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


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, 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, . 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 or  go to my website and that will link you to Amazon. I write a daily essay for my site The View From Hemingway’s Attic  on culture, politics,  and writing.