Exclusive Interview with
José F. Nodar
When did you start writing?
It all started when I was invited to join a writers' group in 2018. Did not know I had anything in me, but a spark was lit and it then became a flame.
What makes writing your passion?
The pure enjoyment of writing and putting my ideas on paper. even if they are not as funny as I think they are, if someone reads them and gets a smile on their face - I am happy.
How long have you been writing?
What was the feeling when you published your first book?
Darn - glad that is over - now marketing!
What’s the story behind your choice of characters?
I base a lot of my stories on everyday people and of course change the names to protect the innocent (like the old saying goes) but if you purchase one of my products you might just see yourself in the story. My biggest character is my wife - she is in a lot of the stories and all my poetry is geared toward her.
What annoys you the most in pursuing a writing career?
How do you get over the “writer’s block”?
My desk is in front of a window overlooking a small park - when nothing seems to be jelling in my mid I look out and someone always gives me and idea but what I love is sitting at the shopping centre and watching people - there are hundred of stories there just waiting to be put on paper.
We all know the writer’s path is never easy, what makes you keep going? What advice would you give to new authors?
Have fun is what I say. You might become a James Patterson or a Margaret Atwood but if you do not be sure you have fun doing what you love.
If you could go back in time and talk to your younger self, what would you say?
Do you read your book reviews? How do you deal with the bad ones?
Yes I do. I realise I cannot please everyone all of the time so I take the feedback and work on improving.
What is the feeling when you get a good review?
It was all worth it.
Have you ever incorporated something that happened to you in real life into your novels?
All of the time - I do not mind making fun of myself.
Which of your characters you can compare yourself with? Did you base that character on you?
Danny Monk - if I ever win the Lotto I will open a bookstore (minus the larceny).
What do you think, the book cover is as important as the story?
My book covers are fun - I hope they match the stories.
Do you connect with your readers? Do you mind having a chat with them or you prefer to express yourself through your writing?
No a few have contacted me and it has been lovely - any time - email me at email@example.com and we can setup a SKYPE time that is good for both.
How do you feel when people appreciate your work or recognize you in public?
Who is your favorite author? Why?
too many to mention but I always like Lawrence Block
What’s the dream? Whom would you like to be as big as?
as big as my readers make me.
Would you rewrite any of your books? Why?
There is always room for improvement and that is why I love getting feedback from my readers.
If you could switch places with any author – who would that be?
I would not do this - I am happy in my skin.
What would you say to the “trolls” on the internet? We all know them – people who like to write awful reviews to books they’ve never read or didn’t like that much, just to annoy the author.
Your Momma never loved you?
What would you say to your readers?
Thank you for your support and always be free to give me your feedback - good - bad or indifferent.
Share a bit about yourself – where do you live, are you married, do you have kids?
Yes I am married over 24 years now and two of them have been happy. Yes grown up kids (3) and grandchildren (3).
What is your day job if you have one?
What are your hobbies? What do you do in your free time?
Reading and eating the wonderful food my wife Miriam cooks.
Did you have a happy childhood?
Yes i did - no baggage there.
Is there a particular experience that made you start writing?
Do you have unpublished books? What are they about?
What do you think should be improved in the education of our children? What do we lack?
The basics always need to be there - reading, writing and math.
If you were allowed 3 wishes – what would they be?
What is your favorite music?
Anything but rap.
Share a secret with us 🙂
I love my wife but do not let her know - it might go to her head.