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3/24/2016

The Last Roadshow Q&A with Author John Czarnota.

What inspired you to write your book?

At first this was going to be a screen play. I've written 2 in the past. But the bad taste of dealing with L.A. agents and the like came right back. So the thought of writing a book that I could have total control over if I so chose to was a no-brainer. On the business side, millions watch the Antiques Roadshow here, in Europe, and Australia. So there was a strong probability of a built in audience.

Do you have a specific writing style?

Not yet.

How did you come up with the title?
Most everything in the book happens after the Antiques Roadshow in Palm Springs, so it was an easy choice. The same for my design of the book jacket.

What books have most influenced your life most?

I have ADD, so nothing sticks with me long.

Do you have any advice for other writers?

If not at the end of a page, then at the end of each chapter ask yourself "is this the best I can do?"

What books/authors have influenced your writing?

I don't know if any author has an influence on me, but if I had to pick one, it would be Hemingway.

What genre do you consider your book(s)?
My editor and I struggled over that, but I would like to think of my book as a thriller.

Do you ever experience writer's block?
Not really. I may not write for a few days, but that's only because I enjoy taking my time visualizing what comes next.

Where did your love of writing come from?
I've always been a dreamer. I'll never forget my 4th grade teacher Mrs. Lusko, telling me I had a vivid imagination.

What was the hardest part of writing this book?
The middle. Filling it in.

What did you enjoy most about writing this book?
The dialogue. For me, it's the biggest challenge. Also the most enjoyable.

Do you write every single day?
No. But I think about what I'm going to write every day. I'm always blocking scenes in, like a screenplay.
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