10 QUESTIONS FOR…multi-genre author Alma H. Bond, Ph.D.


Author interview with Alma H. Bond, Ph.D.alma_kyacking__3_jpgformatmarciapicimage100

My latest book, Margaret Mahler, the Biography of a Psychoanalyst was published by McFarland Press, and was named Best Books Award Finalist 2008 USA Book News..                    

Other books: Camille Claudel, a Novel; Old Age is a Terminal Illness: How I Learned to Age Gracefully and Overcome my Fear of Dying; The Autobiography of Maria Callas: A Novel; Tales of Psychology: Short Stories to Make You Wise; Who Killed Virginia Woolf?  A Psychobiography;  Profiles of Key West; On Becoming a Grandparent; I Married Dr. Jekyll & Woke Up Mrs. Hyde; Is There Life After Analysis?;  The Tree That Could Fly (Children’s book); Dream Portrait; America’s First Woman Warrior: The Courage of Deborah Sampson   (With Lucy Freeman), and the Dr. Mary Wells Murder Mystery Series consisting of The Deadly Jigsaw Puzzle, Murder on the Streetcar; and Who Killed Marcia Maynard? or The Psychoanalyst is Dead.

Place of residence: New York City.    

1. Tell us about your latest book.

I am working on Michelle Obama, a biography for Greenwood Publications. I believe it will be an in-depth portrait, as befitting a psychoanalyst.

2. How did you get started as a writer?

I was in a terrible automobile accident twenty years ago. When I came out of a coma, I had the thought, “Life hangs by a string.  I’ve had a good life, a long marriage, three children, and an exciting, highly successful career as a psychoanalyst.  There is only one thing I want to do that I have not done, and that is to write full time. So I gave my patients two years notice, terminated my practice, and moved to Key West, where I wrote most of my 15 books.

3. What does a typical day look like for you?

I work between meals. People ask if I need discipline to write.  I answer, I need discipline to stop.

4. Describe your desk/workspace.

I have a long curving desk anchored around two walls. The desk is covered with a computer, printer, color printer, fax machine, copier, paper cutter, and Pitney Bowes stamp machine.

5. Favorite books (especially for writers)

Sigmund Freud: Beyond the Pleasure Principle, Virginia Woolf: To the Lighthouse, Roget’s Thesaurus.

6. Tell us 3 interesting/crazy things about you.

I left a high pay job as a Fifth Avenue psychoanalyst for the low pay job of an author, I don’t regret it, I would do it again.

7. Favorite quote

“Yes, dreams do come true, if you dream them long and hard and earnestly, and never never give them up.” -Anne Mary Lawler.

8. Best and worst part of being a writer.

Best part: You build your own world. Worst part: You build your own world

9. Advice for other writers:

Write every day, even if it’s garbage. It primes the pump.

10. Tell us a story about your writing experience. 

Long before I became a full time writer, I dreamed I was a huge fountain pen that kept squirting ink. Then I became one, only now I would have to dream I am a computer.

Where can people buy your books?

You can buy my books at my website: Http://alma_bond.tripod.com, at Amazon.com, BN.com, and can be ordered wherever books are sold.



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