Friday, February 20, 2015
SCHMOOZING WITH RICK MOFINA
Sister Mary from St. Michael’s Academy who taught me grammar in the 7th Grade with the intensity of a drill sergeant. We feared her. She numbered our seats, called us by our last names and smacked our desktops with a yardstick to ensure we paid attention to the examples she’d written on the board; demanding we identify subject and predicate. I remember how she once stared at me and said: “Mofina, one day you’ll thank me.”
2.What are you working on now?
Going through edits of my next book, EVERY SECOND, which is due for release later in 2015.
3. In what ways is your main protagonist like you? If at all?
I’m a former reporter and most of my main protagonists are reporters. I draw on my experience to get into their heads.
4. Are you character driven or plot driven?
Both. You need a sympathetic character and you need them to face challenges that will re-define them.
5. Are you a pantser or a plotter?
6. What do you hope readers will most take away from your writing?
That feeling you get when you just step off a mid-way thrill ride.
7. Where do you see yourself as a writer in 10 years?
I really don’t know.
8. What is one thing your readers would be most surprised to know about you?
I’d prefer not to say. I don’t want to spoil the surprise.
9. What do you like to read for pleasure?
The notes of F. Scott Fitzgerald, especially his essays in The Crack-Up.
10. Give us a summary of your latest book in a Tweet
Screams in the Night, a gut-wrenching call and a reporter's life-long search for her missing sister.