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10 QUESTIONS FOR…satire novelist Bill Hazelgrove (who writes in Hemingway’s attic!)satire

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Author interview with Bill Hazelgrove, author of “Rocket Man”artsy1rocketman1

 

1.    Tell us about your latest book. 

Rocket Man is the story of  a man struggling to keep his home in the suburbs of Chicago. It is a satire of  the American Dream…a modern Revolutionary Road. It is really about what is going on right now.


2. How did you get started as a writer?

I graduated from college and didn’t know what I wanted to do and so I sat down and began to write a novel. After the first chapter I knew what I wanted to do for the rest of my life.

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

I go to the Hemingway House and up to the attic where I have a studio. I then write my blog  http://www.williamhazelgrove.blogspot.com, then begin working on my novel. I break for lunch and then continue on until five oclock.  Then I head home.

4. Describe your desk/workspace.

I write in Ernest Hemingway’s attic in his birthplace in Oak Park IL. I have had a studio up there for ten years, http://www.billhazelgrove.com . It is dark, dusty, cold, hot, and very quiet. I can see the rooftops from my desk and I prop my laptop on a steamer trunk owned by his sister.

5. Favorite books (especially for writers)

Revising Fiction by David Mcfadden

The Art of Fiction by John Gardner

6. Tell us 3 interesting/crazy things about you 

I write in Ernest Hemingways attic.

I never took a writing course.

I flunked English composition in college.

7. Favorite quote:

  “If you can’t be a great artist, be a great criminal.”

8. Best and worst part of being a writer?

The  solitude and the solitude.

9. Advice for other writers 

Never write for the market and never give up and never take rejection personally.

10. Tell us a story about your writing experience.

When I flunked English composition in college, I had to take a summer class. I met the professor in the classroom and he told me to write a story. He left the room while I wrote, when he returned he read my story and looked at me. “Why are you here?”  I told him I had flunked English comp and he shook his head. “You know how to tell a story, you have a sense of style and a command of the language. Go enjoy your summer.”  He passed me and I never went back.

Where can people buy your book?

You can buy my book at Barnes and Noble or Amazon.com or  go to my website  http://www.billhazelgrove.com and that will link you to Amazon. I write a daily essay for my site The View From Hemingway’s Attic http://www.williamhazelgrove.blogspot.com  on culture, politics,  and writing. 

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