J. Giambrone

  1. Which literary character do you most resonate with on a personal level?I resonate with all my characters. I have an unpublished novel with a character named Peter Cort, which I finally realized was too auto-biographical. It needs another rewrite. I started it in 1991 and it never perfected. It’s called American Gun Disorder, and its’ about a non-violent character, a TV ‘journalist’ investigating the gun violence issue. He soon becomes the story himself. Once threatened and attacked he decides he needs a gun for protection. Only he’s not allowed to have one due to a minor legal infraction.
  2. If you could live anywhere in the world, which country would you choose and why?
    Probably Iceland. I want to be around nice people who aren’t so brainwashed by ideology.
  3. Have you ever turned a dream or a nightmare into a written piece?Of course. Hasn’t everybody?
  4. Did your first book tour befuddle you, or is being under the spotlight fun for you?I went all out with Transfixion, and once I started receiving positive reviews I was overjoyed. I ignored the negative ones and made a page to highlight the ones from fans.
  5. Often, we are stuck in situations that we are not able to find a way out of. Have you ever incorporated a real life situation from your own experience into the book and made the character find a way out of it the way you could not?I think that’s another universal. Doesn’t everyone do these things?
  6. Do you often project your own habits onto your characters?Depending upon the character.
  7. Which character(s), created by you, do you consider as your masterpiece(s)?I think Kaylee Colton is pretty special. She was originally 13 and manages to save humanity without turning into something fake and manipulated. She’s true to character throughout, and she was based on someone special to me.
  8. What is the biggest lie you have told in a book that you did not believe yourself?I write to be truthful, not to lie to readers.
  9. Were you a troublemaker as a child?Not nearly enough.
  10. How many siblings do you have? How many of them share your passion?Only one, and she has a very different life.
  11. Have you ever made a fake account to interact with fans over comments online to get some insights?In the 90s on AOL I got all that out of my system. I had five screennames, as did many of the writers, and we got up to all sorts of shenanigans. Since I’ve been publishing, no.
  12. How long do you take to write a book?Sometimes 2 years. The book mentioned above has been incomplete for 26 years.
  13. How do you incorporate the noise around you into the story you are writing at the moment?By noise I assume you mean news, politics, movements. Only in a general sense, what is needed to keep the material contemporary. I don’t jump on fads, never did.
  14. Do you prefer being intoxicated to write? Or would you rather write sober?I do many passes. That’s why it takes so long. It’s not an either/or situation. All of the above.
  15. What is that dream goal you want to achieve before you die?I have long-term projects on the back burner and many films to shoot.
  16. Do you think translating books into languages other than their origin forces the intended essence away?Tough to say since I’m so horrible at other languages! I don’t want to be precious about the phrasing. It’s not poetry but story that has to resonate.
  17. Do you blog?Several. This is the one you’re looking for:

    https://jgiambrone.wordpress.com/category/my-posts/

  18. How active are you on social media? And how do you think it affects the way you write?It’s a giant waste of my life! I wish I could turn it off, but it sucks me back in twelve times a day. Or more. It’s a problem.
  19. DO you enjoy theatre? Would you ever like one of your stories to be turned into a play?I wrote a musical play about a writer who goes mad, sees a world of singing clowns and a ringmaster. Another play of mine is about a political rally that captures the audience, terrorizes them and becomes a fascist rally.
  20. If you had to pick one other author to write your biography, who would it be?Kurt Vonnegut.
  21. And who is that one author you would love to write the biography of?Michael C. Ruppert.