Today’s author interview spotlights William Corradini, Author of the Memoir, Dixon’s Place.
WCP: What was your inspiration for Dixon’s Place?
I had just received another batch of orphaned ducklings. It just hit me at that moment that my life had changed significantly over such a short period of time. I started to think about how we got to this ‘place’ and was inspired to write about it.
WCP: Do you have any other genre you’d like to try your hand at?
Science fiction-nope, not smart enough. Romance-nope, I would giggle too much and it would read like a seventeen year-old talking to his buddies in a locker room.
I would like to try some fiction-human interest.
WCP: Do you have any favorite authors in the Memoir genre? Or ones that have influenced you more than others?
J.R. Moehringer. I loved the Tender Bar: A Memoir. It was brilliantly written, it felt more like I was reading a novel than I was a memoir. I could also relate to his story. I bought his fictional debut immediately and it was just as good. He is quickly becoming one of my favorite authors.
WCP: Is there anything you would like the readers to take away from the story?
I tried to put a ‘face’ on the animals we took in. I did this for one primary reason. These animals became a part of us, a part of our family. They are individuals in their own right with personalities and moods and needs. I hope that resonates with anyone that reads it and, if it encourages them to adopt an animal in need or volunteer at a shelter or just spread the work how to prevent homeless, mangled animals, then the book was definitely worth it.
WCP: Do you have anything else in the works?
Toying with a children’s version of Dixon’s Place. Working title is Dixon’s Friends. I think it would be a great way to educate young children the responsibilities of being a good pet owner. Depending on how Dixon’s Place is received, I have plenty of material for a Dixon’s Place II.
WCP: What about writing life/being an author took you by surprise?
I didn’t’ realize how many times I would have to read my work! Haleigh was an incredible editor but I will admit I cursed her name many times. Re-writing is far more difficult than getting your original thoughts on paper.
Now for some fun questions:
WCP: What one modern technology do you think you could live without? (Not that you’d like it, but you could if you had to.) I can do without any modern device except my Kindle!
WCP: Maserati, Mercedes, Pacer, or Prius? Which car do you share the most characteristics with? And what are those characteristics?
A rickshaw, and I should probably not expound on what characteristics I share with it.
WCP: Chocolate, bacon, chocolate with bacon, or none of the above?
Sugar-free chocolate. It’s discovery was the greatest moment of my life. The subsequent moments after eating it became my worst.
WCP: Any last words? Um, for the interview, that is. (grin)
I want to thank Marci Baun and Erica Freeman for believing enough in me to give me a chance . I would also like to thank Haleigh Rucinski for her tireless work editing this raw manuscript into something I can be very proud of.
I hope everyone enjoys it, I truly had written it from the heart and I am thankful that I was given the opportunity to share our story. I also welcome all feedback, it is the only way I can grow as a writer. I take it all, so please be brutally honest-I promise not to take it personally! (That is a lie, I am sure I will cry myself to sleep, curled up in the fetal position).
And I hope everyone finds a ‘Dixon’ in their life.
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