I’m a big fan of novelists because without them we’d just be reading news all the time, or nonfiction books like 101 Tips for a Happier Marriage. How boring would that be? Sure, we’d be better informed and more happily married, but at what cost?
To that end, I’ve decided to interview an author I’m a big fan of, Harry Heckel. Harry has graciously consented to be my guinea pig with this whole interview experiment. He’s written some very funny, entertaining books that I’ve enjoyed and the rest of the world needs to know about!
So, without further ado, I present Harry Heckel:
Harry Heckel at the 2014 New York Comic Con where he did a panel on fairy tales and a book signing.
Me: Hi, Harry. Thank you for agreeing to do this.
HH: My pleasure, Betsy. Any fan of mine is a fan of mine.
(Just kidding, I, Betsy, wrote that part. I did warn you that HH is my guinea pig.)
But for reals this time: What made you decide to become a writer?
HH: I’ve wanted to write for a long time. When I was a child I’d make up histories and names for my toys and I read voraciously. I wanted to create books of my own to inspire and entertain others. If I can make one person’s day brighter or spark one person’s imagination, I’ve done some good.
Me: What an excellent answer. I wish I’d made that one up for you, too. Your most recent book, A Fairy-tale Ending, was published under a pen name (Jack Heckel) and you co-authored it. What was that like? I’m just going to pretend that I have no experience with this. And I certainly won’t mention that my second co-authored book with Dr. Morse, 101 Tips for Marrying the Right Person, comes out this fall. This is your interview, after all. Read the rest of this entry