Q: How did you come up with the story?
From my observations about living in small towns, and just how people in general interact.
Q: Who or what inspired you to become a writer?
Countless writers influenced me, but I write because I love books and love words. Sherwood Anderson’s Winesburg, Ohio became a strong influence on The Acorn Stories, though I actually read Anderson’s book after starting mine. Readers also might notice Acorn’s nods to Gertrude Stein, William Faulkner, Zora Neale Hurston, and a few other famous authors.
Q: If you weren’t a writer, what would you be? Why?
Bored. I love expressing myself with the written word. Of course, you were really asking about an occupation; I’d choose something involving the publishing industry or communications.
Q: Favorite genres to read?
GLBT, History/Historical Fiction, Humor, Sci Fi/Fantasy.
Q: What are your pet peeves?
I hate rudeness, bigotry, or just when someone acts superior to others. Then again, I intentionally give those pet peeves to some of my characters, adding to the conflict in my works. So thank you, Mr. and Ms. Better-Than-You for the inspiration; now go away.
Q: What is something most people don’t know about you?
Though I have a Ph.D., I’m also a high school drop-out with a G.E.D. A G.E.D. isn’t the same as going to high school, and my lack of a high school education hindered me throughout my college career.
Q: Where else can we find you, other titles, or anything else you’d like to share?
Readers can find information about my books at DuaneSimolke.Com, bn.com, Amazon.com, Goodreads.Com, Google Books, and many other book-related sites.
Besides writing a few other books, I edited a spin-off, The Acorn Gathering, and wrote four of its stories. That book raises money for cancer research. Visit http://tagreviews.blogspot.com/ to read reviews of The Acorn Gathering; the other writers contributed a diverse assortment of fascinating and unusual short stories!
I’m currently writing a sequel to my book Degranon: A Science Fiction Adventure. It includes some characters with my pet peeves.
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