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Being Written by William ConescuWith the holidays I did not have an author interview for the month of December, but here is one for January!  This month’s author is William Conescu author of Being Written (  If you have an author you would like to see interviewed, or if you have a question you think I should ask, e-mail me at

Where did you get the amazing idea for Being Written?
I thought this would be a fun story to write and to read.  It’s actually a combination of two ideas.  First, I was interested in writing about artistically-minded people in their 20s and 30s struggling to figure out how best to live their lives.  And I also had this playful idea about a man who has made the disheartening discovery that he’s only a minor character in the imagination of an author.  Daniel’s basically the literary equivalent of an extra in a movie.  He fills out crowd scenes in other people’s books.  But he wants to be something more.


So I combined the two ideas:  Daniel hears a story being written about these artsy 20/30-something-year-olds, and he works his way into their lives and their story, and ultimately he hijacks their book.


What are you currently reading?
I’m reading another first novel from Harper Perennial:  CAPTAIN FREEDOM by G. Xavier Robillard.  It’s hilarious.


What is one book that you wish you could have written?
Hmm… Maybe DESPAIR by Vladimir Nabokov. 


Have you ever tried to write anything other than books (i.e. poems, songs, etc.)?
Well, I’ve written fiction of various lengths.  Does that count?  And I’m curious about scriptwriting.

Do you think it’s important for an author to write every day?  Why or why not?
I don’t think there’s a magic schedule that works for everyone.  But if you’re committed to writing something, I think it’s helpful to set goals for yourself and to schedule time to write.


Have you ever met any famous authors?  If so, who was your favorite?
Oh, I’ve met many terrific authors.  I couldn’t begin to name a favorite.  And I’m looking forward to meeting others when I’m at the SC Book Festival, February 27 – March 1, 2009.  (



Do you have any advice for people who would like to be an author?
Revise, revise, revise.  Be receptive to constructive criticism, and think of revision as a creative process, not something limited to moving commas and changing the occasional word.  Also, if you want to learn more about the writing process, there are lots of great books out there.  One of my favorites is Anne Lamott’s BIRD BY BIRD.


What do you think of penguins taking over the world?
Fantastic!  I think they’d make it a priority to address global warming, don’ t you?


One Comment

  1. Haha… love the penguin line!

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