First of all, I want to thank both Lori of TNBBC and fabulous author Joshua Mohr for letting me partake in this amazing blog tour. Lori does a fabulous job bringing bloggers from all around together to share their love for books, writing and creativity.
Today, Joshua takes life's milestones head on and discusses writing, life and the in between. Enjoy!
What was the first piece of writing you wrote where you thought, I should do this, I should keep writing?
I love writing! That may sound simplistic, but I know a lot of novelists who begrudgingly go through the process. That hasn't been my experience at all. I have fun on the page. To answer your question, probably sometime during graduate school was when I started zeroing on something interesting. I was writing a lot of tepid short stories that NOBODY wanted to read, and a teacher recommended that I try tackling something longer. That ended up evolving into my first novel, "Some Things that Meant the World to Me." From there, I've been a kid in a literary candy store.
Is there a moment in your life (big or small) where you had a moment, like Bob Coffen, where you needed to be more proactive with your life?
Wow, I feel like every day has the potential to be amazing. The real question is if we are going to take advantage of all the possibilities. Proactivity is one of the few things in life we can actually control. We can get out there. We can experience more art, live the life we want to. I try to push myself every day to do something that challenges my comfort zone.
How had writing helped shape you and how has your life's bigger moments shaped your writing?
There's certainly synergy between one's life experiences and the imagined lives rendered in novels. I draw on my life all the time. My friends know that if they're not careful, they'll make a cameo in what I'm currently scribbling. To my eye, art gives us the opportunity to make sense of the world we're experiencing. I try to use my writing as a way to keep learning.
What would you like your next big milestone to be I your life? Why? Are there steps to make this happen already?
My wife and I are expecting a baby in June. That's the next big milestone. I'm excited and terrified and I can't wait to experience that tangle of challenges. Thank god for coffee!
Are you writing anything else? When's your next writing milestone?
I'm pretty deep into my next book. It will be a weird mystery, in which a woman wakes up with a sentence in her head, in a language she does not speak. And the sentence is warning her about a murder. She launches on this odd adventure to save the "victim." Who knows if it will end up being about that, but it's keeping me busy right now! :)
Thanks Joshua for your time and awesome book, FIGHT SONG. I'll post my review after the tour. Check out tomorrow's post of where Joshua writes over at Lori's TNBBC. For the entire list of events, please check them out here.
Joshua, congrats on your baby in June! What a very exciting time in you and your family's life. I can't wait to read your next book; I am really intrigued!
Happy Reading and Check out Joshua's latest adventures here at his site.