabe and backed down the hall, pointing and
cursing his threat.
Gabe turned to his left and went looking for the store manager.


What exciting story are you working on
next?

I’m writing a trilogy. Tall Jerry – Legend One of the Delphi Falls Trilogy. Semi
autobiographical tales about growing up in the shadows of WWII. I’m Tall Jerry
(I was 6’3” at 12.)

When did you first consider yourself a
writer?

When
my 8th grade English teacher wrote on the corner of one of my
compositions – “This is the loveliest autumn I’ve ever read about.”

Do you write full-time? If so, what’s
your work day like? If not, what do you do other than write and how do you find
time to write?

I
am in my writing studio, writing, every morning, 7 days a week, from 6:30AM
until 1:30PM. I relax for an hour – then I handle my marketing, interviews –
research on future books. Then I have a sherry with my wife and muse…

What would you say is your interesting
writing quirk?

I
nearly always start on my last chapter first. (Sometimes there are more than
one option) That way, I know where I’m heading. In one of my novels chapter 36
became my first chapter. It seems I write – and it’s all put together later, as
a jigsaw puzzle.

As a child, what did you want to be when
you grew up?

Superman and Mark Twain.

Anything additional you want to share
with the readers?
If you like my written voice, you would like every genre I have written in.

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guest on my blog!
Thank
you for having me.

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