A Recent Interview I Did With My Good Friend, Barbara Silkstone

The little fellow on the LEFT is Indie Author Tom Winton. Please share his interview below:
Who is the greatest love of your life?
My wife, Blanche. Anyone who could put up with me for as long as she has deserves to be loved. But, I must say, my ill-mannered terrier, Ginger, is a close second.
When and where were you the happiest?
When I was coming of age in New York, back in the late 60’s and early 70’s. The way I see it, there was never a better or a more exciting time to be on this planet. Can you imagine…the first moonwalk and Woodstock occurring in the same month? And that‘s just scratching the surface of the exciting events that took place during that period in time.
If you were to die and come back as a person or a thing, what do think it would be?
How about a person, Barbara? I sure wouldn’t have minded living Ernest Hemingway’s life. I’d probably tweak a few of the things he did, but it would be one hell of a ride.
If you could change one thing about yourself, what would it be?
I would have started writing much earlier. Had I done that I’d have had about fifty books to upload onto Amazon. Plus, it may not have been a snap, but it certainly was easier to land a big publisher thirty years ago.
What historical figure do you most identify with?
Henry David Thoreau. I’d love to live in the woods with the critters. I pretty much did that with my wife and Ginger for five years. We lived right near the beginning of the Maine North Woods. Our place backed right on the woods. We had moose, coyotes, porcupines, deer and all the rest for neighbors. I dream of moving back there someday.
What is the trait you most deplore in others?
Dishonesty!
Which words or phrases do you most overuse?
Yesterday was history, tomorrow is fiction. All we have is the here and now.
What is your most marked characteristic?
I’m not sure if you’d call it a characteristic, but I have absolutely zero tolerance for greed and injustice. And that’s a tough thing to live with in this maddening 21st Century.
How would you like to die?
Thanks for the offer, but I think I’ll pass on that for now.
What is your motto?
Time doesn’t heal all wounds. But it usually numbs the pain.

Comments ( 3 )

  1. / ReplyPhyllis Burton
    Tom, I really enjoyed your blog on how you started writing. I think your thoughts certainly echo mine, and I would guess most of the writers of today. It is a steep learning curve, really hard work, solitary until you try to start marketing and then you meet up with all these lovely people from every part of the globe. And they all have the same needs. I never stop thinking that, wherever writerly people come from, they are all basically the same, even if we did all start on Authonomy! I love to think that although we've never met, I have a friend in you, who once lived in New York (which I love) and now lives in Florida (never been there). Well done. Phyllis
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