Wednesday, 11 September 2013
Author Interview: Elliot Nash
Elliot Nash was born and bred in Brooklyn, NY. He is a graduate of City College of New York, where he studied economics. Nash came to his writing career later in life, shifting gears and reinventing himself at the age of forty. Fan-lore regarding the author?s whereabouts during that formative period in his writing career rivals that of J.D. Salinger.
Do you plan everything or just let the story flow?
I plan everything and then the characters tell me to go stuff it.
Do your characters ever want to take over the story?
What do you mean "want to"? Are you saying some writers have control over their characters?
What is your favourite food?
Are you a morning person or a night owl?
Sadly for me, I am a morning person AND a night owl. (Hence the need for chocolate, rich in caffeine.)
Where do you dream of travelling to and why?
I hear they have transcendent chocolate in Belgium.
Do distant places feature in your books?
That depends on where you are.
Do you listen to music while writing?
No, my characters are already making too much noise.
Could you tell us a bit about your latest release?
It's a comedic mystery entitled The Secret Life of Molly Rosenblum. One Amazon.com customer reviewer described it this way: "I think the author has invented a new genre -- the comedo-grapho-romanto-murder mystery. It really has something for everyone." Speaking of Amazon--The Secret Life of Molly Rosenblum has, at this writing, 11 customer reviews with an average rating of 4.9 stars!
What have you learned about writing and publishing since you first started?
It's really great to have a best friend who is an editor at a major publishing house.
Is there anything you would do differently?
I would be more selective in my love life.
Who, or what, if anything has influenced your writing?
My editor (best friend), Shel Moscowitz, is entirely responsible for my writing career.
Anything you would say to those just starting out in the craft?
Unless your best friend is an editor, go to law school.
What are three words that describe you?
Mysterious. Reclusive. Sweet tooth.
What's your favourite book or who is your favourite writer?
Are you kidding? I don't believe any writer could pick a favorite. Here is a small starter list: Chandler,
Chekhov, Faulkner, Fitzgerald, Gogol, Hammett, Ibsen, Lutz, McCall Smith, Miller, Milne, Parker, Saki, Salinger, Sayers, Shakespeare, Shaw, Tolstoy, Wodehouse.
Blurb of your latest release or coming soon book
Molly Rosenblum, adorably eccentric retired cartoonist (readers will lol at the 29 cartoons scattered throughout the book), has spent the last three years not getting over the loss of her husband, Seymour. Molly's long-standing affair with denial is rudely interrupted when she finds herself suspected of committing murder in the handicapped dressing room at Marshalls.
Nothing Molly has experienced since she moved to sunny Delray Beach has made her feel quite so good as wondering when she will be tossed into the back of a Delray Beach police car. Certainly, Molly's renewed joie de vivre has nothing to do with handsome but irritating, arrogant, annoying, clothes horse Harold Golden, who has volunteered to help her solve the case.
List of previous books if any
None that are available for purchase right now.
Any websites/places readers can find you on the web.
Books and Tales will be closing in January 2018.