Author interview with Mark St. Germain
I’m Mark St. Germain; I wrote THREE CUPS and April Willy did the beautiful illustrations in it.. This is my first book. I’m a professional writer for films, television and theater. Films include co-writing Caroll Ballard’s DUMA, TV includes THE COSBY SHOW and my plays include CAMPING WITH HENRY AND TOM and FREUD’S LAST SESSION. In May, a documentary film I conceived and directed, MY DOG, An Unconditional Love Story, will be released by New Video. It is a look at the special relationships between celebrities and their dogs and features Richard Gere, Glenn Close, Isaac Mizrahi, Lynn Redgrave and Billy Collins among many others.
1. Tell us about your latest book. This is the first
2. How did you get started as a writer?
Late. Directing a poetry review when I was in my late twenties I wrote some lyrics for a comedic song. When I heard the audience laugh I was hooked.
3. What does a typical day look like for you?
As close as 9-5 as possible, unless in rehearsals. In the morning I work on one project, in the afternoon another.
4. Describe your workspace.
A former den in our house in Pound Ridge, NY.
5. Favorite books (especially for writers)
There are so many good books for writers from THREE USES OF THE KNIFE by David Mamet to Stephen King’s ON WRITING.
6. Tell us 3 interesting/crazy things about you.
Small menagerie of Sarge, a rescued Lab mix, Charlie, an African Grey Parrot, Mimi, a Meyer Parrot, Connie, a Cockatiel, a pond of Goldfish and a coop of a dozen Chickens.
My son, Daniel, is a stand up comedian who I think is hilarious – especially jokes about me. On the other hand, my daughter, Kate, thinks my own jokes are the worst in the world and I consider it a triumph when she laughs despite herself.
7. Favorite quote:
“Laugh. Laughter is immeasurable. Be joyful though you have considered all the facts.” Wendell Berry
8. Best and worst part of being a writer.
The solitary nature of it. And the solitary nature of it.
9. Advice for other writers.
Listen to your own voice, not the voices of praise or criticism that will always surround you.
10. Tell us a story about your writing experience.
I once did a rewrite on a tv film about Abraham Lincoln. When one of the Execs mused that the ending was too sad I asked whether he wanted it to stop pre-Fords Theater. He said, no, he wanted Lincoln to live.
Where can people buy your book?
3 CUPS can be bought on our website, 3CUPSBOOK.COM or on Amazon.